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Ballerina Darcey names new liner

Darcey Bussell
Darcey Bussell named the cruise ship Azura at Southampton Docks

A new £380m cruise ship has been named by ballerina Darcey Bussell ahead of its maiden cruise on Monday.

To celebrate Azura's entry into service P&O held a naming ceremony on Saturday evening in Southampton which included a fireworks display.

Carol Marlow of P&O Cruises said: "Azura has three magnificent dance floors, so with dancing a real feature, Darcey was the natural choice."

The new liner is berthed at the Ocean Terminal in the city's Eastern Docks.

The Azura, which can carry more than 3,000 passengers and crew, leaves on its first cruise to the Mediterranean on Monday.

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