Cruise ship

P&O Arvia

Merima was proud to be responsible for P&O Arvia’s stunning Grand Atrium, with its widescreen ocean views becoming the focus of entertainment for the ship. The Grand Atrium is at the heart of Arvia and hosts a complete program of live events and entertainment with local buskers, pop-up talks, magicians, and performers. Spanning three decks, each level of the Grand Atrium offers guests a place to dine, socialize or relax, balancing larger sociable areas with more intimate spaces.

Merima delivered a visual turnkey project for the ship, covering 3500 m² and utilizing 95 different materials. With just four months to design, make the static calculations, create the prefabricated materials, and get them to the shipyard, Merima ensured the extremely challenging project went off without a hitch!

Project name

P&O Arvia


December 2022

Customer/End customer

Meyer Werft, Papenburg / P&O Cruises

Service provided by Merima

Visual Turnkey


Main Atrium

Building area

3,480 m²

P&O Arvia

The Grand Atrium Staircase with expansive sea views

One of the highlights of the grand atrium is the brass and marble staircase. With warm tones, natural materials (including 1,200 m² of natural marble), and custom-made elements, including a stunning installation of metal ribbons lining the grand staircase, the dramatic space is the epitome of elegance.

The brass banister proved that Merima can work with even the most demanding materials to produce a surface that combines elegance, beauty, and practicality, as each material is carefully chosen to fit the safety and performance requirements of the ship.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “With its elegant design, warm tones, and beautiful custom-made elements, the Grand Atrium on board Arvia will provide guests with the perfect backdrop to their holiday photos. The design has made the most of the magical effect of light at different times of the day, so whether guests want to enjoy a morning coffee or evening drink, the Grand Atrium will provide the most spectacular backdrop.”

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Problem-solving leads to great customer partnerships

Whether relaxing, dining, or being entertained, our sophisticated Grand Atrium is the place to be. Despite the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the special surface materials required for the project, we are proud of what we achieved and how we overcame the complexities and challenges that came with a project of this scale.

We’re extremely grateful and happy with the good cooperation we had with Meyer Werft and P&O, meaning that we could easily solve problems and we were able to save a lot of time on the project. Together we created a beautiful atrium for all 5200 customers on their way to the Caribbean to enjoy. We look forward to future opportunities to showcase our expertise.

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