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Iona

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Itinerary
16 Night Cruise to Europe
Departure date
Saturday, 18/12/21
Route
Southampton, Porto Santo, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Seville, Lisbon, Vigo, Southampton
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Passengers: 5,200   |   Crew: 1,800
Passengers to crew: 2.89:1
Passengers to space: 0.03:1
Launched: 2020   

Cabins

Balcony
Cabin size: 101 - 362 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 144
Accessible rooms: 26
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 1438

Activities & entertainment

Activities (22)
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Dance Classes
  • Enrichment Lectures
  • Fitness Classes
  • Game Shows
  • Hot Tubs (9)
  • Hydrotherapy Pool*
  • Late-Night Activities
  • Oasis Gym
  • Oasis Spa*
  • Organized Activities & Games
  • Pools (4)
  • Splash Park
  • Sports Court
  • The Retreat*
  • Thermal Suite*
  • Trivia
  • H2O
  • Nursery
  • Scuba's
  • Splashers
  • Surfers
Entertainment (9)
  • Casino*
  • Disco
  • Gala Ball
  • Headliners Theatre
  • Karaoke
  • Nightly Live Music
  • Outdoor Movie Screen
  • The Clubhouse
  • The Limelight Club
Dining (27)
  • Sindhu Bar*
  • Vistas
  • Emerald Bar - Atrium Bar*
  • Brodie's - Beer Pub*
  • Sindhu - British-Indian*
  • Horizon Restaurant - Casual
  • The Beach House - Casual Steakhouse*
  • Anderson's - Cocktail Bar*
  • Skydome Pizzeria & Grill - Fast Food
  • Gelateria - Gelato*
  • The Epicurean - Gourmet
  • Aqua Restaurant - International
  • Coral Restaurant - International
  • Opal Restaurant - International
  • Pearl Restaurant - International
  • The Olive Grove - Mediterranean*
  • The Crow's Nest - Observation Bar*
  • Crystal Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Beachcombers Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Infinity Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Laguna Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Sky Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Sunset Bar - Pool Bar*
  • The Keel and Cow - Steakhouse Gastropub*
  • Panorama Bar - Top Deck Bar*
  • The Glass House - Wine Bar*
  • The Quays - Worldwide Snacks*
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Julie W wrote a review 4 Dec
14 contributions8 helpful votes
Arrived back a day late on the Iona last month due to storm Arwen. We have cruised with P & O on numerous occasions. We loved this ship the best we have been on. The food was excellent the staff were fabulous, Victor who was our cabin house cleaner on level 5 was very pleasant and the cabin was kept in excellent condition. The staff were so good during the storm, some of them must have been feeling pretty groggy with the storm and the ship motion. I can’t fault anything apart from some rude people that think it is okay to talk to the hard working staff like something on the bottom of their shoe, I heard one guy swearing and shouting at one of the staff who just happened to be walking past him about how cold it was in the corridors, really get over yourselves you people with nothing better than to moan about everything,
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AnneandArk wrote a review 1 Dec
Northumberland, United Kingdom248 contributions127 helpful votes
The Iona is a beautiful ship and different from any other P and O cruise ship. During storm Arwen the ship handled the conditions with ease. However, for a ship of its size, there is a distinct lack in the variety of facilities. Our ocolor:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">verall assessment – the ship fails to provide the variety of activities of other large vessels, and does not provided the classic relaxed experience most of us expect from P and O. If you want to relax and do very little the Iona fits the bill, but you would be better off on a P&O ship that does not have 5,200 guests. mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Eating - while there are numerous places to eat, more than half attract a supplement. In theory you can use the My Cruise on your mobile device to book a time to suit you; in practice it is almost impossible to get a table for two and you need to share or wait. You can book the restaurants where additional charges apply, but you are paying for the experience and not better food. The buffet has a very limited selection as compared to most other cruise lines. mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Drinking - the prices for drinks were reasonable. A half decent bottle of wine could be bought for £22. mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Going Ashore - the excursions are ridiculously overpriced. There is no information for independent people about the ports visited, which used to be provided. Courtesy buses are charged for, which previously were free. mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Daytime Activities - limited and heavy on quizzes. No last port sail away! mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Cabin Service - the stewards as usual did a great job of keeping cabin first class. However, they visit only in the mornings and there is no evening servicing of cabin, e.g. to refresh towels (and no turning down beds with a chocolate on the pillow). mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Entertainment - there was a good variety with numerous venues. As with most cruises the standard was mixed. There was a big problem with over amplification, meaning it was impossible to understand the words - this was a big issue in the Skydome area with a mass exodus of the audience during some performances. The three production shows were of a high standard, but the first featured modern material and was totally unsuited to the age profile of the audience. Only the theatre was bookable, so to get a seat in a lounge, or even get in, it was necessary to arrive well in advance of the performance. For example, the 710 club has limited capacity and it was necessary to join the queue well before the doors opened, meaning a total waiting time of up to an hours. mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Pools - there are lots of infinity Jacuzzis dotted around the ship and these are great feature. There is only one pool of any size, so in good weather and a full ship, having a dip will be a big problem! The main pool was closed on occasions to allow the acts, performing later in the evening, to rehearse. mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Sun Beds - the design of the promenade decks ensures there is no shortage of beds and chairs. mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Shops - generally high end with prices to match - does anyone need to buy a handbag during a cruise? Basic necessities where limited! mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Casino, Spar and Art Auction - no comment. mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">TV – a great selection of films available on demand, but for live TV there were few channels – none of which are available while in port! mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Sports – limited capacity for a ship of this size. For example, with only two table tennis tables, it was necessary to book a day ahead. mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#454545;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Kids Clubs – reports indicated these were good, the under twos provision did not operate as there were too few. mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#454545;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB; mso-fareast-language:EN-GB;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Boarding – a nightmare and took two hours. Getting off at the end was a shambles.
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Michael M wrote a review Nov 2021
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Cruised round canary islands... then to cadiz then Lisbon. Sincerely people didn't complain.shipwasvery nice ... cabins adequate.. unless you wanted to have a party ... staff were polite, helpful, knowledgeable and very well presented. The was quite clearly a character... enjoyed his announcements ... and was very reassuring during the stormy weather. No sought due to the fact we are all trying to get back onto our feet ... the entertainment was thin the 2and week ... never the less all shows put on were very good ... and the day time talks given by terry brown were superb !! Food was absolutely fine .. and dining room staff were perfect. Incan only conclude .. all those moaners wont ever sail on the iona again ... and so improve my future cruise even more because I wont have to listen to them !! Po.cruises .. especially iona ... thank you for a very enjoyable two weeks !!
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Usplussix wrote a review Nov 2021
Colchester, United Kingdom262 contributions61 helpful votes
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This was our second cruise with P&O previous ship was Ventura. So we are comparing with her. Room Narrow, lacks storage, no drawers, not much hanging space, small shower room, creaks all the time, bad lighting, felt claustrophobic. Pillows are like balloons, ask for feather ones or take your own. Sofa hard and uncomfortable. Been out there for the purpose of third adult bed not for comfort of a couple using it. Bed very comfortable. Cabin Steward (Grace) absolutely brilliant. You get an ice bucket which Grace filled each day. Small fridge which fits three champagne bottles in. Small door space fits coke cans or small water bottles. Hairdryer which is ok. The White Company (Flowers) body wash and shampoo fixed to the wall and hand soap. Lots of shelving in the bathroom. Narrow space to sit on the loo. We got used to the nightlight, you can only switch it off when you take the card out of the slot. Water from basin tap is like a tiny watering can. Very difficult to fill a sink. Shower if you put it on jet setting you can manage to wash your hair. Good blackout curtains, balcony chairs recline but you don’t get the footstool unless you’re in a suite. Just a small side table between you. TV channels are rubbish. News, then two channels of downloaded episodes of Eastenders and Antiques Roadshow. Doesn’t work in port. Then films to download. We probably watched 20 films? App It’s not an app! You get a link to a website to open their booking system. There’s a knack to getting it work. Then even I couldn’t do it some days. Has your account on it which is useful and we did book some items on it. Not the Spa though. We learned that it doesn’t let you book and doesn’t store any booked appointments. Apparently they are not part of the P&O world. Food On the whole it was good pub food. We had an excellent meal in Epicurean and The Olive Grove. But you’re paying extra for both of those (£50 and £30). You can ‘eat for free’ in The Olive Grove if you choose wisely. Book as soon as you get on board. It sells out quickly. The Beach House is basically the end of Horizon (buffet) and not special in anyway. Food was over cooked and we paid for this! Keel and Cow was good, again costs money. The Glasshouse was tapas style again costs us £30 but was good/interesting! Afternoon tea in Aqua is free but omg what did they put in those sandwiches!! Never seen anything like it on my whole life. One was cold mixed peppers the other was cold cooked spinach and onions! Both curly and hard. So go for the scones. Horizon is where we spent most breakfasts. We love The Quays for a quick bite to eat for breakfast. Pancakes were the best. But they don’t serve toast. Also good for quick bite in the evening. Fish and chips. Burger/KFC style and chips or a curry with rice. That rotated its curries. Horizon was a lunch stop too but I longed for a baguette which I could fill myself. The rolls were tiny and not very good. Or a salad I could pick myself. If you wanted some tomatoes for instance you had to have a little bowl of lettuce with a tomato cut up on top. Less waste if you just had self serve trays. They also serve up scones in the afternoon. MDR’s - Opal, Aqua, Pearl and Coral. They range in size. They all serve the same menu. Varying style of dress code. But formal nights everyone dressed to impress which was lovely to see. Bring all your sequins as they will not be out of place. Food was good standard. But you do feel like you’re in a school canteen. Sometimes struggled to find something I liked on the menu. Would have been handy to access that from the app so you could make decisions on where to dine. Swimming! No heated pools outside, so small we didn’t get close to one as it takes 10 people max. Indoor pool completely taken over by kids so didn’t go anywhere near it. Really lacking in something heated for the adults! Went in the whirlpools which kept falling apart. They’re only on for about 3 mins then turn off. But at least it was warm and had a view from any of them. Take a dressing gown. You need this to walk to and from your room in a wet swimsuit. Well for our November cruise we did. Don’t dry outside in this weather so have to put clothes on the walk back. Towels on deck to use. Lifts Bain of our lives. Nearly every floor has an isolation area so you cannot walk through. So if you’re at the back of the ship. Good luck! Finding a laundrette, getting from gangplank back to your room. Getting from anywhere on the ship back to you floor required skills. Knowing which floors to go to, walk along to get to another set of lifts to get to your floor. This was a daily battle. Tip, floor 16 you can walk all the way through from front to back. But no access to 17/18/19. Feel a bit silly going through there in your sequinned gown. But needs must! Entertainment Pulse were excellent. They Eric Clapton tribute band fantastic. We did bingo three times. Loved The Clubhouse but that’s probably because we could get to it easily. Did Headliners once. Didn’t like it. We had Peter Brown on giving talks. People raved on about him. All I could hear was him talking openly about how corrupt he was in the Police back in the day!!! Shocking that he would admit to that!! Didn’t go to any entertainment in the Sky Dome. We tried with the Adele tribute. But it was packed out with the same children from during the day. Pool was sloshing all over the floor too. But if piano playing in the atrium. Saw the air dancers too. They were good. We missed the dancing like lots of people. Even if we wouldn’t have done it. We like watching it. Highlight of the morning is getting the crossword from the atrium and having a Costa coffee whilst doing it. Anderson’s for relaxing reading, play cards in. Pre dinner drinks here too. Didn’t go to the cinema as the selection of films was so poor. Shops We would have spent money had there been anything worth buying! Jewellery all too expensive. Clothes etc not much choice. I wanted some souvenirs for the grandchildren. £8 for tin of shortbread with Iona on it. Size of coke can. £12 for a Iona bear about 12cms high! Better duty free shops on the ferries! Excursions We did one. Never again. So restricted. 4.5 hours driving to have 30 mins at the location we paid to see! Kept telling us P and O wanted us back but we didn’t sail until 10pm and they had us back at 2.30pm! We complained. She couldn’t have cared This was our second cruise with P&O previous ship was Ventura. So we are comparing with her. Room Narrow, lacks storage, no drawers, not much hanging space, small shower room, creaks all the time, bad lighting, felt claustrophobic. Pillows are like balloons, ask for feather ones or take your own. Sofa hard and uncomfortable. Been out there for the purpose of third adult bed not for comfort of a couple using it. Bed very comfortable. Cabin Steward (Grace) absolutely brilliant. You get an ice bucket which Grace filled each day. Small fridge which fits three champagne bottles in. Small door space fits coke cans or small water bottles. Hairdryer which is ok. The White Company (Flowers) body wash and shampoo fixed to the wall and hand soap. Lots of shelving in the bathroom. Narrow space to sit on the loo. We got used to the nightlight, you can only switch it off when you take the card out of the slot. Water from basin tap is like a tiny watering can. Very difficult to fill a sink. Shower if you put it on jet setting you can manage to wash your hair. Good blackout curtains, balcony chairs recline but you don’t get the footstool unless you’re in a suite. Just a small side table between you. TV channels are rubbish. News, then two channels of downloaded episodes of Eastenders and Antiques Roadshow. Doesn’t work in port. Then films to download. We probably watched 20 films? App It’s not an app! You get a link to a website to open their booking system. There’s a knack to getting it work. Then even I couldn’t do it some days. Has your account on it which is useful and we did book some items on it. Not the Spa though. We learned that it doesn’t let you book and doesn’t store any booked appointments. Apparently they are not part of the P&O world. Food On the whole it was good pub food. We had an excellent meal in Epicurean and The Olive Grove. But you’re paying extra for both of those (£50 and £30). You can ‘eat for free’ in The Olive Grove if you choose wisely. Book as soon as you get on board. It sells out quickly. The Beach House is basically the end of Horizon (buffet) and not special in anyway. Food was over cooked and we paid for this! Keel and Cow was good, again costs money. The Glasshouse was tapas style again costs us £30 but was good/interesting! Afternoon tea in Aqua is free but omg what did they put in those sandwiches!! Never seen anything like it on my whole life. One was cold mixed peppers the other was cold cooked spinach and onions! Both curly and hard. So go for the scones. Horizon is where we spent most breakfasts. We love The Quays for a quick bite to eat for breakfast. Pancakes were the best. But they don’t serve toast. Also good for quick bite in the evening. Fish and chips. Burger/KFC style and chips or a curry with rice. That rotated its curries. Horizon was a lunch stop too but I longed for a baguette which I could fill myself. The rolls were tiny and not very good. Or a salad I could pick myself. If you wanted some tomatoes for instance you had to have a little bowl of lettuce with a tomato cut up on top. Less waste if you just had self serve trays. They also serve up scones in the afternoon. MDR’s - Opal, Aqua, Pearl and Coral. They range in size. They all serve the same menu. Varying style of dress code. But formal nights everyone dressed to impress which was lovely to see. Bring all your sequins as they will not be out of place. Food was good standard. But you do feel like you’re in a school canteen. Sometimes struggled to find something I liked on the menu. Would have been handy to access that from the app so you could make decisions on where to dine. Swimming! No heated pools outside, so small we didn’t get close to one as it takes 10 people max. Indoor pool completely taken over by kids so didn’t go anywhere near it. Really lacking in something heated for the adults! Went in the whirlpools which kept falling apart. They’re only on for about 3 mins then turn off. But at least it was warm and had a view from any of them. Take a dressing gown. You need this to walk to and from your room in a wet swimsuit. Well for our November cruise we did. Don’t dry outside in this weather so have to put clothes on the walk back. Towels on deck to use. Lifts Bain of our lives. Nearly every floor has an isolation area so you cannot walk through. So if you’re at the back of the ship. Good luck! Finding a laundrette, getting from gangplank back to your room. Getting from anywhere on the ship back to you floor required skills. Knowing which floors to go to, walk along to get to another set of lifts to get to your floor. This was a daily battle. Tip, floor 16 you can walk all the way through from front to back. But no access to 17/18/19. Feel a bit silly going through there in your sequinned gown. But needs must! Entertainment Pulse were excellent. They Eric Clapton tribute band fantastic. We did bingo three times. Loved The Clubhouse but that’s probably because we could get to it easily. Did Headliners once. Didn’t like it. We had Peter Brown on giving talks. People raved on about him. All I could hear was him talking openly about how corrupt he was in the Police back in the day!!! Shocking that he would admit to that!! Didn’t go to any entertainment in the Sky Dome. We tried with the Adele tribute. But it was packed out with the same children from during the day. Pool was sloshing all over the floor too. But if piano playing in the atrium. Saw the air dancers too. They were good. We missed the dancing like lots of people. Even if we wouldn’t have done it. We like watching it. Highlight of the morning is getting the crossword from the atrium and having a Costa coffee whilst doing it. Anderson’s for relaxing reading, play cards in. Pre dinner drinks here too. Didn’t go to the cinema as the selection of films was so poor. Shops We would have spent money had there been anything worth buying! Jewellery all too expensive. Clothes etc not much choice. I wanted some souvenirs for the grandchildren. £8 for tin of shortbread with Iona on it. Size of coke can. £12 for a Iona bear about 12cms high! Better duty free shops on the ferries! Excursions We did one. Never again. So restricted. 4.5 hours driving to have 30 mins at the location we paid to see! Kept telling us P and O wanted us back but we didn’t sail until 10pm and they had us back at 2.30pm! We complained. She couldn’t have cared less! Spa Tried to have a 2 hour spa session for £25 each. Pool closed still wanted to charge us full price! Had nails done, Leg massage and Hubby had pamper session. All very good. All very expensive compared to land prices. Wait for shore days for special offers. During the storms and delay docking by one day. The ship and crew was brilliant. It was rough but held well. Staff overall were excellent and really made this cruise. Disappointed that room service costs money too! It was free on Ventura.
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John C wrote a review Nov 2021
Nottingham, United Kingdom65 contributions12 helpful votes
First, the cabin. Inside on deck 12 : This was the smallest cabin we have ever had! Nice size toilet and shower area, but the cabin was narrow and cramped. Lacked clothes storage, no drawers. Even the bedside cabinets were just small shelves without a drawer. Comfy beds. A small chair at the dresser, and again no drawers. The arrangement of the downlighting throw bad shadows. The full length mirror is on the wardrobe door opposite the bathroom door, so to use the mirror you have to open the wardrobe door 90 degrees?? Now, the bathroom light stays on at about half brightness even when switched off. So a trip to the loo at night is met with the light shining into the room and blinding you when using the toilet! We had to hang a beach towel in front of the light to reduce this. The food was great! Lots of choice where to eat and what to eat, even without using the pay extra venues. Service was excellent throughout bars and restaurants. Happy and helpful. The entertainment was generally good especially the Pulse Band! But sea days were boring, with the usual fare of poor seminars and sale pitches. Evening were could be boring. A 45 minute show that was repeated for two days. Skilled but mediocre singers. A very good Eric Clapton tribute. There was just nothing to do for hours, mainly because venues were full or under used. The expansive three floor atrium was great but boring. The only entertainment in there being a talented pianist every night, although talented the music was sooooo boring. Nameless tunes and very slow contemporary jazz type arrangements. Every night!!! Where were the bands, singers, dancing?? The shops were rubbish. Expensive, boring. Tucked away down dingy corridors at the rear of the ship. In general a lovely ship. Clean, efficient, smooth. But the general lack of things to do let it down.
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