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: Kirkwall
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 4: Invergordon
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 5: Isle of Skye Scenic Cruising
Isle of Skye, connected to Scotland’s northwest coast by bridge, is mostly known for its stunning green landscapes, picturesque villages, and medieval castles. The town of Portree features quaint harbourside pubs and boutiques, as well as being a great base for exploring the island. Hike to The Old Man of Storr to admire picturesque scenery – one of the most photographed landscapes on the Isle. If hiking isn’t your cup of tea but nature is; drive to Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls and walk out to the viewpoint to see fantastic views of the Isle of Skye. The Fairy Pools are a great activity for all of the family as you walk along a series of waterfalls. Take a tour of Talisker Distillery and bring home a whisky souvenir to commemorate your trip. Explore Dunvegan Castle and its picturesque gardens, and while you’re there take a tour of the castle to learn about its history. For a change of scenery off the mainland, step aboard a boat trip to see wildlife such as whales, sea eagles, and seals.
Day 6: Oban
The Oban Ferry Terminal is located on the eastern coast; in the Argyll and Brute council area of Scotland. Try Scotland’s oldest source of single malt Scotch whisky at the Oban Distillery. Also, shadowing over the town, McCaig’s Tower is the Colosseum look alike — providing spectacular views over the town and nearby islands. Oban is also considered the 'Seafood Capital of Scotland', offering numerous award-winning restaurants. The Isle of Mull is also just a short boat ride away and is an ideal location to visit during the summer as you can enjoy the secluded, beautiful beaches. The Mull Aquarium is one of the newer visitor attractions where you can engage in a host of activities like seeing the huge saltwater tank, touch pools or the interactive games and cinema room.
Day 7: Greenock
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 8: Belfast
Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, enjoys a wonderful setting of high hills, sea lough and river valley. Its name originated from the Gaelic ‘Beal Feirste’ meaning ‘mouth of the sandy fjord’. Founded in the 17th century, the city prospered becoming one of the world’s leading industrial names, and was home to Harland and Wolff – the shipbuilders who built the ill-fated Titanic. Despite its more recent political troubles, Belfast has emerged as a vibrant, alluring destination. Amidst its beautiful Victorian buildings you can shop in stylish boutiques, sip a Guinness in one of its charming old pubs or take a scenic stroll in Barnett Demesne park. The centrepiece is the City Hall, completed in 1906, with its domed roof and grand Italian marble staircase. Other points of interest on the city include Belfast Cathedral, which has the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland plus Celtic themed mosaics and stained glass, Belfast Castle, sitting on the slopes of Cave Hill, and Belfast Zoo.
Day 10: Liverpool
The ship drops anchor today on the banks of the River Mersey at Liverpool. With some of the best museums and galleries in the UK, Liverpool is an exciting and historic city. Stop at International Slavery Museum, Walker Art Gallery, World Museum, and Beatles Story — featuring memorabilia and a life-sized replica of the Cavern Club — during your time here. Have lunch and drinks at the many bars and cafes of the modern Albert Dock, or enjoy some sightseeing with visits to Liverpool Cathedral and St George's Hall. See the launch pad of The Beatles, Casbah Club; tour Liverpool FC's home ground, Anfield Stadium; or shop 'til you drop at the Metquarter and Liverpool ONE.
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.