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Panorama of the Village of Baile Mor, Isle of Iona, Scotland, UK, on a Sunny Day (Photo: Justine Kibler/Shutterstock)

About Iona

Scotland's isle of Iona in is famed for its holy pilgrimage sites, ancient ruins and dramatic Highland views. This windswept island in the Inner Hebrides is also home to rugged beaches and vivid green hills. Those sailing on Iona cruises can visit Iona Abbey, a 6th-century monastery with a Romanesque cloister; St. Oran's Graveyard, the burial place of Scottish kings; or a beautifully preserved medieval nunnery.

Hike up Dun I (the Hill of Iona), the island's highest point, where you can take in sweeping views of the port's extraordinary landscapes. Reservations are recommended for those hoping to eat at one of the few restaurants on the island.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Iona

    Leaving:
    Dublin
    Visiting:
    Belfast, Tobermory ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Ponant
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    Cruise Itinerary

    7 Night Cruise to Iona Route (Ponant)
    • Day 1
      Dublin
    • Day 2
      Belfast
    • Day 3
      Tobermory
    • Day 3
      Iona
    • Day 4
      Stornoway
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Portree (Isle of Skye)
    • Day 6
      Douglas, Isle Of Man
    • Day 6
      Liverpool
    • Day 7
      Liverpool
    • Day 8
      Greenock (Glasgow)
    Ship Details

    Le Boreal - Ponant

    Pros

    Multiple dining venues, lots of balcony cabins and regular wildlife sightings

    Cons

    Limited evening entertainment

    Bottom Line

    An upscale cruise experience in adventurous surroundings

    Reviews

    Le Boreal Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Le Boreal, like other ships of its class in the Ponant fleet, is a stunning vessel, with sleek lin...

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    Chris Marshall
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    No Fire, No Ice, No Adventure
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    plaeger606
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    ICELANDIC LOOP
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Iona

    Leaving:
    Reykjavik
    Visiting:
    Reykjavik, Heimaey ... see more
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    Ponant
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    7 Night Cruise to Iona Route (Ponant)
    • Day 1
      Reykjavik
    • Day 2
      Reykjavik
    • Day 3
      Heimaey
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Portree (Isle of Skye)
    • Day 6
      Tobermory
    • Day 6
      Iona
    • Day 7
      Belfast
    • Day 8
      Greenock (Glasgow)
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    Le Jacques Cartier - Ponant

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    Le Jacques Cartier Reviews

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    0.0/5

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Iona

    Leaving:
    Dublin
    Visiting:
    Iona, Tobermory ... see more
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    Ponant
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    11 Night Cruise to Iona Route (Ponant)
    • Day 1
      Dublin
    • Day 2
      Iona
    • Day 2
      Tobermory
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Portree (Isle of Skye)
    • Day 4
      Kirkwall
    • Day 5
      Lerwick (Shetland Islands)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Reine
    • Day 7
      Lofoten
    • Day 8
      Tromso
    • Day 9
      Bear Island
    • Day 10
      Spitsbergen (Svalbard)
    • Day 11
      Hornsund
    • Day 12
      Spitsbergen (Svalbard)
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    L'Austral - Ponant

    Pros

    All cabins have outside views and itineraries maximize time on land

    Cons

    Bedroom layouts make rooms seem even smaller; limited storage space

    Bottom Line

    Choose L'Austral for its adventurous itineraries and upscale vibe

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    L'Austral Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2011, L'Austral is the second in a series of three 264-passenger, 10,600-ton cruisi...

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    PRL1314
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Worst travel experience ever
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    SteamboatWillie118
    Sail Date Mar 2019
    Brazil to Africa
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Iona

    Leaving:
    London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
    Visiting:
    London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury), St. Peter Port ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Silversea Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Iona Route (Silversea Cruises)
    • Day 1
      London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
    • Day 2
      London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
    • Day 3
      St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
    • Day 4
      Isles of Scilly (England)
    • Day 5
      Milford Haven
    • Day 5
      Skomer Island
    • Day 6
      The Skelligs
    • Day 6
      Knights Town (Valentia Island)
    • Day 7
      Cliffs of Moher
    • Day 7
      Galway
    • Day 8
      Aran Isles
    • Day 8
      Clare Island
    • Day 9
      Killybegs
    • Day 10
      Iona
    • Day 10
      Lunga
    • Day 11
      St. Kilda
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Djupivogur
    • Day 14
      Vestmannaey Island
    • Day 15
      Reykjavik
    Ship Details

    Silver Wind - Silversea Cruises

    Pros

    All-inclusive pricing, fabulous crew

    Cons

    Minimal onboard entertainment, small casino

    Bottom Line

    A luxurious cruise experience without being pretentious

    Reviews

    Silver Wind Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Should have listened to reviews
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    Sail Date Jan 2019
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Iona

    Leaving:
    Otaru
    Visiting:
    Hokkaido, Sakhalin ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Silversea Cruises
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    18 Night Cruise to Iona Route (Silversea Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Hokkaido
    • Day 2
      Sakhalin
    • Day 3
      Sakhalin
    • Day 4
      Sakhalin
    • Day 5
      Piltun Lagoon
    • Day 6
      Iona
    • Day 7
      Khabarovsk Krai
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Ushki
    • Day 9
      Talan island
    • Day 9
      Zavyalov Island
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Utashud Island
    • Day 12
      Kekurnyy Point
    • Day 13
      Kuril Islands
    • Day 14
      Nemo
    • Day 14
      Onekotan
    • Day 15
      Kuril Islands
    • Day 16
      Kuril Islands
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Hokkaido
    Ship Details

    Silver Explorer - Silversea Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent service, expedition team, accommodations and cuisine, with passenger safety the top priority

    Cons

    Gym and spa are tiny

    Bottom Line

    Perfect ship for thrilling adventure coupled with a luxury cruise experience

    Reviews

    Silver Explorer Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Silver Explorer is an all-suite ice-class (1A) ship delivering a true expedition experience wit...

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    statusquobuster
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Over priced, poor quality
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    Sail Date May 2019
    Silver Explorer. Badly in need of a refit
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Iona

    Leaving:
    London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
    Visiting:
    London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury), St. Peter Port ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Silversea Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Iona Route (Silversea Cruises)
    • Day 1
      London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
    • Day 2
      London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
    • Day 3
      St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
    • Day 4
      Isles of Scilly (England)
    • Day 5
      Milford Haven
    • Day 5
      Skomer Island
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Fort William
    • Day 8
      St. Kilda
    • Day 9
      Lunga
    • Day 9
      Iona
    • Day 10
      Dublin
    • Day 11
      Douglas, Isle Of Man
    • Day 12
      Waterford
    • Day 13
      Dartmouth
    • Day 14
      London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
    • Day 15
      London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
    Ship Details

    Silver Wind - Silversea Cruises

    Pros

    All-inclusive pricing, fabulous crew

    Cons

    Minimal onboard entertainment, small casino

    Bottom Line

    A luxurious cruise experience without being pretentious

    Reviews

    Silver Wind Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Silver Wind is one of the cosiest and most intimate ships afloat, with beautifully designed sui...

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    Cptchiron
    Sail Date Jan 2019
    Expectations exceeded..
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    Luke129
    Sail Date Mar 2019
    No luxury and a Warning to disabled travelers
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Iona

    Leaving:
    Hamburg
    Visiting:
    Newhaven, Invergordon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Iona Route (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Hamburg
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Newhaven
    • Day 4
      Invergordon (Inverness)
    • Day 5
      Kirkwall
    • Day 6
      Portree (Isle of Skye)
    • Day 7
      Iona
    • Day 8
      Belfast
    • Day 9
      Douglas, Isle Of Man
    • Day 10
      Dublin
    Ship Details

    Europa 2 - Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

    Pros

    Gorgeously designed small ship, with stellar service and dining options

    Cons

    Programs aimed at German clientele; pricy fares don't cover alcohol

    Bottom Line

    One of the more beautiful ships at sea, suited to sophisticated tastes

    Reviews

    Europa 2 Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    No question, 500-passenger Europa 2 is one of the most lovely and well-designed ships afloat. I...

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    Swaraelia
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Beautiful, Relaxing Experience
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    Ovener
    Sail Date Jun 2018
    Stunning ship, worth the premium. Germans know how to have fun!
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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Iona

    Leaving:
    Dover
    Visiting:
    Dover, Portsmouth ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Lindblad Expeditions
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    15 Night Cruise to Iona Route (Lindblad Expeditions)
    • Day 1
      Dover
    • Day 2
      Dover
    • Day 3
      Portsmouth
    • Day 4
      Fowey
    • Day 5
      Isle of Scilly
    • Day 6
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 7
      Dingle
    • Day 8
      Aran Isles
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Iona
    • Day 11
      St. Kilda
    • Day 12
      Antarctica
    • Day 13
      Shetland Islands
    • Day 14
      Lerwick (Shetland Islands)
    • Day 15
      Jondal
    Ship Details

    National Geographic Explorer - Lindblad Expeditions

    Pros

    Accommodations include balcony cabins and suites

    Cons

    No hot tubs or pool available

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated way to sail expedition-style to destinations like the Arctic

    Reviews

    National Geographic Explorer Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Lindblad Expeditions introduced National Geographic Explorer in 2008, providing the line with t...

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    JC Norton
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Amazing Destinations
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    Violinbow
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    See Iceland from the sea
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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to Iona

    Leaving:
    Lisbon
    Visiting:
    Porto, La Coruna ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Silversea Cruises
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    17 Night Cruise to Iona Route (Silversea Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Lisbon
    • Day 2
      Porto (Leixoes)
    • Day 3
      La Coruna
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Saint-Malo
    • Day 6
      Honfleur
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
    • Day 9
      London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
    • Day 10
      St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
    • Day 11
      Isles of Scilly (England)
    • Day 12
      Pembroke
    • Day 13
      Iona
    • Day 14
      Fort William
    • Day 15
      St. Kilda
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Vestmannaey Island
    • Day 17
      Surtsey Island
    • Day 18
      Reykjavik
    Ship Details

    Silver Cloud Expedition - Silversea Cruises

    Pros

    All-suite cabins with butlers, heated pool, large gym and spa, many bars and restaurants

    Cons

    Bathrooms, specifically the towels and lighting, need improving

    Bottom Line

    A dream ship if you crave exotic adventures coupled with the posh amenities of luxury cruising

    Reviews

    Silver Cloud Expedition Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Silver Cloud, Silversea's first ship (debuting in 1994), had grown tired and dated until the lu...

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    markham
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Uninspiring and flat
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    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Loved our Greenland and Canadian Arctic cruise!
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