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Honouring P&O Cruises' Godmothers

Naming a ship is a task steeped in tradition and significance, with each vessel finding its identity through the careful selection of its godmother. Let's delve into the stories of the remarkable women who have bestowed their blessings upon P&O Cruises' fleet of ships, ensuring safe voyages and auspicious beginnings.

Aurora: HRH Princess Anne

In 2000, HRH Princess Anne, renowned for her equestrian prowess and extensive charitable work, christened the elegant Aurora. As the only daughter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, her godmother role added a regal touch to the ship's launch, fitting for a vessel destined to grace the seas with grace and majesty.

Arcadia: Dame Kelly Holmes DBE

Dame Kelly Holmes DBE, a double Olympic gold medallist and celebrated athlete, brought her spirit of victory and resilience to the christening of Arcadia in 2005. With her illustrious sporting career and commitment to excellence, Dame Kelly embodied the ethos of the ship, symbolising strength and triumph.

Ventura: Dame Helen Mirren DBE

Dame Helen Mirren DBE, a beloved British actress and cultural icon, bestowed her charm and elegance upon Ventura during her naming ceremony in 2008. With her illustrious career spanning stage and screen, Dame Helen's presence added a touch of glamour and sophistication to the occasion, befitting a ship designed for unforgettable voyages.

Azura: Dame Darcey Bussell DBE

Azura, launched in 2010, found its godmother in Dame Darcey Bussell DBE, a legendary principal dancer of The Royal Ballet. With her grace and artistry, Dame Darcey epitomised the spirit of elegance and refinement that defines Azura, making her a natural choice to bless the ship and set it on its course.

Britannia: HM Queen Elizabeth II

Our flagship vessel, Britannia, received a royal blessing from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II herself during her naming ceremony in 2015. With a nod to tradition and a celebration of British heritage, Her Majesty christened Britannia with a Nebuchadnezzar of sparkling wine, marking a momentous occasion in maritime history.

Iona: Dame Irene Hays

Dame Irene Hays, a prominent advocate for community and charitable initiatives, bestowed her blessings upon Iona, P&O Cruises' innovative and environmentally conscious ship, in 2021. With her commitment to education and youth empowerment, Dame Irene symbolised the values of sustainability and progress that define Iona's ethos.

Arvia: Nicole Scherzinger

In 2023, Arvia, the newest addition to the P&O Cruises fleet, received a dazzling christening ceremony in Barbados, with global sensation Nicole Scherzinger as her godmother. With her star power and talent, Nicole brought a touch of glamour and excitement to the occasion, setting the stage for Arvia's unforgettable adventures.

As we honour these remarkable women and their contributions, we celebrate their legacies and the enduring spirit of adventure that guides us on our maritime journeys. Join P&O Cruises as they set sail with gratitude and admiration for their esteemed godmothers, whose blessings continue to inspire and uplift on the open seas.