Major changes include The Crow’s Nest lounge and bar - this has been refitted with new flooring, seating areas, partition walls, furniture, colour scheme, bespoke lighting, low level lamps and new-look extended bar; The shopping area has been extended and reconfigured with open-plan layout, new glass cabinets, display units and LED lights throughout. Luxury new brands on offer include Givenchy, benefit, Gerry Weber and Ted Baker; The Globe is now closed off and encased to provide a new late-night dancing venue.
The makeover also saw the addition of 24 new cabins on sun deck 10, including 14 deluxe balcony cabins, 4 inside single cabins, 3 x larger inside double cabins, 2 new single cabins with balcony (the first in P&O Cruises fleet and unique to Arcadia) and a mini suite.
Also added, the East restaurant (replacing Orchid) with an Asian fusion menu designed by Michelin-star celebrity chef Atul Kochhar. Exactly the same as Ventura, the Indonesian menu has influences from Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese cuisine.
The introduction of Freedom Dining to the upper tier of the Meridian Restaurant brings Arcadia into line with other ships in the fleet where passengers who opt for the Freedom Dining can arrive at any time they wish between 6.30pm and 9.30pm, with whomever they wish. The bottom tier of Meridian will continue to operate as Club Dining
All cabins have recieved new carpets, curtains and 32” or 40” flat-screen TVs.
P&O Cruises marketing director Christopher Edgington said: ‘This has been a huge project and a lot of hard work has gone in to make this happen. The outcome is nothing short of outstanding. Arcadia looks incredible.’
The video is hosted on the P&O Cruises YouTube channel and can be downloaded later today at www.youtube.com/pandocruises