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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 

Despite the ills currently facing the global cruise industry, up-to-date vessels are still being brought into the fleet as old vessels are retired; as proved by the delivery of the 'Iona' to UK-based Carnival brand P&O Cruises.

The ship is intended to be ready for service when the British cruise industry restarts. Prior to handover, the Iona has proven her seaworthiness during several test voyages in the North Sea and has successfully completed technical and nautical tests. The engine room module with the modern power plant to supply the entire ship and hotel operation was built at Neptun Werft. The four low-emission dual-fuel engines from Caterpillar (MaK, Kiel/Rostock), which can be operated 100% with LNG at sea and in port, also come from there. The Iona is the first of two new ships for the P&O Cruises brand. Six more ships for Carnival Corporation (Miami) have already been ordered in Papenburg and from Meyer Turku for other brands of the group.

"This is really a very special delivery for us for a variety of reasons. Not only because of the current Corona crisis, but also because we delivered Aurora to P&O Cruises exactly 20 years ago. Iona is an exceptional ship that marks a milestone in our long partnership with P&O Cruises. I would like to thank the entire team for their extraordinary commitment", said MD Jan Meyer.

The architectural highlight of the Iona is the SkyDome, a glass dome measuring around 970m2. The dome weighs 105  and consists of 340 triangular glasses. Not only in terms of architecture, but above all in the areas of energy efficiency, safety and environmental technology, the shipyard has been able to establish innovative elements, such as LNG propulsion, in the construction of its 50 cruise ships.

"The two project teams from the shipyard and the shipping company, the many suppliers as well as the classification society and the Bremen port authorities have done an excellent job under the difficult conditions," said Stephan Schmees, member of the Project Management Board.

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