P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: ‘For this special maiden voyage we wanted to bring guests to the island of Iona which has influenced many aspects of the ship – the sense of space in the SkyDome through to our gin still named Columba, the heather in our Marabelle gin distilled on board and, of course, the name of the ship.’
Iona’s debut seven night cruise departed P&O Cruises home port of Southampton on August 7, and then proceeded to round Cornwall and sail north to Scotland.
Scenic cruising in the Scottish isles
The LNG-powered ship was at anchor Monday adjacent to the island of Iona ahead of commencing scenic cruising around the Isle of Colonsay, Lochbuie, Duart Castle, Tobermory, Bac Mòr, Fingal’s Cave, Sound of Jura, Claggain Bay, Mull of Kintyre and Sanda Island.
After an inaugural season of UK coastal cruises Iona will offer holidays to Spain and the Canary Islands from September 2021.