Welcome to Excel Class

Relaxed and informal, Arvia and Iona push the boundaries to give you a holiday like no other. Offering variety on a scale rivalled only by your endless appetite for new and exciting experiences, it’s a match made in heaven.


What makes Iona and Arvia so special?


Designed to invite the outdoors in, our Excel class ships make the sea the star, making sure you’re never far from an ocean panorama or a view of your next destination, whether it’s in the Norwegian fjords, the Caribbean, the Canary Islands or Northern Europe.

In fact, as both ships feature Conservatory Mini-suites, you can even lounge in your own personal oasis as the world goes serenely by... and the reasons to try them go on and on, just like those gorgeous views.

One of the best things about a P&O Cruises holiday is that it is always punctuated by an ocean view, and there are endless ways to enjoy it on Arvia and Iona.

While cooling off in the Infinity Pool or lounging in an infinity whirlpool. From a cosy vantage point in the Grand Atrium’s Vistas Café Bar with its huge expanse of glass. Or as you sip a cocktail at the stylish Sunset Bar. It’s time to discover just how panoramic your relaxing moments can be.


Introducing our Excel Class ships


Our newest ship, Arvia

Arvia has arrvied! Like Iona, Arvia is another Excel class ship, with even more freedom, innovation and variety in store than ever before. So get ready for your ultimate P&O Cruises holiday.


Are you ready to see the world in widescreen? Iona was designed to invite the outdoors in. With her luminous glass-roofed SkyDome, on-board gin distillery and whole world of dining and extraordinary entertainment, Iona has a host of surprises in store.

Why not take a look around?


Arvia and Iona: sisters, not twins


All of our ships have a beautiful uniqueness about them and Arvia and Iona are no different.

They may have similar venues like The Limelight Club and The 710 Club, and their three-floor Grand Atrium and SkyDome, but Arvia is bringing a few new things to the table. Her fun-filled activity zone, Altitude; her yummy plant-based dining area Green & Co feat. Mizuhana; and, of course, the incredible multi-sensory immersive submarine simulation game Mission Control.


Sails to Norweigian Fjords, Spain and Portgual, and Canary Islands Sails to Canary Islands and The Caribbean
SkyDome SkyDome (retractable roof)
Gin still and masterclasses Gin/rum distilling/master classes
Menus inspired by Kjartan Skjelde and José Pizarro Menus inspired by Shivi Ramoutar

Splash zone

Mission control (Costs a little extra)
New venues (also included on Arvia) - Keel and Cow, The Olive Grove, The Quays New venues exclusive to Arvia - Green & Co, 6th Street Diner, Amber Lounge
Infinity whirlpools Swim up bar
4 screen cinema complex 3 screen cinema complex
Creativiva Cool Room and Salt Sauna
Aerialists Couples suites in the spa
Matinee performances Altitude Skywalk (Costs a little extra)
Scene Altitude Minigolf


Our most comfortable and flexible cabins yet


Conservatory Mini-suites

The Conservatory Mini-suite is an exciting new addition to the choice of accommodation and a signature option on Iona and Arvia. The concept, which comes with Mini-suite benefits, brings the outdoors in with a personal and versatile conservatory-style room that forms an extension to the cabin.


Aft and Forward Suites are always special, giving guests the ultimate experience of relaxation in their own boutique-hotel haven. The Suites on Iona and Arvia take this to another level of comfort and style.

Balcony cabins

The sea and coastline are the stars on Iona and Arvia, and the Balcony accommodation gives guests the chance to enjoy them to the full. There are three options to choose from – Deluxe (the most spacious), Single and Standard Balcony – all of which offer an extended private space in which to relax and unwind.

Other cabin types

To complete the options of accommodation and offer great choice and value, Iona and Arvia's cabin selection of course includes Sea view (Outside) and Inside cabins. Here, too, the design and choices of colours and materials optimises the seaside feel.


Entertainment on a grand scale


Prepare to be wowed by artful aerialists in SkyDome, immersive shows in the 900-seat theatre and an array of musical genres that have inspired Music Director Gary Barlow in The 710 Club. Dial the energy up or down; it’s up to you. From the magic of the silver screen in the on-board cinema to live DJ sets and Celebration Nights around the pool, we’ve something for your every mood on Arvia and Iona.

There’s plenty to discover on board...


Big flavours and epic dining experiences


We know new flavours and dining experiences are just as much part of your holiday as the destinations you visit, which is why on Arvia and Iona, there’s an amazing choice of over thirty places to eat and drink. You might book a table in The Keel and Cow or the fabulously atmospheric Sindhu, head to The Quays for some traditional fish and chips or indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to Ripples gelateria. There’s even the chance to join a masterclass to distil your own gin on board as both Arvia and Iona have their very own gleaming copper still.

Discover a whole world of exceptional dining and drinks on board our Excel class ships


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