Posted September 3rd, 2018
5 Things That Excite Us About Iona
Today marks an exciting day for cruisers as pre-registration has finally opened for P&O Cruises’ forthcoming new ship, Iona. Setting sail in May 2020, anyone looking to climb on board during her maiden season now has the chance to register their interest, with itineraries going on sale from 10th September 2018, starting with the highest tears of the Peninsular Club loyalty program.
So, if you don’t already know, here are some of the things that excite us from the details that have been revealed so far.
Iona is named after a Scottish island in the Inner Hebrides and there is one key aspect about this piece of land that has inspired her design. Due to its size, you can see the sea from any and every point that you choose to stand. Expanding this idea into the ship’s layout, there will be a major focus on bringing the outside in, resulting in plenty of sunlight and great views out across the ocean.
No doubt, the standout venue in this respect is the Sky Dome. This new entertainment venue will offer somewhere to relax around the indoor pool during the day and then transform into a glistening showpiece during the evening. A stage will appear over the pool and lighting effects will create the perfect ambiance to enjoy the acrobatic performances.
This is not the only area where the sea and sun are brought onboard the ship, though. A lot of work has gone into creating a three-deck Grand Atrium which impresses with its sweeping staircase and large panoramic windows. One venue here will be the Vista Café, the ultimate spot in which to start your day with a coffee and the newspaper.
In a bid to make mealtimes much simpler for guests, P&O Cruises has announced that Iona will exclusively offer Freedom Dining. This means that whenever you feel hungry and wherever you are on the ship, you will be able to find somewhere for you and your family to enjoy a delicious meal.
There will still be main restaurants (usually included in your cruise fare) and speciality restaurants (typically requiring a cover charge), but you’ll be able to grab a table at whatever time suits you and take advantage of much more choice around the ship.
Whenever a new ship is launched, there is always much anticipation about the accommodation. After all, this is your only private space on board the vessel and so it has to be comfortable, spacious and offer everything you need whilst sailing the seas.
One new cabin type has really caught our eye and looks like it will be a popular choice for anyone cruising on board Iona. Conservatory Mini-Suites offer plenty of room to relax and the option to sit in three separate areas. Two sets of bi-folding doors allow you to open up the living space into a conservatory area and then a balcony. Open one and you have a multi-functional area for pre-dinner drinks or small gatherings with friends and family; open both and the light comes flooding in and the entire cabin becomes an indoor/outdoor environment for all weathers and all times of day.
Now that Freedom Dining has made things simpler, you will have much more opportunity to sample some of the new restaurants that will be found on board Iona. One of the most interesting will be a gastro pub called the Keel and Cow. With an open galley and a dry-aged fridge from which you can select your perfect steak, it will be an informal dining area that offers the freshest and tastiest family favourites.
Four other food venues making their first appearance at sea will be found in a waterfront area known as The Quays. Serving up tasty morsels from lunch until dinner, this multi-venue dining area will feature a seafood restaurant by the name of ‘Hook, Line and Vinegar’, an Asian street food place, a gourmet hot dog stand and an al-fresco Mediterranean restaurant. There are sure to be many more delicious announcements from P&O Cruises before the ship makes her debut, too.
The Norwegian Fjords
The announcement that Iona will spend her first season cruising the iconic Norwegian fjords has many people excited. As one of the most popular regions for cruising, and the ideal place to start your love for this kind of holiday, it’s a great fit for what will be the largest ship built for the UK market.
Iona’s light and airy public spaces and great views out to sea will really enhance any trip to the Norwegian fjords, ensuring you won’t miss a second of the fantastic scenery found in this part of the world. There will also be plenty of thrilling shore excursions to help you get much closer to the action.
If you would like to be one of the first to sail on board Iona, pre-registration is open now. Call us on 0808 159 7262 or contact us through the website.