The primary visitors in 15 months had been welcomed by P&O Cruises earlier, as Britannia departed Southampton for a four-night summer season crusing across the UK coast.
P&O Cruises ships anchored regionally, Ventura, Arcadia and Aurora, and people of sister model Cunard, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, celebrated the event with a horn-sounding departure salute as Britannia left the Port of Southampton.
Britannia will sail a collection of three-, four- and seven-night UK coastal cruises till September twenty fifth, when western Mediterranean itineraries will start previous to her winter Caribbean season.
Iona’s maiden voyage will likely be on August seventh, and she’s going to then sail weekly seven-night scenic coastal cruises, earlier than starting Atlantic coast holidays.
P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, mentioned: “We’ve been on countdown to this second and are elated to be welcoming visitors again on board.
“An enormous thanks to our visitors for his or her persistence as we absolutely recognise that it’s been a interval full of anticipation and thwarted plans.
“We’ve spent this time working onerous refining and enhancing our holidays so time on board will be loved to its very fullest.”
He added: “Our restart is a celebration for crew, visitors, our workers, Southampton and likewise the trade as we return to taking part in our key function supporting the array of native growers, suppliers, accommodations, B&Bs, eating places and taxis drivers for whom the cruise trade is so important.”
Check out a collection of photographs from the launch here.