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P&O Iona Cruise Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
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Single cabin; view from balcony.
Single cabin; view from entrance.
Pancake (tiny!) jubilee for dessert at the Chef's Table on formal night.
A stunning garden in Cadiz. This is such a charming port.
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Spain and Portugal on a lovely new ship.
"It is a long walk to the Sagarada Familer even from where bus drop off point is and we got a Taxi back to the port cost 15 euro and had to get our return bus are refunded because they charged us for both journeys on the way out.For this excursion we had to take an antigen test 48 hours before cost £18 each but it could have been worse we may have had to pay for spain as well and before getting off the ship at Southampton but that was NOT needed so just the PCR test for 2 days after return...."Read More
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Too big, not enough crew, disorganised

Review for Iona to Europe - All

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Lolasail
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

I am a retired, professional travel writer. These are my views on Iona based on over 35 cruises on various ships. Embarkation and disembarkation Southampton - excellent, CPS parking first rate, supplied as part of the package. Cabin 8307, conservatory mini suite on deck 8 - comfortable, lovely conservatory opening to balcony. None of the predicted privacy issues from passengers using the ...
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Sail Date: November 2022


Cutbacks.

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Moi2
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

Ok everyone knows the cruise ships, but this is a list of cutbacks my wife and I found after two years not cruising because of covid. P&O take note. Remember this is for Iona, other ships could be different. In The Cabin, No more little sweets, No conditioner for hair, No port info, Postcard, Writing paper, No turn down service at night, No little chocolates. Room service no ...
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Sail Date: October 2022


Butlins at sea

Review for Iona to Europe - British Isles & Western

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blackcountrygirl
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

In need of a break at short notice repeating an itinerary that we have travelled before. First time on Iona and unfortunately the last. Embarkation was good. Booked on a balcony guarantee basis and were given deck 8 promenade the downside being it has a permanent flow of walkers/joggers and some very nosey people who jump up to look into your cabin. Also a greater problem is the deck is full of ...
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Sail Date: October 2022


Could be a great ship with improvements

Review for Iona to Baltic Sea

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QwertyGuest
2-5 Cruises • Age 30s

We went on a Northern Europe cruise for 7 nights; this is by far the biggest P&O ship and as it was half term a busy sailing. I travel on both big and small ships, and like both for different reasons. For the size of the ship, I expected more activates like the larger Royal Carribean ships however I did not use most of the facilities or activities on board as they simply did not appeal to me. Many ...
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Sail Date: October 2022

Traveled with disabled person


Lovely suite but service is terrible.

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joannehert88
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

Our first time cruising with P&O and probably the last. The ship is spotless and our suite was lovely and spacious. House keeping is fantastic too. As we had a suite, embarkation was quick and we were on the ship early which gave us time to install the app which is necessary to book dining, shows, shore experiences etc. Unfortunately the app is not fit for purpose. It was often down or 'threw ...
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Sail Date: October 2022


Enjoyable Cruise, Wouldn’t Sail on Iona Again Though.

Review for Iona to Europe - All

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GSPG
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

It was difficult to name my review as we experienced a mixed bag of emotions on our cruise. On the whole we enjoyed it, but there were a number of things that could have been done better by the company which would have given them extra stars. Embarkation was very good. We boarded the ship in no time and I was impressed by the staff in the terminal managing the flows of passengers. Some well ...
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Sail Date: October 2022


Lovely ship. That's it.

Review for Iona to Canary Islands

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ChuckstarUK
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

TLDR: Beautiful modern ship. Expensive. Below average food quality. Restaurant service is bordering on rude. Constant cash-grab. No adult-only pools/hot-tubs. 'The Retreat' is a rip-off. The 'My Holiday' app is hopeless but necessary to book everything. The Iona is a beautiful. modern cruise ship. The staterooms are bright and airy - perhaps a little smaller than other P&O ship according to ...
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Sail Date: October 2022


Great ship…but sadly the P&O experience is not what it was.

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Captainclive.
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Our first P&O cruise since the nastiness passed and our first on Iona, all our previous with P&O, some dozen or so, have been on their older, and smaller ships. The itinerary to the Canaries, Madeira, and Spain, was selected really just to get us back on a ship, and hopefully some October sun, which we gladly received. The ship is great…beautifully designed, finished, and indeed beautiful to ...
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Sail Date: October 2022


Too Big for Us

Review for Iona to Europe - All

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grandadbobster
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

The idea of booking Iona was that we wanted a two-week cruise and the ship offered so much to see and do. What we failed to realize was of course, a ship that size takes a lot of passengers. Initially 5000 passengers have to disembark at more or less the same time as 5000 want to embark. The problem starts with traffic congestion for half a mile to the terminal and when you eventually get to the ...
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Sail Date: September 2022


Ship is modern and functional but disappointing

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twighlightstar
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We booked this cruise for our golden wedding. We were upgraded to balcony unfortunately it was infamous deck 8. People walking past can see in and no privacy. Whirlpool outside balcony on and off every minute all day long even when nobody in it. The food especially at breakfast was only luke warm. Obviously very short of staff so they should limit number of passengers. On previous cruises waiters ...
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Sail Date: September 2022


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