The LNG-powered vessel will sail from on August 7, embarking on its seven-night maiden voyage around the island of Iona and the Scottish Isles.
‘We are delighted to have Jo Whiley as our host for the event – with her inimitable warmth and style she will certainly embrace the virtual format and ensure all our guests feel an integral part of this special evening,’ commented Paul Ludlow, president, P&O Cruises.
Alex James’ Britpop cider
The ceremony will involve the smashing of a nebuchadnezzar of Britpop cider, created by Blur bassist Alex James.
‘Cider has often been used throughout history for ship launches, most notably during Prohibition, and for P&O Cruises and Iona, with her many “firsts,” it is very fitting to have English apples, grown from this ancient soil and pressed in this country, for the christening,’ continued Ludlow.