The long awaiting arrival of P&O Iona is over, she has now been an official member of the P&O fleet for a few weeks. Not quite the fabulous, Ionafest style welcome planned. Covid unfortunately saw an end to that. However she had no arrived and boy are we so excited to welcome her!
Iona is P&O Cruise’s new flagship , taking over the title from her little Sister, Britannia. She has certainly been built to impress! Designed to make the most of natural light, to bring the outside in, to allow guests to relax in her spacious , stunning public areas. She is the first British Cruise Ship to be powered by Liquidfied Natural gas. This makes Iona an efficient, clean ship, the exciting start of a move from oil based fuels to cleaner natural gas!
Read on for 5 reasons to be excitied about Iona’s arrival!
1. Marabelle Gin.
I am so excited about the collaboration between P&O and Salcombe Gin. Marabelle Gin will be produced on board Iona in the worlds first gin distillery at sea. You will be able to find the distillery in Andersons Bar and Library aboard Iona . The Gin sill on board is called Columbia, named after the 6th Century founder of the Abbey on the Isle of Iona. Marabelle’s recipe has been inspired by the Isle of Iona, with heather among the 18 Botanicals used. Hopefully it will soon be safe to sip a perfect serve relaxing in Andersons!
2. There are 30 , yes 30 ! Places to eat aboard Iona.
This is extremely exciting for two reasons, one, the food in every restaurant is going to be fabulous and 2, you won’t be able to eat everywhere in one cruise, so multiple Cruises need to be booked and multiple cruises are very exciting! ‘On Iona’, we are told ‘good food is an art form,’ Having admired The Keel and Cow’s signature burger, the Prime Minister, it definitely looks like artwork… an 8oz dry-aged prime beef patty, Isle of Wight Blue cheese, dry cured bacon, beefsteak tomatoes, pancetta jam, onion marmalade, roasted garlic mayonnaise and pickled gherkins in a salted bun. It certainly sounds scrumptious.
3. The Skydome
One of Iona’s most talked about venues is the innovative Sky dome. Spanning across deck 16 and 17, it is set to be a diverse location. Swim and relax during the day, be entertained with DJ sets and aerial performances by night. I get the feeling we will never be bored in Iona’s Skydome.
4. The Conservatory Mini Suite
An exciting new type of cabin debuts aboard Iona.The Conservatory Mini Suite. It will offer you a unique space between your main cabin and your balcony, a conservatory. A space to relax and enjoy admiring the Ocean views with a cup of tea or a glass of bubbles!
5. Iona’s Grand Atrium.
The atrium, the heart of a Cruise Ship, usually the focal point of a Ship, a bustling, exciting area come day or night. In Iona’s the Sea takes centre stage. Ocean views can be admired from each of the 3 decks the atrium spans. A perfect place to people watch, you can alternate between views of the elegant , sophisticated guests dressed for a night aboard with sweeping, relaxing views of the Ocean. The Grand Atrium is also a key entertainment space aboard Iona, so once you finished admiring all the views, you can then enjoy a variety of shows , I’m super excited to experience Dream, a show performed in the Atrium, blurring the lines between Magic and Reality. After a strange 2020, news of the Covid 19 Vaccines is very encouraging. Hopefully life will start to return to normal in 2021 and we will all be back cruising soon! I am sure I am not alone, in being super excited about exploring Iona!