P&O's newest spin-off cruise line -- the ultra-casual "Ocean Village" --
launches today with an inaugural out of Palma de Mallorca. The Ocean Village
"cruise line" at this point consists of just one ship, formerly P&O's
Arcadia. It's the concept that's different; the 1,600-passenger 63,500-ton
Ocean Village, which will sail Mediterranean itineraries in warm weather
months and in the Caribbean during cold ones, is the "cruise for people who
don't do cruises," according to a company statement. Bottom line: The ship,
geared primarily to British travelers who are, perhaps, more limited than
Americans in "freestyle" cruise options, boasts that it offers "dress down
The former Arcadia underwent a few changes en route to its transformation to
Ocean Village; the ship got a new bistro, a panoramic view gym and extra
on-deck eating options.
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