Iona, the latest cruise ship of the British cruise line P&O Cruises, is being built by MEYER WERFT at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Construction of the vessel began with the steel-cutting ceremony held in May 2018. The keel-laying ceremony was held in June 2019. The Iona cruise ship will be delivered to P&O Cruises in mid-2020.

Iona is the first of two cruise ships being built by MEYER WERFT for P&O Cruises. The second vessel will be delivered in mid-2022.

Once operational, Iona will be one of the largest cruise ships in the UK and among the few environmentally friendly ships to be fully powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The cruise ship will have a reduced carbon footprint with zero sulphur and nitrogen emissions.

Iona cruise ship design and features

Iona cruise ship will feature innovative design, superior cabins and complete amenities. Its interiors will be designed by Jestico + Whiles and Richmond International.

The ship will have a length of 337m, a beam of 42m, and gross registered tonnage (GRT) of 184,700t. It will be able to accommodate 5,200 guests and will be manned by a crew of 1,800.

The cruise ship will be divided into 16 decks. Engine and propulsion units will be positioned in the lower deck, while accommodation facilities for the crew will be located on the fourth and fifth decks.

Staterooms on board Iona

Inside cabins will be spacious and offer comfortable accommodation facilities for guests. The floor area of the cabins will vary between 101ft² and 213ft². Conservatory mini-suite cabins measuring 274ft² will be a signature option on the Iona cruise ship.

Sea view cabins offering views of surroundings will be ideal for guests that want comfortable private spaces. Cabins with a private balcony will be available, featuring patio style doors.

Dining and entertainment facilities on Iona cruise ship

Iona will feature multiple restaurants and dining facilities, including pubs and bars. It will feature renowned restaurants such as The Glass House, the Epicurean restaurant and Italian restaurant Taste 360. Additionally, it will integrate the gastropub and steak house Keel & Cow and The Quays piazza.

“The cruise ship will sail around Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands, and North Europe during the winter season.”

Guests can also avail the services of a self-service food market. Several other restaurants serving dishes reflecting cultural heritage, domestic cuisines, and delicate flavours will also be available on board.

Entertainment facilities on board the cruise ship will include a grand atrium, spas, movie theatres, art gallery, studio, shopping mall, casino, and the glass house. Swimming pools, whirlpool spas, and a beach house will be available on board the ship. A jogging track, pool, and bar will be available on the panorama deck.

Iona cruise ship propulsion and power

MEYER WERFT awarded a contract to NEPTUN WERFT for the development of floating engine room units (FERU) for the cruise ship. In addition to supplying energy required for propulsion, the units will also power restaurants, galleys, public places, and air-conditioning units on the ship.

The installed power output of the units will range between 60,000kW and 80,000kW. Each unit will measure 140m long, 38m to 46m wide, and 16m tall.

The FERUs will be delivered to MEYER WERFT in ready-to-use condition.

Iona cruise ship itineraries

Iona will embark on its maiden voyage in the fjords of Norway from May 2020 to September 2020. It will offer seven-day roundtrips from Southampton to Geirangerfjord, Stavanger, Alesund, and Olden during the inaugural season.

The cruise ship will sail around Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands, and North Europe during the winter season.