At 185,000 tonnes and 345m in length with 17 guest decks, she is the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK market. (Incidentally, Iona will also be the sixth largest in the world). It’s expected that she will be able to host up to 5,200 passengers on board.
The new time-lapse video shows the ship being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, and it’s pretty mesmerising to watch as her decks and exterior are transformed.
The ship will offer up a pretty glamorous experience too. Particular highlights include an on-board gin distillery, a ‘secret’ night club and boutique cinema in the SkyDome, and a pool with a retractable stage for aerial performances and immersive shows.
Other offerings for guests will include a luxury spa, EIGHT speciality restaurants, FOUR swimming pools and heaps of entertainment venues.
Iona officially joined the P&O Cruises fleet earlier this month after the cruise line took delivery of the ship in a milestone moment.
She was initially due to launch in May 2020, but this was delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Her maiden season will feature itineraries across Northern Europe, Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands from Southampton.
Her sister ship, whose name has yet to be revealed, is currently due to be delivered in December 2022.
At the time of writing, P&O Cruises has temporarily suspended all operations until early 2021 due to the pandemic. You can find out more at pocruises.com.
This comes as the Foreign Office continues to advise against cruise travel. Cruise lines around the world have been forced to cancel sailings or temporarily suspend operations. Some have shared the dates of when they hope to resume services – to give you a helping hand, we’ve rounded these up in a guide on when cruise lines might restart.