P&O Cruises has provided an update on its new delayed P&O Iona vessel and a sister ship arriving in 2022.
P&O New Cruise Ship Update
We’ve finally got an idea of when the new P&O Iona will join the fleet along with the arrival date of her yet to be named sister ship. The cruise line’s largest-ever cruise ship and first which is powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) will now be delivered before autumn 2020.
It was also announced after discussions with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany that Iona’s yet to be named LNG sister ship will join the fleet in December 2022.
P&O Cruises President Paul Ludlow, said:
“Whilst our operations are currently paused, we are delighted that we have more clarity on the arrival of these two new ships. Both 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, new dining concepts and many new areas for relaxation and indulgence.”
P&O Iona was originally scheduled to debut in May out of Southampton but that was delayed due to the suspension of operation and the impact from the global health crises. She ended up going back to dry dock in Rotterdam in early June for final refurbishment and has already successfully completed sea trials.
P&O Cruises will be making further announcements on Iona’s maiden voyage. She will be the largest cruise ship fir the UK market and will make up for the recently sold P&O Oceana vessel right we posted about right here.
Iona is 184,700 gross tons and has a guest capacity of 5,200 along with 1,800 crew members. The British cruise line has currently suspended operations through October 15, 2020.
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