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Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

When 2,094-guest Arcadia launched in 2005, P&O Cruises embarked on a new era: its first adults-only ship. Targeting the younger end of the Baby-Boomer market, the very British ship offers traditions like black tie formal nights and the option of assigned seating at dinner, along with a set of sophisticated amenities, including 15 restaurants and bars, an art collection with more than 3,000 works, and a lavish spa that's central to the experience. The ship’s latest refurbishment is scheduled for November 2024. 

What We Love

Palladium: This three-deck-high theater, seating more than 750, is brim-full of technical wizardry, where the members of the Arcadia Theater Company perform visual extravaganzas in several action-oriented shows.  

Rising Sun Pub: This is one of the largest "locals" bars at sea with a fireplace, armchairs, jukebox, and plasma screen for Karaoke or sports games.

Best Known For

Oasis Spa: There are nine treatment rooms, including a double suite, where pampering therapies include revitalizing body wraps and hot stone treatments. The Thermal Suite, offering dry, wet, and aromatic treatments, has heated loungers facing the ocean.

World-Class Dining: In addition to the main dining room, Meridien, where six-course dinners are served nightly, guests can enjoy superb Indian cuisine in Sindhu and steaks and seafood prepared under the direction of Marco Pierre White in Ocean Grill.

Who It's Best For

Detox Seekers: The hydrotherapy pool offers a range of water therapies, including a submerged bed with water massage jets to soothe muscles and increase circulation. The Oasis Spa also offers a dry floatation suite as well as an oxy-jet facial — a needle-free alternative to Botox.

Anglophiles: The atmosphere on this ship is distinctly British  — picture afternoon tea, a traditional pub, and currency in the pound.

Travelers Without Kids: Feel free to swim in pools without splashing and attend theater performances without screaming — there are no children allowed on board.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Penny-pinching: The pricing acumen of parent company Carnival Corp. means you’ll be charged fees of varying amounts (in British pounds) for morning tea and continental breakfast delivered to your cabin.