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Lovely ship but perhaps a bit too big

Review for Norwegian Fjords Cruise on Iona
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jul 2023

It was our first cruise with P&O and also the first time sailing in such a vast ship. The ship is spanking new and looks lovely. It is enormous and so lots of space even when we sailed at capacity. Most of the time it didn't feel crowded. Our cabin at the aft was perfect for our cruise to the Norwegian fjords. We had fabulous panoramic views as we sailed. The weather wasn't that good but we managed to sit on the balcony with a drink while admiring the wonderful scenary.

We enjoyed walking on the deck when the weather was fine. Deck 8 was has a wrapped around track which was great. You can almost walk around the ship on the higher decks but the Retreat takes up some space at the front of the ship. There were lots of whirlpools around but we didn't use them. Other people certainly did and they seem to like the experience.

There are lots of restaurants on the ship and we enjoyed most of the meals. The food in the dining room was fine but not especially exciting. It's like eating a conference dinner rather than in a nice restaurant. They have now incorporated the old "Always Available" section into the main menu, so we now actually have fewer choices than before even though the menu looked full. We only managed to eat dinner in one of the 4 restaurants once. We got fedup with the queuing system. More of that later. We had a lovely meal at the Epicurean and it was worth the extra. The same goes for Keel & Cow. I read somewhere on here that it was a bit soulless. We didn't find that. We sat in a lovely open space and we felt much less hemmed in than in Opal. The Italianj restaurant was also lovely and you only need to pay for certain items. So you can actually have a "free" meal there.

Cabin Review

The cabin itself was very comfortable. It wasn't the widest of cabins but fine for a week long cruise. There was a lot of wardrobe space, though no drawers. There were lots of shelves, however. The bathroom was lovely and bright.

We were on deck 12 to the side. The infinity pool was several decks above, 15 I think, and was right in the middle. When children were in there splashing about having fun, we got splashed a few times. I don't know if there is notice in the pool about splashing, but it would be good if they could do something about that. The design of the back of the ship is staggered, so people staying above you can look down onto your balcony.

Port Reviews


A small place so a few hours was enough, unless you do one their long hikes. We booked via P&O the ferry from Hellesylt to Geiranger. The scenery en route was absolutely fabulous. We had 3 hours their and we hiked along the waterfall and was treated to some dramatic torrents of water and the view down to the port. This was on my bucket list and I'm so VERY glad I got the chance to visit the fjord.


Olden is msall, so you need to join an excursion. We booked our own, basically a shuttle bus to take us to Briksdal Glacier. The walk from the bus terminus to the glacier was lovely. Sailing in and out of Olden was spectacular.

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