P&O Cruises upgrades fleet to meet passenger demand

P&O Cruises upgrades fleet to meet passenger demand P&O Arcadia will be upgraded later this year

Findings from customer research commissioned by P&O Cruises has led to a multi-million pound investment on the Ventura, Oceana and Arcadia vessels the company has revealed.

The Glasshouse menu and concept that has proved so popular on board Azura, is being introduced on board Ventura in the area that was previously Las Ramblas.

Olly Smith will travel regularly throughout the year to lend his expertise and irreverent style in wine tastings and food and wine pairings.

Olly Smith said: “I am delighted to expand The Glasshouse concept to Ventura which will enable even more people to enjoy their favourite wines or experiment with my recommendations by the glass.

“We are constantly looking at new wines and will be introducing some zinging new tastes and countries to the list. Cheers!”

Ventura will spend approximately 13 days in the German shipyard in spring 2013, between the cruise which returns to Southampton on March 22nd and the following cruise which departs on April 7th, 2013.

Highlights of the work being undertaken are:

  • 18 new single cabins – in the same area as Azura adjacent to the Exchange bar and Fortunes casino.
  • Introduction of The Glasshouse to replace Las Ramblas bar and restaurant.
  • Installation of Enomatics wine dispensing system and conversion to The Glasshouse menu.
  • Installation of Retreat into the forward area on deck 16.
  • Introduction of a new dance floor in the atrium.
  • Optimisation of retail area to improve popular shopping facilities on board.
  • Cyberstudy conversion to library with digital functions.
  • Cabin refurbishment including the replacement of carpets, bed runners, cushions, curtains and mattresses.

The research focused on the different aspects of the cruise experience for both existing passengers and potential cruisers.

P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow, said: “We are committed to ongoing and continuous improvement and refurbishment of our ships so that there is a consistent standard of decor across the fleet.

“The Glasshouse and Retreat areas on board Azura have proved very popular and so we are taking this opportunity to add these innovations to sister ship Ventura.

“The addition of a dance floor in the atrium on board Ventura will make it the heart of the ship for afternoon and after dinner dancing, which is so popular on Azura.”

Research was also carried out to look to dining preferences and trends across the fleet.

Marlow continued: “Our research showed that the quality of dining is important to an overwhelming 97 per cent 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.

“Whilst it is imperative that we continue to research changing trends and tastes it is reassuring to know that we are offering what our passengers want and adapting menus accordingly.”

On Oceana, the concept behind Cafe Jardin will change and be replaced by a new menu by Marco Pierre White.

Oceana will spend approximately 11 days in the yard, between the cruise which returns to Southampton on December 5th and the following cruise which departs on December 20th, 2012.

Highlights of the work being undertaken are:

  • Refurbishment to Oasis Spa changing rooms, sauna and salon.
  • Refurbishment to shops and Sundaes ice-cream parlour.
  • Additional and refreshed seating in Winners casino, Le Club and Horizon Grill. New lighting, sound and AV equipment in Le Club, including flat screen TVs, to make venue suitable for daytime entertainment.
  • Enhanced top deck lighting and sound equipment to enable increased outdoor entertainment.
  • New Marco Pierre White menu in Cafe Jardin.
  • Significant cabin refurbishment including the replacement of carpets, bed runners, cushions, curtains and mattresses.

Arcadia will also be refurbished in December 2013 in time for her 2014 world cruise.

Highlights of the work will include:

  • The addition of single cabins.
  • The Globe will replace Electra and will become a late night dance venue with state of the art acoustics.
  • Cabin refurbishment with new soft furnishings.
  • Re-fitting of the shops on board.
  • Refurbishment of the soft furnishings in the Crow’s Nest and in the Ocean Grill.