Discover the tranquil atmosphere aboard P&O Arcadia, a long-standing favourite in the P&O Cruises fleet. P&O Arcadia is a medium-sized cruise ship designed exclusively for adults. Unveiling a world where understated sophistication meets comfort, Arcadia stands out for its lack of glitz and glamour, favouring instead a refined atmosphere that resonates with those seeking a peaceful retreat at sea. Tailored for adults, P&O Arcadia presents an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation, away from the hustle and bustle of family-centric cruises. Whether you’re looking to explore breathtaking destinations or simply unwind in a calm, sophisticated environment, P&O Arcadia offers a peaceful cruising experience for this on a budget.

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The Score Card.

Ship Interior

How wowed were we by the ship interior?

Ship Exterior

How striking is the exterior design of the ship?


How well maintained is the ship? Any rust? Any sign of damage?

Glitz & Glamour

How striking is the ship interior? Does it feel palatial?

WOW Factors

Wow facilities - such as bumper cars, ice rinks, luxury spas, sanctuaries etc.


How friendly and efficient was service?

Cabin Amenities

How well appointed is the cabin? Interactive TV, sufficient plug sockets?

Cabin Service

How efficient was the cabin service?

Cabin Comfort

How comfortable was the bed?

Shop Variety

How large was the variety of shops onboard?

Shop Prices

How fair is the onboard pricing in the shops?

Drink Prices

How fair is onboard pricing when it comes to drinks?

Main Dining

How impressed were we with Main Dining?

Alfresco Dining

Variety of alfresco dining options onboard?

Speciality Variety

Variety of speciality restaurants onboard

Speciality Quality

Quality and standards of cuisine in the speciality dining venues

Speciality Prices

How fair were the prices of speciality restaurants?

Buffet Choice

How big was variety in the buffet restaurant onboard?

Buffet Quality

How impressed were we with the quality of food in the buffet?


Choices for vegetarians, vegans and other dietary issues?

Overall Dining

Overall variety of dining options onboard?


How good was the variety and standard of entertainment onboard?

Pools & Hot Tubs

Variety and amount of pools and hot tubs onboard

Poolside Area

How well maintained were the poolside areas onboard?

Fitness Centre

How impressed were we with the gym and fitness area onboard?

Deck Furniture

Condition and variety of different deck furniture

Extra Activities

Mini Golf, Sports Court, Golf Simulator and other venues of that type


Sufficient amount of lifts? Average wait times?


Variety on sale, cost and standard of excursions sold

Spa Treatments

How fairly priced were spa treatments and products?

WiFi Cost

How fairly priced was WiFi onboard?


Were we kept informed by the bridge of developments and progress?


How impressive was the spa? Hydrotherapy pool, thermal suite?

WiFi Quality

How fast or slow was the ship's internet?


Children's facilities onboard.

The App

Was there an app to improve a customers experience? Did it function well?


How smooth and fast was the embarkation process?


How smooth and fast was the disembarkation process?

Interactive TV

Was there an interactive TV in the cabins? Functionality?

Deck Freedom

Did the ship have a promenade? Could you walk to the front of the ship?


How easy is it to get a towel by the pool? Was there a towel station?

Value For Money

Overall value for money, considering all factors.

*A score of 0 means that this facility was not offered. Scores are generated by comparing to experiences with other cruise ships and cruise lines. These scores are based on our own opinion. The Cruise Ship Score is generated from The Score Card.

Cruise Ship Score


Cruise Ship Score


Ship Name: Arcadia
Operator: P&O Cruises
Port of Registry: Bermuda, Hamilton
Cost: $400,000,000
Launched: June 2004
Tonnage: 83,781 GT
Length: 289.90m
Beam: 32.20m
Height: 62m
Passenger Decks: 11
Speed: 22 knots
Max Passengers: 2,388
Crew: 976
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1:2.4

P&O Cruises is a British cruise line based at Carnival House in Southampton, England, operated by Carnival UK and owned by Carnival Corporation & plc. It was originally a subsidiary of the freight transport company P&O and was founded in 1977. P&O Cruises is a cruise line which sits in the mainstream cruise category, and despite having two adult-only ships is a family-focused cruise line.

Best Suited For

  • Adults
  • Those on a budget
  • Those that enjoy a more relaxing cruise experience
  • Cruisers who like cheaper pay-as-you-go drinks
  • Those looking for a cruise out of the UK

Not Suited For

  • Families
  • Cruisers seeking premium service and dining
  • For those that like nightly turndown service
  • Those that enjoy a lively atmosphere on ship
  • Cruisers that don't like having to pay for speciality restaurants to enjoy decent quality cuisine