This new ship MS IONA, at 183,900 GT and with up to 5200 passengers, will be an attraction in itself. MS Iona will be the first cruise ship built for the British market to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), to make her more environmentally friendly.

MS Iona has 17 restaurants, including 8 specialty restaurants, and 12 bars. There are four main dining rooms, and a first for the fleet – all dining is Freetime Dining, guests choosing just where, with whom and when for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Specialty dining, for a cover charge, is available in Sindhu for Indian cuisine by Atul Kochhar, Brodies for the best of British, Keel & Cow steakhouse, The Epicurean with British-Mediterranean specialties, the Beach House for dinner grills and seafood. On the Lido Deck, you’ll enjoy buffet meals in a classy setting at Horizon.

Near the pool take a Grab and Go snack, burgers and gourmet pizzas from the SkyDome Pizzeria & Grill, and classic fish and chips. The Quays Piazza on the Promenade Deck is a self-service food-market style venue, where guests can dine casually and try a range of foods – from Asian street food to classic American diner fare.

P&O Iona cruise ship deck plan shows 18 decks (16 passenger-accessible, 11 with cabins), a total of 2610 staterooms for 5204 passengers (max capacity is 6264) served by 1762 staff-crew. The boat has 17 dining venues (11 restaurants plus 6 food bars, including 9 breakfast-serving, 7 coffee-serving, 5 Afternoon Tea-serving, 8 specialty restaurants, 4 MDR-dining rooms), 12 bars and lounges, 4 swimming pools (1 indoor, 3 outdoor/2 Infinity), 18 outdoor Jacuzzis (whirlpool hot tubs), SkyDome (retractable glass-roof cover over Pool Deck), 13 entertainment venues (including adults-only), kids-dedicated zones (indoor-outdoor facilities), 22 elevators (passenger lifts located forward-midship-aft).

The boat has 8 laundrettes (self-service laundry rooms for passengers) located midship on decks 4-5-9-10-11-12-14-15.

PHOTOS

MS IONA

MS IONADining on the Iona

Bar on the Iona

Entertainment on the Iona

Activities on the Iona

Balcony on the Iona

Oceanview on the Iona

FULL SPECIFICATION

Name Iona
Owner Carnival Corporation house flag.svg Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator P&O-house flag.svg P&O Cruises
Port of registry United Kingdom Southampton, U.K.
Ordered 6 September 2016
Builder
Yard number S. 710[2]
Laid down 29 May 2019
Launched 18 February 2020
Sponsored by Irene Hays
Christened 16 May 2021
Completed 9 October 2020[1]
Acquired 9 October 2020
Maiden voyage 7 August 2021
Identification
Status In service
General characteristics
Class and type Excellence-class cruise ship
Tonnage 184,089 GT[1]
Displacement 87,306 t (85,927 long tons; 96,238 short tons)[1]
Length 344.5 m (1,130 ft 3 in)[3]
Beam 42 m (137 ft 10 in)[1]
Draft 11.8 m (38 ft 9 in)[1]
Decks 16 complete, 3 partial[1]
Installed power Total Installed Power: 61.7 MW (82,700 hp)[3]
Propulsion 2 × 37 MW (50,000 hp)[3][1]
Speed Service speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)[3]
Capacity 5,206 passengers
Crew 1,762
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