Iona is coming…

An event like no other

Dame Irene Hays will officially name Iona on 16 May 2021

We’re thrilled to announce that Iona’s godmother will be Dame Irene Hays, who will officially name our most innovative ship in a special ceremony on 16 May 2021.

We can’t wait for everyone to see Iona when she begins sailing this summer. And, while we’d have loved for you to watch her cruise into Southampton for the very first time, we’ll be filming Iona’s arrival so we can share all the best views from this unique event. From the comfort of home, you’ll be able to enjoy more than you could have from a front-row seat.

Highlights will also include a short, private performance from Gary Barlow, Music Director of The 710 Club on board Iona, a few words from P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, as well as appearances from several other special guests. 

Introducing Iona’s godmother...

Dame Irene Hays

Dame Irene Hays is the owner and chair of Hays Travel Group. She was awarded a CBE in 2008 and made a Dame in the 2021 New Year’s Honours for her services to training, education and young people. Dame Irene has long been a powerful advocate of Hays Travel community and charitable activities – in which Hays Travel colleagues contribute to their local communities.



Important information

Unfortunately, we can’t welcome you at the cruise terminal in Southampton or any viewing points along the coast. Instead, keep your eyes peeled for when we share all the highlights from this special event.