Exciting changes scheduled for P&O fleet:
As a result of extensive customer research, P&O Cruises have launched a multi-million pound investment to refurbish their ships, Ventura, Oceana and Arcadia.
Two of the main areas will be the introduction of more single cabins along with the replication of many of the key innovations found on the Azura. This includes the Glasshouse concept menu that has been so popular on the Azura and will now replace Las Ramblas on the Ventura. To ensure that it is plain sailing all the way, Olly Smith will be sailing regularly throughout the year. He will ensure his expertise in wine and food pairings are available to encourage more people to try new wines from different countries.
The Ventura will spend around 2 weeks in a German shipyard in the Spring of 2013, returning to Southampton in March before leaving with the next cruise on April 7th. Passengers will be able to look forward to the introduction of The Glasshouse restaurant incorporating a wine dispensing system. There will also be a further 18 new single cabins adjacent to the Exchange bar and Fortunes casino. In the Atrium there will be a new dance floor and the retail area will be vastly improved along with the library being converted to a Cyber study. Other cabin improvements will be the replacement of carpets, cushions, bed runners and mattresses giving them a new feel.
Carl Marlow, P&O Cruises Managing Director commented “We are committed to on-going and continuous improvement and refurbishment of our ships so that there is a consistent standard of décor across the fleet”. He also said that the research carried out with regard to dining had “Showed that the quality of dining is important to an overwhelming 97% of respondents. The speciality restaurants are also important as variety of dining came through as another priority with premium grills, classic fine dining , Asian and Indian menus being the most popular.”
Moving on to the Oceana, she will spend just under 2 weeks in a yard between the cruise which returns to Southampton on December 5th and the next cruise which departs on the 20 December 2012.
Some of the changes that passengers will be able to benefit from include a new menu by Marco Pierre White that will be offered in the Café Jardin. Other changes include the refurbishment to the shops and Sundaes ice cream parlour along with the Oasis Spa changing rooms, sauna and salon.
There will be significant cabin refurbishment along the lines of that taking place on the Ventura whilst more and new seating will be included in Winners casino, Le Club and the Horizon Grill. To make sure this really is a ship of the 21st century, there will be new lighting, AV equipment and flat screen TV s in Le Club thus making it suitable for day time entertainment. To finish it all off, the outdoor entertainment is made even better with enhanced deck lighting and sound system.
Finally, Arcadia will be last of the 3 ships to be refitted, this taking place in December 2013 to get her ready for her world cruise in 2014. Work that is scheduled to take place includes cabin refurbishment and the addition of single cabins. Shops will be re-fitted and both the Crows Nest and Ocean Grill will be refurbished with new style soft furnishings. For those who like to dance late at night, The Globe will replace the Electra and have state of the art acoustics.