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Pictured: Stunning recent 345m-long P&O Cruises ship Arvia ahead of her maiden voyage to the Canaries

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Stunning images have been unveiled that show P&O Cruises’ recent ship Arvia arriving in Southampton ahead of her maiden voyage – and her glitzy interior.

The 185,000-tonne, 345m-long (1,131ft) Excel-class ship sets off today (Friday) for the Canary Islands having docked in Southampton on Sunday, with P&O Cruises’ president Paul Ludlow describing her as ‘the most recent evolution within the P&O Cruises experience’.

He added: ‘[Arvia] embodies the latest trends in travel, dining and entertainment and is the epitome of a sunshine resort sailing year-round to the warmest climates. It takes its sister ship Iona’s design aesthetic and general arrangement but provides recent and exciting inside and outside spaces which take advantage of Arvia’s deployment to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

‘We cannot wait for our first guests to… see the extraordinary attention to detail, design of the restaurants and bars, scale of the theatre, the layout and recent brands within the retail area and the exhilarating top-deck activities. We’re seeing a recent generation recognising the worth for money and individuality of a vacation at sea.’

Stunning images have been unveiled that show P&O Cruises’ recent ship Arvia arriving in Southampton

Arvia's glitzy Glass House restaurant

Arvia’s glitzy Glass House restaurant

Arvia’s features include a swim-up bar, an infinity pool ‘with uninterrupted views of the ship’s wake’, and the first-ever high-ropes experience at sea, Altitude Skywalk, with guests in a position to select two courses while 54m (177ft) above the ocean.

Arvia, which has 16 guest decks, ‘is designed to bring guests even closer to the ocean, sky and shore, reflecting its name meaning [in Latin] “from the seashore”‘ and likewise features P&O Cruises’ first-ever zone with a retractable roof, ‘SkyDome’.

The road says: ‘SkyDome is a relaxed pool environment by day with dining and entertainment by night, including stunning aerial performances, theatre productions and blockbuster movies al fresco on SeaScreen.’

Women from the 'Sisterhood Swimmers' group braved the cold sea as Arvia cruised past

Women from the ‘Sisterhood Swimmers’ group braved the cold sea as Arvia cruised past

Pictured above is P&O Cruises' first-ever zone with a retractable roof, 'SkyDome' - 'a relaxed pool environment by day with dining and entertainment by night'

Pictured above is P&O Cruises’ first-ever zone with a retractable roof, ‘SkyDome’ – ‘a relaxed pool environment by day with dining and entertainment by night’

The 185,000-tonne ship's maiden voyage is to the Canary Islands. Pictured above is the swim-up bar

The 185,000-tonne ship’s maiden voyage is to the Canary Islands. Pictured above is the swim-up bar

Arvia is 345m long (1,131ft) and billed as 'the latest evolution in the P&O Cruises experience'. Pictured above is the atrium

Arvia is 345m long (1,131ft) and billed as ‘the most recent evolution within the P&O Cruises experience’. Pictured above is the atrium

The Altitude Skywalk high-ropes experience

The Altitude Skywalk high-ropes experience

On the food front, there are 12 restaurants joined by an extra eight casual places to eat.

One – ‘Green & Co featuring Mizuhana’ – has a plant and fish-led menu ‘served in chic and chic surroundings’.

Mizuhana is a brand-new sushi bar created by P&O Cruises for Arvia and is housed inside Green & Co. Here, says the road, ‘guests can watch expert chefs at work while taking in sea views’ and ‘expert food-pairing advice and vibrant cocktails complete the experience’.

Also on board is sixth Street Diner, ‘informal by day with a complicated night-time vibe, featuring retro seating, atmospheric lighting and a jukebox – and serving all-American flavours including speciality fried chicken and waffles with bourbon mascarpone’.

P&O Cruises’ ‘distinctive signature restaurants’ Epicurean, Sindhu, The Glass House, The Keel & Cow and The Olive Grove, already across the fleet, also feature on Arvia.

P&O Cruises’ Oasis Spa offering, meanwhile, is present and proper but boasting recent treatments exclusive to Arvia – two couples suites each with a hammam and steam room, a therapeutic cool room, a ‘restorative’ salt sauna and ‘an invigorating’ Kneipp Walk that mixes a pebble foot massage with cold and warm water treatments to stimulate circulation and boost vitality.

Mission Control can also be an Arvia exclusive. This ‘unique immersive experience’ combines an escape game with multimedia simulation and a live-action story ‘to create an exciting underwater challenge’.

Also recent for Arvia is the stage musical Biggest Days – The Official Take That Musical, an adaptation of the acclaimed West End musical The Band, which features the songs of Take That and a story by Olivier Award-winning author Tim Firth.

Arvia also features WaveLength, a recent interactive gameshow, virtually starring presenter and game show host Ben Shephard.

Mission Control (above) is an Arvia exclusive. This 'unique immersive experience' combines an escape game with multimedia simulation and a live-action story 'to create a thrilling underwater challenge'

Mission Control (above) is an Arvia exclusive. This ‘unique immersive experience’ combines an escape game with multimedia simulation and a live-action story ‘to create an exciting underwater challenge’

P&O Cruises' president Paul Ludlow said: '[Arvia] embodies the newest trends in travel, dining and entertainment and is the epitome of a sunshine resort sailing year-round to the warmest climates.' Pictured above is the Meridian restaurant

P&O Cruises’ president Paul Ludlow said: ‘[Arvia] embodies the latest trends in travel, dining and entertainment and is the epitome of a sunshine resort sailing year-round to the warmest climates.’ Pictured above is the Meridian restaurant

6th Street Diner (above) - 'informal by day with a sophisticated night-time vibe, featuring retro seating, atmospheric lighting and a jukebox - and serving all-American flavours including speciality fried chicken and waffles with bourbon mascarpone'

sixth Street Diner (above) – ‘informal by day with a complicated night-time vibe, featuring retro seating, atmospheric lighting and a jukebox – and serving all-American flavours including speciality fried chicken and waffles with bourbon mascarpone’

'Green & Co featuring Mizuhana' - has a plant and fish-led menu 'served in chic and elegant surroundings'

‘Green & Co featuring Mizuhana’ – has a plant and fish-led menu ‘served in chic and chic surroundings’

Entertainment on Arvia will include stage musical Greatest Days - The Official Take That Musical, an adaptation of the acclaimed West End musical The Band

Entertainment on Arvia will include stage musical Biggest Days – The Official Take That Musical, an adaptation of the acclaimed West End musical The Band

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