Barbados saw P&O Cruises celebrate the naming of its newest ship, the Arvia, in Bridgetown on Thursday, by popping up the world’s largest bottle of rum.
The ship was officially named by global star Nicole Scherzinger and the beachside ceremony was broadcast live on YouTube. During the ceremony, a lever released the specially made bottle which held 15 litres of Mount Gay Black Barrel.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “Our naming party in Barbados is a world first and so it had to be rum. Mount Gay has a long and distinguished history and affiliation with the sea – it is a perfect mix.
“Seafarers have always believed that breaking a bottle as the ship was launched afforded it luck and good fortune for the many journeys that lay ahead. We are delighted to partner with Mount Gay and we will be proud to have a replica bottle remain with us on board Arvia to sail around the world as a reminder of this very special day.”
The bottle of rum for the naming ceremony was specially made Demi John and was traditionally used to store and transport rum from the 18th century.
The party was hosted by DJs Trevor Nelson and Sara Cox along with an exclusive performance from Olly Murs and Scherzinger.
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