Princess Cruises' 710-passenger Royal Princess will officially transfer to British brand P&O Cruises at the end of April and will be renamed the Adonia by the ship's new godmother, British singer Shirley Bassey, during a ceremony in Southampton, England, on May 21.

P&O called Bassey "Britain's greatest and best-loved female performer". She is best known for being the only singer to record three James Bond movie theme songs, and has 135 million record sales.

Carnival Corp., parent company to both Princess and P&O, decided in late 2009 to transfer the ship to P&O. The vessel has operated under the Princess brand for less than four years. Its final cruise will be a 26-day sailing from Tahiti to Fort Lauderdale departing April 6.

The Royal Princess is scheduled to then go into a drydock in Freeport, Bahamas, from May 2 to 10, before heading to Southampton for the naming ceremony. Bassey will name the Adonia, which P&O has designated as an adults-only ship, the day prior to its maiden voyage for P&O, a 16-day cruise to the western Mediterranean.

The 30,200-ton vessel transferred to Princess in spring 2007 after its former owner, the British cruise line Swan Hellenic, was shut down by Carnival Corp. The 2001-built vessel sailed as the Minerva II under Swan Hellenic.

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