P&O Cruises’ latest vessel, Arvia, has arrived in Southampton in preparation for her inaugural crusing, now simply days away. The vessel was greeted with acceptable fanfare to mark the auspicious event, bringing new and elevated cruising to the European market earlier than the ship will head to the Caribbean for the winter season.
Arvia Arrives in Southampton
Arvia arrived in Southampton on Sunday, December 18, 2022, just some days earlier than her much-anticipated 14-night inaugural crusing, a roundtrip voyage to the Canary Islands with calls in Spain and Portugal as nicely.
“It was a very outstanding second as, after the years of design and construct, Arvia arrived into Southampton forward of the maiden voyage after which departure for the Caribbean season,” mentioned Paul Ludlow, P&O Cruises president.
The 185,200-gross-ton vessel was accompanied by fireboats for her arrival, a standard salute for a brand new ship’s first go to.
Arvia was simply formally delivered to P&O Cruises on Thursday, December 15, in Bremerhaven, Germany. Now, the ship will stay in Southampton as the remainder of the crew members arrive and last provides are loaded forward of her inaugural voyage.
“We can’t anticipate our first company to be on board this week to see the extraordinary consideration to element, design of the eating places and bars, scale of the theatre, the structure and new manufacturers within the retail space and the exhilarating prime deck actions,” Ludlow mentioned. “We’re seeing a brand new era recognising the worth for cash and individuality of a vacation at sea.”
Arvia will provide a large assortment of sailings, starting together with her two week inaugural cruise departing on December 23, 2022. After that, she is going to depart on a 15-night transatlantic crossing from Southampton to Bridgetown, Barbados, which can be one of many ship’s winter homeports.
On that 22-night crossing, Arvia will tour a wide range of fashionable Jap Caribbean ports, together with St. Maarten, St. Lucia, and Grenada, earlier than arriving in Barbados in January 20, 2023.
Throughout the winter crusing season, the brand new ship will provide departures from each Barbados and Antigua, giving vacationers nice selection of their trip plans. Relying on the itinerary and crusing date, the ship will go to fashionable and opulent tropical locations such because the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts, Martinique, and the British Virgin Islands.
The brand new ship may also be formally christened within the Caribbean in a first-of-its-kind beachside extravaganza naming ceremony in March.
Arvia will stay within the Caribbean till mid-March 2023, at which period she is going to re-cross the Atlantic to return to Southampton for a summer season season of 14-day roundtrip Mediterranean sailings that may go to prime ports of name in Spain, France, and Italy.
Wonderful Onboard Options
Along with spectacular itineraries, one of many largest vessels ever constructed for the UK market may also provide excellent onboard options for company to get pleasure from which can be thoughtfully paying homage to the outstanding locations the ship will go to, offering a seamless and enjoyable ambiance for vacationers.
“As the newest evolution within the P&O Cruises expertise, [Arvia] embodies the most recent developments in journey, eating and leisure and is the epitome of a sunshine resort crusing year-round to the warmest climates,” Ludlow mentioned.
“It takes its sister ship Iona’s design aesthetic and basic association however offers new and thrilling inside and outside areas which profit from Arvia’s deployment to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.”
Among the many prime new options onboard Arvia is the retractable roof SkyDome, which encloses a relaxed poolside surroundings appropriate to be used in all climate situations and season. The area may transition to an leisure venue for reveals, dwell music, aerialist performances, film showings, and extra.
The ship options greater than 30 eating places, eateries, and bars, together with the progressive Inexperienced & Co, which presents exquisitely crafted fish and plant-based dishes, in addition to the brand new sixth Road Diner with its all-American menus for breakfast, brunch, dinner, and desserts. Different onboard eating places even have unique menu choices.
New retail choices, leisure, wellness choices, and immersive adventurous experiences are additionally a part of Arvia‘s lineup, positive to impress the as much as 5,200 company the ship can welcome at every crusing.