P&O Cruises staff, crew and passengers are to pull on their lycra and complete 1,196 miles on exercise bikes for charity.

With a year to go before new 5,200 passenger Iona ship launches, the line has decided to mark the milestone by cycling the distance between the Scottish island of Iona and Southampton and raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust.

In addition to P&O Cruises staff at Carnival House in Southampton, crew and passengers on board the line’s seven ships will also take part in the charity challenge on Tuesday (May 14).

More than £300,000 has been raised for the charity by P&O Cruises and agents over the last three years.

P&O Cruises vice president, sales and marketing, Alex Delamere-White, said: “Here in Southampton, which has been our homeport for almost 200 years, across our fleet of ships and throughout our network of agents we are all working hard towards Iona’s launch this time next year.

“Over the next three years we will grow our capacity by over 60% and we remain committed to providing the easiest and most convenient ex-UK holidays year round from Southampton.

“It is that sense of team work and listening to our guests and agent partners that has helped raise over £300,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust over the past three years and I hope the cycle challenge will boost that total even further as we mark Iona’s forthcoming arrival.”