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Arvia is P&O Cruises' second Excel-class ship, the sister ship to Iona, debuting in December 2022 with a host of new-to-the-line features.

How Many Passengers Will Sail on Arvia?

Arvia will have the capacity for 5,200-passengers across 2,614 cabins and is structurally identical to Iona, though Arvia will offer a number of new features and venues.

Arvia's Deck Plan Will Maximise Outside Space & Play On the Line's Popular Venues

Arvia, meaning "from the seashore", will sail year-round in the sun, with the line promising views of the ocean and shore maximised from every location onboard. There’s a swim-up bar, Infinity and Panorama Pool and Bar, and a dazzling Grand Atrium with ocean views.

Arvia will offer the same new-to-the-line features that debuted on Iona, plus some new additions, including the 970-sqm SkyDome with a pool and stage featuring aerial performances, movies on SeaScreen and theatre productions; The Keel & Cow and The Olive Grove restaurants and Conservatory Mini-suite accommodation.

There will be a total of 20 dining venues and eight bars, including all of the line's favourites: Sindhu, Epicurean, The Glass House, The Limelight Club, and main dining rooms Meridian and Zenith. Among the bars are Sunset Bar, Brodie's pub, Anderson's Bar, Beachcomber Pool and Bar and The Crow's Nest.

Additional features include Ocean Studios Cinema, 1,300sqm of shopping space and the Oasis Spa and Health Club. The spa will feature two couples' suites, each with a hammam and steam room, a therapeutic cool room, a restorative salt sauna and an invigorating Kneipp Walk, which combines a pebble foot massage with hot and cold water treatments to stimulate circulation and boost vitality.

As for entertainment, aerial shows will be performed in the Grand Atrium; big shows will take place at Headliners Theatre, box-office and classic movies will be shown at Ocean Studios and The Club House is Arvia's late-night party venue.

What Is New On Arvia Cruise Ship?

Arvia will offer a raft on new features for P&O Cruises. These include:

  • Altitude Skywalk: A 54-metre-high ropes course
  • Altitude Minigolf: A nine-hole course located below Altitude Skywalk
  • A swim-up bar: The swim-up bar will form part of an infinity pool with uninterrupted wake views.
  • 6th Street Diner: An all-American restaurant complete with a juke box playing classic Americana tracks serving dishes such as fried chicken and waffles with bourbon mascarpone.
  • Green & Co featuring Mizuhana: A fish, plant-based and sushi restaurant (Mizuhana is the sushi part). There’ll be a sushi bar from where you can watch as dishes are prepped
  • Roast in The Quays: This is a new addition to The Quays, which was rolled out on Iona. Roast in The Quays will offer a roast carvery -- but in a wrap! -- for fans of the classic Sunday roast.
  • Amber Lounge: Located within Arvia’s Grand Atrium, Amber Lounge will offer crafted cocktails and ocean views.

When is Arvia's Maiden Voyage?

Arvia's maiden voyage is a 14-night Canary Islands cruise, departing December 9, 2022.

Where Will Arvia Sail?

Following its first two sailings, both to the Canary Islands from Southampton, Arvia will move to the Caribbean to offer seven- and 14-night winter sun holidays from Bridgetown, Barbados.

Arvia will return to Southampton in March 2023 to offer Mediterranean no-fly cruises through the summer 2023 season.

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