British cruise line P&O Cruises today named its next Excel-class ship in a video posted on YouTube. The company’s second LNG-powered vessel will be called Arvia, which translated means from the coast.
The ship, which is being built at Meyer Werft in Germany, is P&O Cruises’ newest ship since the launch of the P&O Iona last year. These vessels are part of Carnival Corporation’s efforts to transition to larger, LNG-powered vessels of more than 180,000 gross tons.
Paul Ludlow, chairman of P&O Cruises, was to speak on the company’s second Excel-class ship:
The Arvia, as well as the Iona, will be innovative and forward-thinking ships offering an exceptional, diverse and modern holiday experience. Arvia is designed for year-round sun travel and to maximize ocean and sea views from every seat on board. The name seemed very appropriate and will reflect the experience of the guests on board.
The total weight of the new ship will be 184,700 gross tons and the design will be identical to that of its sister ship. The concepts that have already proved successful across the fleet will be enhanced, as will the facilities already available on P&O Iona.
It will be added to the fleet in December 2022, with reservations going on sale in March. The cruise line will release more information about Arvia in the coming weeks and months.
The name is very apt; the company aims to create a relaxing and rejuvenating atmosphere on board:
The coast is known for its relaxing and tranquil qualities, and a holiday in Arvia will truly celebrate this and allow you to relax in the heart of the island. The rejuvenating and revitalising qualities of a walk on the beach and the fresh sea air will be reflected in the experience on board and ashore, as will the vast space on board, which has enabled us to incorporate a number of new and unusual features.
The launch of Iona and Arvia represents a massive 33% increase in P&O UK’s fleet. As the cruise market in the UK has grown in recent years, this should come as no surprise.
P&O’s fleet will now number no fewer than seven ships when Arvia is launched in late 2022, although it will still be one of the smaller brands in the Carnival Corporation group.
Ships in the P&O fleet :
- Arcadia – 1952 passengers – 83 781 GT
- Aurora – 1,878 passengers – 76,152 GT
- Azura – 3,096 passengers – 115,000 GT
- Great Britain – 3 647 passengers – 143 730 GT
- Ventura – 3 192 passengers – 116 017 GT
- Iona and Arvia – 5,200 passengers – over 180,000 GT.
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Ship availability is excellent for a cruise line. However, the question remains as to when the ships will be able to sail again. P&O Cruises plans to launch five ships in late April and early May 2021.
Whether this will happen remains to be seen, as the UK Transport Secretary recently said that foreign travel should be banned until all adults in the UK are vaccinated and people should not book holidays.
The ship’s schedule is currently as follows:
- On the 20th. In May 2021, the Arcadia will depart for an 18-night voyage around the Mediterranean.
- Aurora will be the 24th. April 2021 to embark on a 7 night trip to Western Europe.
- Azura will be the 29th. April 2021 to embark on a 7-night voyage across the Mediterranean.
- Britain takes a nosedive on the 25th. April 2021 for a 13-night trip to Spain and Portugal.
- The Ventura leaves on the 30th. April 2021 for a day trip, after which it will head to the Baltic for longer voyages.
- The first voyage of the Iona takes place on the 24th. April 2021, for a 7-night voyage in the Norwegian fjords.
Let’s hope P&O Cruises succeeds in making these voyages what should be a return to cruising from the UK. As we all know, everything is still in flux, but with beautiful new ships on the horizon, the future is certainly bright.