P&O Cruises Arvia render
P&O Cruises’ Arvia

P&O Cruises brand-new ship, Arvia, will sail its maiden season in the Caribbean in January 2023.

P&O’s Arvia, dubbed the ‘epitome of a sunshine resort’, is set to launch in December 2022 and will offer a Caribbean maiden season of fly-cruise holidays from its homeport in Barbados and Antigua.

The new Caribbean itineraries, running from January to March 2023, will also feature La Romana in the Dominican Republic – a maiden port of call for P&O Cruises; Curaçao; Martinique; St Kitts; St Lucia and St Maarten.

Arvia’s seven and 14-night ‘fly from the UK’ cruises also all include an overnight call in Barbados. 22-night holidays departing from or returning to Southampton with UK flights are also available.

Speaking about Arvia’s maiden season, P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow says: “Arvia holidays, alongside the rest of our winter 2022 season, will be on sale very shortly.

“We cannot wait to bring our newest ship to our glorious home port of Barbados and also to Antigua, which will be a first-time turnaround port for P&O Cruises.”

He adds: “The Caribbean is the optimal maiden season destination for Arvia; a ship where every facet, including unique retractable roof SkyDome and Altitude Skywalk high ropes, is designed to provide exceptional views of the ocean, seashore and surrounding destinations.

“From the very initial concept Arvia has been created to be the epitome of a sunshine resort, developed to be an ideal way to enjoy the Caribbean’s turquoise waters and white sandy beaches like never before.”

P&O’s UK staycation cruises also recently went on sale after the cruise line confirmed passengers will need proof of a Covid-19 vaccine to travel.

Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises, said: “This is moving at pace. We anticipate by the 27 June, which is our first sailing, there will be a government-accredited scheme to prove your vaccination, but at the very least, then of course, a letter from your GP would suffice.”

He added: “At the moment we’re stipulating that all guests of all ages must be vaccinated to come on board with us.”

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