Introducing Iona - P&O Cruises’ new flagship - June 2018
GoCruise – 04/06/18 - P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises is one of the most renowned lines in the industry, offering sailings to some of the most beautiful destinations on the planet while also providing British passengers with a taste of home. The décor and quality of service offers a sense of comfort and familiarity – something which has become an essential component for British holidaymakers and this is reflected through the line’s ongoing popularity.
The line currently operates seven ships, although Adonia has recently left the P&O Cruises fleet to join Azamara Club Cruises. However, as one ship leaves, another joins the fleet as P&O Cruises finally announced details of their newest build last month. The vessel will become the largest ever built specifically for a British market and will eclipse Britannia, which launched in 2015.
Following a competition launched last year, it was announced that the vessel will be named Iona, after the Scottish Hebridean Island of the same name. Although this vessel is not due to launch until 2020, work has already begun at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to ensure she is in pristine condition prior to her launch.
Full details of the new build are yet to be announced, but she will be equipped to cater for 5,200 passengers and offer a familiarly futuristic style of cruising. There will be more than 15 places to eat on board the ship including 8 speciality dining venues. In addition, there will also be more than 10 places to enjoy a drink and take in the views of the sea.
Throughout the ship, a total of four swimming pools will be present – three outdoor and one indoor – along with a total of 18 whirlpools. Based on the visualisation of the ship, depicted in the video above, the ship will offer a large glass-roofed atrium, while the lifeboats will be clearly out of view and therefore not obstructing any view from the cabins.
There will be one significant change with regards to the operation of the ship while she is either in port or at sea. She will become one of the most environmentally efficient ships at sea, powered both at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas. This will significantly reduce the emissions and provide a big step in regards to protecting the environment. Many ships scheduled to launch in the next five years will be built with environmental protection in mind and Iona will lead the way for the British market.
Following the launch of Iona, P&O Cruises is also planning the next new ship. Scheduled to launch in 2022, the second new build will be a sister to Iona and provide an additional boost to the British cruising market.
Throughout the summer, P&O Cruises will operate the majority of the fleet’s vessels out of Southampton to destinations throughout the European continent. The fleet will also operate fly-cruises, with a short journey out of your local airport being all that stands between you and your next escape.