Review of Iona deck 8 (Cabins-Promenade)
Deck 8 features a full wraparound "promenade deck" - an outdoor space that is accessible to passengers. In the Promenade's forward section are positioned a total of 6x Infinity Whirpools with glass walls facing the ocean (3x portside and 3x starboard). The Promenade also provides outdoor seating for the specialty restaurants (Outside Dining).
The all-day open "The Keel and Cow" (P&O UK's first-ever "gastropub") is overlooking the Atrium and also with ocean views. The menu has traditional favourites, sharing platters, prime-aged beef steaks.
With "Outside Dining" are marked Promenade Deck's outdoor seating areas of the restaurants.
"Gelateria" (Atrium's top level, at the entrance to "The Quays") provides access to Promenade Deck. Here are offered scoops of Italian gelato (premium ice-cream), brand teas and coffees.
On the ship Iona, P&O Cruises debuted the fleet's new "food market" dining concept. "The Quays" piazza has a great number of takeaway and self-service food bars. The Quays cuisines are international, including American diner classics and Asian street food. New dining concepts in The Quays are named Olive Grove, Hook Line and Vinegar, Boardwalk Diner, Fusion.
"Sindhu" Restaurant offers authentic Indian food.
"The Olive Grove" is an intimate restaurant serving lunch and dinner and a menu focusing on traditional Mediterranean dishes and sharing platters.
"The Club House" is a multi-purpose indoor/outdoor space for families to enjoy afternoon entertainment and play fun games. In the evening, it becomes late-night "music hall" for dancing and live performances by the Iona ship's band (named "Pulse").
"The Sunset Bar" (Deck 8, Promenade's aft) provides easy access to The Club House. By day, it provides canopies (shaded seating) and 2 Jacuzzis (whirlpool hot tubs) to relax with a drink and enjoy the sea views.
Cruise cabins from 8101 to 8341, of which Standard Inside (PC, PF), Smaller Balcony (CZ), Standard Balcony (GF), Deluxe Balcony (EE, EF), Conservatory Mini-Suites (CW, CZ) and Family Seaview Suites (category BA, rooms 8109-8110).