I liked Iona, I didn’t love Iona

Iona Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 12

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5

Norwegian Fjords

Sail date: September 18, 2021

Ship: Iona

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 23 days ago

Review summary

We had a great time on the Iona. She certainly had a lot to offer. I would sail on her again if it was a good deal.


4 out of 5
Embarkation was about 1.5hrs which included the COVID testing at Ocean Testing, Southampton

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The Iona has so much to offer regarding food and drink options. My favourite venues were The Quays (Fish ‘n’ Chips), The Olive Grove and Sindhu. I was disappointed with the Epicurean. The food and the service in particular, was not up to scratch in there.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Typical cruise ship offering


5 out of 5
The production shows in the theatre were fantastic. Really enjoyed Festival. Very modern music etc There were many other live musical acts around the ship.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
It was a mixed bag. Some were great, some were miserable.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Brand new ship was spotlessly clean. On the whole, I love the design of the ship. The central atrium is beautiful, those massive walls of windows are amazing. I also loved the wraparound promenade deck and the Skydome was also a fantastic structure.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Loved the location, nearby to the Aft stairs and lifts. The best part was the extra deep balcony. The worst part was the bed. Very firm mattress and I didn’t have a good nights sleep!!

Ship tip

Try and get a balcony cabin on deck 10 aft. They have deeper balconies. Avoid any balcony on deck 8! There is no privacy whatsoever!


5 out of 5
Fantastic disembarkation. We walked off with our luggage and were driving home before 7am!
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