P&O’s New Mega-ship Named: Iona

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On Thursday 24 May at 4pm P&O announced live to the world, the name of our their new ship, which enters service in 2020.

She will be called: IONA

The announcement comes as a result of a competition that P&O ran last year, when we invited members of the public to suggest a suitable name for the ship. Over 30,000 submissions were received with a panel of experts making the final decision. 

Iona, a Carnival ‘Helios’ class design will be delivered in 2020. A sister ship for P&O is due for delivery in 2022.

The Scottish island of Iona.


P&O says: On 25 April 2018, the very first piece of steel was cut for Iona at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. At around 184,000 tons, it will have a capacity for up to 6,600 guests, making it the largest cruise ship ever built for the British market.

The signature heart of Iona, the Atrium, will be our boldest and brightest yet. Glass walls spanning three decks will let natural light flood in while a grand staircase, gallery and overhead walkways will provide dramatic focal points.

Iona will also be the most environmentally efficient ship in the history of P&O Cruises. Powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas (LNG), exhaust emissions will be significantly reduced to help protect the environment.

You’ll be treated to the best British hospitality and standards of service that you know and love.


Our new star of the show, The Dome

A major new entertainment hub called The Dome will be one of the star attractions of Iona. Featuring an impressive glass roof, a pool with a retractable stage, a water feature and whirlpools, it offers a unique space whatever the weather.

By day, The Dome is the perfect place for entertainment, relaxation and informal dining. By night, the four key entertainment spaces come alive with aerial performances, roof projections and immersive shows.

(Courtesy P&O)

There will also be much wider than normal, half-mile promenade deck, called the “Lanai” deck, allowing for al-fresco dining.

A world of even more choice on board

Iona has been designed by the world’s leading design and guest experience teams to make sure you have a wealth of dining, entertainment, socialising and relaxation options to suit every mood and occasion: Choose from:

• 17 places to eat to suit all appetites and occasions
• Seven speciality restaurants
• 12 places to enjoy a drink and take in sea views
• 16 whirlpools
• Four swimming pools (three outside and one inside)
• 13 entertainment venues from the theatre to venues for adults only, including three pop-up entertainment spaces
• Nine places to have breakfast
• Five places to take afternoon tea
• Seven places to enjoy fresh coffee

Partnering with the best in the business

Design innovation is being taken to new levels by collaborations with award-winning architectural and interior design teams. We’re proud to be working with residential and commercial architects Jestico & Whiles (London), whose work includes Aquashard (London), the Yas Hotel (Abu Dhabi) and the W Hotel (London). We’re once again joining forces with Richmond International (London), who worked with us on Britannia and whose luxury hotel portfolio includes The Langham Hotel (London and Chicago), The Four Seasons Moscow, and Sandy Lane Hotel (Barbados).

The design of cabins and the flow of on-board experiences will also be developed under the expert eye of maritime architecture specialists Partner Ship Design and design experts Acumen, who developed the first lie-flat bed for British Airways and Etihad Airways’ opulent three-room sky suites.

(Source: P&O)


(Courtesy P&O)

See Iona’s Dining/Entertaining options: HERE

Malcolm says: The name ‘Iona’ comes from the beautiful scottish Island of the same name. Arthur Anderson, one of P&O’s co-founders, was born in Scotland. P&O was created in 1837.

Carnival are providing AIDA, Costa and their own brand with ‘Helios’ class ships. From the P&O information above and the renderings of the Costa version of the ship, there will be some design differences between the Costa and P&O versions. For example the Costa renderings does not show a ‘Sky Dome’.

Perhaps a little worrying, is the fact is that this new class of cruise ship will carry more passengers than any other ship in history, up to 6,600. This is more that RCI’s ‘Oasis’ class, yet will be 20% smaller. You will have a little less room on-board, than on RCI’s ‘Quantum’ and ‘Oasis’ classes.

The port of Southampton and it’s infrastructure (terminals, parking and roads) will surely need more investment, in order to handle multiple ships, two of which can carry up to 6,600 passengers each.

Carnival’s LNG megaships analysed: HERE


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One Response to “P&O’s New Mega-ship Named: Iona”

  1. Jo Walker Says:

    Love it- very British, and still keeping the “A” at the end…What’s next? Mull-A; Skye-A?

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