New P&O Cruises’ ship arrives in Southampton for maiden voyage

P&O Cruises’ newest ship, Arvia, has arrived in the Port of Southampton in the UK ahead of its maiden voyage to the Canary Islands on 23 December.

Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises, was onboard the ship as it sailed up Southampton Water after its journey from the shipyard in Germany.

“It was a truly remarkable moment as, after the years of design and build, Arvia arrived into Southampton ahead of the maiden voyage and then departure for the Caribbean season,” said Ludlow. “We cannot wait for our first guests to be on board this week to see the extraordinary attention to detail, design of the restaurants and bars, scale of the theatre, the layout and new brands in the retail area and the exhilarating top deck activities".

Arvia weighs 185,000 tonnes and is 345 metres in length with 16 guest decks. The ship is the first in P&O Cruises fleet to be powered by LNG fuel, and will also debut new features including the SkyDome, a poolside space covered by a retractable glass roof that will offer dining and drinking options for guests. Other new features onboard will include ‘experiential’ retails zones, high-ropes experience Altitude Skywalk, and aqua zone Splash Valley, among others.