P&O Cruises unveil name of new ship

The name of P&O Cruises brand-new ship has been revealed by TV presenter Stephen Mulhern in a special presentation.

Officially set to join the fleet in May 2020, the new 5,200-passenger ship will be named Iona.

A competition was held by the company last year in which members of the public could submit their suggestions for a name.

An impressive 30,000 submissions were put forward before a shortlist was announced and the name Iona selected as the winner. 

Inspired by the remote but incredibly picturesque island located in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides which shares its name, Iona was chosen as a celebration of the UK’s deep connection to the sea. 

The fact that Iona, like the names of all of the other ships in P&O’s sizeable fleet, ends in A was also somewhat of a contributing factor. 

"Iona is known for its peace and tranquillity, stunning landscape and, most importantly, the view of the ocean from almost every point on the island,” said Paul Ludlow, the senior vice-president of P&O Cruises.

"This mirrors our primary intention when building the ship, which was to make the sea the star.” 

Construction on the ship is currently well underway at the Meyer Weft shipyard in Germany after being kicked with a steel cutting ceremony at the end of last month. 

Source: The Mirror