Introducing Iona; P&O Cruises' most environmentally efficient and latest ship which is scheduled to sail to a world of destinations from 2020. Iona, inspired by the island in the Inner Hebrides, is designed to bring the outside in; featuring a SkyDome boasting astounding views. The ship will hold a staggering 5200 passengers and 1500 crew members. The 20 decks will be lined with 17 dining venues, 12 bars, four swimming pools, luxury staterooms, and a variety of entertainment venues for your enjoyment. Iona will combine everything you have come to love about P&O Cruises and will exceed your expectations with innovative out-of-this-world features, set to make your cruise holiday unforgettable.
Iona is taking a new approach and is set to change traditional cruise dining by offering flexible Freedom Dining only. This means you get to choose when, where, and whom you eat with in the main dining rooms. Dine al fresco under shaded pavilion awnings at The Promenade Deck. Try the new gastronomic venues including traditional favourites at the Keel and Cow steakhouse and gastro pub or self-service takeaway options including Asian street food and American diner classics at The Quays Piazza. The Glass House will serve charcuterie and cheese boards, accompanied by a plethora of wines specifically chosen by wine experts. Dine at Sindhu for contemporary Indian fine dining or sample the best of British at Brodie's. Savour a selection of patisserie treats from Vistas Cafe Bar or satisfy your sweet tooth with ice cream goodies at Gelataria.
The star of the show on Iona is certainly 710 club. Here you can indulge in expertly-made cocktails whilst listening to live and acoustic music from modern jazz to Rat Pack covers. Unwind in the stylish living room style Emerald Bar with a premium cocktail in hand, taking in the delights of this contemporary venue with new-found friends. Relish in tropical drinks and sundaes at Laguna Bar or admire the stunning sea views over the infinity pool whilst enjoying a chilled glass of wine at Infinity Bar.
Iona boasts a vast amount of modern facilities for your enjoyment. Lounge by one of the four pools, have fun at the splash park, or make new friends and play a challenging game at the sports court. Try your luck in the casino or treat yourself to some designer shopping at The Avenue. By day, the SkyDome is a social hub for relaxation with a poolside environment including dining and drinking options. Once the sun sets, it impeccably transforms into an entertainment venue; showcasing spectacular performances and parties under the stars spanning across three decks.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and board P&O Iona for your seven-night cruise.
Day 3: Hamburg, Germany
Germany's largest port and second-biggest city is found on the River Elbe in the north of the country. Hamburg has been an integral part of German trade since the Middle Ages and its strong maritime history can be seen throughout its culture, atmosphere and UNESCO-listed architecture today. Stroll through the legendary Fish Market, take a scenic barge tour, or visit one of many museum ships to learn more about Hamburg's seafaring past. Tower over Hamburg Airport and the Alps at the home of the largest model railway in the world — Miniatur Wunderland — or start at the Jungfernstieg in the city centre to find shops, cafes and multicultural restaurants.
Day 5 - 6: Rotterdam (for Amsterdam), Netherlands
There's so much to experience when you step ashore in the Netherland's capital city of Amsterdam. Explore the Museum District — home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum — and step back in time at Anne Frankhuis. Discover the opulent Canal Ring district — an UNESCO World Heritage site, or simply escape to the tranquil surroundings of Vondelpark. You can get close to marine and animal life at Natura Artis Magistra; buy colourful tulips at Bloemenmarkt; or enjoy an interactive beer tour with the Heineken Experience.
Day 7: Zeebrugge (for Bruges), Belgium
Step ashore today at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge - gateway to the 'Venice of the North', Bruges. Float along Bruges’ network of canals, admiring the heritage buildings that line the shore. Take a stroll around the Markt Square with its towering Belfry or admire Michelangelo's marble Madonna and Child at the Church of Our Lady. Get up-close views of glittering jewels at the Diamond Museum, discover the world of chocolate making at the Choco-Story and learn the art of lace making at the Lace Centre. Visit the tranquil Beguinage commune before stepping round the corner to tour the De Halve Maan Brewery.
Day 8: Southampton, UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way home.