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Arvia's Itinerary Highlights

03 Sep 2021 | by Bea Spencer

Arvia's Itinerary Highlights

P&O Cruises brand-new ship Arvia takes to the seas in December 2022. With the sun in mind, this impressive ship boasts more than enough pools, bars and deck space for guests to soak up the sunshine no matter where in the world they are sailing. From the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, keep reading to find out which amazing ports of call you can expect during Arvia's maiden season.

new P&O cruises' ship Arvia

With a name meaning "from the seashore", it's no surprise that Arvia's maiden season will be based mainly in the Caribbean, home to some of the world's most picturesque coastlines. If you choose to join P&O Cruises' newest ship in this paradiscal corner of the globe, you'll get the chance to visit beautiful islands and unforgettable ports of call.

Castries

Itinerary: Caribbean Transatlantic, Eastern Caribbean from Antigua and Eastern Caribbean from Barbados

Castries is the vibrant capital of St. Lucia, a Caribbean island known for its verdant landscapes, breathtaking wildlife and Les Pitons, the island's iconic volcanoes. With Castries just a short walk from the cruise terminal, it won't be long before you're exploring this colourful Caribbean capital. Take a stroll through the shops, pick up a local souvenir from the bustling markets or sit down at a restaurant to try the local cuisine.

arvia port of call castries

Castries Highlights

  • Visit the Immaculate Conception Church and marvel at the modernist murals
  • Browse the duty free shops and cafés at Pointe Seraphine
  • Sunbathe on La Toc or Malabar beaches
  • Hike around Les Pitons

St. Johns

Itinerary: Caribbean Transatlantic, Eastern Caribbean from Antigua and Eastern Caribbean from Barbados

St. Johns is the capital of Antigua and the main cruise port on this Caribbean island. With enough beaches to visit a different one every day of the year, this is the perfect port of call for those who love to lounge on the sand in the Caribbean sun as some of the island's best beaches are located close to the capital. When you're not sunbathing, there's plenty more to see and do in St. Johns, especially for those with a keen interest in naval history.

arvia port of call st. johns

St. Johns Highlights

  • Learn about Antigua's naval history at Nelson's Dockyard and Clarence House
  • Climb up to Shirley Heights Lookout for stunning views across Antigua's English and Falmouth Harbours
  • Visit Galley Bay Beach or Fort Bay Beach
  • Zip line through the rain forest

Bridgetown

Itinerary: Caribbean Transatlantic, Eastern Caribbean from Antigua and Eastern Caribbean from Barbados

Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011, Bridgetown is a Caribbean town brimming with culture and history. As well as the perfect place to explore historic sites, get lost in the local markets and indulge in some retail therapy, the capital of Barbados is also a great starting place to discover more of this picture-perfect Caribbean island. And with many of Arvia's itineraries boasting overnights on board in Barbados, you'll get even more time to explore Bridgetown and the surrounding area!

arvia port of call bridgetown

Bridgetown Highlights

  • Take a tour of the world famous Mount Gay rum distillery
  • Visit historic landmarks including St. Mary's Church and the Barbados Parliament
  • Head to the island's beaches, including Carlisle Bay and Browne's Beach, where you can relax in the sun or dive under the surface on a snorkelling trip
  • Enjoy a steam train ride on the St. Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway

Martinique

Itinerary: Caribbean Transatlantic, Eastern Caribbean from Antigua and Eastern Caribbean from Barbados

Located in the Eastern Caribbean in the Lesser Antilles, Martinique is a must-visit when it comes to Caribbean islands. Cruises dock at Fort De France, where visitors will soon pick up on the French feel of the island. With its colourful buildings, bustling shops and cobblestone streets, you'll feel at home as soon as you step ashore.

arvia port of call martinique

Martinique Highlights

  • Take a hike up Mont Pelée
  • Find out about Martinique's history at La Pagerie museum
  • Lounge by the sea or try your hand at new watersports at the Pointe du Bout beach
  • Enjoy views across the bay from Fort Saint Louis

Phillipsburg

Itinerary: Caribbean Transatlantic, Eastern Caribbean from Antigua and Eastern Caribbean from Barbados

On a Caribbean island split between the Dutch and the French, Phillipsburg is the capital of the Dutch side of St. Maarten and offers visitors narrow streets, boutique shops, busy markets and inviting cafés. Whether you're looking for relaxed walks through town, hours spent on the beach or adrenaline-packed thrills, St. Maarten may be small but there's no shortage of ways to enjoy your time here.

arvia port of call phillipsburg

Phillipsburg Highlights

  • Visit Marigot, the French capital of St. Maarten
  • Make your way to the summit of Mount Concordia which sits between the French and Dutch sides
  • Take a trip to Loterie farm where you'll find walking trails, waterfalls and even a zip line course
  • Relax in paradise on Great Bay Beach, Little Bay Beach or Guana Bay Beach

St. Kitts

Itinerary: Caribbean Transatlantic, Eastern Caribbean from Antigua and Eastern Caribbean from Barbados

With its sandy beaches, sprawling towns and villages and lush green landscapes, the beauty of St. Kitts is bound to be what comes to mind when you think of the Caribbean. Coming into port in Basseterre you'll be greeted by all the modern amenities you could need, but it won't take you long to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the island. Whether you want to stay on dry land or make the most of the sparkling Caribbean sea, there's something to keep everyone busy on this idyllic island.

arvia port of call st kitts

St. Kitts Highlights

  • Take a tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park
  • See more of the island on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway
  • Hop on a short ferry ride and visit nearby island Nevis
  • Enjoy the beach and bars at Frigate Bay

La Romana

Itinerary: Caribbean Transatlantic, Eastern Caribbean from Antigua and Eastern Caribbean from Barbados

Nestled on the Dominican Republic's Caribbean coast, La Romana perfectly combines picturesque beaches with a lively city atmosphere. No matter whether you're looking to live the life of luxury on the white sand, take a dip in the crystal waters or enjoy a cocktail at a beachside bar, you'll be spoilt for choice in this exciting city.

arvia port of call La romana

La Romana Highlights

  • Take a day trip to Saona Island or Isla Catalina where you can enjoy snorkelling, sunbathing and thrilling watersports
  • Enjoy a round of golf at the Teeth of the Dog golf course
  • Book a guided tour of the caves in the Cueva de Las Maravillas National Park
  • Find a spot to soak up the sun on Playa Bayahibe or Minitas Beach

Willemstad

Itinerary: Caribbean Transatlantic, Eastern Caribbean from Antigua and Eastern Caribbean from Barbados

Floating in the southern Caribbean Sea, Curacao is part of the Lesser Antilles, the capital of which is Willemstad. With four historic quarters to explore in this bustling city, you'll never be short of something to do. If you've got time, it's also worthwhile spending a few hours sightseeing around the rest of the island.

arvia port of call willemstad

Willemstad Highlights

  • Learn about Curacao's history in the Kura Hulanda Museum
  • Go shopping along Mambo Beach Boulevard
  • Explore the many close by beaches including Kenepa, Shete Boka National Park and Blue Bay Beach
  • Sample the bright blue liqueur which takes its name from the island

While most of Arvia's maiden season is based in the Caribbean, these won't be the only places you get to see. Choose from a Transatlantic voyage or a cruise to the Canary Islands for even more opportunity to make the most of this fantastic ship.

Transatlantic Cruise

Itinerary: Transatlantic crossing to or from Southampton

If you want to combine plenty of time on board Arvia with sun-drenched destinations then a Transatlantic crossing to or from the Caribbean is the perfect choice. As well as getting to visit some of the beautiful Caribbean ports of call mentioned above, the iconic Atlantic crossing also gives guests the opportunity to explore every corner of the ship.

arvia transatlantic cruise

Transatlantic Crossing Highlights

  • Sampling the food in new restaurants Green & Co, 6th Street Diner and Roast at The Quays
  • Soaking up the views from the Infinity and Panorama Pools
  • Grabbing a drink to enjoy in the pool from the swim-up bar

Mediterranean

Itinerary: Maiden Voyage to Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands and Christmas and New Year cruise to Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands

If you don't want to head quite so far afield as the Caribbean or spend as much time at sea as on a Transatlantic crossing, Arvia's maiden season also boasts sailings to the Mediterranean. Setting sail from Southampton, guests can enjoy ports of call in Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands on the newest P&O Cruises' ship.

arvia port of call mediterranean

Mediterranean Highlights

  • Taking a ride on the iconic yellow tram in Lisbon
  • Soaking up the winter sun in Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote
  • Exploring the bustling city of Funchal in Madeira

Whether you want to stay close to home on a cruise from Southampton or head to the sunny Caribbean for a slice of paradise, Arvia's maiden season itineraries have something for everyone. Don't miss out on being one of the first to sail on this brand-new P&O Cruises' by browsing all of Arvia's cruise deals. And if you still want to learn more about this ship, be sure to check out our blog on P&O Cruises' latest Excel Class ship.

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