Life on the Ocean Waves
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Artemis Braemar Arcadia M/S Arcadia The Arcadia in Zeebrugge in November 2017
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), North Sea (2017).
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 main cruises (and one mini-cruise) on the Arcadia; to the Caribbean in 2005, Central America in 2007, South America in 2013 and Southampton to Zeebrugge in 2017.  You can read all about my 2013 and 2017 voyages 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 Atlantic 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.
Cabin A103 on Australia Deck (deck 8) Belvedere self-service restaurant, deck 9 Spinnaker Bar, deck 3 Aquarius Pool beneath a grey Southampton sky Piano bar on deck 3 Spinnaker bar, showing original Arcadia's bell
Arcadia in Zeebrugge in November 2017.
Cabin A103, a pleasant stateroom with a large balcony on Deck 8.
Part of the Belvedere self-service restaurant on Deck 9.
The Spinnaker bar on deck 3.  It was pleasant sitting in here, sipping on cocktails and listening to the pianist or just relaxing and enjoying being on holiday.
Aquarius pool and bar at the stern of the ship.  This is where sailaway parties were held, weather permitting.
The centrally-located piano bar on Deck 3.  There are lots of lovely bars, lounges and places just to hang out on the beautiful Arcadia.
Another view of the Spinnaker Bar, showing the ship’s bell from the original Arcadia.