ACROBATS, buskers, magicians and pop-up performers will all be on the maritime menu in the atrium of P&O Cruises’ new supership Arvia, the line revealed today.
The Grand Atrium, which offers widescreen ocean views, will become the focus of entertainment for the ship and a spectacular backdrop to aerial performers who will descend through the triple-deck space.
It will also host a full programme of live events and entertainment, with local buskers, pop-up talks, magicians and performers when Arvia sets out on her maiden voyage in December this year.
Each level of the Grand Atrium will offer guests a place to dine, socialise or relax, balancing larger sociable areas with more intimate spaces, linked by a staircase adorned with metal champagne-coloured ribbons.
Project architect and designer Jennifer deVere-Hopkins says: “With its triple-height windows, we wanted to infuse the Grand Atrium with the same sense of energy even outside of the live performances.
“Its innovative design will capture the movement, freedom and spectacle of the ocean and always connect guests to the sea.”
The Grand Atrium will be home to Amber Lounge, home of crafted cocktails where guests can watch mixologists create the perfect drink while enjoying aerial performances played out directly in front of them.
The Keel & Cow will serve gastro-pub including dry-aged steaks and the “the best burger at sea”, The Prime Minister. The Glass House will offer dishes paired with wines selected by Food Hero Olly Smith.
In all, Arvia will have a choice of 12 restaurants plus eight other places to eat also including fleet favourites Epicurean, Sindhu and The Olive Grove, and plant-based and sushi dishes in Green & Co.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow says: “The Grand Atrium will provide guests with the perfect backdrop to their holiday photos.
“The design has made the most of the magical effect of light at different times of the day, so whether guests want to enjoy a morning coffee or evening drink, it will provide the most spectacular backdrop.”
Arvia will join the P&O Cruises fleet in December 2022, with a maiden voyage to the Canary Islands, followed by a winter season in the Caribbean.
She will be the largest ship to sail from her home port of Barbados, offering holidays ranging from seven to 22 nights, with an overnight stay in Barbados and an extended call to Antigua on many cruises.
For itineraries see www.pocruises.com.
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