A giant steel glass roof has been lowered onto the new class mega ship for P&O Cruises named P&O Iona.
SkyDome Added to P&O Iona
P&O Iona is a new class mega ship for British-based P&O Cruises and it’s giant steel and glass roof has been added while under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The roof which is called the “SkyDome” is an important part of the vessel and located mid-ship. A 750-ton crane was needed to lift the precious feature which is 105 tons in total. The SkyDome consists of 340 insulating glasses and 170 of those glasses are different formats with a maximum length of 3 meters. The dome has been designed by British engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan.
P&O Iona is the largest cruise ship ever constructed for the Carnival-owned cruise line. Once completed in Spring 2020 it will be 183,900 gross tons with a guest capacity of around 5,200 and powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). She will also become the largest cruise ship ever built for purposely for the UK market.
There will be more than 15 venues to eat at, eight specialty restaurants, 18 whirlpools, three main outside pools and a lot more. Where the SkyDome is located, there will be special shows taking place and time for guests to relax under the stars.
It is a very exciting time as the cruise ship comes together as one at the popular German shipyard. One of the major construction milestones to come will be the ship floating out onto the water as one for the very first time.
The huge new cruise ship will be based out of Southampton, UK and offer 7-day Norwegian Fjord cruises.
This news also follows the first powered LNG mega ship for Costa Cruises which construction has just officially started on. You can read about that right here.
Images: Meyer Werft