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  • Two twin beds that make up into a king-sized bed
  • Bath with shower
  • In-room safe
  • Mini-Fridge
  • Flat screen tv with movies

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Iona staterooms review, floor plans, photos.

Iona cabins and suites review at CruiseMapper provides detailed information on cruise accommodations , including floor plans, photos, room types and categories, cabin sizes, furniture details and included by P&O UK (P&O Cruises) en-suite amenities and services.

The Iona cruise ship cabins page is conveniently interlinked with its deck plans showing deck layouts combined with a legend and review of all onboard venues.

2-Room Sky Suite

B4 category Suite (number 10736 / on Deck 10) is handicap/wheelchair-accessible.

Iona 2-Room Sky Suite photo

Family Seaview Suite

Conservatory mini suite, layout (floor plan).

Iona Conservatory Mini Suite photo

Deluxe Balcony Cabin

EA category Deluxe Balcony cabins numbers 10423-10427-10433-10437 / all on Deck 10) are handicap/wheelchair-accessible.

Iona Deluxe Balcony Cabin photo

Standard Balcony Cabin

The following numbers Standard Balcony cabins are handicap/wheelchair-accessible.

  • category GC (8330-8332, 15301-15302-15303-15304-15305-15306-15307-15308)
  • category GA (11514-11516-11518-11520-12514-12516-12518-12520)
  • category GB (12622-12623-12624-12625-12626-12627-12628-12629)

Iona Standard Balcony Cabin photo

Smaller Balcony Cabin

Iona Smaller Balcony Cabin photo

Seaview Cabin

LB category Seaview cabins numbers 4522-4528-4534-4538 / all on Deck 4) are handicap/wheelchair-accessible.

Iona Seaview Cabin photo

Larger Inside Cabin

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Standard Inside Cabin

The following numbers Standard Interior cabins are handicap/wheelchair-accessible.

  • category PC (8327-8331-9326-9327-9330-9331-15322-15323-15326-15327-16326-16327-16330-16331)
  • category PF (9222-9223-9228-9229)
  • category PB (10327-10331)

Iona Standard Inside Cabin photo

Studio Single Cabin

Iona Studio Single Cabin photo

Iona cabins review

PO Iona cruise ship cabins are 4 main types (suite, balcony, sea view/oceanview/outside, interior, single), divided into 12 categories and 32 grades. The liner has a total of 2614 passenger staterooms and max capacity 6264 (5204 lower berths).

Staterooms include 121 Suites, 1496 Balcony, 174 Oceanviews/Seaviews, 819 Interior cabins. P&O Iona has a total of 32 studios (single-occupancy cabins) and 55 wheelchair-accessible/handicap cabins (for disabled passengers). Most cabins are sized between 135-170 ft2 (13-16 m2).

Excepting the Suites, all cabin balconies are very small - sized just 20 ft2 (2 m2). Cabin balconies in the forward section can be overlooked by the Navigation Bridge (Wheelhouse).

The boat has 8 laundrettes (self-service laundry rooms for passengers) located midship on decks 4-5-9-10-11-12-14-15.

2-Room Sky Suites are located either aft and forward and designed as boutique-hotel rooms. They consist of interconnecting rooms whose doors can be fully opened to create a larger lounge space. The furniture is contemporary and comfort and includes a sofa, ottoman chairs, lounge chairs, soft furnishings and accessories (cushions, premium twill throws, LED lighting/ceiling and wall-mounted lamps). These Suites (categories B4-B5-B6) have spacious bathrooms with double sink vanities, black marble tops, white marble walls and floors, whirlpool bathtubs. All suites feature separate lounge-bedroom areas, designated dressing areas, large step-out balconies and exclusive services (personal Butler, in-cabin dining, priority services).

Conservatory Mini-Suite is a new cabin concept featuring a separate, conservatory-style room designed as cabin extension. Located between the cabin and the balcony, this separate room is furnished with an L-shaped sofa to create a distinctive lounge space. Via sliding glass-doors, this "small room" can be closed off for more privacy (parties, celebrations, conversations). Via other glass-doors (bi-folds), the room can be opened out fully onto the cabin's step-out balcony, providing a cool and shaded indoor space for relaxation.

Balcony staterooms are in 3 main categories (Deluxe, Standard, Smaller) plus Single Balcony. Many are with interconnecting doors, making them a perfect choice for families and small groups. Balcony cabins also allow outdoor dining via cruise ship's Room Service menu.

For larger families and groups, balcony cabins are fitted with built-in bunks (fold-out, pull-down beds). On decks 10-11-12-14-15 there are forward-facing cabins with larger (steel-fronted) balconies overlooking the ship's bow. Due to their location and larger-sized verandas, these staterooms (categories EE-Deluxe, GE-Standard) are among the premium cabin grades. Single Balcony cabins (category QZ) are located aft on decks 9-11-14. They are smaller-sized double cabins but can be booked without a single supplement.

P&O UK's Iona liner has interior staterooms on all cabin decks. Single Inside cabins (category SZ) are standard-sized double cabins but can be booked by solo travelling passengers without paying a single supplement.

All staterooms have Queen-size beds (convertible to two twins/single beds), bedside cabinets, wall-mounted reading lamps, seating area (sofabed/2-seater couch with a modern dining-coffee table), mirrored vanity table/writing desk with chair, mirrored wardrobe (large closet with sliding doors, hangers, drawers, electronic safe box), direct-dial phone, smart HDTV (infotainment system, Internet, on-demand-movies, Room Service ordering, booking/reservations), hairdryer, round-shaped (porthole-like) mirrors for decoration, en suite bathroom (WC-toilet, single-sink vanity, shower).

All pull-down bunk beds are accessible via a ladder. All cabin balconies are furnished with 2 deck chairs and a small table. All cabin bathrooms are with shower-WC configurations. 2-Room Suites (categories B4, B5, B6) additionally have bathtubs. All Suites receive bathrobes and slippers.

Iona cabin and suite plans are property of P&O UK (P&O Cruises) . All floor plans are for informational purposes only and CruiseMapper is not responsible for their accuracy.

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P&O Iona: Your Guide To Choosing The Best Cabin!

As I stood on the deck of P&O Iona, the gentle sway of the ship beneath my feet and the vast expanse of the ocean before me filled me with a sense of freedom and adventure. But as I made my way towards my cabin, I realized that choosing the right one was crucial to ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable journey.

That’s why I’ve put together this guide to help you choose the best cabin on P&O Iona, so that you too can experience the freedom and excitement of cruising without any worries.

With a wide range of cabin options available on P&O Iona, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is right for you. Whether you’re on a budget or looking for a luxurious experience, there’s a cabin to suit every need.

In this guide, I’ll provide you with an overview of the different cabin options and sizes, along with tips on how to choose the perfect cabin for your needs. So, let’s get started and embark on a journey of discovery and freedom on board P&O Iona!

  • P&O Iona offers various cabin options including inside cabins, sea view cabins, balcony cabins, conservatory mini-suites, and suites.
  • Cabin grades on Iona are based on type and location, and sizes range from 101 to 530 sq. ft.
  • When choosing a cabin on Iona, personal preferences should be taken into consideration, and families should consider larger cabins such as sea view suites and conservatory mini-suites.
  • Promenade Deck cabins on Deck 8 may be unusual and should be avoided, and it’s recommended to compare prices and work with a travel agent to get the best deal.

Cabin Options and Sizes

I’m excited to learn about the various cabin options and sizes available on P&O Iona. There are several categories of cabins to choose from, including inside cabins, sea view cabins, balcony cabins, conservatory mini-suites, and suites.

These cabins are grouped together by cabin grades based on type and location, making it easier for passengers to compare their options.

Each cabin option has its own advantages, such as the affordable price of inside cabins for budget travelers, the compromise of sea view cabins between inside and balcony cabins, and the luxurious wraparound balconies of the suites.

The sizes of the cabins also vary, with sea view cabins being larger than both inside and balcony cabins. The conservatory mini-suites are unique to Iona and Arvia ships and come with an L-shaped sofa and a conservatory area, while the suites offer a whole host of perks.

By comparing the cabin sizes and facilities, passengers can choose the best option that fits their budget and preferences.

tips for Choosing a Cabin

Who needs a good cabin anyway? Just book the first one you see and hope for the best! Well, that’s not the best way to approach your P&O Iona cruise. Choosing the right cabin can make all the difference in your overall experience. Here are some tips to help you choose the best cabin for your needs, taking into consideration your location preferences and budget considerations.

First, consider your location preferences. Do you want to be close to the action, or would you prefer a quiet cabin away from the crowds? Are you prone to seasickness and would prefer a cabin in the middle of the ship? Do you want a cabin with a view or with a balcony? Knowing your location preferences can help narrow down your options. Second, consider your budget. While it may be tempting to splurge on a suite, there are plenty of other cabin options that offer great value for your money. Don’t forget to factor in any additional costs, such as gratuities or excursions. By taking into consideration your location preferences and budget considerations, you can choose the best cabin for your needs and make the most out of your P&O Iona cruise.

Inside Cabins

When considering my budget and preferences for a quiet cabin, I may want to look into the inside cabin options available on the ship. While they may not have the scenic views provided by sea view or balcony cabins, inside cabins have their advantages.

First and foremost, they’re the cheapest option available for budget travelers. Additionally, since they don’t have windows, they offer a darker and quieter environment, perfect for those who prefer to sleep in or have a peaceful night’s rest.

When looking for the best inside cabins for budget travelers, it’s important to consider size and location. Inside cabins on Iona range from 101 to 190 square feet, so it’s best to choose a larger cabin if you’re planning to spend a lot of time in your room.

Location is also crucial, as cabins near elevators or high-traffic areas may be noisy. It’s best to choose a cabin in a quieter part of the ship, away from any potential sources of noise.

Overall, inside cabins are a great option for those looking to save money and have a peaceful night’s sleep.

Sea View Cabins

Looking for a cabin with a view but on a budget? The sea view cabins on the P&O Iona ship may be a good option for me. These cabins offer a compromise between the cheaper inside cabins and the pricier balcony rooms.

As an ocean lover, the benefits of a sea view cabin are hard to resist. I can wake up to the sound of the waves and enjoy the picturesque view of the ocean right from my cabin window. Plus, these cabins are generally larger than the inside cabins, providing more space to move around and relax.

For budget-conscious travelers, it’s important to note that sea view cabins are more affordable than the balcony cabins. Although balcony cabins offer a private outdoor space, the added cost may not be necessary for those who spend most of their time exploring the ship and its destinations.

With a sea view cabin, I can still enjoy the stunning views of the ocean while saving some money. Overall, the sea view cabins on the P&O Iona ship are an excellent choice for those who want a view of the ocean without breaking the bank.

Balcony Cabins

Wow, having a private balcony on a cruise ship is like having my own piece of paradise in the middle of the ocean. I can enjoy the fresh sea breeze and soak up the sun on my own terms.

But not all balcony cabins are created equal. The best balcony views on the P&O Iona are on the higher decks, and the larger balconies on the curved part of the ship offer better views than those on the straight sections.

Aside from the stunning views, balcony cabin perks on the Iona include patio-style doors leading to the private balcony, a seating area with a sofa, and a mini-fridge. The deluxe balcony cabins even come with a bathtub and a separate shower.

It’s worth noting that the balcony cabins on the Iona are more expensive than the sea view and inside cabins, but the added luxury and breathtaking views make it worth the investment for those who want a truly unforgettable cruise experience.

Conservatory Mini-Suites

I really like the idea of having a conservatory mini-suite on my next cruise, with its own comfortable L-shaped sofa and a private balcony to soak up the stunning views.

These mini-suites are exclusive to the Iona and Arvia ships and are a perfect option for those who want a little extra space without paying for a full suite.

With approximately 274 sq. ft. in size, these mini-suites can sleep up to four passengers comfortably, making them ideal for families or groups of friends.

One of the main benefits of booking a conservatory mini-suite is the conservatory area, which provides a cozy place to relax and take in the views.

The L-shaped sofa is perfect for lounging, reading or even taking a nap. The private balcony is also a great feature, as it allows for outdoor relaxation without having to leave your cabin.

Overall, these mini-suites offer a great balance of comfort, space, and affordability, making them an excellent choice for any cruiser looking for a little something extra.

When considering accommodations on a cruise ship, it’s worth exploring the options for suites, which offer a range of sizes and perks depending on your budget and preferences.

Suites on the P&O Iona come in different sizes, ranging from 434 to 530 sq. ft., and are equipped with a variety of amenities. Here are some things to consider when choosing a suite on the P&O Iona:

Suite amenities: Suites on the P&O Iona offer additional space and amenities, such as a separate living area, larger balcony, and priority embarkation and disembarkation. Suites also come with added perks, such as butler service, complimentary laundry and pressing, and access to exclusive dining venues and lounges.

Suite pricing comparison: When comparing suite pricing on the P&O Iona, it’s important to consider the size of the suite, location on the ship, and included amenities. Suites with larger balconies or prime locations on the ship may come with a higher price tag, but can also provide a more luxurious and comfortable experience. It’s important to weigh the benefits and costs to determine the best suite option for your budget and preferences.

Miscellaneous Information

Interestingly, on the P&O Iona ship, children under 16 years old are required to share a cabin with an adult. This is important for families to keep in mind when choosing the best cabin option for their vacation.

However, P&O Iona does offer various cabin amenities and accessibility features to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay for all passengers. For example, the ship has several adapted cabins suitable for wheelchair users, making it easy for those with mobility issues to move around the ship and enjoy all of its amenities. Additionally, the cabins are designed to be spacious and comfortable, with various options available to suit different budgets and preferences.

Overall, P&O Iona is committed to providing a memorable and accessible vacation experience for all passengers.

What is the maximum occupancy for a cabin on P&O Iona?

The max occupancy for a cabin on P&O Iona varies depending on the cabin type. Some cabins can accommodate up to four passengers, while others can only accommodate two. Cabin amenities vary, but all cabins are designed for comfort and convenience.

Are there any cabins on P&O Iona that are specifically designated as pet-friendly?

Coincidentally, I was just looking for pet-friendly cabins on P&O Iona, but unfortunately, there aren’t any specific accommodations for travelers with pets. However, the ship has a variety of other options for all budget and preference needs.

Are there any cabins on P&O Iona that offer a bathtub instead of just a shower?

Looking for a bathtub option on P&O Iona? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any specific cabins with bathtubs. However, the ship does offer various room amenities such as showers and accessibility features based on cabin size and layout.

What is the average cost difference between an inside cabin and a balcony cabin on P&O Iona?

Wow, the cost difference between an inside cabin and a balcony cabin on P&O Iona is astronomical! However, the benefits of a balcony, like fresh sea air and stunning views, make it worth the extra expense. Inside vs Balcony: Cost Comparison, Benefits of Balcony.

Are there any cabins on P&O Iona that are located near noisy areas of the ship, such as the engine room or nightclubs?

Midship cabins are generally the quietest on the ship, away from noisy areas. For families, consider larger inside cabins or sea view cabins. Balcony cabins may have larger balconies due to the ship’s design.

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We Stayed in 3 Different Balcony Cabins (P&O’s Arvia and Iona) – Comparison

If you are considering sailing on P&O’s Arvia or Iona, you may wonder if a balcony cabin would suit you. I have stayed in three types in the past.

P&O’s Arvia and Iona are sister ships. I have sailed on both – they are very very similar in many ways.

The design and decor of the cabins are identical, so if you are sailing on either ship – this article will help.

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P&O’s Iona and Arvia

Arvia is the largest ship ever commissioned for the British cruise market at around 184,700 gross tonnes.

Iona is very slightly smaller at around 184,089 tonnes.

Iona has been sailing since 2020, and Arvia joined the P&O fleet in 2022.

Both Iona and Arvia have a normal operating capacity of 5,200 guests and 1,800 crew – but if all the 3rd and 4th berths are in use she can take just over 6500 passengers.

Iona is home to 2,614 cabins, including 1,366 Balcony, 120 Deluxe Balcony and 95 Conservatory Mini-suites

Arvia has more Balcony cabins than sister ship Iona, some of which are Deluxe Balcony cabins which have nearly as much space as a suite.

She has fewer conservatory mini-suite cabins than Iona.

Standard Balcony Cabins On Arvia and Iona

Balcony cabins range between 142 and 279 square feet / 13 and 25 square metres.

Balcony cabins can hold up to 4 people.

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The cabins are decorated in tasteful blues and creams, with a striking patterned carpet on the floor.

All Balcony Cabins Have:

  • A double bed that can be made into two twins
  • A sofa bed that can be made up as a single bed. If four people are sharing a cabin there will be a fourth bed (Pullman bed) that comes down from the ceiling above the sofa bed.
  • A table that can be used as a bedside table if the sofa bed is occupied.
  • A desk area and a chair.
  • Mini Fridge
  • Safe inside the wardrobe/closet
  • Bedside tables with USB charging port on one side only
  • Tea and Coffee making facilities
  • Interactive TV with many TV shows and films to choose from, free of charge.

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The Bathroom

The bathroom was very well designed to make the most of the available space.

The shower was a good size, had a glass shower door and water didn’t leak out into the rest of the room, making everything wet – like so many other cruise ship bathrooms I have stayed in.

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Our room was made up just once a day. Unfortunately, there were no bedtime chocolates involved like there are on some other cruise lines.

There were magnetic “Do Not Disturb” and “I’m Out Exploring” signs so that the cabin steward knew whether to come in and clean or not.

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My Cabin Was – 12118

Arvia plan cabin 12118

What I Particularly Liked:

  • I liked the design and style of the cabin and the bed was very comfy
  • The well-designed bathroom.
  • The design of the table by the sofa which was a great space-saving design
  • The interactive TV was great for checking my onboard account, and there was a lot of choice when it came to things to watch.
  • We had a great view from our balcony of the promenade deck – and the land when we were docked.
  • Good hairdryer

Things That I Didn’t Like:

  • Not a great deal of storage – ok for two people, but it would be a struggle if four people were sharing the cabin.
  • There was no magnet on the shower door – only a minor detail – but I went to the bathroom in the middle of the night when the sea was quite rough. I opened the bathroom door and walked straight into the glass shower door which had swung open!
  • USB socket by the bed on one side only.
  • My location was right at the front of the ship. It was a long walk to anywhere ( which I don’t particularly mind, but it certainly wouldn’t suit everyone). Because of the location, the movement of the ship was far more noticeable than elsewhere.
  • Even when the balcony door was tightly shut, the noise of the wind through it was SO loud. Luckily I am quite a heavy sleeper…

Would I Choose Balcony Cabin number 12118 Again?

I would happily stay in a standard balcony again but if I was choosing the location I’d pick one closer to the middle to minimise movement and the wind.

If I booked a guaranteed cabin and was assigned this cabin again I would still be happy.

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I often choose “Guaranteed” cabins where I don’t get to choose the location onboard to save money. Find out more about that here:

I Always Book Guaranteed Cabins on Cruise Ships – (Photo Examples, Regrets & More)

My Parent’s Balcony -15602

Arvia deck plan cabin 15602

My parent’s balcony cabin was exactly the same in design as mine.

My brother shared with them, so there were three in the cabin, with my brother Max sleeping on the sofa bed.

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They also found the cabin to be very comfortable and well-designed, but there were a few things they didn’t like about the location .

What they didn’t like:

  • Because it was on deck 15, and deck 16 stuck out further, the cabin never got the sun.
  • There was a metal bulkhead between them and the next-door cabin, instead of the normal partition. This made the area even darker.
  • There wasn’t really enough storage/wardrobe space for three adults.
  • The location of the cabin, below the kitchen area of the buffet, was very noisy.

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“The hard working crew were working in the kitchens until around two or three every morning – then started again around 5am. They were dropping things, dragging stuff about, slamming doors – even wearing ear plugs every night, we never got a good nights sleep.” – My Mum

Would They Choose Balcony Cabin Number 15602 Again?

No, definitely not!

My parents have taken over fifty cruises, and have never had a cabin anywhere near as noisy as this one.

If you value a good night’s sleep – choose a balcony cabin on a deck further down.

Cabins on decks 14 through to 10 are surrounded by only other cabins, not public areas – they would be far quieter.

Promenade Deck Conservatory Cabin (Mini Suite)

Cabin 8304 on iona.

Conservatory Mini Suite cabin no 8304

When I sailed on Iona, we had the Conservatory Mini Suite on deck 8.

These conservatory mini-suites are identical in every way to a standard balcony cabin – but they have an additional Conservatory seating area.

Conservatory Mini Suite on Iona

The balcony opens out directly onto the promenade deck, so you don’t have an uninterrupted view of the Ocean .

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People can be walking past the end of your balcony at any time of the day or night. There are also hot tubs situated on the promenade deck, and they can be quite close to your cabin.

(Having said that you also can’t get down onto the promenade deck to use the hot tubs without climbing over the edge of the glass balcony partition. It’s a long way round.)

As with the standard balcony cabin, I loved the design and layout of the cabin itself.

Having the extra conservatory area was a bonus, as I was sharing a cabin with my parents and sleeping on the sofa bed. Space was at a premium.

Deck 8 Iona Mini Suite Conservatory Cabin

Things that People Don’t Like About Conservatory Mini Suites

  • The suites on deck 8 are at the same level as the promenade deck, so people are walking past them all the time. The same suite on deck 9 would give you more privacy.
  • People may be able to see into your conservatory area, depending on the light. P&O have put a mirrored surface on the patio doors to try to prevent this from happening, but if you have the lights on in the conservatory, people are likely to be able to see you in there.
  • No direct view of the ocean – there is the promenade deck and glass screens between you and the sea.

Find out more about that Mini Suite Cabin here:

Many Ships Are Similar To Arvia and Iona

Other ships sailing for other cruise lines are built to the same basic design as Arvia and Iona. These include:

  • Costa Smeralda
  • Costa Toscana
  • Carnival Mardi Gras
  • Carnival Celebration
  • Carnival Jubilee

The Interior design and decor of the ships are very different though. P&O’s Arvia and Iona have tasteful, muted colours throughout.

I sailed on Costa Smeralda – every single deck was painted a different bright colour!

My balcony cabin had a very unusual feature. Watch the video below to find out about that:

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I also stayed in the cheapest inside cabin on Iona to see if it offered good value for money. It was one of my favourite inside cabins ever. Find out all about that cabin here:

P&O Iona Inside Cabin Photo Review – Space, Bathroom, Cleanliness and More

Find out how P&O’s Mega ships Iona and Arvia compare to the older ships in the P&O fleet here:

I Cruised on P&O’s Iona and Ventura – Here’s How They Compare

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Best Balcony Cabin On Iona

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Post by daveoc14 » Sat Oct 22, 2022 7:30 am

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Re: Best Balcony Cabin On Iona

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Post by daveoc14 » Sat Oct 22, 2022 9:05 am

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Post by screwy » Sat Oct 22, 2022 10:07 am

Post by Mervyn and Trish » Sat Oct 22, 2022 11:04 am

daveoc14 wrote: ↑ Sat Oct 22, 2022 9:05 am Looking at the deck plan would you say the balcony was bigger than other deluxe---it looks that way from the plan?.

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Post by barney » Sat Oct 22, 2022 11:50 am

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Post by towny44 » Sat Oct 22, 2022 6:01 pm

barney wrote: ↑ Sat Oct 22, 2022 11:50 am We’ve booked Arvia and it’s the same layout cabin wise. We’ve booked 15253 which is a large balcony cabin. We booked this on recommendation from our cabin neighbours on our last cruise who stayed in it on Iona and were very happy with it. They showed us some photos and the balcony is huge and rearward facing so little wind.

Post by screwy » Sat Oct 22, 2022 7:02 pm

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Post by LadyPCruiser » Sun Oct 23, 2022 8:43 am

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Re: New itineraries

Post by Stephen » Sun Oct 23, 2022 9:47 am

LadyPCruiser wrote: ↑ Sun Oct 23, 2022 8:43 am Good morning - can’t seem to create a new subject so I’m adding it here! What are your thoughts on the new itineraries??

Post by daveoc14 » Sun Oct 23, 2022 10:44 am

Post by daveoc14 » Sun Oct 23, 2022 10:48 am

screwy wrote: ↑ Sat Oct 22, 2022 10:07 am We were on deck 10. 10702 right by the aft stairs/lifts,the balcony was nice and big.No noise from the stairs/lifts, we were well pleased with it.

Post by screwy » Sun Oct 23, 2022 11:47 am

Post by towny44 » Sun Oct 23, 2022 4:11 pm

screwy wrote: ↑ Sat Oct 22, 2022 7:02 pm Hi John, did you come across our friend Myra in the glasshouse.?

Post by barney » Sun Oct 23, 2022 4:13 pm

towny44 wrote: ↑ Sat Oct 22, 2022 6:01 pm barney wrote: ↑ Sat Oct 22, 2022 11:50 am We’ve booked Arvia and it’s the same layout cabin wise. We’ve booked 15253 which is a large balcony cabin. We booked this on recommendation from our cabin neighbours on our last cruise who stayed in it on Iona and were very happy with it. They showed us some photos and the balcony is huge and rearward facing so little wind.

Post by Mervyn and Trish » Sun Oct 23, 2022 4:53 pm

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I always book the interior cabins on cruises — and it's not because I'm cheap

  • I'm a frequent cruiser who's been on more than 25 voyages, and I always book interior cabins.
  • Interior cabins on cruises are for anyone who wants to travel smarter.
  • They're usually the cheapest, and the lack of a balcony or window encourages me to explore the ship.

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When I started cruising in 2003, my family insisted on booking a balcony stateroom or a suite.

Having a big cabin to share was nice, but we didn't spend much time in the room and seldom used the balcony. It was a costly amenity that was largely unused.

When I started sailing independently, I booked balcony rooms out of habit.

Years later, I saw an inexpensive last-minute deal on a cruise from New York on Norwegian Cruise Line's Getaway, but it was in a 100-square-foot solo cabin without so much as a window.

I went for it. Since then, I've solely booked interior staterooms. I'm convinced these cabins are the smartest choice.

Interior cabin or not, you're unlikely to spend much time in your room — or on its balcony

No matter the cruise line, there's always more to enjoy outside the cabin than in it, from the spa to ports of call.

After 25 cruises and more than a decade of sailing in balcony rooms, I can estimate I've probably spent just a few hours on cruise-ship balconies.

Spending mere minutes or an hour on a balcony per cruise doesn't justify the extra cost .

And unless you've booked an extra-large balcony or a suite, the outdoor space will likely be teeny tiny.

Even cabins designed for families, like the 299-square-foot deluxe family ocean-view stateroom on the Disney Fantasy, don't have a balcony big enough for a group of four to sit comfortably.

Add in the potential for noisy neighbors or windy conditions that may force you indoors, and balconies become largely a waste of space and money.

Interior cabins are often just as big as, if not bigger than, rooms with windows

Though you're spending more money, you often aren't getting a bigger room by opting to have a window.

They vary by deck, location, and ship, but interior staterooms can be the same size as or larger than ocean-view ones.

For example, on Holland America Line's Rotterdam, double-occupancy interior staterooms are 143 to 225 square feet, and ocean-view staterooms are 175 to 282 square feet.

Interior cabins have fun features you don't get in exterior ones

Technology has helped make interior cabins feel comfortable instead of claustrophobic.

I've enjoyed the one-way window into the ship's corridor in Norweigan Cruise Line's interior cabins. Its cordless metal blinds let me adjust the light coming in, and sliding shutters offered a complete blackout.

Disney Cruise Line's interior rooms feature "magic" portholes, where footage featuring surprise character visits is displayed on a porthole-shaped monitor.

Some Royal Caribbean interior rooms have floor-to-ceiling virtual "balconies," which are screens that project real-time outside views.

I like that interior staterooms save me money so I can go on even more cruises

The savings add up, especially if you're on a tight budget or cruise often.

Plus, there's always a chance you could get upgraded to a balcony room for free if a cruise is undersold or you have a high-enough loyalty status.

I use the money I save on my room for onboard expenses on my next cruise — which I'll take in an interior cabin, of course.

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The 5 most desirable cabin locations on any cruise ship

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What is the best location for a cabin on a cruise ship?

As a cruise writer for more than 20 years , I've heard that question a lot, and it's not an easy one to answer. On any given cruise vessel, the best cabin location for one person might not be the best choice for another.

The ideal cabin for a light sleeper on a particular ship, for instance, might be a room tucked away in the quietest corner of the vessel. But another passenger on the same ship who cares more about the view might be happiest with a completely different spot.

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On a typical cruise ship, cabins are spread out all over the place — high and low, and to the front, middle and back. Not that that's always the case.

Some cruise vessels — particularly river ships — have cabins clustered at their backs with public areas at their fronts. Other vessels, such as most of the ocean ships operated by luxury lines Seabourn , Silversea Cruises and Scenic Luxury Cruises , have cabins clustered at their fronts with public areas at their backs.

Cruise cabins also come in all shapes and sizes and with a variety of amenities and benefits. Some lines, such as Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line , offer a huge range of room options , from tiny, windowless "inside" cabins to palatial suites, in all sorts of locations on their vessels.

Indeed, there's such a wide variety of not only cabin locations but also types of cabins on ships that the best way to narrow down the choices of accommodations on any given vessel might be to assemble a list of cabins you definitely don't want to choose.

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As it happens, we've already done that here at TPG in our guide to cabin locations you definitely should avoid .

Still, there are some broad categories of cabin locations on cruise ships that always are in high demand due to their prime locations.

Related: 6 reasons why you want to pay up for a balcony cabin

Midship cabins

These are the cabins that you should seek if you're particularly prone to seasickness.

The big allure of a midship cabin is its stability. You won't feel the rocking of the sea in a midship cabin nearly as much as you will in a cabin toward the front or back of a vessel. This is because ships are like teeter-totters. They pitch forward and back around a central axis that barely moves.

If you are in the center of a ship, you are at the equivalent of the center of a teeter-totter. Even in very rough seas, you're not going to move nearly as much when the ship goes up and down in the waves as someone located at either of the far ends of the ship.

Note that it also helps to be low to the water if you're worried about seasickness.

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On very large ships, where activity areas are spread far apart, midship cabins also offer the advantage of being at the center of everything. The main pool deck, for instance, is likely right above you when you are in a midship cabin — not a long walk away. Ditto for central interior areas.

Related: 22 cruise ship cabin hacks that will transform your voyage

Cabins at the back

There's something mesmerizing about being at the back of a ship overlooking its wake. When you are in the open ocean, you can see the long trail of churned-up water behind you, stretching seemingly forever like a road in the sea. It is tangible evidence of your journey. When you are pulling away from a port, you have the best view in the house.

I admit I could stand at the back of a ship for hours looking out over the water, and I'm a big fan of rear-facing cabins — as long as they have a balcony. I'm firmly in the camp that says rear-facing balcony cabins are among the best balcony cabins on any ship.

Often, the balconies on rear-facing cabins are bigger than the balconies on side-facing cabins, and they also feel quiet. There are far fewer balcony cabins at the back of a ship than on the sides of a ship, so you don't hear a lot of noise from your neighbors.

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If your cabin is at the rear corner of a ship, you might even have a balcony that wraps around two sides of the vessel. Those sorts of balconies are the ultimate in cool.

Note that on some ships, all or most of the rear-facing cabins are large, pricey suites, but this isn't always the case. Carnival Cruise Line ships, for instance, typically have quite a few non-suite accommodations at their backs.

Related: Everything you want to know about cabins and suites on Carnival Cruise Line ships

Cabins at the front

I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of forward-facing cabins. For starters, there is nowhere on a ship more prone to movement than the front of a ship. Forward-facing cabins also often lack balconies, for reasons I will explain in a moment.

All that said, many cruisers just love forward-facing cabins. They love them because the view can be spectacular, particularly as you arrive at a new port. Also, some people love the idea of being at the very front of a ship and being able to see where they're going.

Related: Why it pays to upgrade your cruise cabin

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Forward-facing cabins also sometimes come with extra space. This is because they sometimes incorporate the oddly angled interior spaces that exist at the front of ships, which often have slanted fronts. As mentioned above, forward-facing cabins often will not have balconies, as the wind over the bow of a ship that's underway is such that a balcony isn't practical. Instead, they'll have large windows — sometimes floor-to-ceiling windows — that offer stellar views.

Cabins surrounded by other cabins

Light sleepers, take note: The best place to be if you want the best chance of not being bothered by noise is a cabin that is surrounded by other cabins. This means a cabin that has a cabin directly above it and a cabin directly below it, as well as cabins on both sides.

To find such a cabin is harder than you might think. On the typical ship, the top deck of cabins is directly below the pool and activity decks, which can be noisy during the day and even into the night (yes, the noise sometimes will waft through your ceiling). The cabin deck just below that top deck of cabins can be a good choice.

But go a couple more decks down, and you're often right on top of interior entertainment decks that are home to music lounges, theaters and other noisy venues.

Related: 15 ways cruising newbies waste money on their first cruise

If the ultimate in quietude is your goal, you'll also want to avoid cabins anywhere near elevators, passenger launderettes and other areas that draw foot traffic. It can take some studying of deck plans, but as seasoned cruisers know, it's worth holding out for a cabin that is far away from anything that could keep you up at night.

Cabins near the spa

If you're a big spa fan — the kind who can spend hours on vacation getting treatments — you'll want to get a cabin right near your ship's spa. Trust us. Walking long distances across a bustling ship in your robe and slippers for a spa appointment can be a bit, well, weird.

Cruise lines cater to spa lovers with special spa cabins that are close to the spa and come with special spa amenities. These might include plush bathrobes and slippers to wear on your way to the spa, upgraded toiletries, scrub kits, aromatherapy diffusers and even yoga mats. The cabins sometimes also come with spa discounts, unlimited spa lounge access and other spa-related perks.

Lines that have designated spa cabins on some or all ships include Celebrity Cruises , Carnival, Holland America , Azamara and MSC Cruises .

On Celebrity, the spa cabins — called AquaClass cabins — come with exclusive access to a special spa restaurant called Blu.

If you're interested in a spa cabin, you'll want to book far in advance. They often sell out early.

Bottom line

There is no right answer to the question of what is the best cabin location on a cruise ship. The perfect location for a cabin for one passenger might not be the perfect location for another.

That said, there are certain places on cruise ships that are better than others when it comes to cabin location, including the front and back of vessels. There's nothing quite like being able to look forward from your room when on a ship approaching a port or to watch the wake of the ship from a rear-facing cabin.

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  1. Iona Deluxe Balcony Stateroom Cabins

    Stateroom cabin categories are simply the way that PO UK groups the different types of staterooms (cabins). You can see details and floor plans for all of the categories on Iona on this page. Interior Large Interior Seaview (Oceanview) Smaller Balcony Balcony Deluxe Balcony Conservatory Mini-Suite Family Seaview Suite Suite. All the details for ...

  2. P&O Iona Deluxe Balcony Cabin Tour

    Deluxe Balcony cabin tour on P&O's latest ship Iona. Cabin number 14.101 - forward facing (below the bridge). We absolutely loved this cabin - the decore is ...

  3. P&O Iona Cabins To Avoid: (With Photos & Videos)

    Iona has four sizes of balcony cabins: Single balcony - 107 sq. ft. (1 person) Smaller balcony - 150 sq. ft. (1 or 2 people) Standard balcony - 170 sq. ft. (2 to 4 people) Deluxe balcony - 226 sq. ft. (2 to 4 people) Please note that these are approximate sizes.

  4. P&O Iona cabin tour comparison

    Join us as we explore a standard and a deluxe balcony cabin on P&O's latest ship Iona. We take a close look at these two cabins; not only the main difference...

  5. P&O Iona Cabins

    Unlike most of the balcony cabins on Iona, these Standard Balcony cabins on Deck 5 are enclosed or "sheltered balconies" set within the metal hull of the ship. These balconies tend to be more shady than others and the interior seems darker as a result. The balconies themselves are very small and narrow, being just the depth of a deck chair.

  6. Iona cabins and suites

    Iona cabins review. PO Iona cruise ship cabins are 4 main types (suite, balcony, sea view/oceanview/outside, interior, single), divided into 12 categories and 32 grades. The liner has a total of 2614 passenger staterooms and max capacity 6264 (5204 lower berths). Staterooms include 121 Suites, 1496 Balcony, 174 Oceanviews/Seaviews, 819 Interior ...

  7. P&O Iona Cruise Ship Cabin Tour

    I've just got back from a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords on P&O Cruises newest ship, the Iona. My cabin was a deluxe balcony cabin on Deck 8 (cabin #8102) wh...

  8. P&O Iona Balcony Cabin (Deck 5) review

    Iona has 2,164 cabins in total. 1,366 of them are balcony cabins with 120 deluxe balcony cabins. There are also 95 conservatory mini-suites and 24 suites which have balconies too. Standard balcony cabins with a sofa are located on decks 5,9,10,11,12,14,15 & 17.

  9. P&O Iona: Your Guide To Choosing The Best Cabin!

    P&O Iona offers various cabin options including inside cabins, sea view cabins, balcony cabins, conservatory mini-suites, and suites. Cabin grades on Iona are based on type and location, and sizes range from 101 to 530 sq. ft. When choosing a cabin on Iona, personal preferences should be taken into consideration, and families should consider ...

  10. Iona Cruise Ship Highlights

    Explore Iona cruise deals and book your trip with P&O Cruises. ... She's home to 2,614 cabins including 811 Inside, 174 Sea view, 1,366 Balcony, 120 Deluxe Balcony, 95 Conservatory Mini-suite, 24 Suite, 22 Single and 2 Family cabins. ... Dame Irene named Iona when the ship entered service in May 2021.

  11. Cabins on Iona

    Cruise Ships; Iona Cabins; 353 Reviews. Iona Cabins. Inside Cabins. Single inside. Deck 5, Deck 8, Deck 9 and 2 more. more info ... Balcony deluxe. Deck 8, Deck 9, Deck 10 and 4 more. more info Single balcony. Deck 9, Deck 11, Deck 14 . more info ...

  12. Cabin Details

    Iona Cabin. Based on 54 reviews. P&O Cruises. View photo gallery (22) Entered service. 2020. Tonnage. 184700. Wheelchair Accessible Cabins.

  13. We Stayed in 3 Different Balcony Cabins (P&O's Arvia and Iona

    Arvia has more Balcony cabins than sister ship Iona, some of which are Deluxe Balcony cabins which have nearly as much space as a suite. She has fewer conservatory mini-suite cabins than Iona. Standard Balcony Cabins On Arvia and Iona. Balcony cabins range between 142 and 279 square feet / 13 and 25 square metres. Balcony cabins can hold up to ...

  14. P&O Iona

    In Today's Cruise Show we look at the brand new Iona. We try a standard balcony cabin on deck 10 - cabin 10617.I give you my thoughts on P&O Cruises and the ...

  15. Balcony

    View all cruises. Some exceptions apply*. Feel at one with the ocean by staying in a Balcony cabin. Enveloped by a cool sea breeze, your balcony is the perfect place to savour a lazy continental breakfast or spend a few peaceful hours sunbathing with a book. If you'd like even more luxuries, our Deluxe Balcony cabins are perfect.

  16. Best Balcony Cabin On Iona

    Yes you're right. The outside of the ship, and the front of the balcony, curves at that point to match the profile of the atrium below and the Skydome above, but the deluxe cabins along that corridor are the same size, so it's the balconies that get progressively bigger. We'd definitely book those cabins again.

  17. P&O Cruises Iona

    Here is a complete list of accessible & partially accessible cabins. Are Iona cabins wheelchair-friendly? If you require an adapted (disabled/accessible) cabin on Iona or are travelling with someone who does, check out this list of appropriate cabins before you book. There are Inside, Outside, Balcony and Suites that are accessible on Iona.

  18. P&O Iona Standard Balcony Cabin Review and Tour

    P&O Iona Cruise Ship Accessible Cabin Review. P&O Iona Cruise Ship Standard Balcony Cabin Review. Do check out our P&O Page for lots more cruise information, advice and tips. Do check out our P&O Page for lots more cruise information, advice and tips. Planning a holiday, bucket list trip, cruise or honeymoon then we recommend using our travel ...

  19. I always book the interior cabins on cruises

    Even cabins designed for families, like the 299-square-foot deluxe family ocean-view stateroom on Disney's Fantasy, don't have a balcony big enough for a group of four to sit comfortably. Add in ...

  20. Iona Standard Balcony Cabin Tour (GD Grade)

    Check out P&O Iona's amazing Standard Balcony Cabin!Cabin details:Cabin number: 10728 Location: Deck 10 (Aft)Grade: GDFor more information or to book visit: ...

  21. The 5 best cabin locations on any cruise ship

    A Royal Loft Suite with a balcony on Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. MICHEL VERDURE/ROYAL CARIBBEAN. If your cabin is at the rear corner of a ship, you might even have a balcony that wraps around two sides of the vessel. Those sorts of balconies are the ultimate in cool.

  22. Iona P&O Cruises Cabin tour

    A tour of cabin 5342 standard 3 berth balcony with a unique location of deck 5 onboard the brand new cruise ship Iona.

  23. Carnival Jubilee Cabins & Staterooms on Cruise Critic

    Deluxe interiors on up offer sofas. Cabins that sleep berths beyond two guests do so with either upper pullman beds (that come from the ceiling) or sleeper sofas, or both. Cruise ship cabins are ...

  24. P&O Iona Cruise Ship Standard Balcony Cabin Tour and Review

    We cruised on the 2nd ever cruise on the brand new P&O cruise ship Iona on one of the UK Seacations. We were kindly allowed to have a look around Standard Ba...