Iona Review

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Stunning ship

Review for Norwegian Fjords Cruise on Iona
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Sep 2023

Just back from a week in the Fjords on the stunning Iona. Our embarkation time was 1pm and our daugther's was 3pm. We were all in the buffet having lunch st 12.05. So no complaints about boarding! The ship had approx 5k guests but did not feel crowded. The open spaces and floor to ceiling windows, across the 3 decks of the atrium, gave a spacious feel. Plenty of space around the ship. However areas, including in the restaurants are divided in smaller areas. For example, the buffet restaurant, which has however many 100s of tables, is sectioned off. This means there is no more than approx 12 to 14 tables in each section. As a result, Iona is able to feel open and spacious while intimate and personal at the same time. The cabin was bright, modern and airy. There was a sofa which would convert in to a double bed if required. There was ample wardrobe space and hangers. Other reviewers seem hung up on choice of TV channels. I can not speak to this as I do not go on cruises to watch TV. Bars will cater for all needs, from the hussle and bustle of the clubhouse and brodies, to the relaxing bars around the atrium or in the crows nest. Food was excellent with the widest possible choice. In addition to the main restaurants, we enjoyed the keel and cow, beach house, and the 'cabaret' night in the lime light. The scenery in the Fjords was amazing. Sitting on the balcony late afternoon, with a drink in hand, gliding through the Fjords was breath taking. Crew were all friendly. Might I have waited a few minutes longer than I wanted to get a drink? Possibly. But I was on holiday and had all the time in the world. Some of the entertainment was excellent. The singer in the limelight and the 'cirque de soleil' performers were outstanding. The houseband provided great fun. Our next 2 cruises are both on Princess. However, I need to book a further trip on Iona as soon as possible.

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