Discover fabulous Norwegian destinations on Iona.
Top Tier on Sale: 10 September 2018
General Sale: 12 September 2018
Crystal-clear waters. Towering snow-capped mountains. Cascading waterfalls. Where else but the Norwegian fjords? For the first part of her inaugural season, Iona will be sailing to this spectacular region and visiting unforgettable ports of call. Get ready to holiday like never before…
It takes time to look this good. In fact, it was a succession of ice ages over many millennia that shaped Norway’s fjords into the spectacular landscape you see today. Clear, blue waters sparkle surrounded by towering cliffs, while small villages and working farms cling to the mountainsides. Awe-inspiring national parks abound with tumbling waterfalls, crystal-clear rivers and breathtaking viewing points across myriad mountain, fjord and glacier landscapes. The Norwegian fjords are truly like nowhere else on earth.
But while the region’s beauty is no doubt a top draw, there’s much more to the fjords than just a pretty face. Culture, history and adrenaline-pumping activities abound for intrepid travellers of all types, from glacier hikes and kayaking to Viking history and unique foodie experiences. The past, present and future often go hand in hand in the charming towns and cities, all of which boast a long seafaring, fishing and trading history. The region is also famed for its great hospitality – you’ll be warmly welcomed by proud and friendly locals who are keen to share what their country has to offer.
Each port Iona visits offers a different experience, and each brings you closer to the charms of this unforgettable region. So relax, breathe in the fresh air and prepare to discover the beauty of the fjords, one destination at a time.
Iona’s SkyDome: bringing the outside in
Iona is designed to bring the outside in. Through innovative design and unique spaces, she connects you with the sea, sky and shoreline.
Iona’s SkyDome – the first of its kind in the cruise industry – is one such space. With its glass dome roof and spacious layout, it’s flooded with natural light. It offers a relaxed, poolside environment by day, with tantalising dining and drinking options; come evening, the space seamlessly transitions into a must-visit entertainment venue, showcasing spectacular aerialist performances and playing host to party nights under the stars. It’s a fun and welcoming space for families, offering laid-back dining, exciting entertainment, a swimming pool and room to roam.
SkyDome sits on two decks – deck 16 is where you’ll find food and drink, as well as the swimming pool, whirlpools and sun loungers. Deck 17, meanwhile, is a mezzanine level offering a bar and seating area, making it perfect for relaxing during the day or watching the entertainment at night.
The glass dome roof was designed by award-winning British engineers Eckersley O'Callaghan, who are renowned for their work on such innovative structures as Bulgari Glass House in Italy and Apple Park in California. It lets the light in and creates a temperate climate while allowing for a clear view of the sky.
Underneath the dome, an informal and inviting space created by cruise ship specialists Partner Ship Design allows you to relax, dine and be entertained while you enjoy views of the sky and the ship’s surroundings. Greenery and artworks create a peaceful environment in which to relax.
By day or by night, for early birds and night owls, SkyDome is the place to spend quality time at sea.
Ambience - SkyDome gets going bright and early. From 7am, you can enjoy poolside relaxation and a morning coffee. It has the feel of an English park in summer with natural shapes and textures, and features a central pool and two whirlpools with a mix of sun loungers and comfortable reclining chairs to kick back and relax. Sip a coffee with a sea view, stroll around the mezzanine level or enjoy a relaxed lunch overlooking the pool.
Food & Drink - SkyDome offers a dynamic dining concept that includes a grill, pizzeria and street food. Finish off a mouthwatering lunch with a selection of premium ice cream from Sundaes. Later in the afternoon, enjoy an early dinner with casual dining or a cheeky afternoon tipple from one of the three bars.
Entertainment - SkyDome is the place to be for relaxation and laid-back entertainment during the day. The mornings are peaceful and quiet – grab a coffee and a lounger and spend some time reclining by the swimming pool. As the day progresses, so does the entertainment. In the afternoon, you can catch a glimpse of the aerial performers rehearsing while you soak in a whirlpool, or enjoy an intimate live music performance with an afternoon cocktail in hand.
… TO NIGHT
Ambience - At night, SkyDome comes alive. The mood changes from daytime to showtime, with stunning audiovisual effects including dazzling light shows creating a dynamic ambience. The swimming pool transforms into a stage for the night’s entertainment, while spectacular aerial acrobatic shows make full use of SkyDome’s height. It all adds up to a feast for the senses.
Food & drink - SkyDome continues to offer informal dining options at night, offering self-service dishes, salads, fresh pizza and regional dishes. Three bars – the Laguna, Crystal and Sky bars – will serve a bar menu of cold and hot drinks. For a sweet treat, visit Sundaes for a full selection of premium ice cream. SkyDome is also the spot for pre-dinner drinks on Gala Evenings.
Entertainment - The night’s entertainment really gets going when the swimming pool transforms into a stage – a well-choreographed routine that’s entertaining to watch on its own. Afterwards, relax and take in the evening entertainment, including aerialist performances. After the shows, the space transitions into a party night. DJs will play while you dance under the night sky – no matter the weather.
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