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SPOTLIGHT P&O CRUISES


SOPHIE CLEMENTS Hays Travel, Lymington


Hays Travel’s Sophie Clements applauds P&O Cruises’ decision to operate new ship Iona in the Norwegian fjords for its maiden season. She believes the fjords provide passengers with a unique opportunity


to explore the new vessel. Passengers will view some destinations on Iona’s seven-day itineraries from on board rather than by disembarking.


“Sailing on Iona will be a great way to see the fjords and also the ship, because you will not be getting on and off like you would on another itinerary where there is a daily port of call,” she says. For her video entry, Clements filmed herself wearing a cardboard cut-out of Iona made with the help of Hays Travel colleague Alice Dempsey. She adds: “I was shocked when I found out [I had won]. I couldn’t believe they picked me out of all the entries.”


MATTHEW HORN Thomas Cook, Halton


Matthew Horn was inspired to enter the competition after attending this year’s Clia Conference in


Southampton, where the ship’s name was revealed. The Thomas Cook agent says he immediately wanted to be a part of the Iona journey, from the unveiling of its name to its launch in 2020. “When I went to the Clia Conference


NINA SANDS Bolsover Cruise Club, Bolsover


Nina Sands believes being named an Iona Insider shows how far she has come since waiting tables four years ago. For her video entry, the agent dressed up as a Viking with a


Norwegian flag wrapped around her, and floated in her manager’s pond in a dinghy while reading a poem she had written. Reflecting on her successful entry, she says: “I have come a long way


since being a waitress – each year I learn a bit more.” Sands has already managed to sell voyages on Iona during its maiden season, adding


that the programme has sold “much better” than her team had anticipated before it was released. “Iona pretty much sells itself and the prices are so reasonable,” she says.


CHRIS MAYHEW The Cruise Network, Ipswich


Chris Mayhew knew he had to do something to help him stand out from the crowd to be


named one of six Iona Insiders. The Cruise Network agent switched the lyrics from The Knack’s 70s singalong hit My Sharona to ‘My Iona’. Mayhew, who sailed on P&O Cruises’ Britannia before its inaugural voyage, says: “I did something a bit different; I sang My Sharona but I changed the lyrics to Iona. [Being involved] will be great. It will be nice to see some of the stuff that we would not normally see as it is being built. I am very proud to be associated with it.” Mayhew was also encouraged to


enter by the chance to be involved in the 18-month build-up to Iona’s launch.


in May I saw the name being revealed and I just thought ‘Oh my God, this is revolutionary,” he says. “I am going to get information about Iona and I will be able to transfer it to everyone who works at Thomas Cook. “Not everything has been released about the ship so for us to find out first and be part of the ship’s history is quite special.”


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