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Iona

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In August and September 2021, Iona will take to the seas around the UK, offering 7-night coastal cruises. Sailing where the sun is, there won't be any ports of call, instead giving you the chance to truly appreciate life at sea. From delicious dining options to dazzling entertainment, or simply soaking up the views from the deck, get ready for an unforgettable cruise onboard P&O Cruise's newest ship.

P&O Cruises’ Iona was designed as the largest cruise ship built specifically for the British cruise market, and as such she offers plenty of space and innovative features, as well as maintaining the quaint British charm that P&O fans love. Accommodating over 5,000 guests, she has been created with an impressive array of entertainment, recreation and dining venues. Plus, with cruises everywhere from the Norwegian Fjords to the sunny Canary Islands, many departing from close by as Southampton, you're guaranteed to visit beautiful destinations and ports of call.


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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 2020
Number Of Decks 16
Number Of Pools 4
Number Of Restaurants 17

Ship Facilities

Dining

Dining onboard P&O Iona showcases classic British dishes alongside cuisine from around the world, giving guests a culinary experience that's as exciting as the cruise they embark upon. Whether you're looking for a casual meal as a family, a treat in one of the specialty restaurants or a quick bite to go, there's somewhere new to try around every corner.

Included Restaurants

P&O Cruises' fantastic value voyages mean that you'll find a great choice of restaurants which are included in your cruise fare. This means there's no need to worry about picking up the bill at the end of your delicious meal! These complimentary venues include:

  • Main Restaurant- here you'll find breakfast, lunch and three-course evening meals, perfect for those who like a more traditional cruise ship dining experience
  • Horizon- a casual, all-day restaurant with dishes from around the world to suit all tastes and dietary needs
  • The Quays- with its street-food atmosphere, colourful décor and al fresco dining option, this is one of the liveliest restaurants onboard

Speciality Restaurants

As well as the excellent complimentary dining options, you'll also be able to try something different at the specialty restaurants onboard. Both formal and informal, this is the perfect way to treat the family:

  • The Glass House- P&O Cruises’ Food Hero Olly Smith has helped to curate the meal and wine menus on offer in this popular restaurant. Learn about pairing your dish with the perfect wine, or attend tastings and talks here as well.
  • The Olive Grove- savour the fresh tastes of the Mediterranean at this authentic restaurant.
  • The Epicurean- get ready for beautifully presented, contemporary dishes using only the best British ingredients.
  • The Beach House- tuck into mouthwatering American-style cuisine with dishes from the United States, the Caribbean and South America.
  • The Limelight Club- combining live entertainment with delicious dining, settle in for a night of amazing performances and a three-course meal.

Entertainment

Onboard Iona you’ll find various performances occurring in unexpected places and at unexpected times. Spend enough time in the central hub of the ship, the Atrium- and you’ll soon find yourself being serenaded by resident musicians, or awed by aerial acrobats. The SkyDome is also a fantastic place to spend an evening, transforming into a must-visit venue complete with live performances and DJ party nights. What's more, the live shows don't stop there, with Headliners Theatre offering dazzling shows in a sophisticated setting.

For those who love live music, you won't be disappointed by the venues on offer onboard P&O Iona. Resident band at The 710 club is on hand with genre-spanning hits, while the Limelight Club makes for an unforgettable adults-only night out complete with a three-course meal. And when it comes to dancing the evening away, let your hair down thanks to DJ nights at The Club House.

For adults looking simply to socialise and enjoy a little tipple, there are a wonderful 10 different bars and lounges to choose from, including:

  • The al fresco Sunset Bar
  • Glamorous cocktails at the Emerald Bar
  • Boutique gin at Anderson's Bar
  • Ocean views at Crow's Nest
  • British pub-style Brodie's

Drinks

Enjoy your drinks onboard for less thanks to P&O Cruises' Ultimate Drinks Package. From wines and beers to spirits, soft drinks and hot drinks, you'll be able to quench your thirst during your cruise without worrying about the bill. Plus, for those who don't drink, the soft drink, hot drink and children's drink packages are also fantastic value.

Things to do

Recreation

Make the most of your time onboard P&O Iona by exploring all the fantastic facilities she has to offer. The SkyDome is a hub of activity on Iona and the perfect place to head for poolside relaxation, as well as live entertainment throughout the day. For those who want to treat themselves during their getaway, this impressive ship is also home to an excellent choice of shops. From designer brands to holiday souvenirs, treat yourself to a well-deserved present or two as you indulge in some retail therapy.

Family

As well as providing the perfect cruise holiday for adults, P&O Iona is a great way to enjoy life at sea as a family. For moments spent making memories together, show your competitive side at the sports courts where you can try your hand at golf, archery, football and more. Ocean Studios is also a hit with families, where the four screens offer a premium cinema experience, even when you're at sea.

While spending time together is important, younger cruisers will also be delighted to know that they can get to know others their age onboard thanks to The Reef. With groups for children aged 2-4, 5-8 and 9-12 years, kids can have fun taking part in all the activities on offer. Teenagers haven't been forgotten about either as Scene is a chilled retreat just for 13-17 year olds, complete with games consoles, pool and table football tables, and even the chance to learn how to DJ.

Spa and fitness

When it comes to relaxing onboard P&O Iona, make the most of the chance to enjoy some valuable me-time in the spa, and even indulge in a treatment such as a soothing massage or a rejuvenating facial. Meanwhile, cruisers who enjoy keeping up with a personal fitness regime while on holiday will love the onboard facilities. As well as four swimming pools, there is a well-equipped gym and a selection of fitness classes.

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Accommodation

Like everything else on your cruise, the onboard accommodation has a lot to offer. On Iona there are seven different options of cabins and suites, each of which boasts comfortable, welcoming décor of warm creams and blue tones, which are complemented by natural furnishings and pretty porthole-style windows. The Conservatory Mini-suite is particularly special, with the option of outdoor seating on a balcony, or equally fabulous sea views from a generous conservatory-style space.


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