P&O’s Arcadia was intended to be Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria for the British cruise market, but was transferred to the P&O Cruises brand (both are owned by the Carnival Corporation). Arcadia can also transit the Panama Canal. Arcadia, strictly a child-free ship for grown-ups
(no under 18s allowed) blends traditional British cruising with contemporary facilities for adults, although it really is a completely different type of ship to the more traditional Artemis, Aurora, Oceana or Oriana. The ship is registered in Bermuda, so US and UK passport holders can be legally married by the ship’s captain.
Arcadia in Olden, Norway on June 26, 2010. Photo: Dex Sularte
|Cruise Line:||P&O Cruises|
|Entered Service:||April 2005|
|Original Cost:||$400 million|
|Gross Tonnage||82,972 tons|
Extracted from the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2010 http://www.berlitzpublishing.com/
Arcadia in Flaam, Sognefjorden, Norway on June 25, 2010. Photo: Dex Sularte
It's full name is Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, though none of its ships are still operated by steam turbines. Based in Southampton, England, it was founded in 1837 just before Samuel Cunard established his company and was awarded a UK government contract in 1840 to carry the mails from Gibraltar to Alexandria.
Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2010