A huge 105 ton steel glass roof, making up part of the SkyDome on board P&O Cruises new flagship, IONA, has been lifted into place atop the ship.
The 5,200-passenger cruise ship is being constructed at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, ahead of its launch and delivery to P&O Cruises in May 2020.
On 02 August 2019, the 105 ton steel glass roof of the SkyDome was lifted into place atop the new cruise ship, using a 750 tonne crane. The roof consists of 340 insulating glass panels, made up of 170 different shapes and sizes. The largest has a maximum length of three metres.
The SkyDome is a two-deck high venue, which includes a swimming pool that transforms into a stage at night. The steel glass roof has been designed by British engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan.
The 183,900 gross tonne ship will be the largest ever built specifically for the British cruise market. Iona will be followed by a sister ship, which is expected to join the P&O Cruises fleet in 2022.