‘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,’ said Paul Ludlow, president, P&O Cruises.

‘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.’

According to Ludlow, the ship will be ‘positioned off one of the island’s most stunning beaches.’ Those watching the shoreside festivities – set to include some of Britain’s most contemporary, popular performers and presenters – will also be able to see the new interior design of the ship. 

Cruise ‘vital’ to Barbados

Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley thanked the cruise line for choosing Barbados as the location for the naming ceremony. ‘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,’ said Mottley.

‘I am delighted that Barbados can be that place that continues to bring more “firsts” to the world, and through this beachside ceremony, give thousands of people the opportunity to see a glimpse of what we have to offer to visitors.’