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09/30/2011 05:45 pm ET | Updated Nov 26, 2011

The P&O Arcadia: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The P&O Arcadia is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the P&O Arcadia.

Destination

Passengers on the P&O Arcadia, part of a British-owned fleet of seven ships, can choose trips that visit many destinations, including Canada, the Eastern United States, Western Europe, Asia, Australia, South Africa, the Atlantic Islands, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Caribbean.

Passenger Ship

The sophisticated 935-foot P&O Arcadia is a midsize ship that includes 11 decks, 1,008 cabins and carries north of 2,000 passengers. The ship is for adults only and boasts a luxurious and stylish vibe.

Special Features

P&O Arcadia features extravagant and sophisticated adult amenities. The ship includes a theater, live entertainment, spa, gymnasium and two pools. This upscale ship showcases more than 3,000 pieces of artwork. Relaxation and style are the signature traits of this ship.

Accommodations

Accommodations include inside cabins, outside cabins with picture windows, deluxe balcony cabins, mini-suites and suites. As the room sizes increase, so to the amenities, with suites offering a king-size bed, a whirlpool bath with separate shower, a lounge area, a DVD player and a balcony. Mineral water is included upon arrival no matter the cabin selection, along with a luxurious "Pamper Pack."

Cost

Cruises run anywhere from two nights to 109 nights. The price of a cruise on this ship ranges from $408 to $37,473 per person and varies widely depending on the time of year, length of voyage and accommodations.

Excursions

The Baltic excursion to Tallin Old Town is highly recommended. It is a beautiful old town with some of the Baltic's oldest churches, which exhibit interesting examples of Gothic architecture.

Dining Experience

The Arcadian Rhodes restaurant offers British fine dining aboard the P&O Arcadia. The Orchid offers an Asian menu. Other restaurants include an Italian-style cafe, a poolside grill and a two-tier main restaurant.

Maiden Voyage

The P&O Arcadia's maiden voyage was April 2005. The ship underwent renovations in December of 2008 with an addition of 34 cabins and one additional bar. This cruise ship has always been a passenger ship.

In The News

In 2008, four passengers on the P&O Arcadia were arrested for smuggling cocaine into England. The 44 pounds of cocaine, valued at around $3 million, was the largest cocaine smuggling attempt on a cruise ship.

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A look at some of the amenities on board the Arcadia.

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