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Friday, June 14, 2019 

The keel laying ceremony of the 'Iona' (vessel number S.710) for P&O Cruises has marked another milestone at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, as the official start of assembling the hull of the new luxury liner for the UK.

The steel cutting ceremony took place a good 12 months ago. Meanwhile an engine room module has been produced. Now the symbolic keel laying ceremony has been held in building dock II at Meyer Werft. The ship will be handed over to the customer in spring 2020.

The traditional keel laying coins were placed by Paul Ludlow (President P&O Cruises) together with Stephan Schmees (Executive Board Member Project Management) Meyer Werft and Jürgen Storz (Project Leader MEYER WERFT). Block 1B measures 21.5m in length, 19.4m in width and 9.8m in height. It weighs 461 tons and is part of the future fore ship of the new cruise liner.

With its rating of more than 180,000 grt, the Iona will be the new flagship of the P&O Cruises fleet. It will be one of the first cruise ships to be powered 100% by LNG, making it particularly environmentally friendly.

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