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Some of today’s biggest music artists. An astonishing naming celebration. Street-food- style pop-ups and bars inspired by foodie fantasies. And to crown it all, Norway’s awe-inspiring fjords as the breathtaking backdrop. Introducing Ionafest 2020: the extraordinary festival experience on P&O Cruises new ship, Iona. Get ready to swap a sea of tents for sublime mountain peaks and shimmering blue waters. Savour panoramic views and luxurious accommodation after full days exploring out-of-this-world destinations. And prepare for thrilling performances from acts P&O Cruises can barely keep from spilling…
On 4 July 2020, Iona is hitting the holiday stage with a festival like no other. Kick-starting with a naming celebration to top all introductions, don’t miss out on incredible headline acts, world-class performances and enthralling events at every turn. Feel day one of Ionafest build to the famous bottle smash, and for those who don’t want the night to end, an after-party promises to keep the celebrations in full swing.
What’s more, all headline acts and events are included in the price for Ionafest 2020! As many events are taking place simultaneously across the entire ship, you’ll need to decide which performances and celebrations you wish to attend. Entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Yet, while P&O Cruises cannot guarantee you will see every chosen act and event, they can promise a once-in-a-lifetime festival experience.
To add to all of this, the Norwegian Fjords set Ionafest 2020’s jaw-dropping scene. Following the astonishing naming celebration, Iona will sail to Norway’s dramatic landscape. Dance in Iona’s SkyDome to live DJ sets and acoustic sessions as sheer cliffs and tumbling waterfalls drift by. Feast your senses on everything from luminous glaciers to drool-worthy pop-up restaurants.
And discover entertainment at every twist and turn; think exclusive shows, a silent disco, gin tastings, live screenings and aerial wonders across the entire ship.

Expect the unexpected at Ionafest 2020.


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4-11 JULY 2020
Full music lineup and headline act to be announced soon!
Meanwhile, here’s what we can reveal…

4 July – Overnight in Southampton

Day 1 – confirmed acts & events*:

Bottle smash
Naming celebration
Gary Barlow
Clean Bandit
Trevor Nelson, MBE
Jo Whiley
Chris Ramsey
Sara Cox
Alex James Orchestra

5 July – Depart for Norway at 9am
Day 2-6 confirmed acts and events

Exclusive performances from special guests (more to be revealed!)
Aerial shows
Strictly Special Guest Night
Street-food-style pop-ups and bars

11 July – Arrive back in Southampton

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  • Bottle smash!
  • Headline acts
  • Naming celebration
  • DJ sets from Trevor Nelson, Sara Cox and Alex James
  • Exclusive performances from world-class comedians
  • Strictly Special Guest Night
  • Aerial shows
  • LED wall in the Heartbeat
  • Live screenings on aft decks
  • Buskers
  • Silent disco
  • Karaoke
  • Foodie events
  • Adult face-painting
  • Workshops

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  • Heartbeat (Grand Atrium)
    With Jo Whiley as host, the Heartbeat is home to exciting entertainment and a striking LED wall streaming live events from across the ship.
  • Main Stage (Headliners Theatre)
    Ionafest’s Main Stage is the place to be for headline acts and world-class performances.
  • Main Sky Stage (SkyDome)
    Spanning two decks with its impressive glass roof, head to the Main Sky Stage for more fantastic live music, DJ sets from Alex James, food, drink and dancing ‘til the sun sets.
  • Guilty Pleasures Lounge (The Club House)
    Discover fantastic tribute shows, 80s DJ sets with Sara Cox and nights filled with brilliant throwback hits.
  • Open Air Screenings (aft decks)
    Screenings on deck allow you to enjoy live entertainment under the stars or amidst the phenomenal landscape of the Norwegian Fjords.
  • Sunset Bar
    Settle in at the Sunset Bar for gorgeous live music, drinks, delicious views and laid-back vibes.
  • The Limelight Club
    A chic spot for keeping the good times rolling ‘til the early hours. Expect fabulous nights of live music, comedy

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  • Pop-up food and bars
    Takeaway take-overs drizzled in dreams…think pizza, halloumi fries, sweet treats and pre-made mixers ready to make your street-food fantasies a reality.
  • Taste 360
    For light bites from around the world, pay Taste 360 a visit and see more incredible street-food-style dishes whipped up before your eyes.
  • Gelato
    Head to Ripples on Promenade Deck or Sundaes in SkyDome where P&O Cruises are partnering with Snowflake Luxury Gelato – an award-winning company with an innovative streak. Take your pick from gelato cakes, sundaes, customisable sticks, cookies and the creamiest milkshakes.
  • The Olive Grove
    Here’s where the flavours of the Med come to life. It’s the ideal venue for all-day relaxed and delicious dining.
  • The Keel and Cow
    The laid-back spot for gastropub food, handpumped real ales and a great selection of craft beers.
  • Anderson’s
    Discover Iona’s unique on-board gin distillery – the very first to exist at sea! Anderson’s is home to Iona’s custom-made gin still which allows our unique blend to be distilled, bottled and labelled on board.

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