28th September 2018


The stylish Arcadia operated by P&O Cruises is renowned for its relaxed, intimate atmosphere and timeless sophistication. Catering exclusively for adults, this ship features elegant surroundings including an impressive art collection with over 3,000 works of art.

For Arcadia’s most recent refit P&O Cruises engaged leading hospitality interior design practice RPW Design to update the ship’s interior décor and reinvigorate its unique character. Ulster Carpets was delighted to work with RPW Design to create over 15,000m² of custom axminster carpets for the ship’s bars, restaurants, lobbies, spa and fitness centre, galleries, reception, atrium and guest suites.

For Arcadia’s interior design scheme RPW wanted to bring out the ship’s qualities of luxury and opulence as well as highlighting a sense of travel and adventure through designs featuring maps and memories of places visited. For example, the carpet in the atrium references global travel with overlaid patterns and textures. sections of this pattern are featured in the carpets in circulation spaces throughout the ship providing a common theme and continuing the design story.