P&O Cruises has taken possession of Iona, the most recent addition to its fleet and the most important cruise ship ever constructed for the UK market, at an official handover ceremony with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.
At 185,000 tonnes, 345 metres in size and with 17 visitor decks, the vessel can be the primary British cruise ship to be powered by liquefied pure fuel.
P&O had initially hoped to take supply of the ship over the summer.
P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, who was current on the occasion in Papenburg and signed the protocol for supply and acceptance, stated: “Iona’s supply is a really optimistic sign for the way forward for cruising.
“She is now formally a part of the P&O Cruises fleet and we’re centered on readying her to welcome friends throughout her new maiden season to northern Europe, Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands from our house port of Southampton.
“Already eagerly anticipated by our friends, crew and the communities we go to, occasions this yr have elevated the sense of anticipation much more.”
He added: “Whereas our operations are presently paused till early 2021 Iona is not going to be crusing for the second however we sit up for our friends experiencing this game-changing ship as we are going to proceed to supply…