P&O Cruises welcome the newest addition to their fleet, Iona. Carrying 5,200 guests, P&O Cruises' most environmentally friendly ship is due to set sail on her maiden voyage in May 2020. During her maiden season, Iona will be dedicated to navigating the majestic waters of the Norwegian fjords allowing you to embrace this amazing destination like never before!
Iona’s innovative design delivers the ability of bringing the outside in, meaning you will be to connect with the sea, sky and shoreline like you never imagined.
Iona will be offering the ultimate cruise experience, pairing with some of the world’s leading experts in hospitality, interior design, architects and cruise ship designers and builders. The on board experience will be one that is full of excitement, much like the destination. There will never be a dull moment with the vast range of new and familiar on board dining experiences, venues and amenities.
The 710 Club
It’s all about the music at The 710 Club. It’s a secret haven – exclusively for adults – in which to relax and enjoy the musical atmosphere. A retreat during the day, at night, it transforms into a sophisticated venue hosting a diverse range of top-class singers and bands.
Here’s one for the film buffs: Ocean Studios on deck 6 offers a warm welcome, comfortable seating and a relaxing environment in which to be entertained and enjoy a premium cinema experience. Four cinema screens will show both classics and recent blockbusters in surround sound.
A major new entertainment venue called SkyDome will be one of Iona’s star attractions. Set on decks 16 and 17 and featuring an impressive roof and a pool with a retractable stage, it offers a unique space whatever the weather and the time of day. By day it’s the perfect place for relaxation and informal dining, with a swimming pool, whirlpool spa and poolside features, and shaded seating areas. By night, it comes alive with aerial performances, immersive shows and deck parties. Above it all is a glazed dome roof designed by award-winning British engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan, the team behind glass masterpieces such as London’s Embassy Gardens Sky Pool and Bulgari’s flagship New York boutique.
Headliners Theatre is perfect for a fun-filled night out on board. Classic yet contemporary, it offers a sleek and sophisticated theatre experience. A twodeck- high auditorium ensures everyone has the best view in the house. During the day, enjoy matinee performances and activities. When night falls, full-scale production shows hit the stage.
The Keel and Cow
The Keel and Cow is an unpretentious gastropub, where food and drink have been crafted into something truly special. It offers a quick and convenient
breakfast for those going ashore, and lunchtimes bring top-quality, authentic gastropub fare to the fore, with dishes such as a signature beef and stout
burger, beer-battered fish and triple-cooked chips, black-pudding scotch eggs and more. At night, guests can gather with friends to enjoy hearty dishes
or select from a range of steaks from the dry-ageing fridge. The Keel and Cow is the perfect place to bring friends and family together to enjoy delicious
food, real hand-pumped ales and a great selection of craft ales in a relaxed, informal environment.
The Glass House
Created by award-winning wine expert and P&O Cruises Food Hero Olly Smith, The Glass House is for lovers of fine wine and great food. The premium
wine bar boasts an impressive wine list curated by Olly and offers a sophisticated environment in which to enjoy breakfast, a light lunch, a leisurely glass
of wine or an evening meal with family or newfound friends. Wine connoisseurs are well taken care of: Cellar Door at The Glass House offers wine talks,
tastings and wine-pairing dinners. It’s in prime position to enjoy the Grand Atrium’s aerial performances, as well as magnificent views out to the horizon.
There is an exciting array of options combining brand-new dining and drinking concepts with much-loved signature venues to give new meaning to the word ‘choice’. With 29 different venues to choose from, there’s something for everyone! A P&O Cruises first, Iona will exclusively offer Freedom Dining in the main restaurants. This puts you in the driving seat, giving you the flexibility to dine with friends and family any time from 6–9pm. On board, you will find the Quays is an exciting foodie piazza offering a great range of self-service and takeaway venues and a lively atmosphere for sociable dining. Within The Quays, a host of new dining venues showcasing cuisines from around the world will create a vibrant buzz – from American diner classics to Asian fast-food favourites. Another foodie first is The Keel and Cow, a fabulous British gastropub serving hearty pub fare. The 710 Club serves up live music and stylish cocktails: the perfect combination to let the good times roll long into the night. Of course, it’s not just about the new. Iona also celebrates the best P&O Cruises dining and drinking traditions with favourites such as Brodie’s, The Crow’s Nest, The Epicurean, Sindhu and The Beach House, along with pool bars and a pizzeria and grill.
Conservatory Mini Suites
The Conservatory Mini Suite is an exciting new addition to the choice of accommodation. Bring the outdoors in with a personal and versatile conservatory-style room that forms an extension to the suite. This space, which includes stylish L-shaped seating, can be closed off or left open according to the time of day or mood. In the morning keep it closed to enjoy a quiet coffee overlooking the ocean. By day it opens out fully onto the balcony. With a direct connection to the sea, the space is cool and shaded, perfect for relaxing. In the evening, it transforms into a spacious environment for private celebrations and socialising over pre-dinner drinks with friends and family. Leading directly onto the balcony, all configurations of this flexible space offer glorious seascape views.
Aft and Forward Suites are always special, giving guests the ultimate experience of relaxation in their own boutique-hotel haven. The Suites on Iona take this to another level of comfort and style. The design direction is one of contemporary comfort and elegance – a luxurious space is created as the doors of interconnecting rooms open fully to create a larger, brighter studio ambience.
For the first part of Iona’s maiden season she will be discovering the crystal-clear waters of the Norwegian fjords. There’s never been a better time to discover breathtaking snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls and the emerald waters of this picture-perfect destination.
Offering a wealth of beautiful vistas, cultural gems and thrilling adventures, the Norwegian fjords is a must-visit on many travellers list. Iona’s maiden season in the fjords will see a vast number of departures throughout the spring and summer of 2020, where you’ll have even more opportunities to explore one of the world’s most iconic destinations. Iona will be departing out of Southampton, taking the hassle out of flying and will allow you to begin your cruise holiday as smooth as possible, and once you start sailing you will see the ship come alive with dramatic landscapes and awe-inspiring scenery.