IONA – not for us.
Bill And Joan Etherington | September 27, 2021 | P&O Cruises | Iona
Having been cruising for over 20years mostly with P&O we decided to try the staycation cruise on Iona. Having been on all the ships we were hoping for something special. Well the ship itself is huge but the layout is a bit hap hazard. The balcony cabin left a lot to be desired. We have twin beds and they could only be about 4inches apart due to layout and even then the wardrobe doors couldn’t open as they were so close to the bed! As previously said no drawer space but shelving like the Ventura but again pressed against the bed. The sofa bed took up all the space but it wasn’t necessary for a couple – why have it in every cabin ? The best thing was the balcony size on deck 15 cabin 257. Much bigger than other ships.
The entertainment was limited headliners show on 3 times a day for 2 days same show. Another show the same again hence 4 days taken up with the 2 shows. The club house had a good group called Pulse but was ear shatteringly noisy. Likewise the dome was so loud too.
Don’t get me started on the app. Everything I booked before boarding was mysteriously cancelled as soon as we got on board. I agree with the previous reviewer bring back main dining the freedom dining was a fiasco. Having paid a considerable amount of money we want to have a table booked for us for the whole cruise and the same waiters who get to know us not standing in a queue for hours only to be told the restaurant is full. There are enough dining rooms on all ships to do both freedom and main dining.
In all we enjoyed our cruise especially as the Captain chased the sun for us but given the choice we will avoid the Iona and stick to the Ventura.
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