In the early hours of this morning (14th February), P&O Cruises newest and largest ship, Iona, was floated out of the covered building II at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The 184,000 GRT ship was then manoeuvred into place at the outfitting berth where her final outfitting will take place and the also the addition of the funnel.
Once outfitting and onboard trials have been completed – anticipated for end of March- she will then start her conveyance down the River Ems to the North Sea where she will undergo a set of seat trials prior to being delivered to P&O Cruises.
She will arrive in Southampton on 9th May ahead of her 9-night maiden voyage to the Norwegian Fjords on 14th May. Guests on the maiden voyage will be treated by guest entertainers such as Tony Hadley, Jason Donovan and Alexandra Burke.
Iona will be named in Southampton on 4th July 2020 with special performances from brand amabassador, Gary Barlow, Pixie Lott and The Script before sailing on her IONA Fest cruise to Norway where guests will be treated to entertainment from Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity, British comedian Tim Vine, band Clean Bandit, DJ Trevor Nelson, DJ and Presenter Sara Cox, presenter Jo Whiley, comedian Chris Ramsay, Blur bassist Alex James, Madness tribute act ‘Badness’ and much more…..
Image © Meyer Werft