P&O Cruises’ Arcadia made her maiden visit to Kiel in Germany on 22 June.
Arriving with more than 2,000 passenegrs who were mainly British, Arcadia was escorted to her berth at the Ostseekai Cruise Terminal by a port tug. Her inaugural visit was commemorated during a traditional plaque exchange ceremony.
Guests were able to attend the annual Kieler Woche sailing regatta and festival, which is on between 19 and 26 June.
“The Kieler Woche is a traditional meeting-place for people from all over the world,” said Kiel’s First Deputy City President Robert Vollborn. “We are very happy that travellers have chosen to visit us within the framework of this particularly special event.”
In addition to attending events related to Kieler Woche, passengers were able to take various shore excursions, including guided tours of the Kiel Fiord, visits to the UNESCO World Heritage site Lübeck and themed excursions to Hamburg , Laboe and the Holstein Switzerland region.
“Kiel has a lot to offer its visitors, not just during the Kieler Woche, and is an ideal jumping off point for excursions in Schleswig-Holstein and to Hamburg,” said Vollborn.
Arcadia departed Kiel at 8pm for Stockholm in Sweden, another port on her 15-day Baltic cruise which began in Southampton, UK on 18 June. Other ports of call include Copenhagen, Denmark; Tallinn, Estonia; St Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Zeebrugge, Belgium. The ship will conclude the cruise in Southampton.