Construction work has started on P&O Cruises’ second Excel class ship, Arvia, in the Meyer Werft shipyard in Warnemunde, Germany.
The ship is scheduled to be ready for delivery by December 2022.
The first component of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered ship, the floating engine room (FERU), has arrived in the shed where Arvia will be constructed. The ship will be made by Neptun Werft, weighing around 12,000 tons at a length of 140 metres and 42 metres wide.
Arvia, which means ‘from the seashore’, is set to feature a high ropes experience named Altitude Skywalk, plus Altitude Minigolf, a swim-up bar and a new plant- and fish-led restaurant.
It will offer a maiden season of Caribbean fly/cruise holidays from its home port in Barbados. Itineraries will run from January to March 2023, including port calls at La Romana in the Dominican Republic, Curaçao, Martinique, St Kitts, St Lucia and St Maarten.
A time-lapse video of the floating engine room has been uploaded to P&O Cruises’ YouTube page.
The ship comes after the launch of P&O’s first Excel class ship, Iona, which was officially named in a virtual ceremony in June. Iona will set sail on August 7 for its first time on a passenger voyage.