(CNN) – It took two years to build, but the whole process of building a giant new ship from P&O Cruises can be viewed in just over a minute thanks to this incredible timelapse video.
In the final moments, the 185,000-ton ship, with a capacity of 5,200 guests, can be seen leaving the shipyard and onto the water.
At 345 meters (1,132 feet), Iona runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG,) and includes 17 guest decks, 13 recreational venues, four swimming pools, including an infinity pool and a home. gin distillation machine.
Its most impressive feature is said to be the two-story SkyDome, which houses a swimming pool that turns into a stage at night.
Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises said: “While our operations are currently suspended until early 2021, Iona will not be sailing for the time being,” said Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises. know at the official handover ceremony in October.
“But we want our guests to experience this game-changing ship as we will continue to deliver great cruises while maintaining the latest approved travel protocols. “
While the Iona is one of the first cruise ships in the world to run on LNG (liquefied natural gas), it will be followed by several others.
‘The game-changing ship’
The ship took two years to build.
P&O cruises are polite
Iona was originally scheduled to join the P&O Cruises fleet in April, but this was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
P&O Cruises was discontinued until at least early 2021.
According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA,), an industry agency that represents many of the world’s largest travel agents, despite the pandemic, 18 new ships have been delivered or expected to be delivered to travel agents. in this year.
The planned five ships for 2020 have been delayed until the following year, but CLIA insisted that orders remain near historic highs.
Iona is likely to start her new first season in Northern Europe, Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands from Southampton at some point next year.
Such developments have provided a much-needed impetus for the world of cruises, which has been severely hit by the pandemic.
“It’s a good sign that carriers continue to introduce new vessels – and plans for new ships – especially in gas conditions,” said Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief of travel website Cruise Critic. post-present ”.
“We have seen the retirement of some old ships and the delays of new ships, but the shipping lines are still dedicated to investing in the future of their fleets.
“And for consumers, that shows that there’s confidence from the brands – they’re doubling down on their industry and fleet.”
An amazing blow to the marine tourism industry
However, with most yacht operations still suspended, the economic impact has had a lot of impact.
But much of it was delayed due to problems related to coronavirus. Some shipyards have completely ceased operations, while work has slowed down in many still operating.
“In addition to service downtime, shipyards are also experiencing viral delays and obstacles such as lockout and lower manpower,” added McDaniel.
“That also affected the launch capabilities of the lines when they were originally intended.
“A handful of new ships launched in 2020 move into 2021, including highly anticipated vessels such as Carnival’s Mardi Gras, Ritz-Carlton’s Evrima and the Crystal Endeavor.
“The bright side for the cruisers is that, when the cruise is allowed to return safely, they will have a variety of new ships to choose from.”
Start and stop as the cruise lines seek to continue sailing
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued the “Framework for Conditional Cruise Orders for Cruise Ships.”
This order, which applies to cruise ships within U.S. territorial waters with a capacity of at least 250 passengers, is considered an envisaged step toward resuming flight operations.
Forrest Brown and Lauren Mascarenhas contributed to this report