Iona is one of the world’s first ever LNG-powered cruise ships. LNG stands for liquefied natural gas, which is cooled down until it becomes a liquid. This eco-friendly drive system prevents the emission of sulphur dioxides and soot particles. The engine room unit containing the LNG tanks was manufactured at NEPTUN WERFT in Rostock – another shipyard in the MEYER Group.
The shipbuilding specialists at MEYER WERFT laid the keel for Iona in May 2019 – it is scheduled to be delivered to P&O Cruises in spring 2020. The luxury liner will accommodate up to 5,200 passengers, who can look forward to eight speciality restaurants and four swimming pools. The glazed atrium offers magnificent views over three decks. With a length of 344 metres, Iona will be one of the largest cruise ships in the world.
And there’s more to come, as MEYER WERFT is building a total of two new ships for P&O Cruises. Iona’s sister ship should embark on its maiden voyage in spring 2022.