For colleagues currently living and working on our ships, their on board experience is very different to the one they would usually have when we’re sailing with a full complement of ship’s company and Guests.

Making sure our people have a home from home experience during their time on board is really important to us, as is helping colleagues adjust to the changes that have been introduced on board to keep them safe and well; their health is our top priority at all times. We’re particularly focused on making sure that when colleagues aren’t working, they have the opportunity to rest, relax and recharge – quality down time is essential for good mental and physical health.

Throughout lay-up our leadership teams and Seafarers Welfare Committee (SWC) members have continued to organise social activities and events for colleagues to enjoy.

As we countdown to cruising, our ships’ company numbers are increasing as new and returning people embark our ships. These social events are key to helping colleagues settle in and are a great opportunity for them to meet new people. 

Arcadia: Celebrating St Patrick’s Day

Although a smaller event than previous years, Arcadia still celebrated in style. The crew lounge was decorated to look like a traditional Irish Pub, they had Irish Music playing throughout the night, held a Leprechaun Hat Making competition and an Irish Theme Muffin Decorating competition. It was a busy, but socially distanced evening, with everyone on board enjoying the music and organised activities. 

Leprechaun Hat making competition winner Analyn Isales, Hotel Assistant (HOAS)  with her home made hat

Jo Breslin, Arcadia’s Irish Senior Nurse, cuts the clover leaf cake, generously provided by the Food and Beverage team and made by talented Pastry Chef Ashton Silveira

Irish Themed Muffin Decorating competition winners Security Patrolman Jenevie Solis and Fitter/Carpenter Juanito Maliwanag Spelling out Carnival UK, P&O Cruises and Arcadia with their Muffins

Arcadia: Two fun photo competitions 

Our first round was ‘Sun up or sun down’ and we had 30 colleagues enter the competition. The winning photo was a beautiful sunset taken by Arfe Autida, Hotel Assistant (HOAS) .
The second round was ‘People at work or play around the ship’. For this round we had a further 37 entrants from across all departments on board. This round, the winning photograph was entered by  James Slobham, 3rd Officer.

Ventura: The last month has seen Ventura focus on social activities.

Captain Derek Grey swapped the Bridge for the Decks – DJ decks, that is! He hosted an evening in the bar to bring the ships’ company together, with social distancing of course.

As well as a darts and carom tournament, the team got together to play a Mafia game, hosted by the Technical team. Perfect for social distancing, the game involves reading the body language of other plays to identify the secret “assassins” in the group!


In other news Zahid Kahoot, Leading Seaman,  signed off for the last time as he left Ventura to retire after 42 years’ service with P&O Cruises.

Shortly before his final departure on 25 March, Captain Derek Grey and the Senior Management Team (SMT) presented Zahid with a commemorative book containing pictures of every ship that he has worked on and a ships’ plaque. Despite finishing his career during a challenging period for everyone in the industry, Zahid told the team that he is leaving with fond memories and is now looking forward to spending more time with his granddaughter.

Azura – going green for St Patrick’s Day

Azura embraced a green theme to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on board! They had a fabulous “Lucky Leprechaun Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow Shamrock Cake ” and Lucky Leprechaun green cupcakes each with a lucky mascot attached, made by Food and Beverage Manager, Darren Deegan, and Chef, Muthu. They also enjoyed an fabulous Irish themed dinner menu in the evening.

Azura spent St Patrick’s day close to Newcastle and enjoyed unseasonably sunny weather for the north of England! There was even a real rainbow (though no pot of gold!).

“Lucky Leprechaun Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow Shamrock Cake ” and Lucky Leprechaun green cupcakes

Azura’s talented F&B team

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