(5:30 a.m. EDT) -- It's not the most auspicious of starts. P&O Cruises' new 30,200 ton, 710-passenger Adonia, which was due to arrive in Southampton early Friday morning in preparation for its naming ceremony on Saturday, is running late. As a result, a day of ship previews for British travel agents on Friday has been cancelled.
The ship, which has until now been sailing for P&O Cruises' sister line, Princess Cruises, has been undergoing a refit at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas. But the vessel left the yard slightly late, and “adverse weather conditions en route”, as a P&O Cruises spokeswoman explained to Cruise Critic, have contributed to the delay.
Adonia is now due to arrive in Southampton at between 10 a.m. and 12 noon on Friday, according to P&O Cruises' statement.
Fortunately, the naming ceremony, in which Dame Shirley Bassey will do the honours with the champagne, will go ahead as scheduled on Saturday afternoon.
--by Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic Contributing Editor