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Iona or Oceana

Post by MarkDS » 03 Jun 2019, 16:24

Hi all,

We have booked a cruise in Jan 2021 to the Canaries on Iona.

We have since looked and are now thinking of changing and going over to Dubai and doing a 14 day cruise over there.

We have never been on a P & O cruise before, we have been on RC in the past.

What would you all advise, she would stick or twist.

Thanks for any advice.

Mark

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by barney » 03 Jun 2019, 16:47

Chalk and cheese mate.

It's impossible to compare the two ships.

One is state of the art modernism and the other is a traditional cruise liner.

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 03 Jun 2019, 16:55

No-one has been on Iona yet so hard to judge but as Barney says Oceana is a traditional cruise ship. Iona is more likely to be closer to your RC experience. Two very different destinations too. If I were you I'd stick, unless you have a real hankering for Dubai or a smaller ship.
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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by Manoverboard » 03 Jun 2019, 17:04

Sailing across the Bay of Biscay in January on Iona wouldn't be my idea of fun, for me springtime or autumn would be a better choice for this particular destination.

A Dubai based cruise is different to most but a good introduction to the Middle Eastern Regions, however it is a destination that may not suit those who have miss-guided issues about Arabs, Muslims, sand or camels. Booze away from the ship is available but can be hideously expensive, we found it to be safe although our preference was to book ship based Tours … we have taken P&O cruises to both of your choices.

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by Silkworm » 03 Jun 2019, 19:09

We are booked on Oceana for a Dubai cruise in November.
We have an aft mini suite booked so I know we will be happy
with cabin. Have been on all P and O except Oceana so did not
know her at all.

Some friends have just come back from Malta cruise on Oceana and they
were not happy! They say the cabins are small and found the ship difficult
to navigate. They are used to RC and say there is no likeness at all!!
However they were very happy with the dining experience.

So don’t know what to advise, maybe upgrade your cabin if you want to do
Dubai, but loads of other lines now do Dubai. Whatever you decide, have a good one.

We are on Iona next June but having been to the fjords several times we just want to see the new ship!


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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by MarkDS » 04 Jun 2019, 08:40

Thanks for your replies.

Hi and thanks ManOverboard

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by Stephen » 04 Jun 2019, 09:40

Cabins on both Oceana and Iona are small. Personally I don't like Oceana, but we are all different in our likes and dislikes, so perhaps the only way to find out is to try one or the other.

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by david63 » 04 Jun 2019, 10:01

Stephen wrote:
04 Jun 2019, 09:40
Cabins on... Iona are small.
We don't know that yet!


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Post by CaroleF » 04 Jun 2019, 10:21

Silkworm
You'll love your aft mini suite on Oceana, we've been in both the C deck aft minis several times and they are fantastic, so much larger than the midship ones. I can't say that we've found Oceana difficult to navigate but then we've got to know her really well. I can understand someone who's been on RC ships would find Oceana completely different. All I can say is that we've never had a poor cruise on Oceana and really love her.

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by Stephen » 04 Jun 2019, 11:08

david63 wrote:
04 Jun 2019, 10:01
Stephen wrote:
04 Jun 2019, 09:40
Cabins on... Iona are small.
We don't know that yet!

I do.

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by towny44 » 04 Jun 2019, 13:11

Stephen wrote:
04 Jun 2019, 11:08
david63 wrote:
04 Jun 2019, 10:01
Stephen wrote:
04 Jun 2019, 09:40
Cabins on... Iona are small.
We don't know that yet!

I do.
According to cruisemapper Carnivals Mardi Gras's smallest balconies are 170sq ft, the remaining standard balconies are 200 sq ft, I know that cruisedeckplans show Iona's as 150 and 170, but Aidanova's standard balconies are 180 - 240.
So take your pick which you believe.
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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by Stephen » 04 Jun 2019, 13:35

I did get the cabin specs from somewhere, I think it may have been while onboard our previous cruise but didn't get any written datails. However, I did find this, how accurate who knows, but it looks comprehensive in detail.


https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/deckplans/Iona


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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by daib GC » 04 Jun 2019, 21:37

Stephen wrote:
04 Jun 2019, 13:35
I did get the cabin specs from somewhere, I think it may have been while onboard our previous cruise but didn't get any written datails. However, I did find this, how accurate who knows, but it looks comprehensive in detail.


https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/deckplans/Iona
If those are accurate then they are generally in line with Aurora /Oriana and slightly smaller than Arcadia. The suites at 400sf +. 110sf ie over 500sf are bigger than most.

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by towny44 » 04 Jun 2019, 22:44

daib GC wrote:
04 Jun 2019, 21:37
Stephen wrote:
04 Jun 2019, 13:35
I did get the cabin specs from somewhere, I think it may have been while onboard our previous cruise but didn't get any written datails. However, I did find this, how accurate who knows, but it looks comprehensive in detail.


https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/deckplans/Iona
If those are accurate then they are generally in line with Aurora /Oriana and slightly smaller than Arcadia. The suites at 400sf +. 110sf ie over 500sf are bigger than most.
Mind you if cruisedeckplans are correct then Iona's cabins will be bigger than Azura/Ventura, but the same size as Aurora's, although smaller than Britannia's. Which is strange because IMO Azura/Ventura balcony cabins are bigger than all except Arcadia, and Britannia's are smaller than all of them, which sort of suggests that maybe we need to wait and test them ourselves.
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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by daib GC » 05 Jun 2019, 01:17

towny44 wrote:
04 Jun 2019, 22:44
daib GC wrote:
04 Jun 2019, 21:37
Stephen wrote:
04 Jun 2019, 13:35
I did get the cabin specs from somewhere, I think it may have been while onboard our previous cruise but didn't get any written datails. However, I did find this, how accurate who knows, but it looks comprehensive in detail.


https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/deckplans/Iona
If those are accurate then they are generally in line with Aurora /Oriana and slightly smaller than Arcadia. The suites at 400sf +. 110sf ie over 500sf are bigger than most.
Mind you if cruisedeckplans are correct then Iona's cabins will be bigger than Azura/Ventura, but the same size as Aurora's, although smaller than Britannia's. Which is strange because IMO Azura/Ventura balcony cabins are bigger than all except Arcadia, and Britannia's are smaller than all of them, which sort of suggests that maybe we need to wait and test them ourselves.
Those figures certainly show the balconies on Iona to be on the small size , except the stern suites which look much bigger 5/6 times bigger. Nd the suites are all at the stern an a few at the bow and non at midships.

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by Kendhni » 05 Jun 2019, 07:52

MarkDS wrote:
03 Jun 2019, 16:24
Hi all,

We have booked a cruise in Jan 2021 to the Canaries on Iona.

We have since looked and are now thinking of changing and going over to Dubai and doing a 14 day cruise over there.

We have never been on a P & O cruise before, we have been on RC in the past.

What would you all advise, she would stick or twist.

Thanks for any advice.

Mark
Hi MarkDS,
we did the UAE cruise earlier this year (my review is elsewhere on this site) and enjoyed it so much that we have booked it again for 2021. There is just so much to see.

Oceana is not the biggest or most modern of ships, but I have generally found her to be one of the most friendly - something that seems to be diminished in the larger ships.

We have also done RC, and others, while they all have their pros and cons, our favourite remains P&O. One of the reasons is that all the entertainment is geared towards a UK market (whereas on the American lines they are trying to cater for many different nationalities).


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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by MarkDS » 05 Jun 2019, 08:41

Kendhni wrote:
05 Jun 2019, 07:52
MarkDS wrote:
03 Jun 2019, 16:24
Hi all,

We have booked a cruise in Jan 2021 to the Canaries on Iona.

We have since looked and are now thinking of changing and going over to Dubai and doing a 14 day cruise over there.

We have never been on a P & O cruise before, we have been on RC in the past.

What would you all advise, she would stick or twist.

Thanks for any advice.

Mark
Hi MarkDS,
we did the UAE cruise earlier this year (my review is elsewhere on this site) and enjoyed it so much that we have booked it again for 2021. There is just so much to see.

Oceana is not the biggest or most modern of ships, but I have generally found her to be one of the most friendly - something that seems to be diminished in the larger ships.

We have also done RC, and others, while they all have their pros and cons, our favourite remains P&O. One of the reasons is that all the entertainment is geared towards a UK market (whereas on the American lines they are trying to cater for many different nationalities).
Hi,

Thanks for the advice. I will search out your review.

Mark

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by Manoverboard » 05 Jun 2019, 09:21

MarkDS wrote:
05 Jun 2019, 08:41

Hi,

Thanks for the advice. I will search out your review.

Mark
Click the link .... et voila

…. and scroll back up to the top

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by Silkworm » 06 Jun 2019, 19:32

Oh thanks CaroleF, you have put my mind at rest, have never
done an aft cabin let alone on Oceana. Am just looking to book
a couple of nights pre-cruise, PandO seem very helpful in doing this.

I must admit to being surprised when my friends were so not liking
Oceana, but each to his own. Have to try in order to know!

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by Mervyn and Trish » 07 Jun 2019, 12:23

Oceana is a real marmite ship. We don't like her for various reasons, but she's number 1 for many.

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by Manoverboard » 07 Jun 2019, 12:29

We had a mini-suite on her White Sister Adonia, brilliant cabin right on the aft … fingers crossed for some high rollers :lol:

We enjoyed Oceana, particularly one back-to-back, but restricted ourselves to the regular outside cabins.

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by barney » 07 Jun 2019, 14:34

It's been over ten years since we've been on Oceana, but I remember it very fondly.
I particularly liked the point of the two main show venues being at opposite ends of the ship.
I do also remember the cabins being on the small side and the bathroom miniscule, with the lovely 'hugging' shower curtain. :lol:

The cruise that we were on had a lovely atmosphere and I remember Magnums and a barman called Fernando.
He was as camp as a row of tents but what a laugh he had with everyone.
He lifted the bar to another level when he was on shift.


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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by MarkDS » 09 Jun 2019, 00:29

As a group we have decided to change our cruise to the dubai cruise.

Going on the 10th January 2021 for 14 nights.

Thanks to everyone who replied to my post.

Mark

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by Kendhni » 15 Jun 2019, 12:32

Nice one Mark. We go a bit later in the year but it is a fantastic itinerary. if I can help with any information just let me know :)

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Re: Iona or Oceana

Post by Manoverboard » 15 Jun 2019, 15:58

I thought that I had posted about asking if info is required for the Ports, ie DIY vs Tours … seems to have vanished :lol:

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