P&O Cruises have today announced that the legendary singer, Dame Shirley Bassey DBE, will be the Godmother of Adonia, the latest ship to join the P&O Cruises family.
The singer, renowned for her James Bond theme songs, will name the ship in a glittering ceremony in Southampton on 21st May 2011. The adult only Adonia will be the smallest ship in P&O Cruises' fleet, carrying just 710 passengers, but benefits from offering off the beaten track ports, while retaining the cruise line's exceptional standards and onboard facilities.
"I have had the most exciting career imaginable, but to be invited to be Godmother to a cruise ship is something very special and very personal," said Dame Shirley.
"Dame Shirley is Britain’s most successful female artist ever, a national treasure who defines the word ‘superstar’. We are Britain's favourite and most successful cruise line and can trace our British history back longer than any other line. It’s a perfect match and I am sure on our naming day she will need no excuse to "get the party started!" said P&O Cruises Managing Director, Carol Marlow.
"Adonia will be the jewel in the P&O Cruises crown and will celebrate all those things our regular passengers love about cruising with us – a classic dance floor, Crow’s Nest observation lounge, formal nights, classical music recitals, guest speakers, silver service dining and a dedicated card room. Loyal cruisers and those new to cruising alike will be charmed by the refined P&O Cruises experience Adonia will offer, and entertainment will form a vital part of that, so it is entirely fitting for Dame Shirley to give Adonia the best possible start to her life with P&O Cruises," continued Carol Marlow.
P&O Cruises are expected to invite 500 guests to the naming ceremony on Adonia's top deck in Southampton docks, before the ships maiden voyage the following day. Adonia's first sailing is a 16 night cruise to the Western Med, taking in Portofino in Italy, Sete in France, Port Mahon and Barcelona in Spain and Aleghero in Sardinia.
Written by Charlie Hamilton-Beaufort