P&O Cruises has announced that it plans to take delivery of Iona ‘before the autumn’. The company has also confirmed that it will take delivery of Iona’s as yet unnamed sister-ship in December 2022.
Iona is the biggest cruise ship ever built for the UK market. It will also be the first vessel in P&O’s fleet to be powered by LNG.
Iona will be capable of holding 5,200 guests and 1,800 crew. The vessel will feature a number of firsts for P&O Cruises, including the SkyDome, a new venue on board that will be used both day and night.
P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, said: “Whilst our operations as currently paused, we are delighted that we have more clarity on the arrival of these two new ships. The final outfitting of Iona is almost complete and is looking stunning and we will take delivery of her before the autumn. We also now know that her sister ship will join the fleet at the end of 2022.
“Both ships are eagerly anticipated by our guests and we are seeing strong demand for the future. The space on these two ships will allow for extraordinary experiences; visual entertainment displays; new dining concepts and many new areas for relaxation and indulgence.”
Itineraries for the second ship will go on sale in Spring 2021.