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#41
UK
588 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
Originally posted by Goosebear Mum
Iona is a beautiful name. Not one though I’d suggest for a massive beast of a ship that won’t be able to visit small islands... nor one for a ship that’ll be heaving, busy and probably noisy! If they’d built a smaller ship then it would have been apt
I agree. It would be a lovely name for a small Adonia size ship that could visit these small islands.

I think the bigger ship needed a more robust and expressive for its size.
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#43
Cumbria,U.K.
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Joined Dec 2008
Love the name, and love the island...and it's easier to guess the name of her twin now...
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#44
Scotland
124 Posts
Joined Jun 2014
Originally posted by jocap
Love the name, and love the island...and it's easier to guess the name of her twin now...
If they keep the tradition of ships names ending in 'A' then I guess Jura.
#45
Portland, OR
2,625 Posts
Joined May 2011
Originally posted by dides
The renderings in the animation look interesting!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b1LG5DC8-o

- some infinity pools at the back maybe?
- Looks like a wraparound promenade deck.
- Something like an enclosed sports arena?
- Is the big glass dome covering a central atrium?

Sandra
I think Iona looks amazing. I love how there are pools and hot tubs spread liberally along the top decks. I also like the stair-stepped back of the ship. And I especially love that they show lots of umbrellas and shaded areas, as I cannot take too much sun.

The "big glass dome" is called the Sky Dome. Here's P&O's description from their website: "A major new entertainment hub called SkyDome will be one of the star attractions of our new ship. Featuring an impressive roof and a pool with a retractable stage, SkyDome offers a unique space whatever the weather. By day, it is the perfect place for entertainment, relaxation and informal dining. By night, it comes alive with aerial performances and immersive shows."
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210 Days Sailed; 45 Days Booked | 8*HAL; 15*Norwegian; 3*P&O; 3*Princess

2020/9 - Norway on P&O Iona | 2020/3 - SE Asia on Sapphire Princess | 2019/12 - E Carib on Nieuw Statendam | 2019/8 - Adriatic on MSC Magnifica | 2019/5 - W Med on NCL Epic | 2018/11 - W Carib on Nieuw Amsterdam | 2018/9 - Grand Med on P&O Ventura | 2018/2 - Brazil on Zaandam | 2017/12 - E Carib on Eurodam | 2017/6 - Baltic on P&O Arcadia | 2017/5 - Pac Coast on Amsterdam | 2017/4 - Mex Riviera on NCL Jewel | 2016/12 - North Sea on P&O Aurora | 2016/10 - W Med on NCL Star | 2016/9 - W Carib on NCL Getaway | 2016/4 - Pac Coast on Star Princess | 2016/2 - B2B E Carib on Nieuw Amsterdam (HAL; RSVP) | 2015/10 - Iberia on NCL Epic |2015/09 - Pac Coast on NCL Pearl | 2015/9 - Pac Coast on Ruby Princess | 2015/6 - Canada (BOS>MTL) on Maasdam | 2015/2 - Cal Coast on Crown Princess |2014/12 - W Carib on NCL Epic | 2014/9 - Pac Coast on NCL Sun | 2014/3 - W Carib on NCL Pearl | 2013/12 - W Carib on NCL Pearl | 2013/9 - Grand Med (VCE>BCN) on NCL Spirit | 2012/12 - Bahamas on NCL Sky | 2012/10 - Atl Coast (QBC>TPA) on NCL Dawn | 2012/5 - AK on NCL Pearl | 2012/2 - E Carib on Nieuw Amsterdam (RSVP) | 2011/5 - Pac Coast on NCL Pearl | 2010/10 - HI on Pride of America (RSVP) | 2009/8 - AK on Westerdam (RSVP)
#46
USA
50 Posts
Joined May 2014
Fascinating to compare Iona with Costa Smerelda and AidaNova, the other LNG ships ordered by Carnival Corp and also being built by Meyer Werft. While many features are identical between all the ships, like the bridge, superstructure, and top deck dome, the bow and stern are completely different.





Carnival Corp has a long history of sharing ship designs across different brands. Just consider the Vista-Class ships sailing for Carnival, HAL, Cunard, P&O, and Costa. It’s nice to see Carnival Corp differentiating these LNG ships a bit, although the Aida and Costa ships will be identical, and we have yet to see the Carnival version.
#47
Solihull
2,264 Posts
Joined Sep 2013
I don’t mind the name, it’s tomorrow’s chip paper.
We won’t go on the maiden voyage but would consider a short early cruise in the maiden season. I think Britannia was ok in the early days once ‘broken in’, but the staff on this large ship now seem ‘passenger-weary’ and the service and quality just wasn’t the same as medium sized adult-only ships in my experience - unless you paid for speciality venues. They feel like budget holidays which is fine unless you are used to the days when P&O cruising was something more special.


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#48
Warwickshire, England
1,754 Posts
Joined Sep 2012
Originally posted by Florry
I don’t mind the name, it’s tomorrow’s chip paper.
We won’t go on the maiden voyage but would consider a short early cruise in the maiden season. I think Britannia was ok in the early days once ‘broken in’, but the staff on this large ship now seem ‘passenger-weary’ and the service and quality just wasn’t the same as medium sized adult-only ships in my experience - unless you paid for speciality venues. They feel like budget holidays which is fine unless you are used to the days when P&O cruising was something more special.


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Totally agree.
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#49
West Yorkshire UK
3,592 Posts
Joined Jul 2004
The new name seems a bit tiny and somewhat underwhelming, but Britannia was bold, brassy and interesting. However the reality was a rather bland, badly designed and soulless ship. So maybe Iona will turn out to be innovative, impressive and a great success, one can but hope.
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#50
Portland, OR
2,625 Posts
Joined May 2011
Originally posted by Fairsky84
Fascinating to compare Iona with Costa Smerelda and AidaNova, the other LNG ships ordered by Carnival Corp and also being built by Meyer Werft. While many features are identical between all the ships, like the bridge, superstructure, and top deck dome, the bow and stern are completely different.





Carnival Corp has a long history of sharing ship designs across different brands. Just consider the Vista-Class ships sailing for Carnival, HAL, Cunard, P&O, and Costa. It’s nice to see Carnival Corp differentiating these LNG ships a bit, although the Aida and Costa ships will be identical, and we have yet to see the Carnival version.
Thanks for posting the photo comparison. The MDR on Iona is going to be a grand affair, given the height of the windows just above "IONA/SOUTHAMPTON."
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210 Days Sailed; 45 Days Booked | 8*HAL; 15*Norwegian; 3*P&O; 3*Princess

2020/9 - Norway on P&O Iona | 2020/3 - SE Asia on Sapphire Princess | 2019/12 - E Carib on Nieuw Statendam | 2019/8 - Adriatic on MSC Magnifica | 2019/5 - W Med on NCL Epic | 2018/11 - W Carib on Nieuw Amsterdam | 2018/9 - Grand Med on P&O Ventura | 2018/2 - Brazil on Zaandam | 2017/12 - E Carib on Eurodam | 2017/6 - Baltic on P&O Arcadia | 2017/5 - Pac Coast on Amsterdam | 2017/4 - Mex Riviera on NCL Jewel | 2016/12 - North Sea on P&O Aurora | 2016/10 - W Med on NCL Star | 2016/9 - W Carib on NCL Getaway | 2016/4 - Pac Coast on Star Princess | 2016/2 - B2B E Carib on Nieuw Amsterdam (HAL; RSVP) | 2015/10 - Iberia on NCL Epic |2015/09 - Pac Coast on NCL Pearl | 2015/9 - Pac Coast on Ruby Princess | 2015/6 - Canada (BOS>MTL) on Maasdam | 2015/2 - Cal Coast on Crown Princess |2014/12 - W Carib on NCL Epic | 2014/9 - Pac Coast on NCL Sun | 2014/3 - W Carib on NCL Pearl | 2013/12 - W Carib on NCL Pearl | 2013/9 - Grand Med (VCE>BCN) on NCL Spirit | 2012/12 - Bahamas on NCL Sky | 2012/10 - Atl Coast (QBC>TPA) on NCL Dawn | 2012/5 - AK on NCL Pearl | 2012/2 - E Carib on Nieuw Amsterdam (RSVP) | 2011/5 - Pac Coast on NCL Pearl | 2010/10 - HI on Pride of America (RSVP) | 2009/8 - AK on Westerdam (RSVP)
#52
Uk
90 Posts
Joined Nov 2014
”Love the name, and love the island...and it's easier to guess the name of her twin now...
If they keep the tradition of ships names ending in 'A' then I guess Jura”

If that’s the case, then I Canna guess. ( or should that be, I guess Canna?)
#55
Cambridgeshire
3,217 Posts
Joined Dec 2011
Originally posted by Scorpio41
I agree. It would be a lovely name for a small Adonia size ship that could visit these small islands.

I think the bigger ship needed a more robust and expressive for its size.
The first P&O cruise I went on was on Oronsay. I expect people are familiar with this Scottish island. Calling ships after Scottish islands is not new and Iona makes sense to me. I met a girl years ago in the highlands and her name was Iona so it seems to be acceptable and popular as a name in Scotland.

If you wanted to follow the Scottish islands theme and pick one ending with an "a" which was expressive for the size of the ship then the Scottish island called "Bigga" is for you. Personally I think people might find it ridiculous.

Regards John
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#56
Scotland
124 Posts
Joined Jun 2014
Originally posted by Monorail Orange
How long before someone on board says:

"for the amount I've paid for this cruise, I feel like I-ona"





I'll get me coat....
Just shows the old jokes are the best jokes. I knew a lady many years ago who named her house in the Scottish Borders 'Iona House'.
#57
Nottingham, England
2,220 Posts
Joined Sep 2009
I think P&O have taken the best bits of some of the newer ships that have set sail recently & some of the features of the new ships that are in the process of being built & put them on this ship. She does look interesting.
I wonder how much they will be charging to sail on her though!


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#58
1,537 Posts
Joined Mar 2009
Originally posted by john watson
The first P&O cruise I went on was on Oronsay. I expect people are familiar with this Scottish island. Calling ships after Scottish islands is not new and Iona makes sense to me. I met a girl years ago in the highlands and her name was Iona so it seems to be acceptable and popular as a name in Scotland.

If you wanted to follow the Scottish islands theme and pick one ending with an "a" which was expressive for the size of the ship then the Scottish island called "Bigga" is for you. Personally I think people might find it ridiculous.

Regards John
There is that island in the Shetlands called Foula?? - I suspect that may not be chosen.

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#60
north east
2,441 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
Originally posted by the english lady
please sir I have the next name.....Muckle Flugga ..ends in a and is a Scottish island...
What a fabulous name, and as a spoonerism...........well!!!