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P&O Cruises christens new ship Arvia at ceremony in Barbados

P&O Cruises christens new ship Arvia, Nicole Scherzinger.


P&O Cruises has officially named its latest ship Arvia during a “spectacular beachside ceremony” in Barbados.

The event – hosted by broadcasters and DJs Sara Cox and Trevor Nelson – featured performances from Olly Murs and the ship’s godmother Nicole Scherzinger.

As well as her role as godmother, Scherzinger will “create spectacular music and dance extravaganzas for P&O Cruises in an exclusive entertainment partnership”, the cruise line said.

Speaking in early March when the news of her role of godmother was revealed, Scherzinger said: “This is an extraordinary and special opportunity for me to create a visual and musical feast for people to immerse themselves in, with the sea as their backdrop, giving them something to truly remember.”

A video of the ceremony can be viewed here:


The 5,200-passenger Arvia is the line’s second Excel-class ship, following on from Iona.

It is P&O’s second ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas and has an optimised hull design to minimise drag and the “latest energy-efficient technology”, according to P&O Cruises.

On board, the SkyDome features a retractable glass roof, creating a “relaxed poolside environment” during the day. In the evening, the space transitions into an entertainment venue.

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