P&O Cruises is set to welcome its largest cruise ship, Iona, to the fleet in May 2020. The 180,000-tonne, 5,200-passenger ship is not only P&O Cruises’ largest ever vessel, but the biggest-ever ship purpose built for the UK market. The ship will run on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), which will also make it the cleanest-ever P&O Cruises' ship.
Iona will feature 30 places to eat -- the most on any P&O Cruises’ ship -- and will be particularly well-suited to families, with flexible dining and family-friendly restaurants such as The Boardwalk Diner and the piazza-style The Quay.
The line will also debut a new music venue on Iona called the 710 Club, featuring Take That’s Gary Barlow as the Musical Director; new restaurants including Taste 360, featuring dishes by the line’s Food Heroes, and Keel & Cow steakhouse and gastropub; the first gin distillery at sea; a four-screen cinema complex called Ocean Studio and the largest glass dome at sea, the SkyDome, which will form a focal point of the ship’s activities and entertainment.
Iona will be based in Southampton and sail to the Norwegian fjords on its maiden season.