Week-long star-studded ‘Ionafest’ to celebrate naming of new P&O Cruises ship


Stars: Clockwise, from top left, Jo Whiley, Sara Cox, Clean Bandit and Trevor Nelson

Stars are coming out in force for ‘Ionafest’ to celebrate the naming of P&O Cruises’ new ship on July 4 next year.

Grammy award-winners Clean Bandit, DJs including four-time MOBO winner Trevor Nelson, radio presenters Jo Whiley and Sara Cox, as well as Blur’s Alex James will perform during the week-long festival at sea as Iona sails from Southampton to the Norwegian fjords.

They will be joined by Strictly Come Dancing favourites, including comedian Chris Ramsey, who will perform his stand-up act, judge Motsi Mabuse and professional dancers Amy Dowden and Ben Jones.

Performers: Alex James and Chris Ramsey

The festival headliner and final full show line-up will be announced nearer the sailing date.

Performers will play across the ship’s seven venues while the main stage will allow guests to dance beneath the stars under Iona’s SkyDome glass roof.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: ‘This really is an experience of a lifetime, a complete one-off. We have made sure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy, all included in the price of a ticket to Ionafest 2020.


‘The naming celebrations on the first night, then the dramatic scenery, exclusive performances and special guests will elevate the holiday to an experience that will be remembered for years to come.’

Tickets – priced from £1,299pp, including the cruise – will go on sale at 10am on Monday, December 9, on www.pocruises.com.

Iona, which will be able to carry 5,200 passengers, will enter service in May 2020 but not christened until two months later.

See also:

Four-screen cinema on Iona

Iona will retain formal nights

Coin ceremony marks construction landmark for Iona

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