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Gary Barlow to carry out at Iona’s naming ceremony – The Cruise Blogger


P&O Cruises new ship Iona might be formally named in a up to date ceremony that includes a particular one-off efficiency from Gary Barlow broadcast to a digital viewers. 

Dame Irene Hays, DBE, DL, proprietor and chair of Hays Journey Group, might be godmother to the ship, Britain’s largest and most environmentally-friendly, within the landmark ceremony in Southampton on Could 16, 2021. 

Gary Barlow will carry out a brief set as a part of the occasion, which might be broadcast to a VIP viewers, in his function as music director. His involvement consists of overseeing the ship’s 710 Membership music venue and curating new expertise to carry out on board.  

Dame Irene’s husband John, who died final November, based Hays Journey in 1980 and it has grown to turn out to be the UK’s largest unbiased journey company group. Collectively they had been instrumental within the enlargement of the Sunderland-based firm and significantly within the acquisition of Tub Journey in 2013 and Thomas Cook dinner’s retail journey companies in 2019.  

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow mentioned “We’re completely delighted that Dame Irene Hays might be Iona’s godmother, taking centre stage alongside Gary Barlow in a landmark naming ceremony which would be the first stepping stone on the trail to the return of the UK cruise trade.  

“For the reason that inception of Hays Journey there isn’t any one who has been extra supportive of cruising or extra of an envoy for the journey trade. As such there isn’t any yet one more applicable to title Iona on this prestigious occasion than Dame Irene as we have fun her achievements. 

“The journey trade as an entire has been paused for over a yr and has been devastated by the occasions of the final 13 months. We’re so immensely grateful for the assist we’ve got obtained from journey brokers throughout the UK, all of whom have confronted business challenges none of us may have imagined. 

“With home cruising opening up from Could 17 and with our sequence of UK coastal cruises proving highly regarded this summer time, restoration is actually on the horizon and Iona’s arrival into the UK and naming ceremony would be the ray of hope the cruise sector has wanted for such a very long time. 

“We additionally really feel honoured that we’re in a position to assist the Hays Journey Charitable Basis which inspires younger folks to be the perfect they may be throughout training, sport and the humanities. Having the ability to play a small half in securing the way forward for the subsequent era is certainly a privilege.” 

Iona is Britain’s most environmentally-friendly and largest cruise ship and can sail her seven night time maiden voyage across the coast of the island of Iona and the Scottish Isles from Southampton on Saturday August 7, 2021.  To e book go to or phone 03453 555 111 or name a trusted journey agent. 

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