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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 

The new cruise ship for British P&O Cruises, 'Iona', is scheduled to leave Meyer Werft's Papenburg yard on 18 March to be conveyed on the river Ems to Eemshaven, Netherlands, where it will undergo technical and nautical sea trials on the North Sea.

Iona will proceed in reverse up the river Ems to the North Sea, with the assistance of two tugs, under the direction of the Emden river pilot team. This approach has proven successful in the past as it makes it easier to manoeuvre the ship.

When the ship will actually be able to enter service looks uncertain. The first cruises are scheduled for July, to the Norwegian fjords. P&O Cruises President Paul Ludlow said: "In light of recent Norwegian restrictions, we are currently reviewing itineraries and will notify as soon as we can should any changes be necessary."

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