P&O Cruises' ship Iona leaves Southampton UK on maiden voyage

   August 8, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

Britain's largest and most environmentally-friendly cruise ship left Southampton (England UK) Saturday night, August 7, on her maiden voyage.

P&O Cruises' boat Iona set sail at around 9 pm on her first journey (cruise to nowhere roundtrip from Southampton).

Built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg Germany, Iona is the first LNG-powered British liner, which Paul Ludlow (P&O UK's President) claimed made it “Britain’s most environmentally-friendly cruise ship”.

The vessel’s stunning design features 18 decks, 2610 staterooms, 17 dining venues, the 2-deck, glass-bottomed SkyDome.

P&O Cruises ship Iona

Throughout Saturday, guests were sharing their excitement of getting onboard. For many, it was the first holiday in months since the COVID crisis began.

Iona’s maiden voyage will cruise past Cornwall prior to anchoring at the namesake island of the ship for the kaleidoscopic firework display followed by 3 days of Scottish scenic cruising.