The sister ship of P&O Cruises' Iona, the 184,700gt second Excel-class vessel is scheduled to join the P&O fleet in December next year.
‘The steel cutting marks an extraordinary milestone for the future of P&O Cruises,’ commented P&O Cruises President Paul Ludlow during the online ceremony. ‘It is a future which will include two of the most environmentally innovative ships in the world today.’
He added, ‘Whilst Arvia may have a different look and feel to Iona…the inherent DNA is the same. It is one which exemplifies design excellence, forward-thinking power generation and future-focused experiences.
‘Over the next two years we will see this DNA evolve into our vision as our new ship takes shape and Arvia will join the fleet in December 2022.’
Ludlow went on to thank Meyer Werft for their ‘partnership and dedication.’
So said Ludlow, ‘The hardware, technology and interior arrangement of spaces leaves nothing lacking. Every sheet of metal, every control panel, every cabin, light fitting and chair has been designed and debated to ensure that it provides a pinnacle holiday for our guests and the foremost working and living experience for our crew.’
The name, meaning ‘from the seashore’ was unveiled earlier this month during a video where the letters were outlined in different locations associated with the beach and seashore.
Bookings open next month.