P&O's New Ship; Arcadia's Refit

September 17, 2008
P&O Cruises has hinted that its next new ship, currently known as "6166," may not have the same family-orientated characteristics as Ventura.

The soon-to-be-built ship, which will enter service in summer 2010, will be a sibling to the 116,000-ton, 3,100-passenger Ventura.

However, while Ventura has a massive area dedicated to kids, a circus school and a Scalextric track, P&O Cruises managing director Nigel Esdale has said next time round, things may be different.

"We have the family-focused ship; it doesn't mean to say that we will do the same thing with this next ship." Esdale did say there will be family elements and it will not be an adult-only ship like Arcadia and Artemis.

A keel laying ceremony for "6166" will take place on 27 October at the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard and it is expected that a name will be announced around this time.

Esdale added that Ventura has been popular with guests -- however since launch a number of things have been refined, although few specifics were given. One popular addition is the 12 themed buffet evenings such as Indian and Chinese in the buffet restaurants, the Waterside and the Beach House.

In other P&O fleet news, Arcadia is due for a multi-million pound refit on 27 November prior to its Christmas cruise and first world cruise in January 2009. P&O has revealed the details of the three and a half week dry dock. 38 new cabins will be added to the aft of the ship -- most will be outside, with a few inside cabins.

A new bar will also be added at the aft area.

The Cyber Study area will be taken out and replaced with a boutique cinema with a raised floor and reclining chairs.

A number of public areas and bars will be given a refurbishment -- Spinnakers and the art gallery area are just two mentioned.

The hull of the ship will also be given a lick of paint -- of the environmentally-friendly kind. A silicone finish will be used which according to P&O, can reduce fuel consumption by up to 8 percent.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor