Our P&O Iona Inside Cabin, Photos, Review And Layout


Today we want to talk about our P&O Iona Inside cabin and share photos and our room layout and why it worked so well for us. This was my first time staying in an inside cabin for years. I have to tell you I was uncertain about the whole thing.

However after spending a week in and inside cabin on Iona I can tell you that although I do like a balcony cabin! I would cruise in an inside cabin again. Sometimes you get the opportunity to travel on a last minute deal. Its a bit of a treat and the money you save on your cabin can be used to other things like all the speciality dining, drinks packages and spa passes. Which in my opinion made the trade in worth it.

P&O Iona Inside cabin tour and review
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie

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Our P&O Iona Inside Cabin, Room Tour And Layout

We booked Iona cabin no 16243 which was an inside cabin. As I was travelling with a pal, our bed configuration was set as twin beds. First impressions was that the cabin was compact but stylish, however as always with cabins there was plenty of storage for a weeks cruise and the cabin was cozy and comfortable.

Cabin 16243 on P&O Iona
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie

My absolute favourite feature of this cabin was the location, situated 2 floors below the Retreat it was the perfect place to nip back and forth. It was also on a quiet corridor not far from the laundry room so there was no passing traffic noise at all. Or indeed noise from above of below, once we turned off the lights at night it was tranquil.

Good inside Cabin location on Iona
Photo Credit: P&O Cruises

The Room Layout Of Our Inside Cabin On P&O Iona

Our cabin was a twin cabin, as you entered cabin 16243 on Iona the wardrobe and sofa was to the left, with a fridge, kettle, tea and coffee. This area also had shelves and a small table next to it. On the first day there were 2 cans of water. These were not replaced but you can get them from the bar, if you have the drinks package they are included.

There is also a water fountain near the sky dome pool which is just down the corridor so it’s worth taking a refillable bottle.

The beds were to the right with a TV that tilted out so you could watch it in bed. It was also great that you could turn on the live view. We did this as soon as we woke in the morning to get an idea of the weather conditions outside.

The inside room on P&O Iona has a sofa
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie

Each bed has a lamp and side shelf although only the right hand shelf has plug sockets. Having said that both lamps have usb ports in the bottom so you charge your phone.

There is also a shelving wardrobe in-between the bed and bathroom which has lots of storage and a safe.

Twin room on P&O
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie
Tea and coffee facilities with a kettle and fridge
Tea and Coffee Facilities With A Kettle, Photo Credit: Sarah Christie

The Bathroom In Our Inside Cabin

I adored the bathroom, when I first saw it I thought storage was limited but there was plenty of shelf space. The bathroom was compact but felt spacious and the shower was very spacious with a door not a curtain. My heart always sinks when I see a shower curtain, doors are so much better aren’t they? There was also hand soap and body wash which smelt gorgeous.

Bathroom in Inside Cabin on P&O Iona
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie

Plug Sockets And USBs In The Rooms

Cabins on P&O Iona have UK sockets. You will find one on one side of the bed, plus 2 on the desk area over the fridge. There is also a hairdryer, however as I have thick hair I always take my own dryer.

You will also find a USB plug on each bedside lamp. Some people do recommend taking an extension lead, which we did and it was handy for plugging in hairdryers and straighteners when getting ready at night.

The TV has live seas view and also tilts
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie

Cabin Attendant and Laundry

Our Cabin attendant was wonderful, the cabin was cleaned and turned down once a day, with daily fresh towels. He was always on hand to offer port tips and tricks and the best times to catch passing waterfalls and where on the ship to view.

Also whilst you can’t take irons on a P&O, they do have a customer laundry room, you can send clothes to be ironed. But as we were close to the laundry it took no time at all to nip down the hall and iron.

Washing tablets are available to purchase in the onboard shop, but you can also take your own and the washers and dryers are free to use.

Laundry on P&O Iona
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie

Room Service In Your P&O Iona Inside Cabin

The one thing we didn’t bother with was room service, it just didn’t seem the same without a balcony. However the options were good and had I been sailing with my hubby and 2 sons the boys would have most definitely made use of the P&O Iona room service.

There Is A £2.50 Delivery Charge For Breakfast

Note, this is only continental. Yet the menu does offer a good selection and in the grand scheme of things £2.50 per cabin is nothing.

Room Service Breakfast Menu
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie

Room Service Meals And Snack Prices

Room service is available on P&O Iona until 2am of the morning you disembark. Prices are very reasonable with a £2.50 per cabin delivery charge. Its especially great for families who want to feed the kiddies before the evening clubs or just have a chilled movie evening in your cabin.

You can also order bottles of wine or spirits to your cabin too. But also remember, each guest aged 18 years (21 years in US ports) and older may bring alcohol as they embark the ship on day 1 of the cruise.

You are allowed to bring up to 1 litre onboard Iona of the following;

  • Wine
  • Champagne
  • Beer
  • Spirit
  • Or Liqueur
Room Service P&O Iona
Photo Credit: P&O Cruises
Room Service Drinks Menu For P&O Iona
Photo Credit: P&O Cruises
Room Service ItemPrice Plus £2.50 Delivery
Roast Beef Baguettes £2.25
Club Sandwich With Fries£5.95
Children’s Sandwiches, Served with juice, yoghurt and a brownie £2.95
Soup and a roll£1.95
Lasagna £4.95
Double cheese burger £4.95
Desserts £3.50
Cookies and brownies£1.75

The Daily Horizon Newsletter

The Horizon Newsletter with be left in your cabin every night, its a great way to find out and plan whats going on for the day ahead. I have included a couple of copies from our last cruise. Its a wonderful way to find out and plan any activities, dining, quizzes and shows for the day ahead.

It also offers port tips, the weather and whats open and where. Whilst the app is fabulous, these are handy to pop into your bag so you don’t miss anything when you arrive back from a day in port.

Horizon Magazine form P&O Iona
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie
Whats on during the day on P&O
Daily planner on P&O Cruises

Our Thoughts On Our P&O Iona Inside Cabin

Our inside cabin on P&O Iona was a real pleasant surprise, it was comfy and cozy. But also tucked away from the crowds. I did miss having a balcony, but not enough that I didn’t enjoy the inside cabin. And it certainly wouldn’t put me off booking one again, quite the opposite.

If you are thinking of booking an inside cabin I would say go for it they are great value. But do check out deck 16 its the perfect location.

Plug Sockets in Iona Cabins
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie


  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

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