Arcadia joined the P&O Cruises' family in 2005 and underwent a rejuvenating makeover in late 2017. This mid-sized, adult-only ship showcases signature features such as glass-fronted lifts and over 3,000 works of art. The eleven passenger decks are lined with luxury cabins and suites, six restaurants, nine bars and lounges, luxury spa with thermal suite and hydro-therapy pool, art gallery, three-tiered theatre, three pools, and boutique cinema. Days at sea are your chance to make the most of the ship's facilities: Sunbathe on a lounger by Aquarius Pool or try Tai Chi in The Retreat. Enjoy a dance lesson or practice your swing at the golf nets. Lose yourself in a book in the library or indulge in a pampering massage with aromatic scented oils at Oasis Spa. Days in port let you explore independently at your own pace or why not book a sightseeing excursion or on-shore adventure?
Culinary experiences on Arcadia tempt you with round-the-world flavours. Discover traditional Club Dining and Freedom Dining in the Meridian Restaurant and choose from a multi-course menu of international dishes; classic English afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, cakes, scones, and a pot of tea is also served here daily too. Savour informal-style dining at The Belvedere food court and al fresco light bites and fast food options at the Neptune Grill. Treat yourself to speciality dining for a modest cover charge - Sindhu serves modern Indian cuisine with a British twist in elegant surroundings or feast on mouth-watering steaks, fish, and seafood in The Ocean Grill.
Quench your thirst in one of Arcadia's bars and lounges. Enjoy freshly-brewed coffee and cookies in Caffe Vivo. Sip cocktails poolside at the Aquarius and Neptune Bars. Meet up for pre-dinner cocktails in Spinnaker Bar and East Bar. Visit the Piano Bar for drinks accompanied by ambient music. Treat yourself to an exclusive cocktail or a glass of champagne in the chic Intermezzo bar. Join in the karaoke and talent shows at The Rising Sun. The Crow's Nest is a relaxed lounge with views by day and the setting for live music, cabaret acts, and dancing after dark.
There is something to suit your every mood entertainment-wise aboard Arcadia. The three-tier The Palladium presents West End-style shows on stage. Watch film shows in the comfort of a leather armchair in the boutique cinema The Screening Room. Pay a visit to The Globe for the latest film releases, late-night cabaret, and dancing. Monte Carlo Casino is the place to dice with Lady Luck at the slot machines and the roulette and blackjack tables.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and board P&O Arcadia for your twelve night cruise.
Day 3: Cork, Ireland
The cosmopolitan city of Cork sits between two channels of the River Lee, upstream from Cork Harbour on Ireland's southwest coast. Visit the former prison of Cork City Gaol, Victorian-themed English Market, and neo-Gothic St. Colman's Cathedral. Gaze in awe at the French Gothic spires of St Finbarre's Cathedral, or ring the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St Anne's Church. Pay a visit to the "Queenstown Story" at Cork Heritage Centre, where you can learn all about Irish emigration and the area's connection to the Titanic. Venture out of the city to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone.
Day 5: Stornoway, Scotland
The ports town of Stornoway sits proudly on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Step ashore and pay a visit to 18th-century Lews Castle baronial mansion and the adjoining Lews Castle Museum and Archive. Stop by the art gallery, shops, and cafe-bar at An Lanntair Arts Centre. Watch wool-spinning and weaving demonstrations and explore the history of the famous Harris Tweed at Lewis Loom Centre. Venture out to the west coast of the isle to view the famous Standing Stones of Callanish.
Day 6: Kirkwall, England
Kirkwall is both the largest town and the capital of the Orkney Islands. This vibrant and busy port town was granted Royal Burgh status by James III of Scotland in 1486 and is the main transport and port hub in the Orkneys. The medieval St Magnus Cathedral dominates the skyline, with the Earl's and Bishop's Palaces close by. Step back in time at Orkney Museum in Tankerness House before strolling around its delightful walled gardens. Explore the art of whisky making at Scapa Distillery or shop for souvenirs at the niche shops and boutiques in the town centre.
Day 7: Invergordon, England
Invergordon is located on the north-shore of Cromarty Firth at the heart of the Highlands of Scotland. Pay a visit to Invergordon Naval & Heritage Museum, Cromarty Courthouse, and Hugh Miller's Cottage & Museum. Admire the colourful 'Off the Wall' murals painted on the side of the town's buildings. Take a trip in search of the Loch Ness monster at Loch Ness. Journey to nearby Inverness and explore Landmark Park, Cawdor Castle, Culloden Moor Battlefield, Glen Ord Distillery, and The Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre.
Day 9: Greenock (for Glasgow), Scotland
Arrive in Greenock - gateway to the vibrant city of Glasgow. Set on the River Clyde in the western Lowlands, Glasgow was voted the world's friendliest city. Hop on a City Sightseeing bus to take a whistle-stop tour of the city's famous attractions. Charles Rennie Mackintosh fans will love The Willow Tea Room, The Lighthouse, House of an Art Lover and the Glasgow School of Art. Pay a visit to Glasgow Science Museum or step aboard the Tall Ship: SV Glenlee on the waterfront. No visit to Scotland would be complete without sampling the region's 'water of life' - Scotch whisky - with a tour of Glengoyne Distillery. There's also family fun at Loch Lomond Aquarium and Snow Factor on the outskirts of the city.
Day 10: Dublin, Ireland
Experience the vibrant culture and famous Irish 'craic' in the Republic of Ireland’s capital city — Dublin. Pay a visit to the country's largest church - St Patrick's Cathedral - as well as Dublin Castle, National Museum of Ireland, and Irish Museum of Modern Art. Explore the gardens and elegant squares of Trinity College and sample a glass of the country's favourite drink on a tour of Guinness Storehouse at St James's Gate Brewery. Wander the famous streets of the Temple Bar district and enjoy delicious food, live music and traditional ales.
Day 12: St Peter Port, Guernsey
St Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey and also its main port. Stroll around the harbour to hear the Noon Day Gun at Castle Cornet and explore the Maritime Museum. Pay a visit to the idyllic Candie Gardens or get up close to tropical marine life at the Guernsey Aquarium. Follow the Esplanade into the town centre to indulge in retail therapy on the High Street and in the Old Town. Step back to wartime at La Vallette Underground Military Museum or trace 1000 years of island history on the Baliwick of Guernsey Millennium Tapestry. Take a tour around Victor Hugo House in Hauteville where the author wrote 'Les Miserables' or go to see the seashell and pebble encrusted The Little Chapel.
Day 13: Southampton, UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way home.