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Last Updated: Friday, 27 May, 2005, 06:59 GMT 07:59 UK
Joanna Lumley names cruise ship
Actress Joanna Lumley has named the latest cruise ship to make its maiden voyage from Southampton.

The Absolutely Fabulous star christened the Sea Princess in a gala ceremony featuring fireworks and music on Thursday evening.

The Princess Cruises ship - formerly known as Adonia - sets sail from Southampton on Saturday.

The revamped vessel will take 1,950 passengers on a trip to the Caribbean, with tickets starting at 1,299.

I'm completely overwhelmed by the honour
Joanna Lumley

The ship was originally named Adonia two years ago in Southampton by Princess Anne and her daughter Zara Phillips, in the UK's first ever double ship-christening ceremony, alongside Oceana.

Hollywood actress Goldie Hawn was due to attend Thursday night's ceremony but cancelled due to ill health.

The evening raised funds for children's charity Barnardo's and their Better Start in Life Campaign.

Ms Lumley said: "I'm completely overwhelmed by the honour and, without sounding too strange, absolutely fabulous.

"I'm proud as a peacock and humbled."

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