P&O Cruises said that Iona, the first of two 180,000 gross ton newbuildings it has on order, will cruise to Norway in the spring and summer of 2020, the start of its inaugural year.
The ship will also offer a new cabin grade, in which indoor and outdoor spaces can be easily combined.
“Iona begins her inaugural season in this incredible region. With departures throughout the spring and summer of 2020, you’ll have even more opportunities to explore one of the world’s most iconic destinations,” P&O Cruises said, referring to the cruises to Norway.
Meanwhile, the UK focused contemporary market unt of Carnival Corporation & plc said a new cabin grade called
Conservatory Mini-suite would bring the outdoors in with a personal and versatile conservatory-style room that forms an extension to the cabin.
"It offers great flexibility and creates a distinctive relaxation and socialising zone. This space, which includes stylish L-shaped seating, can be closed off or left open according to the time of day or mood."
"By day or in the evenings, the room opens out fully onto the balcony. With a direct connection to the sea, the space is cool and shaded - and perfect for chilling out in. In the evenings, it transforms into a spacious environment for private celebrations and socialising over pre-dinner drinks with friends and family. Leading directly onto the balcony, all configurations of this flexible space offer glorious seascape views," the company said.
P&O Cruises has appointed Richmond International, the London based design company, to work on Iona. The same designers were also responsible for the interiors of the 2015 built Britannia, the latest ship of the line.