P&O has for the first time introduces singles balcony cabins on one of its ships, to target the growing number of solo travellers.

Arcadia is the line’s first ship to host solo cruisers on the balcony, in the two newly added singles balcony cabins.

The rooms were introduced during the ship’s recent multimillion makeover.

In addition to the singles balcony cabins, the vessel received 22 new cabins including 14 deluxe balcony cabins, four inside single cabins, three larger inside double cabins and one mini suite.

The makeover also saw the replacement of the Orchid on sky deck 11 with the East restaurant where passengers can dine on an Asian-fusion menu designed by Celebrity Chef, Atul Kochhar.

The Crow’s Nest lounge has been completely renovated with new flooring, seating areas, partition walls, furniture and a new colour scheme.

Arcadia’s shopping area has been extended to include new luxury brands such as Givenchy, Gerry Weber and Ted Baker. And the globe has been completely closed off and encased to provide a new late-night dance venue.

The line’s executive purser Alasdair Ross said changes are so extensive you wouldn’t know you’re on the same ship.

“The whole ship feels more fresher,” he explained. “The ship is looking immaculate and very sparkly.

Australians will be among to try out the ship’s new interior when she visits New Zealand Australia as part of a 92-night world circumnavigation in late February/early March.