Life on the Ocean Waves
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Artemis Braemar Arcadia M/S Arcadia P & O ship Arcadia, built in 2005
M/S Arcadia vital statistics Company: P & O Cruises Home Port: Hamilton, Bermuda Gross Tonnage: 83,000 tons Cruising Speed: 22 knots Passenger Capacity: 1,952 Passenger Decks: 11 Built: 2005 Voyages sailed on this ship: Caribbean (2005), Central America (2007), South America (2013)
M/S Arcadia was built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, and was originally going to be the Queen Victoria for Cunard Line.  Due to the success of the ocean liner Queen Mary 2, however, Cunard decided to built the Queen Victoria to a similar design (albeit smaller) and so this ship was transferred to Peninsular and Oriental (P & O) Cruises as the beautiful Arcadia. We have enjoyed three cruises on the Arcadia; to the Caribbean in 2005, Central America in 2007 and South America in 2013.  You can read all about my 2013 voyage in my blog.
Arcadia in Recife, Brazil in January 2013 Cabin C149 on the Arcadia Arcadia transiting the Panama Canal in 2007
The Arcadia in Recife, Brazil in January 2013.  We left Southampton for an 18-night cruise, the first leg of the Arcadia’s world voyage.  See South America for our cruise itinerary.
Cabin C149 on the Arcadia, a spacious and comfortable temporary home.  Many a time we spent on our balcony sipping cocktails and watching the world go by.  :-)
The Arcadia in the Panama Canal in January 2007.  She is one of the largest ships that can transit the Panama Canal; in fact there was only 18" clearance each side of the ship! The ship is towed along by eight locomotives; two at each side at the front, and two at each side at the rear.  The locomotives use tight chains which keep the ship straight.
Neptune Pool, with retractable roof on Arcadia The Kings and the Gatlands on Arcadia in 2005
The main pool, Neptune Pool, on the Arcadia which has a retractable roof to close in cooler climes.  Oddly, the Captain’s Cocktail Party is always held here on the Arcadia, as there isn’t another venue large enough to hold all the passengers.
On our Arcadia cruise in October 2005.  There were eight of us altogether, and here we are at the private cocktail party with Captain Steve Burgoigne.  I’m third from the right and Trevor is standing behind me.