P&O Cruises - Iona

The interior design of multiple crew and public areas of the Iona ship, including a triple-height Grand Atrium which captures unprecedented panoramic views, connecting guests with the sea.

Client P&O Cruises

Location London, UK

Status Complete


P&O Cruises - Iona

Jestico + Whiles has been working with the historic cruise ship operator, brand P&O Cruises to deliver a next generation cruise ship. The new 180,000-ton vessel will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, a clean-burning fossil fuel that meets new maritime rules on harmful emissions. She will hold 5,200 passengers and will be Britain’s largest and most environmentally conscious cruise liner.

Jestico + Whiles has designed most of the food and beverage spaces throughout the ship and the soaring triple-height Grand Atrium which captures unprecedented panoramic views across the ever-changing seascape, as far as the horizon.

The Grand Atrium is the heart of Iona, a lively focal point that encapsulates the spirit of the ship, with spectacular views and natural light. This special space is designed to ‘draw the outside in’ and, accordingly, Jestico + Whiles has made the sea the hero of the space, allowing guests to connect with the seascape around them.

The Grand Atrium will be, according to the occasion and time of day, either playground or sanctuary. It a key entertainment space, designed meticulously to effortlessly accommodate a wide variety of experiences, from musical performance to thrilling, aerialists. 

At other times it will attract guests throughout the day for convivial repose, offering from morning coffee as the sun rises and sundowners at dusk. 

An elegant, gravity defying, arcing staircase of Italian marble with a filigree, bright silver serpentine balustrade serves as the centre piece to the space, evoking the glamour of the iconic cruise ships of the early 20th century. Designed as a sculpture, its swooping form leads guests on a journey through the decks offering ever changing views. 

The unifying experience of the atrium is always the view to the sea that provides an enchanting, captivating backdrop to the activity within.

P&O Cruises - Iona
P&O Cruises - Iona
P&O Cruises - Iona