P&O Cruises has announced that three of their ships are due to undergo upgrades before 2014, including the addition of Olly Smith's Glass house to the Ventura. The three ships in question are Arcadia, Oceana and the aforementioned Ventura.
Oceana will be the first ship into dry-dock between 5th and 20th December 2012. P&O Cruises has announced that she will benefit from a £1 million upgrade to the cabins, giving them a stylish and comfortable remake, though the biggest makeover is happening in Le Club — the ships nightclub and late venue. Le Club is being completely redesigned and revamped with new seating, a snug, new sound system, flat screen TVs and a subtle colour palette. Oceana will also be offering a new Marco Pierre White menu in Cafe Jardin during the evenings. There will also be touch-ups to the ship's upholstery, to The Plaza, Oasis Spa and Horizon Grill.
Next up is Ventura — which may come as a surprise as one of P&O Cruises most modern ships. The four year old ship will head to dry dock 22nd March 2013, leaving 7th April 2013 with a host of updates including the addition of 18 new single staterooms. As announced by Olly Smith earlier this week Azura's popular venue, The Glass House, will be opening onboard Ventura. Another addition from sister ship, Azura, is The Retreat — an open air spa area. There will also be a new dance floor in the atrium as well as a new library and chic, new perfumery.
Arcadia will be the last of P&O Cruises' ships to get a facelift, heading to dry dock in December 2013 and leaving just in time for her 2014 World Cruise. Arcadia will also benefit from new single staterooms, as well as upgrades to Marco Pierre White's Ocean Grill, the Crow's Nest bar and the boutiques. The Electra nightclub will become The Globe, which will boast a refit including a new glass wall designed to reduce the sound escaping the venue as well as improving the sound quality within the late night bar. Plans are also in place for a refresh of the cabins, though specifics are yet to be confirmed — I should imagine they will follow suit of the £1 million invested in Oceana if it proves a success.
Having seen the likes of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises, as well as sister line Princess Cruises, investing in their fleets, it's about time P&O Cruises followed suit and I'm confident they will do a great job. If the refurbishment of Grand Princess is anything to go by, Arcadia, Oceana and Ventura are all in good hands.
Written by Charlie Hamilton-Beaufort