More information about P&O Cruises’ new ship, Iona, is being released all the time, and as the largest ship to ever have been built for the UK market, cruise fans everywhere are eager for every little detail. So with this in mind, why not read on for all you need to know about the P&O Iona’s construction?



First of all, how has Iona been designed?


P&O Cruises intend to make Iona the largest ship for the UK cruise market, accommodating an incredible 5,200 guests. This means that utilising space in the best way has been a big priority, as was avoiding a congested, city atmosphere. Because of this, much attention has been given to ensuring the sea itself is a big focus, to ensure that guests don’t lose sight of the fact that they’re on a cruise holiday exploring the world’s magnificent oceans.

With guest experience at the height of concern, modern technology has also been greatly considered throughout the design of Iona. Much thought has been given to the best ways to make the most of today’s fast-paced technological developments, which has led to the addition of a number of exciting features; one of which being The Dome. This venue is a pool area with retractable stage and roof, which will be used for poolside fun, entertainment, dining, and even aerial performances.

With an eye on environmental responsibility, P&O Cruises have ensured that Iona is designed to have a minimal impact in this respect. Using liquefied natural gas, she will be the cruise line’s most environmentally-friendly ship, giving fewer exhaust emissions than the rest of the fleet.


Who has been involved in the design of P&O’s Iona?


To help develop Iona into the ship that P&O Cruises’ visualise, the nation’s favourite cruise line has collaborated with some of the most highly-esteemed experts in the world;


  • Meyer Werft – a German ship-building company with ample respect in the industry, they are known for working on luxury ships for Disney Cruise Line, Saga, Celebrity Cruises, and more.
  • Partner Ship Design – also based in Germany, this company offer expertise in maritime architecture as well as developing the guest experience. Previous clients include Costa Cruises and Carnival Cruises.
  • Richmond International – this London-based firm are well-known for their interior design and architectural work for leading hotels, including Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, and The Four Seasons in Moscow.
  • Jestico + Whiles – also located in London, this company has been involved in the design of prestigious locations such as the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi, and London’s The Shard, Aqua Shard restaurant.



    Where are we now, in the construction process?


    The first piece of steel was cut to mark the beginning of construction on April 25th, 2018. This glamourous occasion took place in Papenburg, Germany, at the aforementioned ship builder’s yard – Meyer Werft. Iona will be the first ship Meyer Werft have built for P&O Cruises in 20 years.

    To mark the occasion, the steel-cutting ceremony was attended by Paul Ludlow- P&O Cruises’ senior vice president, Josh Weinstein – Carnival UK’s president, and Tim Meyer – Meyer Werft’s managing director. With construction underway, P&O Cruises’ Iona is expected to set sail in 2020, with cruises going on sale later this year, in September 2018.

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