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Made to measure: Spectacular Norwegian Fjords beckon P&O’s new flagship Iona for inaugural season

P&O Cruises' new flagship Iona, launching in 2020, will cruise exclusively in the Norwegian Fjords during her inaugural season ... a task for which she has been made to measure.

P&O Cruises senior vice president, Paul Ludlow, said: “From the initial stages of her build we knew that Iona would be sailing to the Fjords and as such, every single detail has been designed to maximise the views, the ever changing vistas and remarkable landscape.

Grand Atrium of cruise ship Iona
Iona has been designed to maximise views from three-storey high glass walls in the Grand Atrium

“SkyDome, with its glass roof and temperature control, will ensure that guests have an unrivalled viewpoint as the ship sails through the breathtaking vertical expanses of narrow gorges and blue sky and past mountains, glaciers and wildlife.”

Ludlow added: “Iona has been designed to make the sea the star. With incredible views guaranteed from all over the ship, the whole season of Fjords itineraries will enable guests to have the choice of when they want to travel to this spectacular area.”

In all ports of call P&O Cruises has developed a diverse range of excursions and activities for guests.

Olden

Active adventure: For spectacular views over the Fjord landscape guests can take a trip on the dramatic Leon Skylift that carries them up to the summit of Mount Hoven. 
Epic vistas: From Olden visit the unmissable sight of the Briksdal glacier – part of the famous Jostedal ice field, the largest in continental Europe.

Bergen

Active adventure: Adrenaline junkies will enjoy seeing the sights on Norway’s fastest zipline, which soars 300m from Mt Ulriken to Mt Floyen. 
Cultural encounters: The centre of the Norwegian art scene, history comes alive in Bryggen, Bergen’s UNESCO-listed wharf area where most of the 60 buildings are 300 years old.
Epic vistas: For a different viewpoint guests can take to the skies by helicopter. 
Local flavours: A visit to the Fish Market gives a snapshot of Norway’s foodie culture.  It has been a gastronomic destination since 1200 when it was a meeting place for merchants and fishermen.

Hellesylt

Active adventure: Take a fast paced rafting adventure along 8km of fast flowing river.

Geiranger

Active adventure: A two-wheeled adventure descends the 17km by bike from the shores of a lake more than 1000m above sea level.

Geirangerfjord

Active adventure: See one of nature’s masterpieces from the water with a kayaking experience that will float them past the amazing waterfalls this Fjord is famous for.

Stavanger

Cultural encounters: known as the ‘Cradle of the Vikings’, this small city is packed full of history and heritage.
Epic vistas: Fly by helicopter over Stavanger’s most iconic natural wonder – Pulpit Rock (a 604m-high flat-topped cliff rising out of the Lysefjord).
Active adventure: The Lysefjord RIB ride will give guests an alternative and unforgettable view of Pulpit Rock. 
Local flavours: Fish for crayfish surrounded by stunning mountains.

Alesund

Cultural encounters: View the best preserved examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.

Hardanderfjord

Epic vistas: Enjoy the beauty of Norway’s second longest Fjord by light aircraft.

Iona has been designed to maximise views from three-storey high glass walls in the Grand Atrium, to the innovative Conservatory Mini-suites.

Seven-day holidays to the Norwegian Fjords begin in May 2020, each leaving from and returning to Southampton. Holidays go on sale in September 2018.

Posted on 11th August 2018 at 09:55 am in Cruise News | New Ships | Cruise Lines | P&O Cruises |

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