Iona SkyDome (under construction)
As a marine architect and designer, Martin Francis was approached by P&O Cruises to work on the exterior design of their new ship, 20 years earlier he had undertaken the same role for the P&O Aurora. For the new vessel, called Iona, Francis proposed a unique glass sky dome. This feature a 41 metre-long glass dome is the first of its kind on board a cruise ship. The dome is engineered by Eckersley O’Callaghan to withstand the elements at sea.
Iona will have a capacity for 5,200 guests and her Skydome will cover two decks. The space will feature a sheltered swimming pool by day and will convert to an entertainment area at night. The Skydome will provide unhindered views of day and night skies.