P&O Cruises has announced that it plans to take delivery of Iona ‘before the autumn’ and that following discussions with Meyer Werft, Iona’s as yet unnamed sister ship will be delivered in December 2022.

185,000gt Iona is the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK market and the first British cruise ship to be powered by LNG. The vessel was originally scheduled for a maiden season in the Norwegian fjords starting in July 2020.

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,’ he added.

Itineraries for the second ship will go on sale in spring 2021.