Iona in focus: the Grand Atrium
Posted by The Cruise Specialists on 9 July, 2018.
The Grand Atrium is the beating heart of Iona; a lively signature space that encapsulates the spirit of the ship. Designed by UK architecture and interior design practice Jestico + Whiles, it’s a stunning focal point that makes the sea the star. And with daily entertainment and a different guest experience on each deck, it’s also the place to meet, drink, dine, be entertained and watch the world float by.
THE GRAND ATRIUM
Decks 6, 7 and 8
Iona’s Grand Atrium sits on decks 6, 7 and 8 and boasts three-deck-high glazed walls and a contemporary design that brings uninterrupted panoramic sea views and natural light into the space.
‘The sea becomes the hero of the triple-height space; the sinuous curves of the architecture are shaped around it, framing and complementing the views outside,’ says Cecilia Vodret, project architect at Jestico + Whiles.
A showstopping staircase will wow you as soon as you step into the Grand Atrium. ‘The stair, although designed as a fine piece of architecture, is also designed to complement and reflect the outdoor views. It harks back to the glory days of cruising: a sculptural centrepiece with its sweeping arrival at each deck,’ says Cecilia.
As one of four primary entertainment spaces on board, the Grand Atrium offers lots to see and do around the clock. By day, it’s a place to meet, dine, relax, be entertained or simply watch the scenery float past; by night, it’s an immersive destination venue, balancing intimate spaces with larger social areas. The space seamlessly transitions between day and night through lighting and sound.
The Grand Atrium offers a different experience on each level. From morning coffee to a lunchtime bite to evening drinks, a world of choice can be found at the heart of the ship.
VISTAS CAFÉ BAR
Start the day right with a visit to Vistas Café Bar on deck 6, a warm and welcoming café with a buzzing atmosphere. Serving premium tea, coffee and snacks all day long, as well as a selection of tempting treats from P&O Cruises Food Hero and master pâtissier Eric Lanlard, it’s the perfect place to grab a light bite or enjoy a post-dinner coffee. From mid-morning there will be pop-up entertainment, and from early evening guests will be delighted by impromptu aerial circus performances. Grab a drink, browse the bookshop, sit back and enjoy the unending sea and coastal views.
For evening glamour, the stylish Emerald Bar on deck 6 offers a relaxed living-room feel with a Covent Garden-style buzz. With a large menu of premium cocktails, it’s an ideal location for pre-dinner drinks or as a late-night bar. Guests can enjoy pop-up entertainment from mid-morning and aerial circus performances from early evening. Spectacular sea views add to the ambience.
THE GLASS HOUSE
The Glass House is dedicated to the love of fine wine and great food. This premium wine bar, located on deck 7, has an impressive wine list curated by award-winning wine expert and P&O Cruises Food Hero Olly Smith and offers a sophisticated environment in which to enjoy breakfast, a light lunch, a leisurely glass of wine or an evening meal with family or newfound friends. Wine connoisseurs are well taken care of: Cellar Door at The Glass House offers wine talks, tastings and wine-pairing dinners.
The venue is light and airy with modern design features including floor-to-ceiling wine display cases and mixed furnishings to create a sense of intimacy in a sociable setting. Guests can also enjoy the Grand Atrium’s impromptu aerial circus performances, as well as views out to the horizon.
THE KEEL AND COW
A P&O Cruises first, The Keel and Cow is an unpretentious gastropub, where food and drink have been crafted into something truly special. Located on deck 8, it offers a quick and convenient breakfast for those going ashore, and lunchtimes bring top-quality, authentic gastropub fare to the fore, with dishes such as a signature beef and stout burger, beer-battered fish and triple-cooked chips, black-pudding scotch eggs and more. At night, guests can gather with friends to enjoy hearty dishes or select from a range of steaks from the dry-ageing fridge. With views over the Grand Atrium or out to sea, or even to the chefs at work in the open galley, The Keel and Cow is the perfect place to bring food, friends and family together in a relaxed, informal environment.
The gastropub is situated on the port and starboard sides of deck 8 with access to the Promenade Deck.
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