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Get ready for Iona: one year and counting 

With only 365 days to go until P&O Cruises welcomes Iona into their fleet, the excitement is mounting. It’s going to be an amazing year as the build takes shape and we look forward to sharing it with you every step of the way.  

In one year’s time, Iona – P&O Cruises’ biggest, most innovative and greenest ship yet – will officially set sail, heralding an exciting new era of cruising for the fleet.  

Iona is a ship like no other in so many ways. Take the amazing array of places to wine and dine (choose from 30 different venues, from poolside pick-me-ups to elegant fine dining). Then there’s the extraordinary variety of entertainment in SkyDome (the first of its kind at sea), Headliners theatre and the four-screen cinema. And where better to watch the world go by than the Grand Atrium, with its triple-deck windows, showstopping spiral staircase and stylish café? And, of course, when Iona launches in 2020, she’ll be the first passenger ship in the UK to be powered by LNG (liquified natural gas), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel.

Iona is the perfect way to enjoy some of the world’s most exhilarating destinations. For her inaugural summer season, she sets sail for the stunning Norwegian fjords. Her first winter season is one of sunshine and surprises in The Canary Islands, and cultural exploration in some of Northern Europe’s most exciting cities.

We’re counting down to P&O Cruises’ most exciting launch yet, and we hope you’ll Iona in 2020.

About IONA

Choice, flexibility and the ability to create your own on-board experiences lie at the heart of P&O Cruises new ship, giving you the chance to rest and play your way. Their new ship 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 make your holiday extra special. And rest assured, the P&O Cruises DNA will still shine through. You’ll be treated to the best British hospitality and standards of service that you know and love. 



Choose from:

  • Over 15 places to eat to suit all appetites and occasions
  • 8 speciality restaurants
  • More than 10 places to enjoy a drink and take in sea views
  • 18 whirlpools
  • 4 swimming pools (three outside and one inside)
  • More than 6 places to have breakfast
  • Plenty of entertainment venues from the theatre to venues for adults only



P&O Cruises aim to bring the outside in with a half-mile long covered promenade. This Lanai Deck will have glass walls spanning three decks to allow natural light to flood the central atrium as well as alfresco dining venues and intimate hideaways. All accommodation will be designed by the contemporary design practice Acumen of London.

A major new entertainment hub called The Dome will be one of the star attractions of our new ship. Featuring an impressive roof and a pool with a retractable stage the Dome offers a unique space whatever the weather. By day, The Dome is the perfect place for entertainment, relaxation and informal dining. By night, the Dome will come alive with aerial performances and immersive shows.

The ship will offer new levels of entertainment, dining and relaxation, and features a host of innovative features and cutting-edge technology to wow you with new cruising experiences.

The signature heart of the ship, the Atrium, will be P&O Cruises 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.

Winter 2020/21 Sailings Announced 

P&O Cruises have announced the next season of Iona sailings from Winter 2020. Her itineraries will cover Northern Baltic cities, Spain and Portugal and Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands.

Make your great escape in four fabulous cities

Iona’s seven-night Northern European City Escapes take in a range of standout cities in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, with late calls and overnights that give you time to really explore and relax. Each port of call offers an alluring contrast of ancient and modern with striking architecture, fabulous foodie scenes and lively café cultures – all layered over a rich and dramatic history. Whatever you want from your city break, there’s something to capture every imagination, from dawn ‘til dusk and all night long.

Explore Spain and Portugal

Studding the Spanish and Portuguese coastlines, Iona’s seven destinations are gateways to iconic sights and unforgettable experiences. Each has a unique cityscape, where past and present play out in a lively mix of architecture and anything-but-everyday life. Walk on golden sands, take a cultural journey through the ages, set your pulse racing in rolling countryside and listen to the heartfelt sounds of local musicians. From proud local traditions to gastronomic delights, we pick some of the best reasons to explore these incredible countries.

Explore Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands

Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands are rightly famed for their abundant sunshine and sandy shores, but these dynamic destinations offer so much more than winter-sun or beach-based breaks. Leave the sun-lounger behind and treat your senses to a world of eye-opening culture, mouth-watering cuisine and hair-raising adventure with these local experiences.