IONA Staycation Cruise on 28 August 2021
ISABELLE JAMES | September 13, 2021 | P&O Cruises | Iona
The IONA is indeed a beautiful ship and did not seem as large as imagined. It was easy to get around and find everything. Covid testing at the beginning meant a wait in a queue as expected but went comparatively quickly. Weather was brilliant and like a mill pond even through the Bay of Biscay and we found plenty of sunshine. We had no difficulty in booking anything even without the App, we only had to phone 7070 to book entertainment and restaurants. Food in all the restaurants was first-class except for Sindhu which was disappointing as on other ships it has been excellent. It was explained to us that they are trying out new menus and would take our comments on board. Entertainment was fantastic, the Headliners shows, the Comedians, etc. We found the Theatre stage and lighting really good, and particularly liked The Club House and the Limelight Club, also the Sunset Bar was a favourite with us. The cabin was really nice (on Deck 9), a Conservatory cabin. We would not have liked to be on Deck 8 because the cabins were open to anyone looking into them walking around the Promenade deck on the same level. Overall we had a great time but are not too sure whether the service and availability of entertainments would be as good with a full ship, which was probably only half full during our holiday.
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