One of the largest cruise ships in the world moored in Weymouth Bay


ONE of the world’s largest and newest cruise ships has entered Weymouth Bay as thousands of passengers on board enjoy a staycation cruise.

Iona, operated by P&O Cruises, is undertaking a number of cruises across the UK as the cruise industry picks up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Departing from Southampton, guests can enjoy the ultimate British break on the Iona, with gourmet meals and poolside snacks, cocktails and coffees. shopping, spas, shows and endless sea views.

Iona offers seven-night itineraries through September 18, 2021, which sees the cruise ship depart from Southampton, see the Dorset coast and visit the Scottish Islands.

Iona, one of the largest cruise ships in the world, has arrived in Weymouth. Photo: Paul Dallaway and Paul Dixon Crew Coastline Cruises

Tuesday afternoon (August 3) the cruise ship joins Ventura and Aurora in Weymouth Bay.

Photos by Paul Dallaway and Paul Dixon Crew Coastline Cruises appear to show passengers on board enjoying the view of the Dorset coast and the sun.

Built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, it is the first UK liner to run on liquefied natural gas, which P&O Chairman Paul Ludlow says makes it “the most eco-friendly cruise ship in the world. environment of Great Britain ”.

The cruise ship has a capacity of 5,200 passengers, including 2,614 cabins, with 1,800 crew members on board.

The huge ship has 26 suites, 95 veranda mini-suites, 1,486 balcony cabins, 174 ocean view cabins, 811 interior cabins and 22 single occupancy cabins.

Dorset Echo: Iona, one of the world's largest cruise ships, has arrived in Weymouth.  Photo: Paul Dallaway and Paul Dixon Crew Coastline Cruises

Guests can also enjoy a number of activities, with over 30 places to eat and drink, four pools including an infinity pool, and 18 hot tub spas.

Only passengers who have received the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine can board, with travel insurance compulsory for all.

A number of social distancing measures are in place, with passengers being asked to stand two meters apart, wash their hands and wear masks in certain areas of the ship. The crew will also undergo a strict regime of testing and quarantine as well as regular testing during their stay on board. Our protocols are subject to change as we will continue to work with our experts and with government agencies to ensure that all of our practices evolve in accordance with the latest guidance, with our primary focus always being to protect the health and well-being of our crew. and our guests. and the communities we visit. Travel insurance will also be compulsory for all guests.


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