Entertainment and Activities Revealed on Upcoming Excel-Class Cruise Ship

Carnival Corporation’s brand P&O Cruises has announced new details on its upcoming Excel-class ship Arvia, including a new interactive game show, an aqua zone for kids, and a new high ropes experience.

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(Rendering courtesy of P&O Cruises)

WaveLength Game Show

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.

Game show host Ben Shephard said “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. Developed with Triple Brew, who have created shows like The Million Pound Cube and Lingo, WaveLength is designed to be both entertaining and challenging.”

“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!”

Greatest Days

Arvia is the only place in the world where passengers 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 and is a beautiful story by Olivier Award-winning writer Tim Firth. It will be brought to life on stage by an amazing cast from P&O’s in-house Headliners Theatre Company.


Situated at the very top of Arvia, this outdoor adventure zone will feature a new aqua zone at Splash Valley, where plenty of shade and sprinklers will make it the perfect spot to be on a hot day.

Set 177 feet above the ocean, Altitude Skywalk is P&O Cruises’ first-ever high ropes experience and will offer guests a series of rope walks with different routes to suit all levels.

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(Rendering courtesy of P&O Cruises)

Altitude Minigolf will be the new, tropical island-themed minigolf open all day and illuminated at night. The whole family can enjoy the challenge together as they perfect their putts while dodging hippos, water hazards, and tiki huts to claim the winning title.

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Mission Control

Set on board the fictional submarine Arvia II, Mission Control combines an escape game with multimedia simulation and a live-action story to create a thrilling underwater challenge. The realistic 3D surroundings will take guests to the depths of ocean canyons, where they’ll be able to overcome danger and solve puzzles and problems.

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(Image courtesy of P&O Cruises)

The 710 Club

The 710 Club is a sophisticated bar crafted to Music Director Gary Barlow’s creative vision. Atmospheric and low-lit, the venue offers live music from resident band The 710s with a vintage vibe and stylish cocktails.


P&O Cruises has partnered with Aardman to offer children a range of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep-themed activities. Kids will be able to join a themed dance class or craft workshop that includes activities such as making their own Gromit ears, or can sit back and enjoy film premieres or Wallace & Gromit’s brand-new show All Hands on Deck.

Ocean Studios

Located on deck 6, Ocean Studios is Arvia‘s three-screen multiplex cinema offering the latest blockbuster releases and family favorites in a plush setting.

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The entrance to Ocean Studios on Arvia’s sister ship Iona (Image courtesy of P&O Cruises)

More Information

Arvia is scheduled to debut this December with two 14-night voyages in the Canary Islands. It will then depart on a transatlantic sailing to Bridgetown, Barbados, and spend the rest of the winter season sailing in the Caribbean.

In March, the vessel will depart on an eastbound transatlantic crossing, and spend the summer 2023 season sailing 14-night Mediterranean voyages roundtrip from Southampton, England.

Arvia is an Excel-class cruise ship, making the vessel a sister to P&O’s Iona and Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration, and Carnival Jubilee.

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