The UK’s second mega cruise ship nears completion

The UK’s second mega cruise ship nears completion

P&O Cruises’ Arvia will set sail 9 December 2022

Arvia, P&O Cruises' second Excellence-class ship, sistership to the Iona, will enter one of the final stages of her construction on Saturday. 

Under construction at Meyer Werft, one of the major German shipyards, headquartered in Papenburg at the river Ems, the Arvia will be floated out of the dock before being moored at the outfitting pier to have her masts and funnel fitted. 

The float-out also marks the start of the interior outfitting stage. The bulk of the interior outfitting will be done at Eemshaven shipyard in the Netherlands. 

Before the outfitting stage can commence, Arvia will perform the conveyance down the river Ems, an important tradition for ships built at Meyer Werft.

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Arvia weighs just over 180,000 gross tonnes, and at 344 metres long, she has capacity to hold 5,200 passengers.

She is part of the same class of ships as Carnival’s Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration, Costa Toscana and AIDAnova, all powered by environmentally friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG).


Arvia will sail in the Caribbean and southern Europe. Her inaugural cruise will set sail on 9 December 2022 from Southampton, visiting ports including Funchal in Madeira, Tenerife, Arrecife in Lanzarote, Cadiz in Spain and Lisbon in Portugal.

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