The "Iona" Story
P&O Cruise Ship "Iona"
I was recently commissioned to create three large felted artworks to grace the
Reception area of P&O's new flagship "Iona"
These works were 6 meters, 4.2 meters and 1.8 meters in length and each 62 cm wide.
It was a wonderful and sometimes stressful experience,
but I was very pleased with the end results.
"Iona" was built in Germany and was launched from
Birmingham UK in 2021.
She is the largest ship in the P&O fleet and is currently sailing
in the northern hemisphere.
The artworks are made with hand-dye silk and merino wool and include a "Shibori" technique, which features in many of my artworks.
Year built: 2020
Passengers Capacity: 5200 - 6600
Builder-Shipyard: Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Class name: Excellence-Helios
Building cost: USD 950 million
Operator: P&O Cruises
Maximum Speed:23 kn (43 kph)
Length: (LOA) 337 m / 1106 ft
Beam: (width) 42 m / 138 ft
Gross Tonnage: 184700 gt