An astonishing naming celebration. And to crown it all, Norway's awe-inspiring fjords as the breathtaking backdrop.
P&O Cruises presents Ionafest 2020
An extraordinary experience and naming celebration
With a special guest performance from P&O Cruises new brand ambassador Gary Barlow, the famous bottle smash and a vibrant after-party, Ionafest is kick-starting with a naming celebration like no other. 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.
Iona's naming celebration
Celebration in the fjords
What’s more, all guest performances at Ionafest are included in the price of the holiday⬫
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 we cannot guarantee you will see every chosen act and event, we can promise a once-in-a-lifetime festival experience.
We’re thrilled to reveal the latest artists performing at Ionafest 2020
These new artists add to Ionafest’s incredible lineup, including:
Special guest performance from Gary Barlow
P&O Cruises is delighted to announce that our new brand ambassador, Gary Barlow, will be performing as special guest at Iona’s naming celebration – kick-starting Ionafest 2020 in style.
Trevor Nelson, MBE
Acts performing at Ionafest 2020 may be subject to change without notice. Performance times to be advised once on board.
The Limelight Club
For a little extra, you can enjoy fabulous nights of live music, comedy and entertainment in this chic spot, including evenings with Denise Van Outen and La Voix; and a Strictly Special Guest Night with Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse, Strictly pro dancer Amy Dowden and her dance partner Ben Jones, and Tommy Blaize, vocalist in the Strictly Come Dancing Band.
Experiences at an additional charge:
Strictly Special Guest Night
Denise Van Outen
The above Limelight Club shows include a three-course meal. Tickets available to buy at My P&O Cruises from the end of February
Settle in at the Sunset Bar for drinks, delicious views and laid-back vibes.
Guilty Pleasures Lounge (The Club House)
Discover fantastic tribute show by Badness, an 80s DJ set 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.
Heartbeat (Grand Atrium)
With Jo Whiley as host, the Heartbeat is home to exciting entertainment and live highlights streamed from across the ship.
Main Stage (Headliners Theatre)
The place to be for world-class music, including a special guest performance from P&O Cruises new brand ambassador Gary Barlow.
Main Sky Stage (SkyDome)
Spanning two decks with its impressive glass roof, you can dance ‘til the sun sets with performances from The Script and Clean Bandit, DJ sets by Trevor Nelson and mesmerising aerial shows produced exclusively for Iona by Creativiva.
Food and drink
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. Selected food and drink may be chargeable.
Marco Pierre White
Eric Lanlard’s exceptional Afternoon Tea is not to be missed. And never more so than when the master pâtissier himself is hosting! You can also relish Eric’s decadent delights in Vistas Café Bar with an exquisite cake range designed especially for Ionafest.
The irrepressible, award-winning wine expert and passionate foodie, Olly Smith, is joining Ionafest for exclusive events. On Iona, Olly brings the world of wine to you in The Glass House – by the glass, by the bottle and, if you fancy, by a plate of fabulous food.
Local Food Heroes
Award-winning chef, Kjartan Skjelde, is hosting a Norwegian Tasting menu at The Epicurean, so you can enjoy an abundance of fresh fjordic flavours with the Local Food Hero himself.
We’re collaborating with renowned chef, José Pizarro, to create a bespoke tapas menu for The Glass House. Taste authentic Spanish flavours and seize the chance to meet José as he steps on board during Ionafest.