May 6, 2003
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 holidays." 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.