June 01, 2005 11:42 ET

Prunella Scales To Name P&O Cruises Artemis

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - June. 1, 2005) - One of Britain's best-loved actresses, Prunella Scales, CBE, is to name Artemis, the latest addition to the P&O Cruises fleet. Ms Scales will become the official godmother to the ship in a unique naming ceremony at sea on Thursday 16 June 2005.

Commenting on the announcement, David Dingle, managing director of P&O Cruises said:
"Prunella Scales is one of the most accomplished actresses of stage and screen and has been delighting audiences for more than 40 years in both comedy and serious roles. Whilst an outstanding stage actress, her television role as Sybil Fawlty captured our hearts. It was a truly classic performance and enthralled millions of us over the years."

Another of Prunella's most acclaimed performances was An Evening with Queen Victoria, a portrait of the longest reigning monarch that explored her life from girlhood to old age. The show is based on Queen Victoria's own words from her extensive personal diaries and letters.

"The naming ceremony for Artemis will be just one part of a day long celebration which will include a classical music concert and champagne picnic in the grounds of Osborne House, Queen Victoria's favourite residence. It is, therefore, fitting that Prunella will serve as godmother to Artemis, a graceful ship offering a more traditional cruise experience, " continued Dingle.

Veteran newscaster Sir Trevor McDonald will be acting as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Previously sailing as Royal Princess, Artemis is undergoing a multi-million pound re-fit. She will be a child-free ship.

Passengers will be able to relax in a spacious, newly built health and beauty spa and for those wanting to keep in touch with the outside world, an internet cyb@study is being created. The crowning glory is a colourful glass dome at the top of the remodelled two-deck atrium.

Artemis will offer Music Festivals at Sea, with classical recitals onboard by some of the UK's leading performers. This will be complemented by a New Horizons programme of self-enrichment featuring Bridge, literature, art, ballroom dancing, photography, computer skills and flower arranging.

At 46,000 tonnes, Artemis will be smaller than the other ships in the P&O Cruises fleet so that she can visit lesser-known ports of call.

During the Summer, Artemis will sail from her home port in Southampton and offer cruises to the Mediterranean, Canaries, Baltic and Norwegian Fjords. On 25 October she will set sail for her 110 night Grand Odyssey which will include almost 50 ports of call in South America, the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, California, Central America and the Caribbean.

Editor's Notes
Prices for Artemis' Grand Odyssey lead in at GBP 9,486 per person. Prices for a four night Continental Break cruise in the Autumn start from GBP 439 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 0845 3 555 333 or visiting a travel agent.

P&O Cruises has been operating cruise ships for over 160 years and combines innovation, professionalism and unrivalled experience on its fleet of five liners. P&O Cruises offers predominantly British passengers the most stylish and friendly holidays afloat with destinations including the Caribbean, South America, Scandinavia, Mediterranean, Canary Islands and Round the World cruises.

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