P&O Cruises (www.pocruises.com) has announced that its second LNG-powered Excel class ship, which will join the fleet in December 2022, and will be named Arvia.
The name is of Latin origin and means “from the seashore”. Arvia is the sister ship to the 5,200-passenger Iona, the largest-ever ship built specifically for the UK market. The launch of Iona was cancelled due to Covid and is due to take place later this year.
Both vessels were constructed at Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard and Iona is one of the world’s first LNG-powered cruise ships. Standing for liquefied natural gas, LNG is currently the cleanest ship propulsion system, preventing the release of nitrogen oxides and soot particles to significantly reduce pollution levels at sea and in the port.
P&O Cruises President, Paul Ludlow, said:
“Arvia will join Iona as an innovative and future-focused ship offering an outstanding, varied and contemporary holiday. Arvia has been designed to travel to the sun year-round and to maximise views of the ocean and the seashore from everywhere on board, so it seemed a very fitting name and one which will reflect the experience for guests on board.”
The name of the 184,700-tonne ship was unveiled through a video reveal made up of outlining the letters in the name in various different locations, all relating to the beach and the seashore. The video can be viewed below.
Cruises on Arvia will go on sale in March 2021 and further details of the ship, its design and experiences on board will be released over the coming months.
Known as the ‘River Cruise Queen’, Jeannine Williamson is an award-winning travel writer, cruise expert and our cruise correspondent, who has clocked up thousands of nautical miles.
Photograph courtesy of P&O Cruises