he largest cruise ship constructed for the UK market arrives in Southampton on Sunday forward of its naming ceremony.
P&O Cruises’ Iona has 17 passenger decks, creating capability for five,200 holidaymakers earlier than social distancing is taken into consideration.
She will likely be utilized by the operator for its summer season season of home sailings.
The vessel is the primary British liner fuelled by liquefied pure gasoline, which the operator described as “one of many cleanest fuels on the planet”.
Ships of her measurement are usually powered by diesel engines which emit nitrogen oxides, affecting air high quality.
Iona – 345 metres lengthy (1,132ft) and weighing 185,000 tonnes – was constructed on the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
She’s going to sail on her maiden cruise to the Scottish island she was named after on August 7.
The coronavirus pandemic means the occasion will likely be closed to the general public however broadcast on-line.
Dame Irene Hays, proprietor of journey agent Hays Journey, would be the ship’s godmother and can conduct proceedings.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow mentioned: “Because the inception of Hays Journey there’s no-one who has been extra supportive of cruising or been extra of an envoy for the journey business than Dame Irene Hays.
“As such there’s no-one extra applicable to take centre stage on Might 16 on this prestigious occasion as we have fun her achievements and pay tribute to her husband John.”
John Hays, founding father of the corporate, died all of a sudden aged 71 in November final yr.
The primary main crusing following Monday’s lifting of the ban on cruises in England will likely be operated by MSC Cruises.
Its ship Virtuosa will set off from Southampton for a four-night journey starting on Thursday.
Cruises working in England will solely be allowed to hold as much as 1,000 passengers – or 50% of their capability if that’s decrease – till all limits on social contact are eliminated.
Beneath Boris Johnson’s highway map for relieving restrictions, that was because of happen on June 21 on the earliest, however the Prime Minister has warned that the Indian coronavirus variant means his plan is in jeopardy.