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Kiel welcomes maiden call of P&O's Arcadia

Kiel’s First Deputy City President Robert Vollborn welcomes Capt. Ashley Cook (Photo: Port of Kiel)
P&O Cruises' Arcadia made its first visit to Kiel Wednesday, coinciding with the half-way point of the Kieler Woche sailing regatta.

A port tug provided Arcadia with a water fountain escort to its berth at the Ostseekai Cruise Terminal. During a reception on board, Kiel’s First Deputy City President Robert Vollborn welcomed Capt. Ashley Cook to the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein and presented a plaque commemorating the ship's maiden visit.

While berthed in Kiel, Arcadia was close to the Kieler Woche action. This large-scale summer festival with its entertainment, cultural, scientific and sport events is within view of the cruise terminal.

'Kiel has a lot to offer its visitors, not just during the Kieler Woche, and is an ideal jumping off point for excursions in Schleswig-Holstein and to Hamburg,' Vollborn said.

Arcadia is on a 15-day Baltic cruise that embarked at Southampton June 18. Next stop: Stockholm.