P&O Cruises, P&O Arvia


dpa lighting consultants were immensely proud to be working on P&O Cruises newest ship Arvia, the sister ship to Iona, constructed in the Meyer Werft shipyard, Germany. dpa were working for P&O Cruises in association with Jestico + Whiles, Partner Ship Design and Richmond International, designers of the front of house guest areas for this new 184,700 tonnes ship.

Like Iona, Arvia is powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), therefore significantly reducing carbon emissions.  At 345 metres long, Arvia has an operating capacity of 5,200 guests and 1,800 crew, designed to capture unprecedented panoramic views across the ever-changing seascape, at every available opportunity. She is the first ship of her kind to feature a Sky Dome with retractable roof, spanning a vast performance and recreation area at the top of the ship. Altogether, Arvia is the epitome of a sunshine resort sailing year-round to the warmest climates.

Fleet favourites such as Epicurean, Sindhu and The Glass House and Iona icons including The Keel & Cow and The Olive Grove star alongside new dining, retail and interior concepts, including the Grand Atrium which again touches port and starboard in cross section, with window structures that allow an abundance of natural light ingress and views to memorable sunrises and sunsets.  The central staircase area has been remodelled to house a magnificent contemporary chandelier with dynamic lighting effects to coincide with aerialist ‘show’ performances.  The house lighting control is articulated to respond to the time of day and activity, ranging from energetic atmospheres to more refined, personalised and relaxed ambiances.


Client: P&O Cruises
Builder: Meyer Werft Shipyard, Papenburg, Germany 
External Profile of Ship:
Martin Francis of Francis Design
Architects/Design Team: Jestico + Whiles, Partner Ship Design and Richmond International
Visualisations: Courtesy of P&O Cruises