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Arcadia refit in focus


This autumn, the beloved Arcadia heads for the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg for a refresh. Here, we take a closer look at what’s changing and what guests can expect to see when the ship returns to service

Design inspiration moodboard for the Arcadia refit

Design inspiration moodboard for the Arcadia refit

Arcadia, one of our much-loved ships exclusively for adults, is taking time out this autumn for a bit of a spruce up. Having entered service in 2005, she’s won the hearts of all who have sailed on her thanks to her relaxed and intimate atmosphere, classic elegance and array of features designed for pampering and indulgence.


In preparation for her 2018 World Cruise, which departs Southampton in January, she sets sail for the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg at the end of October. Here, she’ll get the TLC she deserves to improve the guest experience on board and reinvigorate the unique character and key features that guests know and love.


We’ve listened to guest feedback and are investing in a range of updates to the Suites, public areas, bars (such as the Piano Bar and Spinnaker Bar), and main restaurants including The Belvedere food court. We’ve entrusted this work to RPW Design, one of the world’s leading hospitality interior design practices that specialises in the creation of stunningly sophisticated interiors. We are sure that guests will be delighted with the new design concepts and improvements to levels of luxury and comfort. Expect new carpets and furniture, soft furnishing refreshes, fixture and fitting upgrades and elegant new colour schemes, among other highlights.


This is an exciting time for Arcadia and we look forward to welcoming her back mid-November. We can’t wait to show off her new-and-improved charms to loyal fans and introduce a new generation of guests to one of our favourite ships.

Arcadia at sea

Arcadia will return from Hamburg with a fresh new look

Aquarius pool and bar

Few moments define a cruise holiday quite like relaxing by the swimming pool, drink in hand. To bring Arcadia’s Aquarius pool and bar up to the task, we’re refreshing the furnishings and creating a brighter colour scheme. Look out for updated chairs, bar stools, sofas, coffee tables, signage, wall tiles and more. This space, located at the stern of the Lido Deck, will soon become your favourite place to relax in the shade and enjoy a cocktail or two.



The Atrium is the heart of any ship. It acts as a focal point; a place for people watching, meeting up with friends and family or simply soaking up the ship’s atmosphere. Following your feedback, we’re updating Arcadia’s Reception and three-deck-high Atrium to give it the true ‘wow factor’ it deserves. We’ll be making changes to a number of items including the carpets, chairs, banquettes and cushions.


Oasis Spa

Arcadia’s Oasis Spa is a key attraction for guests in search of some serious relaxation. The sense of calm and total relaxation will be further enhanced with new carpets and blinds in the reception area. Loungers and armchairs will be refreshed to enhance the soothing atmosphere and new cushions will add the finishing touches.



Intermezzo will enjoy a refresh with a relaxed but sophisticated new colour scheme referencing the Mediterranean. This will be visible in updated carpets, blinds, chairs, sofas, bar stools, coffee tables, lampshades and more. Look out, too, for subtle nods to nautical details in the lighting and ironmongery.



Your Suite should be your sanctuary; a relaxing home away from home and a place to unwind at the end of a busy day on ship and on shore. We’ll be giving Arcadia’s Suites a refresh. The new design will create a warm and inviting ambience and introduce an elegant design scheme that reflects the ship’s journey, while also improving energy efficiency. New furniture – including sofa beds, armchairs and coffee tables – will create a comfortable ambience, with the help of new decorative items such as curtains, bed cushions, throws and lamps.