The 5,290-passenger Excel-class cruise vessel, Arvia, has been delivered to UK-based P&O Cruises by German shipyard, Meyer Werft. The 344m-long vessel, a sister ship to the 2020-built Iona, has 20 decks and 2,659 cabins. It is powered by LNG and has a cruising speed of 21.5 knots.
Meyer Werft managing director, Jan Meyer, said: “The current tense global situation, with supply bottlenecks and material shortages, poses challenges for the construction of such complex cruise ships. But thanks to the team's performance, we were able to overcome these hurdles and today once again hand over a ship that meets the high Meyer standards. For this I would like to thank all those involved for their great commitment.”
The vessel will be deployed in Caribbean cruises during winter months and Mediterranean cruises out of Southampton in the summer. The Arvia is due to leave Southampton on January 6th, bound for Bridgetown, Barbados, with a scheduled arrival date of January 20th.