P&O Cruises ‘ highly-anticipated new cruise ship Iona was set to make her big debut earlier this year.
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, her construction and launch had to be delayed – but now it looks like cruise fans are one step closer to finally seeing the new ship.
That’s because the cruise line has revealed that it anticipates Iona will be delivered ‘before the autumn’ by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, where she is being built.
The impressive ship boasts a gross tonnage of 185,000, measures 345m in length and has 17 decks for passengers to explore. A particular highlight will be the new entertainment venue Skydome, which promises everything from a ‘secret’ night club and boutique cinema to a pool with a retractable stage for aerial performances and immersive shows.
But Iona’s new delivery date isn’t the only exciting news for cruise fans.
It’s also been revealed that her sister ship, currently unnamed, will be delivered in 2022 with sailings due to go on sale next spring.
Iona was originally due to make her debut in May 2020 on a series of itineraries across the Norwegian Fjords, but due to the pandemic, this was delayed.
Meanwhile, P&O Cruises has suspended operations until October 2020 as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on travel plans.
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.”
Sailings for Iona are currently on sale on the P&O Cruises website.
It’s worth noting that at the time of writing, the Foreign Office advises Brits against cruise ship travel. You can check the latest FCO advice on cruises for more information.