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Royal to celebrate P&O's birthday

15 May 2012 09:04

Princess Anne meets the captain of P&O's Adonia vessel in 2003

Princess Anne meets the captain of P&O's Adonia vessel in 2003

Princess Anne is to set sail to celebrate 175 years of P&O Cruises this July.

All seven of P&O's ships will head out together in formation for the first-ever time behind a naval warship from Southampton on July 3.

Princess Anne is godmother to P&O vessels Oceana and Aurora, but as Master of the Corporation of maritime charity Trinity House, she will be sailing on the THV Patricia during the celebrations.

As well as waving from the deck at other P&O ships sounding their horns, the royal will also be present at a tea party in the afternoon featuring special guests and some of P&O's most loyal travellers.

The event will showcase the enduring appeal of luxury cruising, however people are always advised to take out cruise travel insurance before leaving port for the high seas.

P&O Cruises managing director Carol Marlow said: "This is a special surprise for passengers. The event is a real celebration of the expertise of cruising and it is going to be part of British maritime history."

Each of the seven ships will then sail off separately to different places, with each cruise featuring its own gala dinner and celebrations.