Having been on P&O several times we thought we would try the new Iona.
First of all we did enjoy our first break in 2 years it was wonderful to be out & about again.
Past passengers of Arcadia,Ventura,Aurora etc… will find a big difference. This is a very big modern ship aimed at young people and families. Lots of loud live shows in different venues but not everyone wants to sit & drink all evening. Where are the interesting talks and they advertise 4 cinemas and the films were dire. Where is the lovely ballroom & sequence dancing ? There was always dancing on P&O - the Iona has a great big atrium spoilt by a winding chrome looking staircase in the centre. What a waste - people just sat around doing nothing just chatting - no atmosphere whatsoever- on other P&O ships the atrium was a hive of music dancing & activity. Everyone seemed to love watching even if they didn’t dance.But THERE IS NO DANCE FLOOR ON IONA - so DANCERS BEWARE and not even any ballroom classes.
Brand new cabin
Very small half the cabin taken up by a huge 3 seater sofa.
Tiny wardrobes and No drawers whatsoever???
Lovely bathroom - lots of shelves in there - but the ship has echo - you can hear every word the people in next cabin are saying when the balcony door is open & all the noise echoes up from the sun decks below.