There are three basic cabin types (this is applicable to all cruise ships): Inside, Outside, and Balcony. Everything else is a variation on this, including the suites, of which there are 26 (for a comprehensive list of cabin types see our article How to Choose a Cruise Ship Cabin). New for Iona are the Conservatory Mini-suites, a fantastic halfway choice between a balcony cabin and full-blown suite.
Expect everything you would expect in a hotel room, just in a smaller space. All cabins have a double bed that can be divided into two (single accommodation aside), interactive TV, wardrobe, fridge, sofa, vanity and stool and numerous charging and USB points, with UK and European sockets. Every cabin has tea and coffee making facilities.
All standard cabins have a shower room with a shower stand with glass doors and a clothesline for drying. You'll find generic shampoo and gel in fixed dispensers in the shower, and products from The White Company in the mini suites and suites. There is a single basin with a fixed soap dispenser and a cupboard with shelves.
Iona also has 55 accessible cabins.
Solos: If you're travelling solo, opt for one of 22 single occupancy cabins, all interiors and a compact 101 square feet.
On a budget: There are 811 inside cabins, measuring up to 213 square feet. Some accommodate up to four people. These are ideal if you intend to spend most of your time and budget out and about, enjoying the ship.
Splash: If your budget stretches to it, try to get one of the 95 Conservatory Mini Suites; they really are lovely. The bedroom leads to a glass-enclosed sitting area with sofa and chair, which opens out onto a deep balcony. You can open the whole structure to create a big balcony, or shut off the conservatory area from the main cabin. These suites are 274 square feet.
Tip: Go for a Conservatory Mini Suite on Deck 9. Some are on Deck 8, but this is the promenade deck and you’ll find the promenade between your balcony and the sea. Not only do you lose the connection with the ocean, but passers-by can peer over your balcony if they so wish.
Splurge: Iona has 26 suites, located in the forward and aft corners of decks 9 to 15. Suites come with butler service, welcome chocolates and fresh fruit, and nightly canapes. Suite guests can also have breakfast in the smart Epicurean restaurant. Which end of the ship you choose is a matter of personal preference; forward-facing suites will be windy on sea days, for example, but they do connect to the inside cabin next door, creating a space that in theory, could sleep eight.
Family: There are two spacious family suites on the Promenade Deck but these don’t have balconies – and nor do they have a bath, which is odd, given the number of families with very young children that sail with P&O Cruises.