Iona, P&O Cruises’ newest ship, has set sail on her first journey.

The ship is on its way to her namesake island in Scotland, with a display of fireworks to highlight the celebration.

“Iona’s maiden voyage is the start of a new era in travel as Britain’s most environmentally friendly cruise ship, the first in the country powered by liquefied natural gas, sets sail,” said Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises.

Iona’s debut trip, which departed P&O Cruises’ home port of Southampton, is currently travelling along the UK coast for seven nights.

The ship lies at anchor at Iona before embarking on a magnificent cruise of the Isle of Colonsay, Lochbuie, Duart Castle, Tobermory, Bac Mr, Fingal’s Cave, Sound of Jura, Claggain Bay, Mull of Kintyre, and Sanda Island.

Iona also has the first gin still on a cruise ship, which was constructed in collaboration with Salcombe Gin and allows for the distillation of tailor made spirits on board.

The gin’s first production will take place in Iona’s custom-built still, where it will be distilled, bottled, and labelled.

Iona’s 710 Club’s music director is Gary Barlow.

Up-and-coming performers will be able to get their break at this intriguing late-night music club.

Iona, the creation of Canadian entertainment company Creativiva, has also commissioned spectacular aerial shows.

Iona will begin offering trips to Spain and the Canary Islands in September 2021, following an inaugural season of UK coastal cruises.

– India’s new age travel digital media


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