P&O Cruises celebrates build milestone for Britain’s most environmentally-friendly cruise ship
By Claire Benktander | 16 Feb 2022
A key stage in the construction of Britain’s newest and most innovative cruise ship, P&O Cruises’ Arvia, has been marked at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg.
The team building P&O Cruises 184,000 tonnes ship Arvia, which, like its sister ship Iona, will be powered by liquefied natural gas, as part of P&O Cruises ongoing commitment to sustainable travel, making them both among the world’s greenest ships, celebrated the milestone with the traditional coin-laying ceremony.
Other world-class environmentally-friendly innovations include shore power connectivity and the latest technology for its four main engines. Switching from marine diesel fuel to LNG significantly improves overall air emissions with the virtual elimination of sulfur dioxide emissions.
In May 2021, P&O Cruises launched Iona, its first Excel-class ship. The new LNG-powered ship, with 5,200-guest capacity, is the largest ship built to serve the UK market. Iona features enhancements to already successful brand signature venues from the existing fleet, as well as features newly developed for the ship.
P&O Cruises’ second LNG-powered Excel class ship and sister ship to Iona is named Arvia, meaning from the seashore, and will join the fleet in December 2022. Arvia is the latest evolution in the P&O Cruises experience, embodying the newest trends in travel, dining and entertainment, and will be the epitome of a sunshine resort sailing year-round to the warmest climates.
This event is a long-held ship-building tradition which is to bring good luck to the ship and its crew through construction to the future at sea. Specially-selected Barbados coins were placed under the block before the block was then lowered onto the coins.
Speaking at the ceremony P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow said: “This is yet another landmark in P&O Cruises new build history.
“Arvia will be our second ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas as part of P&O Cruises ongoing commitment to sustainable travel. Other world-class environmentally-friendly innovations include shore power connectivity and the latest technology for its four main engines.
“Our guests will enjoy holidays on Arvia, as they have done and continue to do on Iona and on the other ships in the P&O Cruises fleet. They will holiday in the Mediterranean in the summer and in the warmth of the Caribbean throughout the winter as Arvia will be our ‘sunshine’ ship.
“The coins that are laid under Arvia’s keel today will be the embodiment of that warmth and sun as they are currency from our winter homeport of Barbados, an island which has had a special place in our heart for over 20 years.
“These coins, with the workmanship and skill of everyone gathered today – and so many more – will keep and protect all on board this spectacular ship.”
Arvia will be delivered in December 2022 and will sail her maiden voyage to the Canary Islands followed by a winter season in the Caribbean.
Arvia has 16 decks and will feature Altitude Skywalk a unique high ropes experience, a swim-up bar and stunning infinity pool, new and exclusive Mission Control a multi-sensory escape room, a new restaurant Green & Co featuring Mizuhana serving a plant and fish-led menu, Ocean Studios cinema, 1,300sqm of shopping and the Oasis Spa and Health Club.
P&O Cruises is offering a 14-night cruise on Arvia from £1,449 per person for an inside cabin. Departing December 9, 2022, the price includes full board meals and entertainment. Departing from and returning to Southampton ports of call are Madeira, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Cadiz and Lisbon.
Caribbean itineraries for Arvia run from January to March 2023 and have been created to allow more time to explore eight of the region’s most idyllic islands: Antigua, Barbados, Curaçao, Dominican Republic (a maiden call), Martinique, St Kitts, St Lucia and St Maarten.