P&O Cruises Announces Refurbishments
P&O Cruises has announced that Ventura, Oceana and Arcadia will undergo multi-million pound investments, based on findings from customer research commissioned by the cruise line.
This research focused on the different aspects of the cruise experience, for both existing passengers and potential cruisers, and as a result, a number of changes are being made across all 3 ships.
Refurbishments on board Ventura:
The biggest change to be made on board Ventura is the introduction of The Glasshouse menu and concept that has proved to popular onboard Azura. This will replace what is currently Las Ramblas. Wine expert, Olly Smith (who currently works with The Glasshouse onboard Azura), will also travel regularly throughout the year to lend his expertise in wine tastings and food & wine pairings. 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."
Ventura will spend about 13 days in the German shipyard in spring 2013, between the cruise which returns to Southampton on 22 March, and the following cruise departing on 7 April.
Highlights of the work being done on Ventura 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 the 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
P&O Cruises Managing Director, Carl Marlow, said "The Glasshouse and Retreat areas on board Azura have proved very popular 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."
The research conducted by P&O Cruises also looked into dining preferences and trends across the fleet. Marlow added "Our research 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."
Refurbishments on board Oceana:
On Oceana, the concept behind Cafe Jardin will change and be replaced by a new menu by Marco Pierre White. Oceana will spend about 11 days in the yard, between the cruise returning to Southampton on 5 December 2012 and the following cruise departing on 20 December 2012.
Highlights of the work being done are:
- Refurbishment to the Oasis Spa changing rooms, sauna and salon
- Refurbishment of the 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 TV's, to make the 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
Refurbishments on board Arcadia:
Arcadia will also be refurbished in December 2013, in time for her 2014 world cruise.
Highlights of the work being done on board Arcadia 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 refurbishments, 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
Marlow added that “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."
Cruiseabout is looking forward to seeing the changes on Ventura, Oceana and Arcadia when they are completed! If you would like any more information on P&O Cruises, their ships or itineraries, just call your Cruiseabout consultant on 1300 954 661 today.
Source: Cruise Industry News, 31 August 2012