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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
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.