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Azura Naming Ceremony – A Voyage into the Blue

P&O Azura has left Italy and is commencing her voyage across the Adriatic to come to her new home of Southampton. Azura will be named by Darcey Bussell on Saturday 10th April 2010. The event onboard promises to be a glittering occassion, but for those of you not onboard as in invited guests you can still join in the festivities from Mayflower Park, Southampton.

You can watch the sparkling naming ceremony on a big screen in Mayflower Park, followed by a spectacular firework display. Ceremoniosly blessing a ship before she sails out to sea is a time honoured tradition and Ballerina Darcey Bussell will lead the celebrations by becoming Azura’s Godmother.

The Nuffield theatre will perform ‘Journey to the Edge of the World’ A lunatic pythonesque story packed full of humour, danger, singing,and waterfalls featuring jaw dropping human catapults and bouncing stilts.

Programme of Activities in Mayflower Park

From 5.00pm Dance performances, funfair and live music

6.30pm Journey to the Edge of the World

8.00pm the Naming of Azura, shown live on theBig Screen

8.20 Firework Finale

All timings approximate


  • sue cadman
    Posted April 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Jane

    Do you know if the naming ceremony will be shown either on TV or on P & O.s website?

    • Post Author
      Posted April 4, 2010 at 3:14 pm


      Im sure the more local TV chanels will cover the naming and arrival of Azura, and if its a really slow news day it might get a mention on the national news. I am trying to find out about a pdcast and it being shown live on the P&O website. I havent heard anything yet, but for all the very latest, upto date news, make sure you are a ‘fan’ of my Go Cruise with Jane FaceBook page as I am able to make more imediate announcements on there.


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