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Sailing exclusively for adults and brimming with delectable dining options including Marco Pierre White's popular Ocean Grill, a voyage onboard P&O Arcadia is a cruise holiday you won't want to end. For those that love the theatre, shows at The Palladium are bound to impress, whilst a treatment at the Oasis Spa is perfect for a little rest and relaxation. Offering a wide selection of itineraries across Europe, many of which sail from Southampton, enjoy a romantic break or a solo adventure as you visit beautiful destinations and fascinating cities.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/2005
Tonnage 83781
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 30
Number Of Decks 10
Number Of Elevators 14
Number Of Pools 2
Number Of Restaurants 4
Formal Nights Yes
Adult Only Yes
Maximum Capacity 2388
Crew 984
Refurbished 01/01/2017

Ship Facilities


As you'd expect, food is covered impeccably throughout Arcadia. The world really is your oyster when it comes to the cuisine onboard this ship. There are all kinds of breakfasts available from cereals and pastries to sizzling sausages and bacon. Whether you want to grab a quick snack for lunch by the pool, or relax somewhere a little more formal, all the choice is here with Neptune Grill and Meridian Restaurant catering to your every craving. As the evening begins to draw in, meanwhile, your options only expand!

  • Main restaurant: 2-tier Meridian restaurant serving classic dishes and modern favourites.
  • The Belvedere 24-hour food court
  • Deck grill
  • Sindhu
  • Marco Pierre White's Ocean Grill
  • Neptune Bar and Grill
  • The Aquarius Bar
  • The Rising Sun
  • The Piano Bar
  • Cafe Vivo Coffee and chocolate bar


Once night falls, you can take a leisurely stroll into the Piano Bar and sit back with an appetiser, enjoying the ambient atmosphere, before heading over to Ocean Grill for an innovative selection of dishes from a menu crafted by British chef Marco Pierre White. Easing into the night, let your meal go down in the Crow's Nest, with wondrous panoramic ocean views and a bit of light jazz to accompany your favourite cocktail. Of course, the opportunities on Arcadia don't end with drinking and dining. If it's entertainment you're after, this ship just keeps on giving.

If you fancy testing your luck, you'll find P&O Cruises’ Monte Carlo Casino offers a great selection of games, from Blackjack to Roulette, to give your evening high stakes and suspense. Naturally, the fun doesn't end there - why not head over for a show at the stunning Palladium for a glorious display of drama in the richly designed theatre, or finish with a cabaret or a film in The Globe to settle back in the subtle, ambient atmosphere and see where the night takes you.

Things to do


While evenings onboard may be full of excitement, this doesn’t mean that the daytime is any less interesting. With so much to do, your only problem will be deciding where to go next! Facilities include:

  • 2 shops
  • Library
  • Observation Lounge with panoramic views
  • Relaxation lounge
  • Photo gallery and shop

Spa and Fitness

The best part of a holiday is getting to enjoy some rest and relaxation, and P&O Arcadia caters to this need perfectly. With an outdoor pool and another with a retractable Sky dome roof, there’s the opportunity to chill out by the water all year round. There are 5 Jacuzzis if you’d rather lay back and let the bubbles soothe all your mind and body too!

For those wanting to up their levels of relaxation, head to the spa. Featuring a thermal suite with aromatic steam rooms, dry float suite, sauna and hydro-therapy pool, as well as a long list of exceptional treatments to choose from, there’s no end of ways to let your aches melt away.

However, not everyone wants to sit back and let the world pass them by during a holiday. Fitness lovers will be delighted to find a fully equipped gym including a spacious aerobics room and personal trainers. Alternatively, for those looking for a bit of friendly competition, there is also an outdoor sports court for games such as cricket, football and short tennis, as well as a golf simulator.

Gin Tasting Masterclass

All P&O Arcadia cruises will have a gin tasting masterclass onboard starting on September 1, 2023. A gin expert will expertly lead you during the engaging masterclass as you learn about the extraordinary distillation procedures and sample Marabelle Gin (along with other Salcombe Gins). Learn how to create a tantalising gin during your cruise by booking a masterclass aboard P&O Arcadia.

Useful Information

Dress Code

Onboard P&O Arcadia, there's a relaxed dress code during the day. You can wear a variety of casual clothes throughout the ship, such as t-shirts, shorts, jeans, sundresses, skirts, and jumpers, depending on the time of year. However, swimwear is prohibited in inside bars, restaurants, lounges and the atrium.

There are two evening dress codes onboard P&O Arcadia: Evening Casual and Black Tie. For the former, dresses, shirts, long trousers, and other elegant casual attire are appropriate. Tracksuits, however, aren’t allowed in the evenings. The Belvedere Buffet also allows tailored shorts on both Evening Casual and Black Tie nights.

The Black Tie dress code consists of suits, tuxedos, ball gowns, cocktail dresses and similar formal attire. Evening Casual is, however, permitted on Black Tie nights in Belvedere Buffet. There might be up to four Black Tie evenings, depending on how long your cruise is. Before you go, check your itinerary to make sure you've packed correctly.

Read more about P&O Arcadia on our recent blog - Cruise Ships Departing From Southampton along with the other ships offering cruise itineraries departing from the UK. It's also frequently listed as one of the best cruise lines for adults.

Drinks Packages

Discover P&O Cruises' 2023 drinks packages, including the Refresh, Alcohol-Free, Classic and Deluxe drinks packages. Offering something for all tastes, these drinks packages are bound to please.

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