P&O Cruises has announced it will officially name new ship Arvia in a beachside ceremony in Barbados.
The event, to be held on 16 March 2023, will include some of “Britain’s most contemporary, popular performers and presenters”, the line said.
It will take place during a roundtrip Caribbean cruise departing from Bridgetown, which is now available to book.
Details of how to watch the naming event online will be announced nearer the time.
P&O Cruises ‘doing things differently’
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “We always aim to do things differently, to create stand out and memorable moments for our current and future guests.
“Arvia, which will be delivered in December, will spend her first season sailing in the Caribbean so it is fitting that we mark her naming in one of our favourite ports of call with a week of celebratory performances and experiences on board.
“This naming event, which has never been done before, will showcase our extraordinary new ship Arvia, the beauty of Barbados and will include some very special surprises.
“The ship will be positioned off one of the island’s most stunning beaches so the audience at home will be able to see both the striking new interior design of the ship as well as the performances and events taking place on the shore. It will be an unmissable event.”
The prime minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley added: “I want to thank P&O Cruises for choosing Barbados as the location for this unique event.
“Barbados continues to share a rich relationship with our sea and tourism, and the cruise industry has been of vital importance to our island and our economy.”
Speaking to Cruise Trade News in October, P&O Cruises director of sales Ruth Venn said: “The launch of Arvia brings new concepts to the brand, and she is what we call our sunshine ship, sailing in and out of the Caribbean.”