The 5,200-passenger ship set sail on Friday for Tenerife the place it is thanks to arrive currently (Jan 10), ahead of location sail for Barbados.
Arvia is a sister to P&O Cruises’ Iona, and will expend winter season months in Bridgetown, presenting Caribbean cruises, and the summer time in the Mediterranean.
P&O Cruises’ President Paul Ludlow was on the ship for the day, with each other with the line’s “foodstuff (and wine) heroes” — Marco Pierre White, Jose Pizarro, Olly Smith and newcomer to the line, Shivi Ramoutar.
“The great point about this ship is people today can arrive onboard for 7- or 14-evenings and pick more than 30 locations to eat and drink,” said Ludlow.
“You cannot do it all in the time that you’re with us — you’ve got acquired to come back. And that is what we seriously want to do — hook people today in and be certain that the P&O Cruises proposition continues to be related.
“P&O Cruises is the “ideal of Britain”… and I think what Arvia demonstrates is that we remain contemporary, applicable and salient to the P&O Cruises customer these days.”
P&O Cruises Arvia Has a Quantity of New Consuming, Consuming And Amusement Venues
To that finish, the line has introduced a range of new-to-the-line taking in, consuming and amusement venues onboard.
This features P&O Cruises very first vegetarian and vegan cafe at sea — Inexperienced & Co. that includes a sushi bar, Mizuhana.
And an American-style casual eatery — 6th Street Diner — which attributes burgers, warm pet dogs, nachos and wings.
The line has also teamed up with Ramoutar, who has selected a vary of dishes from the Caribbean, South The united states and Mexico for the Seaside Residence.
Pizarro in the meantime carries on to offer you dishes in the Olive Grove as nicely as tapas in the Glass Household in which Smith oversees the wines. And Pierre White prepares a particular menu in the primary dining rooms for “Celebration Evenings”.
In terms of ingesting venues, Anderson’s Bar, which on Iona attributes the first gin distillery at sea, now specializes in rum and functions the very first rum distillery at sea.
Arvia also sees new entertainment onboard in the sort of Sunset bar entertainment with are living DJ sets.
The ship also capabilities the line’s very first swim-up bar and infinity pool.
Arvia also debuts the initially immersive escape home for P&O Cruises — Mission Command.
On the top deck Arvia has P&O Cruises to start with ropes system at sea, earlier mentioned a mini-golf program.
Gary Barlow’s Get That Musical to Debut Onboard P&O Cruises Arvia
The line connected up with ex-Take That frontman, Gary Barlow, on Iona in the type of the 710 Club, which highlights younger, up-and-coming musicians hand-picked by Barlow.
Arvia will see the debut of Finest Times, the Acquire That musical, which premieres on the ship in a several weeks’ time, Ludlow verified.
Barlow — who played two live shows onboard Iona previous 12 months — is probably to perform on Arvia way too: “Definitely he’ll be onboard before long,” Ludlow confirmed.
Daytime amusement involves a hyperlink-up with GMTV presenter Ben Shephard for an interactive sport present called Wavelength.
All of the line’s favorite venues make a return such as Brodie’s Pub, The Crow’s Nest, Epicurean, Sindhu and The Keel & Cow.
Addressing the issues that took spot on Arvia’s maiden cruise around Christmas, Ludlow explained:
“We run this ship with 5,000 friends onboard and commonly we would not have prepared the maiden cruise at Christmas, but simply because of challenges at the shipyard, the ship debuted a few of week’s late and thus the maiden was at Christmas.
“And as ever there were being a number of bugs in the method and there ended up a handful of attendees who had some issues at Xmas lunch.
“I am additional than self-confident that the up coming sailing that those challenges will be ironed out.”
He added: “Sadly the news agenda was a minimal mild at the time, so the protection may well not usually have been as solid as it was.”
Arvia sets sail for Barbados this night, on an eight-working day crossing to its new homeport, where by it will be christened in March at a beachside ceremony — the 1st P&O Cruises’ ship not to be named in Southampton The godmother has yet to be declared, but in accordance to Ludlow that announcement will be “epic”.