Lancashire Times
A Voice of the Free Press
1:00 AM 9th August 2023

Barbie Joins P&O Cruises Arvia And Iona For The Summer Holidays

As Barbie mania sweeps Britain, P&O cruises are getting in on the act with the launch of family zones across its five family-friendly ships……….and Mattel’s 1959 iconic fashion doll is invited!

And just to make sure that the boys are not left out, Hot Wheels Cars along with Keycraft Pocket Money Toys will also be available throughout 2023 with toys and activities available on board Arvia, Iona, Britannia, Azura and Ventura.

In partnership with Harding+, Arvia and Iona’s retail spaces will introduce a range of new children’s brands to join existing family favourites already available on board, including Lego, Jellycat and TY Plush Toys.

Families can also capture even more unique holiday memories on Arvia and Iona with ‘instagrammable’ moments in a life-size Barbie box or spend time dressing up as their favourite characters with a variety of fancy-dress costumes from Rubies Masquerade UK.

Family zones on all five ships will offer families the opportunity to try their hand at more artistic pursuits with colouring competitions for children and adults alike.

On newest ship Arvia, families can enjoy the children’s splash pad, a tropical-island-themed mini-golf course, a daring high-ropes experience, and Mission Control, an immersive escape room experience set on a fictional submarine.

P&O Cruises also partners with Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, to bring a range of character-based activities for all generations to its family-friendly ships.
This includes the first at-sea Wallace & Gromit show, All Hands on Deck! on Arvia, modelling and craft workshops, as well as Aardman film screenings.

For more information or to book, call P&O Cruises on 03453 555 111, visit