Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co.


Gross Tons: 29734
Length (ft): 721 Beam (ft): 90 Draft (ft): 31
Service Speed (knots): 22
Top Speed (knots): 25
Shaft HP: 42500
Builder: John Brown,
Clydebank Launch Date: 05/14/53
Maiden Voyage: 02/22/54
Broken Up: 03/79
First Cl. Cabins: 347
Tourist Cl. Cabins: 203
Total Cabins: 550
First Cl. Passengers: 647
Tourist Cl. Passengers: 735
Total Passengers: 1382
Total Crew: 711

We travelled on the Arcadia from Lisbon to Cape Town in May of 1974. She was on one of her Woman's Weekly World Cruises - we were returning to Africa having been on an extended holiday to England. He passengers were mainly Australian with a smattering of people like ourselves who joined her mid-route.

She had open promenade decks - a single funnel and had stabalisers.

She was very comfortable - although not a luxury cruise liner as they are known now. There was a very efficient air-conditioning system in all public rooms and cabins. The restaurants ran the full width of the ship. there were writing rooms, drawing rooms, and an observation lounge - a large games deck and a swimming pool.

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In addition to passenger accommodation she also carried cargo in facilities some 30,000 cu. ft. in space - much of this was refrigerated which made her ideal for long round the world voyages.

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