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Pathfinder agency staff, operating under the banner of Cruise and Passenger Services (CPS), will provide parking services for some 800 vehicles when P&O’s new cruise ship departs Southampton on her maiden voyage.

The biggest P&O ship to be based in UK waters will sail from Southampton on a Christmas and New Year cruise to the Canary Islands before returning to Southampton and heading off for a winter season in the Caribbean early next year.

Having been built in Germany and powered by liquified natural gas (LNG), she has space for some 6,000 passengers in 2,600 cabins spread over 11 decks, while also boasting a host of amenities, including the best in entertainment and cuisine. The ship even has its own rum distillery.

Arvia is a sister Excel Class ship to the Iona, which is already based in Southampton and supported by CPS staff, who provide passenger valet parking services on her regular calls. CPS will also support the Arvia when she starts her 2023 programme from Southampton next Spring.

CPS Cruise Operations Manager Louis Colpitts commented: “Arvia is a fantastic addition to the P&O fleet and, together with Iona and other ships in the Carnival fleet, will guarantee a busy 2023 for our CPS staff. We look forward to offering Arvia’s passengers the same first class service that we provide for Carnival’s other ships.”

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