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Iona’s SkyDome bringing the outside in

PHOTO: P&O Cruises
Iona's two-deck SkyDome will include a swimming pool that transforms into a stage at night and glass dome roof
An innovative SkyDome on P&O Cruises newest ship Iona will connect guests with the sea, sky and shoreline and be the place to go for relaxation, dining and contemporary entertainment.

The two-deck SkyDome on decks 16 and 17 will include a swimming pool that transforms into a stage at night, as well as a glass dome roof which creates a temperate climate while providing guests with impressive views.

A day and night venue

By day, SkyDome will offer a relaxed, poolside environment, with dining and drinking options including a grill, pizzeria and street food as well as premium ice cream with flavours reflecting popular ports of call. With the feel of an English park in summer, the area will feature a central pool and two whirlpools. Sun loungers, reclining chairs, greenery and artworks will all create a peaceful environment and make it a tranquil space during the day.

As the sun goes down SkyDome will come alive as the space seamlessly transitions into a must-visit entertainment venue, showcasing aerialist performances and playing host to party nights under the stars.

The mood will change from daytime to showtime with audio-visual effects including light shows. The swimming pool will transform into a stage for the night’s entertainment, while aerial acrobatic shows will make full use of SkyDome’s height. After the show, the space will transition into a party night.

Glass dome roof designed by Eckersley O'Callaghan

The glass dome roof was designed by British engineers Eckersley O'Callaghan, renowned for work on such innovative structures as Bulgari Glass House in Italy and Apple Park in California. The inviting living space underneath the dome was created by cruise ship interior specialists Partner Ship Design.

P&O Cruises svp, Paul Ludlow said: ‘SkyDome promises to be one of Iona’s star attractions, providing guests with a magical venue in which to spend quality time whatever the weather. With sunshine, swimming, dining and dancing all in one contemporary, visually spectacular space, SkyDome will raise the bar for entertainment spaces at sea.’

Iona is currently being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard and will be launched in May 2020.