Presented by DJs Sara Cox and Trevor Nelson, the event included traditional moments such as the official blessing and bottle smash, as well as show-stopping performances. 

Nicole Scherzinger is perhaps best known as the lead singer of one of the world’s biggest girl bands, The Pussycat Dolls. As part of a wider collaboration, she had the honour of naming Arvia after agreeing to be her ‘godmother’. 

Arvia cruise ship naming ceremony

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Olly Murs, Captain Camby, Nicole Scherzinger and P&O Cruises’ president Paul Ludlow on board Arvia for the naming ceremony in Barbados.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “As a global superstar Nicole is well placed to create contemporary and breath-taking late night shows which will be performed in SkyDome on our two newest ships Iona and Arvia.”

Nicole Scherzinger added:“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. I want to create an experience to remember for the audiences of Iona and Arvia and I am delighted to become part of the P&O Cruises family.”

More details of the shows to be created by Nicole Scherzinger on Arvia and Iona will be revealed later this year.

P&O's Arvia cruise ship

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For her summer 2023 season, Arvia sets sail for the Mediterranean with itineraries visiting 11 cities in Spain, France and Italy.

Arvia joined the P&O Cruises fleet in December 2022 as its second LNG-powered, Excel-class ship offering a Caribbean maiden season of fly-cruise holidays from home port Barbados.

The ship boasts a unique SkyDome with a retractable glass roof and 16 guest decks, and features the first Altitude Skywalk high ropes experience, the tropical-themed Altitude Minigolf, the Altitude Splash Valley aquazone, an outdoor Sports Arena, swim-up bar and infinity pool. 

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