P&O Cruises - Iona

Are you ready to see the world in widescreen? Our newest and most innovative ship, Iona was designed to invite the outdoors in. Gazing out from the stunning SkyDome, three-tier glass Grand Atrium or the brand-new Conservatory Mini-suite cabins, you’re never far from a spectacular view of the ever-changing horizon on Iona’s cruise holidays.

Iona is the greenest member of our fleet and the first British cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). As an Excel class ship, she has a host of unique features including an on-board craft gin distillery, spectacular aerial shows and an Infinity Pool with breathtaking panoramas.


There's a range of accommodation types to suit all passengers, including the new Conservatory Mini-Suite cabin; a signature option on Iona.

Ship Facts
Launched 2020
Language en-GB
Gross Tonnage 183900
Cabins 2500
Capacity 5200
Crew 1800
Currency GBP
Decks 18
Large Cabins 200
Length 337.0
Speed 23
Width 42.0


  • Suites
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    Aft and Forward Suites are always special, giving guests the ultimate experience of relaxation in their own boutique-hotel haven. A luxurious space is created as the doors of interconnecting rooms open fully to create a larger, brighter studio ambience.

    The furniture and material selection is focused on guest relaxation and comfort: light tones create the additional spacious experience. Furniture, including sofas, ottomans and lounge chairs, is upholstered in sands, beiges and off-whites. In the spacious bathroom, the double sink units set in stunning black marble are a striking focal point, surrounded by elegant white marble walls and floor tiling.

    As with all suites, guests benefit from the clever configuration of different interior zones with separate lounge and bedroom areas, segregated dressing areas and spacious en suite bathrooms. All suites have direct access to large balconies and benefit from a range of exclusive Suite services, such as a personal Butler and a range of in-suite dining options.

  • Conservatory Mini-Suite
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    The Conservatory Mini-suite cabin is an exciting new addition to the choice of accommodation and a signature option on Iona.

    The concept brings the outdoors in with a personal and versatile conservatory-style room that forms an extension to the cabin. It offers great flexibility and creates a distinctive relaxation and socialising zone. This space, which includes stylish L-shaped seating, can be closed off or left open according to the time of day or mood.

    By day or in the evenings, the room opens out fully onto the balcony. With a direct connection to the sea, the space is cool and shaded - and perfect for chilling out in. In the evenings, it transforms into a spacious environment for private celebrations and socialising over pre-dinner drinks with friends and family. Leading directly onto the balcony, all configurations of this flexible space offer glorious seascape views.

  • Balcony Cabins
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    The sea is the star on Iona and the Balcony accommodation gives guests the chance to enjoy it to the full, whether travelling solo or in a larger group.

    There are four options to choose from – Deluxe (the most spacious), Balcony, Single and Standard Balcony – all of which offer an extended private space in which to relax and unwind. From enjoying a cup of tea in the morning to watching the sun set with a drink, guests can relax in their own private area. Balcony cabins also allow greater flexibility for outdoor dining using the Room Service menu.

    For larger groups and families, the internal spaces have been skilfully designed to include attractive built-in drop-down bunk beds and flexible sleeping arrangements that maximise space and seating by day and provide comfortable bedding by night.

  • Sea View Cabins
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    Here, too, the design and choices of colours and materials optimises the seaside feel. Porthole mirrors, blue feature walls and soft furnishings and accessories in gold and white textiles bring a sense of light and relaxation to the interior space.

    The clever design of these cabin types maximises storage options and all cabins boast the personal touches that create a stylish and homely atmosphere - including tea and coffee-making facilities (with tasty biscuits provided daily), a well-stocked fridge, in-cabin TV with a host of channels to choose from, and a bathroom boasting soft cotton towels and quality toiletries courtesy of The White Company.

  • Inside Cabins
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    Here, too, the design and choices of colours and materials optimises the seaside feel. Porthole mirrors, blue feature walls and soft furnishings and accessories in gold and white textiles bring a sense of light and relaxation to the interior space.

    The clever design of these cabin types maximises storage options and all cabins boast the personal touches that create a stylish and homely atmosphere - including tea and coffee-making facilities (with tasty biscuits provided daily), a well-stocked fridge, in-cabin TV with a host of channels to choose from, and a bathroom boasting soft cotton towels and quality toiletries courtesy of The White Company.

  • Deck Plans

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On Iona, good food is an art form. With 30 different venues across the ship to choose from, there’s something for everyone, whatever the mood or time of day. Plus in a fleet first, Iona is the first ship to offer exclusively Freedom Dining.

The Keel and Cow (complimentary)

From breakfast till late, this is the place to relax with friends, beautifully crafted gastropub food and a fine collection of draught and bottled beers and craft ales. Will it be our signature burger, classic fish and chips, pie and mash or a prime steak from the dry-aging cabinet? Hard choices. Great food.

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Prepare your taste buds for a flavour-filled adventure. In stylish and sumptuous surroundings, Sindhu’s expert chefs will take you on a delicately spiced odyssey that celebrates the best of contemporary Indian cuisines. You can also make a date on sea days to enjoy a delicious tiffin-style lunch.

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The Glass House

Sit back with a glass of specially selected wine as daring aerial artists perform before your eyes. This welcoming and sophisticated wine bar boasts a prime spot in the Grand Atrium, a cracking selection of world wines hand-picked by wine expert Olly Smith and delicious food.

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Horizon Restaurant

Whatever you fancy, whatever the time of day, head for the Horizon Restaurant. The all-day dining venue offers an incredible variety of food from home and around the world to suit every appetite and dietary need. The self-service restaurant is spacious, elegant and relaxed, with ocean vistas on the side.

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The Olive Grove

Everyone loves the sunshine, and here we serve it up, Mediterranean style, all day long. Pull up a chair and take your pick from the region’s iconic favourites, from Spanish paella to Moroccan lamb tagine and grazing boards of tasty regional specialities –all perfect for enjoying with friends and family.

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The Quays (complimentary)

Head to The Quays for informal dining options to suit every mood. This multi-venue dining piazza offers an amazing array of eateries and restaurants and is a lively hub for socialising over food and watching the world go by. There’s a fun street-food atmosphere with plenty of buzz, theatre and colour adding to the beachfront promenade vibe. With access onto the Promenade Deck, outdoor dining is available too. It’s all about flexible, fun, family-friendly food – the perfect place for a quick snack, light lunch or informal dinner.

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Find scoopfuls of holiday happiness at this family-friendly gelateria. Snowflake Luxury Gelato blends the best of British and Italian cultures in a range of artisan flavours. A traditional cone with your choice of toppings? A gelato afternoon tea, cookie or sundae? With so many treats, you’re sure to be back for more.

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The Beach House

For relaxed dining, this family favourite always gets the thumbs up. Easy does it for Caribbean and Southern American classics with a playful twist. From hanging kebabs and sizzling cook-your-own steaks to delectable chocolate fondues, you’ll want to dive right in.

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Vistas Café Bar (complimentary)

Feast your eyes on sea views as you savour exquisite sweet treats, invigorating Costa coffees and a selection of teapigs™teas. In this buzzing location at the heart of the ship you’ll also be treated to pop-up performances and daring displays from aerial artists.

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The Limelight Club

This supper-club venue is a fixed favourite. After the daytime dancing classes, The Limelight Club is the place to be for adult-only evening dining and entertainment. The club exclusively hosts established and emerging vocalists and is the dedicated venue for resident performers and the house band. As the entertainment gets underway, guests enjoy a unique dining experience: a themed multi-course menu is served at intervals throughout the show.

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The Epicurean

Dining experiences don’t come any finer than Epicurean. Marvel as each exquisite dish, inspired by classic British ingredients and given a modern twist by expert chefs, is presented at your table. The experience is complete with fine wines, flawless service, elegant surroundings and stunning ocean views.

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The Chef's Table

Don your finery for an exclusive evening of fine dining. On Celebration Nights, The Chef’s Table celebrates British and regional cuisines with a unique menu created by Marco Pierre White and wine selected by Olly Smith.

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Taste 360

One of Iona’s signature venues, Taste 360 is a street food style dining experience on deck, where you can take in the panoramic views while trying different flavours from around the globe with our rotating menus. José will create exciting Spanish flavours for Iona’s holidays to Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands.

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Create your holiday of a lifetime. Beyond all of the experiences that await ashore, there’s plenty to discover on board. We’ve jaw-dropping aerial shows, full-scale theatre productions, live music (bands, pop-up buskers and everything in between), party nights, comedy, the latest movies, guest presenters, interactive game shows and experiences, and much, much more. Each day can go your way.

The whole family will be in their element on a P&O Cruises holiday. From splashing in the pools to a game in the sports courts, watching a film together to sharing an ice cream – all of your favourite family moments can be enjoyed with a vast array of age-tailored activities. Family entertainment differs from holiday to holiday but could include archery, beatboxing, character appearances, silent discos or even a show by legendary children's presenters. Plenty of memories await.

The Grand Atrium

Meet, dine, relax and be entertained. The Grand Atrium is an incredible space hosting talks and cooking demos by day and enthralling live entertainment by night, from impromptu musical performances to breathtaking aerial shows. Take your seat at one of cafés, bars and restaurants to take in the action, and the ocean views.

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The Glass House

Sit back with a glass of specially selected wine as daring aerial artists perform before your eyes. This welcoming and sophisticated wine bar boasts a prime spot in the Grand Atrium, a cracking selection of world wines hand-picked by wine expert Olly Smith and delicious food.

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Emerald Bar

Glamour, good times and glorious exploratory cocktails combine in this buzzing Grand Atrium jewel. Will it be an expertly crafted daiquiri, or a playful creation with a surprising twist? And get set for even more wow-factor moments as daring aerial artists work their magic above.

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Salcombe Gin Distillery

Let the adventure be-gin

We’ve collaborated with award-winning Salcombe Distilling Co. to create a smooth, one-of-a-kind gin available on board our ships. And with a name that means ‘star of the sea’, is there a more fitting choice for the gin that was first produced in the world’s first-ever distillery at sea, on board Iona?

Meet Marabelle Gin, the star of the sea

Raise a glass to Marabelle Gin, a sea-inspired blend created exclusively for P&O Cruises by Salcombe Distilling Co. This exciting partnership marries British maritime heritage and a love of ocean adventures in a beautifully crafted gin. From the name and the design of the bottle to the ingredients, every detail has been carefully thought through.

The first distillery at sea

Marabelle Gin is distilled by a gin specialist in Iona's very own gin still, Columba - the world's first distillery at sea. As well as being served in beautifully crafted cocktails, Marabelle Gin will also be bottled and labelled to be sold on board. If you are holidaying on Iona and spot a gold seal on your bottle, you'll know this was handcrafted in Columba.

A beautifully balanced recipe

And don’t forget: bottles of Marabelle Gin can be purchased on board all of our ships - a perfect gift to take home. Bottles of Marabelle with our blue seals were distilled by Salcombe Distilling Co. at its beautiful waterside still in Devon, ready to share and serve. These are also available to purchase direct from their website. Cheers!

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Headliners Theatre

Headliners Theatre is perfect for a fun-filled night out on board. Classic yet contemporary, it offers a sleek and sophisticated theatre experience. Plush, comfortable seating and the latest LED technology deliver the ‘wow’ factor, while a two-deck-high auditorium on decks 6 and 7 ensures everyone has the best view in the house.

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Ocean Studios

The whole family will love an outing to Ocean Studios. Our four-screen cinema complex offers a warm welcome, comfortable seating and a premium cinema experience. With screenings throughout the day, there’s always an option to see an age-appropriate blockbuster or family classic – complete with popcorn, ice cream and snacks, of course.

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710 Club

A place to immerse yourself in the seductive sounds of an array of musical genres that have inspired musical director Gary Barlow over the years, The 710 Club on Iona is a sophisticated bar crafted to Gary’s creative vision.

Atmospheric and low-lit, The 710 Club will serve up live music from resident band The 710s with an unmistakably vintage vibe, stylish cocktails and the most important ingredient of all; a little escapism, to ensure the good times continue long into the night.

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The Limelight Club

Get cosy beneath the intimate low lighting of The Limelight Club and prepare yourself for a show-stopper of an evening at this ticketed event exclusively for adults. Feast your senses on entertainment provided by some of Britain’s best-loved performers and relish in a three-course culinary experience that’ll have your taste-buds tingling.

Viva theme night – The Limelight Club

Tonight is Viva! A dynamic music event that is guaranteed to get you on your feet, and light a fire in your soul. Latin music has got the whole world dancing with its passion, love for life and rhythm.

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The Club House

Everyone will love the daytime entertainment on offer at this bright and spacious venue, from guest speakers to live music, family entertainment and game shows. When the lights go down at night, get ready to party with DJ nights, comedians and great music from our resident band Pulse.

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Not only home to daytime relaxing by the pool, bespoke and exclusive aerial shows, guest DJ sets and more, SkyDome also hosts IGNITE – our upbeat party-starter with a DJ set produced by Alex James, laser show and live music.

SkyDome offers a relaxed, poolside environment by day, with tantalising dining and drinking options. In the evening, the space seamlessly transitions into a must-visit entertainment venue, showcasing spectacular aerialist displays and hosting live performances and DJ party nights under the stars.


Kick off your holiday with IGNITE! Watch as SkyDome lights up under the night sky with laser shows, a killer DJ set producedby Alex James, and live music for you to dance the night away. This upbeat venue is the perfect place to get into the holiday mood.

I Believe in a Thing Called Rock

Think everything from Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses to The Killers and you might just get a flavour of our epic rock night. SkyDome swaps DJ sets for killer electric guitar, a thumping drum beat and just a hint of a rebellious streak... With our house band Pulse and Headliners Theatre Company, the energy will be electric. Embrace your inner rock child, dust off your best air guitar and strap in for a night of absolute classics.

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Aerial Shows

We’re collaborating with international entertainment company Creativiva – specialists in aerial stunts, acrobatic acts, unique sets, elaborate costumes, avant-garde storytelling and more. We’ll have bespoke live shows in SkyDome and the Grand Atrium.

Eyes will widen. Gasps will sound. Attention will be rapt. This is the power of Creativiva.

Brand new for P&O Cruises, we’re working with international entertainment company, Creativiva to offer something completely different for Iona. We’ve bespoke Creativiva-original shows coming to SkyDome and the Grand Atrium. You’ll find yourself transported to another world; filled with acrobatics, aerial acts, physical theatre, dance, music... not to mention flamboyant costumes, impressive sets and much, much more.

Lose yourself in a different world

Holiday on Iona and beyond the bands, the theatre shows and the cinema, you’ll find a brand-new immersive experience. Will you wander into the aviary? The Arena of Time? Or perhaps stumble upon two officers lost in a daydream... Lose yourself in a different world; one where acrobats descend from the rooftops, fly through the air, whirl in blurring rings, tie themselves in knots, balance beyond the realms of possibility and leave you spellbound in their midst.

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Anderson's Bar

Boasting our first stunning boutique gin still and a menu of stylish tipples, this intimate bar is the perfect spot for cosy drinks by day and night. Relax as our unique gin, Marabelle Gin, is distilled before your eyes. Then, it’s time to try – or even make it – for yourself.

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The Crow's Nest

Savour glorious ocean views and signature timeless classic cocktails with a twist. By day, the mood is restful for reading and reveries. By night, things take a sophisticated turn –the live pianist, moody vocals and stylish late-lounge vibe making it a popular haunt for night owls.

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Get set for good times in this lively, sociable pub. Hosting an incredible range of British and international bottled beers, ciders and real ales, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to crafted brews. There’s also a great selection on tap, plus wines and traditional snacks if you need a nibble or two.

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Sunset Bar

And relax... This stylish bar at the aft end of the Promenade Deck is the perfect spot to chill out in the sunshine or shade by day, with cool drinks served at your table. Later, watch the sun set with a cocktail or make a night of it under the stars with all the fun of The Club House next door.

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Health and Fitness

A holiday with P&O Cruises offers you the chance to relax and unwind from the moment you step on board. Iona takes restoration and relaxation to a whole new level with a fabulous array of spa and wellness facilities, letting you max your me-time from Southampton to the sun.

Sports (Sports Court)

If you've energy left from exploring ashore, why not try a new sport –archery, maybe? Or a swing in the golf nets? What about some friendly family competition playing football, basketball, tennis or cricket? The Sports Arena is perfect for burning off the holiday ice creams!

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The Spa on Iona (Spa)

Iona’s spa is a haven of transformative wellness with endless opportunities to enjoy the finely curated collection of authentic destination-inspired moments filled with exceptional service and unique experiences. Set out in a beautifully designed space that plays out harmoniously across decks 5 and 6, the aesthetic is understated and elegant. Beyond, ocean views soothe and inspire in equal measure. In short, it’s the perfect atmosphere for unadulterated mindful relaxation.

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Thermal Suite (Spa)

Explore heated loungers, a therapeutic sauna, sensory steam rooms and experiential showers. Other features include a hydrotherapy pool with massaging jets and air recliners.

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Beauty & Wellness Treatments (Wellness)

A holiday gives you time and space to take care of yourself, and there’s no better way to do so than with beauty and wellness therapies that put the focus on relaxation and restoration. Expert therapists and aestheticians are on hand to get you glowing. You’ll find a wide range of premium treatments that are favourites across the wider fleet, from aroma stone therapy and Swedish massages to facials and Fire & Ice pedicures and manicures.

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Salon Services (Salon)

Whether you’re looking for a spruce-up or a completely new look, use a sea day to treat yourself. Iona’s team of stylists, aestheticians and make-up specialists are ready to help you shine.

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The Retreat (Exclusive)

The Retreat on Iona boasts a commanding spot on deck 18 above The Crow’s Nest. This signature feature is a quiet haven in which you can reconnect with nature, yourself or your loved ones – the epitome of calm where you can relax and enjoy the sights floating past. The paid-for outside space, which is exclusively for adults, boasts two infinity whirlpools with magnificent uninterrupted views, plus stylish day beds, hammocks, a bar, juice station and comfortable seating areas.

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Gym & Fitness Studio (Gym)

Whether you want to maintain your fitness regime or start a new one, Iona’s on-board gym and fitness studio has what you need for a workout that works. Expert fitness professionals are on hand to guide you, whether it’s a one-to-one personal training session or a group class. If you want to do your own thing, they’ll show you how to use the latest equipment and gym technologies, such as Technogym innovation, free weights and exercise bikes, to help you perform at your best.

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