P&O Cruises has taken possession of Iona, the newest addition to its fleet and the premier cruise ship at any time developed for the British isles industry, at an official handover ceremony with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.
At 185,000 tonnes, 345 metres in length and with 17 visitor decks, the vessel is also the initially British cruise ship to be run by liquefied natural fuel.
P&O experienced originally hoped to acquire shipping of the ship more than the summer.
P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, who was present at the event in Papenburg and signed the protocol for shipping and acceptance, claimed: “Iona’s shipping is a extremely good sign for the future of cruising.
“She is now officially portion of the P&O Cruises fleet and we are centered on readying her to welcome attendees throughout her new maiden time to northern Europe, Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands from our property port of Southampton.
“Already eagerly expected by our attendees, crew and the communities we go to, gatherings this yr have enhanced the sense of anticipation even additional.”
He extra: “While our operations are at this time paused until early 2021 Iona will not be sailing for the instant but we look ahead to our attendees dealing with this sport-modifying ship as we will go on to offer unparalleled vacations at sea whilst also upholding the newest accepted journey protocols.”
Iona will also herald a new period in cruise vacations with quite a few initially of their variety characteristics like the one of a kind two-deck SkyDome.
Its glass dome roof and roomy layout flooded with natural gentle provides soothing and unrivalled sights of the encompassing sky and sea.
Iona will have eight speciality dining places like yet to be unveiled concepts, as nicely as thirteen enjoyment venues, four swimming swimming pools like a breathtaking infinity pool at the aft of the ship and sixteen whirlpools.
Just take a look the new ship down below: