Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:00 AM 15th December 2020

P&O Ship Lines Up To Deliver World-First

As P&O Cruises prepares to launch the largest ship ever built to serve the UK market – the 5,200-guest capacity ‘Iona’ – plans are in hand for range of stunning entertainments.

And Take That front man, Gary Barlow, is among the celebs who will be leaving his stamp on the LNG-powered ship
Iona, which launches next year, includes a three-deck atrium at its heart as well as SkyDome – a glass dome and a world-first at sea, offering a unique space for relaxation and entertainment including aerial performers and live acts.

Take That - The 710 Club
Curated and crafted by Gary Barlow, the 710 Club on Iona is a sophisticated cocktail and music bar crafted to Gary’s creative vision. Atmospheric and low-lit, The 710 Club, with its unmistakably vintage vibe will feature live music from the resident band as well as showcasing new talent.

A Festival of Entertainment

However, Iona is also set to premiere a spectacular new show Festival next summer, an interactive, evocative show which will include feel-good anthems, stomping wellies, arresting choreography and the latest LED technology.

Other entertainment highlights on Iona include:

Aerial Shows
P&O Cruises has collaborated with international entertainment company Creativiva – specialists in aerial stunts, acrobatic acts, unique sets, elaborate costumes and avant-garde storytelling for bespoke live shows in SkyDome and the Grand Atrium.

Located on decks 16 and 17 SkyDome promises to be one of Iona’s star attractions, featuring an impressive roof and a pool with retractable stage.

Ocean Studios
Film buffs will love Ocean Studios, another first for P&O Cruises. The four cinema screens, running throughout the day will show a mix of classics and recent blockbusters with the latest surround sound technology creating a truly premium cinema experience.
Photo: Richmond International
Photo: Richmond International
For more information or to book call P&O Cruises on 03453 555 111, visit or contact a travel agent.