New Features Revealed for New Excel-Class Cruise Ship

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P&O Cruises is ramping up the details about its second Excel-class cruise ship, Arvia, which is arriving in 2022. The cruise line has revealed some new features once the vessel arrives including a stunning infinity pool and the first-ever high ropes experience at sea.

New Arvia Features

The first Excel-class cruise ship, P&O Iona has not even started sailings yet but we’re already getting excited about her sister ship! New features have been revealed including Altitude Skywalk a unique high ropes experience, a swim-up bar, and a new restaurant Green & Co featuring Mizuhana.

Guests will be able to choose two different adventurous Altitude Skywalk high ropes courses while 54m above the ocean. Altitude Minigolf comprising of nine mini-golf challenges, another P&O Cruises first, will be located below Altitude Skywalk.

Arvia Infinity Pool and Swim Up Bar
Arvia Infinity Pool and Swim Up Bar

A stunning infinity pool at the aft of Arvia will also be part of the open deck offerings. The pool will offer guests uninterrupted views of the ship’s wake along with a swim up bar.

P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, said:

“Arvia is the latest evolution in the P&O Cruises experience, embodying the newest trends in travel, dining and entertainment, and will be the epitome of a sunshine resort sailing year-round to the warmest climates.

“New restaurant Green & Co featuring Mizuhana will have a plant-led menu reflecting the latest trends in vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian dining while Altitude Skywalk and SeaScreen will entertain all ages.

“Arvia’s extraordinary features maximise views of the ocean, seashore and destinations from everywhere on board while guests enjoy the next generation of on-board entertainment.”

The new mega ship will feature the first ever retractable SkyDome which is perfect for that great British weather! During the day, the SkyDome will be a relaxing place for a swim but during the night will be full of entertainment performances, blockbuster movies and theater productions.

Arvia SkyDome
Arvia SkyDome

New Dining Spaces

The new mega ship will feature twelve reastourants along with an additional eight more casual spaces to eat.

Green & Co featuring Mizuhana with a plant and fish-led menu, served in chic and elegant surroundings, has been especially developed for Arvia.

Green & Co
Green & Co

Mizuhana sushi bar will be within Green & Co where guests can watch expert chefs at work while taking in sea views. Expert food-pairing advice and vibrant cocktails complete the experience.

Also on board is 6th Street Diner, informal by day with a sophisticated night-time vibe, featuring retro seating, atmospheric lighting, and juke box and serving all-American flavors including specialty fried chicken and waffles with bourbon mascarpone.

6th Street Diner
6th Street Diner

P&O Cruises distinctive signature restaurants Epicurean, Sindhu, The Glass House, The Keel & Cow, and The Olive Grove, already across the fleet, will feature on Arvia.

Also onboard will be the Ocean Studios cinema, 1,300sqm of shopping and the Oasis Spa and Health Club.

The Oasis Spa boasts new treatments exclusive to Arvia – 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.

P&O Arvia Cruise Ship
Rendering Courtesy: P&O Cruises

Arvia is Under Construction

Construction started on the new mega-ship in February with the first steel cut at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Once completed in 2022 she will be a total of 185,000 gross tons making her among the largest cruise ships in the world.

She will be powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), just like other new generations ships ordered by parent company Carnival Corporations such as Carnival’s Mardi Gras, Costa’s Smeralda, and AIDA Cruises’ AIDAnova.

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Arvia will be 345m in length and have 16 guest decks. She’ll be almost identical to her sister ship Iona which has already been delivered and now awaiting to begin cruises once domestic travel in the UK begins from May 17, 2021.

All renderings Courtesy: P&O Cruises

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