Carry on cruising in 2021: P&O’s latest cruise ship arrives in Southampton

couple on cruise looking out to sea

If you love your cruises, you will be as excited as us to see the latest addition to P&O’s cruise fleet, the Iona, sail into Southampton Water last week. Greeted by a flotilla of small boats and tugs with water hoses, the Iona looked magnificent in her unashamedly British livery on her prow and stern.

A greener way to cruise

The Iona is the first British cruise ship to be powered by liquified natural gas, giving cruise-lovers a greener option for 2022 cruises. At full capacity, she can accommodate 5200 guests and 1800 crew, and measures 344m in length.

The very top deck includes areas for sunbathing, a sports court and golf net, with The Retreat just one deck down, with its beachcomber pool, whirlpools, jogging track and Infinity Pool. The three storey glass atrium glistens in the sunshine, allowing her Skydome swimming pool to be flooded with natural light.

The Iona features a fully featured theatre, casino, art gallery, cinemas, library, the Limelight Club and The 710 Club “curated and crafted by Gary Barlow, the club will serve up live music with an unmistakably vintage vibe “.  The ship also boasts 14 restaurant, 19 bars and cafés, and even an on-board craft gin distillery!

The Iona won’t come into service until 2022, but cruises are planned (and booking) for UK tours and for overseas travel later in 2021, restrictions permitting, of course.


Book your private taxi transfer with YLC

You’e booked your cruise, but how are you going to get to either the airport or the seaport? Why not travel in comfort, style and comfort with a door to dockside private taxi transfer from Your Local Car.

Our friendly drivers will collect you and your luggage from your home at the time you specify, and whisk you to Heathrow, Gatwick, Southampton or any other cruise departure point. No need to battle with basic buses, crowded trains or expensive car parks, especially if you like to take a lot of luggage with you!

Your driver will be waiting for you on your return, and you can even track his progress if you book online via our easy to use app. What’s more, when you book via the app, you automatically save 5% AND you can cancel anytime free of charge should your plans change.


Top cruise destinations for 2021/22

According to the global cruise association CLIA, the Baltics were the most popular cruise destination for British travellers, who enjoyed the cultural attractions such as St Petersburg, and the lovely cities of Stockholm, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Riga and Gdansk. 

The Mediterranean remains popular for its unbeatable combination of sunshine and great shore excursions, with Fred Olsen reporting this as their most popular destination for 2021.

River cruising is also proving popular, with the Danube, Douro and Rhine cruises remaining the top favourites for European river cruises.

There are certainly lots of excellent deals to be had, so booking a cruise is very tempting. However, given the current uncertainty over which countries are on the UK green list for travel, or indeed letting foreign tourists in, it’s important to check your cruise company’s policy for cancellations and changes to itineraries. Also, with some insurance companies not offering COVID cover, you’ll probably want to shop around for your travel insurance too.


Local cruises on the Basingstoke Canal!

OK, it may not be as wide as the Danube, nor as long, but there’s still plenty of fun to be made chugging along the canal and watching the wildlife before stopping at one of the many pubs alongside the canal.

Parking at both locations is limited, so our drivers will be happy to drive you to the canal, ready for your adventure, and take you home afterwards too.


Ready for a water based adventure?

Book via our app, and you’ll save 5%, as well as being able to track your taxi as it arrives!