P&O Cruises has announced a range of entertainment firsts for its upcoming cruise ship Arvia, including WaveLength, a new interactive gameshow, a Take That stage musical, an outdoor adventure zone and more.
The new 184,000-gross ton cruise ship is due for delivery later this year. Capable of carrying more than 5,000 passengers and powered by LNG fuel, she is a sister ship to Iona, which was delivered in 2020.
Both vessels are part of Carnival Corporations Excellence-class, a series of sister ships across the company’s P&O, AIDA, Costa, and Carnival brands.
Although Arvia will be largely similar to her sister ship Iona, she will also feature a number of unique features and attractions. Her entertainment line-up is one area where she is different to Iona.
WaveLength is a new interactive gameshow, virtually starring presenter and game show host Ben Shephard. Developed with Triple Brew, who have created shows like The Million Pound Cube and Lingo, it is designed to be both entertaining and challenging.
Created exclusively for P&O Cruises and hosted in The Headliner’s Theatre, WaveLength will give guests the opportunity to find out how well they know each other as they try to match their partner’s answers.
“Having hosted many game shows on TV, I’m excited to have partnered with P&O Cruises in evolving this prime-time style TV game show into a live, interactive theatre experience,” said Ben Shephard.
“I can’t wait for guests to enjoy playing along with myself and my on-board co-host, competing to see if they truly are on the same ‘WaveLength’, and trying to outsmart me in Beat Ben!”
Arvia is also the only place where guests will be able to watch the stage musical, Greatest Days – The Official Take That Musical.
Greatest Days is an adaptation of the acclaimed West End musical The Band, which features the songs of Take That with a story by Olivier Award-winning writer Tim Firth. It will be brought to life on stage by a cast from the Headliners Theatre Company.
Up on the top deck, Altitude will be an outdoor adventure zone for the whole family, with minigolf, a Skywalk high-ropes experience, and the Splash Valley aqua zone.
Down below, there’s also Mission Control, an immersive escape room experience set aboard the fictional submarine Arvia II. It combines an escape game with multimedia simulation and a live-action story to create an underwater challenge with realistic 3D surroundings.
The 710 Club on Arvia is a sophisticated bar crafted to Music Director Gary Barlow’s creative vision. Atmospheric and low-lit, The 710 Club offers live music from resident band The 710s with an unmistakably vintage vibe and stylish cocktails.
Aardman is a themed children’s area. P&O Cruises has partnered with Aardman to offer children a range of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep themed activities. Children will be able to join in a themed dance class or craft workshop such as making their own Gromit ears or watch Wallace & Gromit’s brand-new show, All Hands on Deck!
Ocean Studios is Arvia’s three-screen multiplex cinema offering the latest blockbuster releases and family favourites in a plush setting.