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Well this will get the Threads buzzing. Four Freedom Dining Venues & NO Club Dining. Wait for "This is the End of the World" replies!.

Well at the risk of being a cliche..

 

I'm disappointed that they're not going to have Club dining on board. Then again, I don't think that I'll be going on Iona. And yes dear P&O, I am in the demographic that you are aiming at...

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I must say that if I were remotely interested in sailing with 5000+ other pax in the first instance, the lack of Club Dining would put me off - especially when travelling solo. If P&O do want to sell this ship to solo travellers, I feel they will need to up their game on what they offer us in terms of hosted events etc.

 

To my eyes, there is nothing 'Grand' about the images of the "Grand Atrium". Even the individual venue spaces look somewhat dull and boring. A Gastro-pub called the "Keel & Cow"? Whoever came up with that bizarre name...

 

Club 710 sounds an interesting venue - but will they be charging for it I ask?

 

I'm quite glad that I have never been excited about this new ship.

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Well this will get the Threads buzzing. Four Freedom Dining Venues & NO Club Dining. Wait for "This is the End of the World" replies!.

 

Don't like the "No club Dining' bit but will probably give it a go.

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Don't like the "No club Dining' bit but will probably give it a go.

We prefer freedom dining so no problem for us.

I wonder if P&O have looked at the statistics of how many do freedom as opposed to club and made their decisions on that.

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Yes, looks like they are going for the dull, bland, boring look again!

I have likened the Britannia atrium to a John Lewis department store, unfortunately the Iona video reminds me more of a motorway service area.

I don't see any mention that club dining has been scrapped.

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Where does it say that there is no Club dining? I’m not doubting, just that I didn’t see it in the blurb I have just read.

 

I am also wondering if they might have a dedicated dining venue for suite passengers, much as they do for breakfast? I believe that other cruise lines offer such things whereas benefits for P&O suite passengers are quite minor.

 

Having just returned today from Arcadia, where we had an excellent aft corner wrap suite, we thought we might give one a go on Iona (having had a poor experience in one on Britannia), but I see that there is a public area directly underneath (as there is for much of the side of the ship) which puts me off, as I would worry about late night noise (we like being forward or aft as these locations are quieter). Our daughters (both in their 20’s) are keen to try Iona as they missed the facilities of Britannia when we were on Arcadia (as, I have to say, we did).

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Don't like the "No club Dining' bit but will probably give it a go.

Could you please enlighten us on the source of this information.

My previous reply was based on the assumption it was mentioned online but I have looked and can't see any reference.:confused:

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Here's what the Grand Atrium will look like...

 

O7VzevRovzE

 

I'd happily kill a martini or two in there ;p

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I love the look of the atrium. Love the big ships with lots to do and lots of space to do it in. But, as a previous poster said, I too would be put off if no club dining as a solo traveller.

I am always glad when first night questions are over. I couldn't put up with them every night!!

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The source was from a well known TA in the East Midlands. The E-Mail was obviously from P&O & listed all the Dining Venues including the info on Freedom Dining only in the 4 Main Dining Venues.The TA may have "jumped the gun" by issuing the info but it was genuine.

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The source was from a well known TA in the East Midlands. The E-Mail was obviously from P&O & listed all the Dining Venues including the info on Freedom Dining only in the 4 Main Dining Venues.The TA may have "jumped the gun" by issuing the info but it was genuine.

Thanks for that information, yes it does appear to be correct.

 

I have just looked on our TA website and I have copied the following information from an official P&O article that they feature.

 

 

"A P&O Cruises First, Iona will exclusively offer Freedom Dining in the main restaurants. This puts guests in the driving seat, giving them the flexibility to dine with friends and family any time from 6–9pm. At peak times, a pager will alert them when the table is ready so there’s time to relax with an aperitif."

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Royal Caribbean tried freedom dining only, it didn't last long.

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Royal Caribbean tried freedom dining only, it didn't last long.

NCL only offer freedom dining.

 

However, the wording implies freedom dining is in the four MAIN restaurants. To me, that leaves room for speculation that there may be a smaller club dining restaurant. But, that could be wishful thinking on my part.

 

I can only hope that they put some system in place for solo travellers to eat together as I believe there is on NCL.

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Gah that quote is full of PR bluff "Puts guests in the driving seat" puh-lease.. trying to make it sound like having a set evening dining time is such a hardship.

 

 

 

I've never done Freedom, what's stopping you booking 18:30 every night of the cruise?

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Well at the risk of being a cliche..

 

I'm disappointed that they're not going to have Club dining on board. Then again, I don't think that I'll be going on Iona. And yes dear P&O, I am in the demographic that you are aiming at...

 

I like the traditional cruising experience and am also in the demographic P&O are aiming for, so this news is disappointing. Let's hope they don't role it out across the fleet...

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Gah that quote is full of PR bluff "Puts guests in the driving seat" puh-lease.. trying to make it sound like having a set evening dining time is such a hardship.

 

 

 

I've never done Freedom, what's stopping you booking 18:30 every night of the cruise?

You can't book a time on Freedom Dining.

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However, the wording implies freedom dining is in the four MAIN restaurants. To me, that leaves room for speculation that there may be a smaller club dining restaurant. But, that could be wishful thinking on my part.

The thought did cross my mind too, but it'd require common sense thinking from the planning department....

 

 

I like your idea though. A small Club dining room of say 1,000 guests wouldn't be too hard to do would it?

Freedom would be the default, with Club available on request when booking. Only downside I can see is that it'd probably be oversubscribed.

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You can't book a time on Freedom Dining.

So it's just walk up then?

 

Guess that takes some of the faff away, but I don't want to sit around waiting. Hence why I prefer Club dining.

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The thought did cross my mind too, but it'd require common sense thinking from the planning department....

 

 

I like your idea though. A small Club dining room of say 1,000 guests wouldn't be too hard to do would it?

Freedom would be the default, with Club available on request when booking. Only downside I can see is that it'd probably be oversubscribed.

If it was over subscribed I could see them using that as an excuse to charge for it. 😉

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I like the traditional cruising experience and am also in the demographic P&O are aiming for, so this news is disappointing. Let's hope they don't role it out across the fleet...

Glad I'm not the only one then! haha :D Sad to say though, I fear we're in the minority on this.

 

And if they want Iona to be the Freedom exlcusuve ship, then they are more than welcome to do so. This does not need to be fleetwide.

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If it was over subscribed I could see them using that as an excuse to charge for it. 😉

Dang it, I'd not even though of that! And you know they would. I't probably be called the 'Vintage Cruise Dining Experience in association with this Celebrity Chef".

Ughh..

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I wonder why P&O has chosen to provide travel agents with significantly more information on Iona than they care to release themselves, presuming that said travel agent hasn’t violated an embargo? Strange approach.

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I wonder why P&O has chosen to provide travel agents with significantly more information on Iona than they care to release themselves, presuming that said travel agent hasn’t violated an embargo? Strange approach.

 

 

 

I think this is now general knowledge as a member of crew who does a blog has given much more detail.

 

 

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Coincidentally I have just received an email from our TA with lots of information regarding IONA.

The following refers to the dining options which you may find informative and useful.

 

 

Dining aboard Iona, P&O Cruises



 

Iona will offer guests unprecedented levels of quality and flexibility when it comes to food and drink. The exciting array of options combines brand-new dining and drinking concepts with much-loved signature venues to give new meaning to the word ‘choice’. With 29 different venues to choose from, there’s something for everyone, whatever their mood, at any time of day and night.

 

A P&O Cruises First, Iona will exclusively offer Freedom Dining in the main restaurants. This puts guests in the driving seat, giving them the flexibility to dine with friends and family any time from 6–9pm. At peak times, a pager will alert them when the table is ready so there’s time to relax with an aperitif.

Other P&O Cruises Firsts include two brand-new dining concepts and a new live music venue.

 

The Quays is an exciting foodie piazza offering a great range of self-service and takeaway venues and a lively atmosphere for sociable dining. Within The Quays, a host of new dining venues showcasing cuisines from around the world will create a vibrant buzz – from American diner classics to Asian fast-food favourites. Another foodie first is The Keel and Cow, a fabulous British gastropub serving hearty pub fare. The 710 Club serves up live music and stylish cocktails: the perfect combination to let the good times roll long into the night.

 

Of course, it’s not just about the new. Iona also celebrates the best P&O Cruises dining and drinking traditions with favourites such as Brodie’s, The Crow’s Nest, The Epicurean, Sindhu and The Beach House, along with pool bars and a pizzeria and grill.

 

Iona brings iconic P&O Cruises stars and new trends in food and dining under one fabulous roof.

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The 710 Club

 

Deck 6

It’s all about the music at The 710 Club. The secret haven – exclusively for adults – is the perfect spot in which to relax and enjoy the musical atmosphere, day or night. During the day, it’s a retreat from the hustle and bustle, offering something a little different. At night, it transforms into a sophisticated venue hosting a diverse range of top-class singers and bands tailored to British tastes: acoustic covers, ‘impromptu’ performances, classic and modern jazz, swing, Rat Pack, modern and acoustic rock music will feature. The 710 Club offers a fun and lively atmosphere, and is sure to captivate guests night after night.

The Keel and Cow

 

Deck 8

The Keel and Cow is an unpretentious gastropub, where food and drink have been crafted into something truly special. Located on deck 8, it offers a quick and convenient breakfast for those going ashore, and lunchtimes bring top-quality, authentic gastropub fare to the fore, with dishes such as a signature beef and stout burger, beer-battered fish and triple-cooked chips, black-pudding scotch eggs and more. At night, guests can gather with friends to enjoy hearty dishes or select from a range of steaks from the dry-ageing fridge. With views over the Grand Atrium or out to sea, or even to the chefs at work in the open galley, The Keel and Cow is the perfect place to bring friends and family together to enjoy delicious food, real hand-pumped ales and a great selection of craft ales in a relaxed, informal environment.

The Quays

 

Deck 8

Head to The Quays for informal dining options to suit every mood. This multi-venue dining piazza offers an amazing array of eateries and restaurants and is a lively hub for socialising over food and watching the world go by. There’s a fun street-food atmosphere with plenty of buzz, theatre and colour adding to the beachfront promenade vibe. With access onto the Promenade Deck, outdoor dining is available too. It’s all about flexible, fun, family-friendly food – the perfect place for a quick snack, light lunch or informal dinner.

 

With such a choice of foodie venues, The Quays will hit the hunger spot, from morning breakfasts to late-night snacks. New dining concepts found in The Quays include:

 

• The Boardwalk Diner (all-day, self-service): American classics meet Southern soul food with an all-day menu including chargrilled burgers, hot dogs, eggs over easy, southern-fried chicken with a side of slaw and so much more. Head on over for informal fast-food dining from breakfast until dinner.

 

• Fusion (all-day, take-away): Fusion is a hot spot for lovers of authentic Asian flavours. Offering take-away dishes all day, enjoy an odyssey around South East Asia in a relaxed and casual environment.

 

• Hook Line and Vinegar (all-day, self-service): For seaside hunger cravings at lunch or dinnertime, nothing beats traditional British fish and chips. Think crispy battered fish, calamari, fish burgers, scampi, crab cakes – all served with chips and mushy peas.

 

• The Olive Grove (restaurant, lunch and evening service): With a strong focus on food provenance, The Olive Grove celebrates the flavours of the southern and eastern Mediterranean with authentic dishes and sharing platters. Mouthwatering aperitifs and a well-chosen list of regional wines completes the menu and adds to the relaxed dining experience. The Olive Grove is the ideal venue for intimate dinners for two or a celebratory family meal – with options to eat in the restaurant or in the conservatory area.

Eric Lanlard's Afternoon Tea

 

Deck 17

For the ultimate daytime indulgence, Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea is an on-board experience not to be missed. His unique twist on this classic British institution elevates the humble afternoon tea into something utterly decadent. As expected from the imagination of master pâtissier Eric Lanlard, delicious savoury and sweet surprises adorn each tempting cake stand, all served with a wide array of speciality teas.

Andersons

 

Deck 6

By day, Andersons is a quiet lounge bar with a library for browsing – the ideal spot for reading and relaxation. By evening, it becomes the place for before or after-dinner drinks – the main dining restaurants are located next door. The atmosphere is intimate, stylish and sociable with the feeling of a private members’ club. The exciting focal point of Andersons is a boutique gin distillery. Situated to the side of the bar, the statement piece in shining copper champions the art of artisanal gin. Guests will gather around it for masterclasses and gin tastings. Andersons is a must for connoisseurs in search of the finest tipples.

Beachcomber Pool and Bar

 

Deck 18

Situated to the fore of the ship, the Beachcomber Pool and Bar area offers plenty of space to relax in the sun and shade. The bar will rustle up a wide range of much-loved cocktails while guests relax and soak up the sunshine.

Brodie’s and Casino

 

Deck 7

Brodie’s, the much-loved British pub, is a sociable place where a good time is guaranteed. It boasts the ship’s largest range of British and international bottled beers, ciders and real ale. There’s a great selection on tap too, not to mention a well-stocked wine menu and tasty traditional British bar snacks such as pork scratchings, peanuts and crisps.

During the day, Brodie’s hosts quizzes and live sport. By night, it’s a popular spot for live entertainment, karaoke, quizzes and game shows. And don’t forget the adjacent Casino, which offers the latest gaming technology and games to suit all pockets, for novices and experts alike.

Crystal Bar and Laguna Bar

 

Deck 16

These poolside bars offer a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and are perfectly placed for al fresco refreshment when relaxing by the pool or enjoying fun activities such as sail-away parties. Both bars are located in the SkyDome.

Emerald Bar

 

Deck 6

For evening glamour, the stylish Emerald Bar in the Grand Atrium is the cocktail hotspot, thanks to its relaxed living-room feel and a Covent Garden-style buzz. With a large menu of premium cocktails, it’s an ideal location for pre-dinner drinks or as a late-night bar. From mid-morning, the space will host pop-up entertainment such as buskers and musical performances. From the early evening, guests will be treated to aerial circus performances. Whatever the time of day or night, spectacular sea views add to the unforgettable ambience.

Horizon Restaurant

 

Deck 16

The all-day self-service buffet is the perfect option for casual, flexible dining. The elegant design adds to the relaxed and easy atmosphere. Whatever the time of day or night, Horizon offers a wide range of tempting dishes, from traditional British favourites to foods from around the globe. Catering to a wide range of dietary requirements, vegetarian dishes, gluten-free choices and healthier eating options are all available. To top it off, all meals come with the best panoramic ocean views on the ship.

Main dining restaurants: Pearl, Coral, Aqua and Opal

 

Decks 6 and 7

All four main dining restaurants will offer Freedom Dining. This allows guests to enjoy dining with little more sense of occasion, and the flexibility to dine with chosen companions at a time that suits them. Although the surroundings are elegant in each restaurant, the atmosphere is always relaxed and welcoming with sittings for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

All Main Dining venues will also host the popular Gala Nights with a special Gala menu devised by P&O Cruises Food Hero Marco Pierre White.

Each of the restaurants has a distinctive design and style. Although grand in scale, the dining rooms will include more intimate areas with low balustrades and atmospheric mood lighting.

The largest, Pearl and Coral, are located on decks 6 and 7 respectively at the aft of the ship – and combine to make one large dining space over two levels. Here, the dining space spanning both decks is glazed full height with a feature staircase and uninterrupted views over the ocean. Aqua and Opal are smaller restaurants, located port and starboard side respectively.

Gelateria

 

Decks 8

Located at the top of the Grand Atrium at the entrance to The Quays, and with access to the Promenade Deck, this is an informal and family-friendly gelateria serving scoops of modern Italian-style gelato in addition to premium tea and coffee. Guests can enjoy their goodies in the Gelateria or take them away to savour on the Promenade Deck.

Sindhu

 

Decks 16

Visit Sindhu to be treated to authentic Indian cuisine with a British twist. This Select Dining favourite offers a menu that is a triumph of perfectly balanced spices, delicate flavours and wonderful aromas. Dining amidst its sumptuous fabrics and opulent décor is a treat for the senses and an experience not to be missed.

SkyDome Pizzeria and Grill

 

Decks 16

For peckish moments at any time of day, deck 16 is the place to go for fresh oven-baked pizzas and grilled goodies such as top-quality burgers and classic fish and chips. The food venue will also offer more global flavours with popular street foods from around the world.

Sunset Bar

 

Decks 8

At the aft end of the Promenade Deck, the Sunset Bar is the best place to enjoy a sundowner at the end of the day, with easy access to The Club House and its chilled evening vibe. By day, it’s equally atmospheric with cooling sun canopies to relax under and drink in the sea views.

Sundaes

 

Decks 16

For happy holiday treats, Sundaes in the SkyDome is perfect for all the family with a wide range of ice cream favourites to choose from.

The Beach House

 

Decks 16

In the evenings, the forward section of Horizon Restaurant transforms into a fun and informal Select Dining venue, The Beach House. Inspired by South American, Caribbean and Stateside cuisines, the menu offers hearty dishes and comfort-food favourites. Highlights include the steaks, ribs, grills and burgers, hanging kebabs and a range of sharable sides. Save space for the decadent and delicious desserts.

The Club House

 

Decks 8

This flexible venue leads out into the aft end of the Promenade Deck to offer relaxing inside and outside spaces. It’s a bright, spacious, multi-purpose lounge by day – ideal for afternoon entertainment and family fun. By night, it transforms into a modern live-lounge and late-night disco, offering entertainment and dancing long into the night. The extensive bar area inside serves drinks and bar snacks.

The Crow’s Nest

 

Decks 17

The iconic observation lounge is a well-established feature of the fleet. Offering panoramic views of the ocean in a relaxed, modern and elegant setting, it’s a delightful spot for daytime reveries and reading. In the evening, the venue becomes a sophisticated cocktail lounge with a live pianist adding to the nostalgic sense of style. Located adjacent to The Epicurean, it’s a popular spot for aperitifs or after-dinner drinks, and relaxed socialising into the night.

The Epicurean

 

Decks 17

The Epicurean offers a gastronomic blend of classic and contemporary fine dining in elegant surroundings with uninterrupted sea views. The mood in this Select Dining restaurant is refined and intimate: impeccable service, crisp white tablecloths and a premium wine list complement the extraordinary food.

The focus is on provenance. Dishes are made with the finest and freshest local produce and prepared with great skill, fusing the best modern British and destination culinary traditions. The simple ingredients are the stars of the show. A Chef’s Table and a private dining area for up to eight guests provide further opportunity for special occasions and celebrations.

The Glass House

 

Decks 7

Created by award-winning wine expert and P&O Cruises Food Hero Olly Smith, The Glass House is for lovers of fine wine and great food. The premium wine bar boasts an impressive wine list curated by Olly and offers a sophisticated environment in which to enjoy breakfast, a light lunch, a leisurely glass of wine or an evening meal with family or newfound friends. Wine connoisseurs are well taken care of: Cellar Door at The Glass House offers wine talks, tastings and wine-pairing dinners. It’s in prime position to enjoy the Grand Atrium’s aerial performances, as well as magnificent views out to the horizon.

The Limelight Club

 

Decks 6

This supper-club venue is a fixed favourite. After the daytime dancing classes, The Limelight Club is the place to be for adult-only evening dining and entertainment. The club exclusively hosts established and emerging vocalists and is the dedicated venue for resident performers and the house band. As the entertainment gets underway, guests enjoy a unique dining experience: it starts with a welcome drink before a themed multi-course menu is served at intervals throughout the show. After the performances, the bar is open to all and becomes a lively late-night hotspot.

Vistas Café Bar

 

Decks 6

Located in the heart of the Grand Atrium, Vistas is a warm and welcoming café with a buzzing atmosphere. Serving premium tea, coffee and snacks, as well as tempting treats from P&O Cruises Food Hero and master pâtissier Eric Lanlard, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing pit stop while looking at fabulous ocean views or watching the world on ship go by.

In the evenings, it’s an ideal spot for an after-dinner coffee or wind-down tea. From mid-morning there will also be pop-up entertainment, and from early evening impromptu aerial circus performances will add to the drama and excitement of the Grand Atrium space.

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Coincidentally I have just received an email from our TA with lots of information regarding IONA.

 

The following refers to the dining options which you may find informative and useful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dining aboard Iona, P&O Cruises



 

 

 

Iona will offer guests unprecedented levels of quality and flexibility when it comes to food and drink. The exciting array of options combines brand-new dining and drinking concepts with much-loved signature venues to give new meaning to the word ‘choice’. With 29 different venues to choose from, there’s something for everyone, whatever their mood, at any time of day and night.

 

 

 

A P&O Cruises First, Iona will exclusively offer Freedom Dining in the main restaurants. This puts guests in the driving seat, giving them the flexibility to dine with friends and family any time from 6–9pm. At peak times, a pager will alert them when the table is ready so there’s time to relax with an aperitif.

 

Other P&O Cruises Firsts include two brand-new dining concepts and a new live music venue.

 

 

 

The Quays is an exciting foodie piazza offering a great range of self-service and takeaway venues and a lively atmosphere for sociable dining. Within The Quays, a host of new dining venues showcasing cuisines from around the world will create a vibrant buzz – from American diner classics to Asian fast-food favourites. Another foodie first is The Keel and Cow, a fabulous British gastropub serving hearty pub fare. The 710 Club serves up live music and stylish cocktails: the perfect combination to let the good times roll long into the night.

 

 

 

Of course, it’s not just about the new. Iona also celebrates the best P&O Cruises dining and drinking traditions with favourites such as Brodie’s, The Crow’s Nest, The Epicurean, Sindhu and The Beach House, along with pool bars and a pizzeria and grill.

 

 

 

Iona brings iconic P&O Cruises stars and new trends in food and dining under one fabulous roof.

 

iona-rule.jpg

 

The 710 Club

 

 

 

Deck 6

 

It’s all about the music at The 710 Club. The secret haven – exclusively for adults – is the perfect spot in which to relax and enjoy the musical atmosphere, day or night. During the day, it’s a retreat from the hustle and bustle, offering something a little different. At night, it transforms into a sophisticated venue hosting a diverse range of top-class singers and bands tailored to British tastes: acoustic covers, ‘impromptu’ performances, classic and modern jazz, swing, Rat Pack, modern and acoustic rock music will feature. The 710 Club offers a fun and lively atmosphere, and is sure to captivate guests night after night.

 

The Keel and Cow

 

 

 

Deck 8

 

The Keel and Cow is an unpretentious gastropub, where food and drink have been crafted into something truly special. Located on deck 8, it offers a quick and convenient breakfast for those going ashore, and lunchtimes bring top-quality, authentic gastropub fare to the fore, with dishes such as a signature beef and stout burger, beer-battered fish and triple-cooked chips, black-pudding scotch eggs and more. At night, guests can gather with friends to enjoy hearty dishes or select from a range of steaks from the dry-ageing fridge. With views over the Grand Atrium or out to sea, or even to the chefs at work in the open galley, The Keel and Cow is the perfect place to bring friends and family together to enjoy delicious food, real hand-pumped ales and a great selection of craft ales in a relaxed, informal environment.

 

The Quays

 

 

 

Deck 8

 

Head to The Quays for informal dining options to suit every mood. This multi-venue dining piazza offers an amazing array of eateries and restaurants and is a lively hub for socialising over food and watching the world go by. There’s a fun street-food atmosphere with plenty of buzz, theatre and colour adding to the beachfront promenade vibe. With access onto the Promenade Deck, outdoor dining is available too. It’s all about flexible, fun, family-friendly food – the perfect place for a quick snack, light lunch or informal dinner.

 

 

 

With such a choice of foodie venues, The Quays will hit the hunger spot, from morning breakfasts to late-night snacks. New dining concepts found in The Quays include:

 

 

 

• The Boardwalk Diner (all-day, self-service): American classics meet Southern soul food with an all-day menu including chargrilled burgers, hot dogs, eggs over easy, southern-fried chicken with a side of slaw and so much more. Head on over for informal fast-food dining from breakfast until dinner.

 

 

 

• Fusion (all-day, take-away): Fusion is a hot spot for lovers of authentic Asian flavours. Offering take-away dishes all day, enjoy an odyssey around South East Asia in a relaxed and casual environment.

 

 

 

• Hook Line and Vinegar (all-day, self-service): For seaside hunger cravings at lunch or dinnertime, nothing beats traditional British fish and chips. Think crispy battered fish, calamari, fish burgers, scampi, crab cakes – all served with chips and mushy peas.

 

 

 

• The Olive Grove (restaurant, lunch and evening service): With a strong focus on food provenance, The Olive Grove celebrates the flavours of the southern and eastern Mediterranean with authentic dishes and sharing platters. Mouthwatering aperitifs and a well-chosen list of regional wines completes the menu and adds to the relaxed dining experience. The Olive Grove is the ideal venue for intimate dinners for two or a celebratory family meal – with options to eat in the restaurant or in the conservatory area.

 

Eric Lanlard's Afternoon Tea

 

 

 

Deck 17

 

For the ultimate daytime indulgence, Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea is an on-board experience not to be missed. His unique twist on this classic British institution elevates the humble afternoon tea into something utterly decadent. As expected from the imagination of master pâtissier Eric Lanlard, delicious savoury and sweet surprises adorn each tempting cake stand, all served with a wide array of speciality teas.

 

Andersons

 

 

 

Deck 6

 

By day, Andersons is a quiet lounge bar with a library for browsing – the ideal spot for reading and relaxation. By evening, it becomes the place for before or after-dinner drinks – the main dining restaurants are located next door. The atmosphere is intimate, stylish and sociable with the feeling of a private members’ club. The exciting focal point of Andersons is a boutique gin distillery. Situated to the side of the bar, the statement piece in shining copper champions the art of artisanal gin. Guests will gather around it for masterclasses and gin tastings. Andersons is a must for connoisseurs in search of the finest tipples.

 

Beachcomber Pool and Bar

 

 

 

Deck 18

 

Situated to the fore of the ship, the Beachcomber Pool and Bar area offers plenty of space to relax in the sun and shade. The bar will rustle up a wide range of much-loved cocktails while guests relax and soak up the sunshine.

 

Brodie’s and Casino

 

 

 

Deck 7

 

Brodie’s, the much-loved British pub, is a sociable place where a good time is guaranteed. It boasts the ship’s largest range of British and international bottled beers, ciders and real ale. There’s a great selection on tap too, not to mention a well-stocked wine menu and tasty traditional British bar snacks such as pork scratchings, peanuts and crisps.

 

During the day, Brodie’s hosts quizzes and live sport. By night, it’s a popular spot for live entertainment, karaoke, quizzes and game shows. And don’t forget the adjacent Casino, which offers the latest gaming technology and games to suit all pockets, for novices and experts alike.

 

Crystal Bar and Laguna Bar

 

 

 

Deck 16

 

These poolside bars offer a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and are perfectly placed for al fresco refreshment when relaxing by the pool or enjoying fun activities such as sail-away parties. Both bars are located in the SkyDome.

 

Emerald Bar

 

 

 

Deck 6

 

For evening glamour, the stylish Emerald Bar in the Grand Atrium is the cocktail hotspot, thanks to its relaxed living-room feel and a Covent Garden-style buzz. With a large menu of premium cocktails, it’s an ideal location for pre-dinner drinks or as a late-night bar. From mid-morning, the space will host pop-up entertainment such as buskers and musical performances. From the early evening, guests will be treated to aerial circus performances. Whatever the time of day or night, spectacular sea views add to the unforgettable ambience.

 

Horizon Restaurant

 

 

 

Deck 16

 

The all-day self-service buffet is the perfect option for casual, flexible dining. The elegant design adds to the relaxed and easy atmosphere. Whatever the time of day or night, Horizon offers a wide range of tempting dishes, from traditional British favourites to foods from around the globe. Catering to a wide range of dietary requirements, vegetarian dishes, gluten-free choices and healthier eating options are all available. To top it off, all meals come with the best panoramic ocean views on the ship.

 

Main dining restaurants: Pearl, Coral, Aqua and Opal

 

 

 

Decks 6 and 7

 

All four main dining restaurants will offer Freedom Dining. This allows guests to enjoy dining with little more sense of occasion, and the flexibility to dine with chosen companions at a time that suits them. Although the surroundings are elegant in each restaurant, the atmosphere is always relaxed and welcoming with sittings for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

 

All Main Dining venues will also host the popular Gala Nights with a special Gala menu devised by P&O Cruises Food Hero Marco Pierre White.

 

Each of the restaurants has a distinctive design and style. Although grand in scale, the dining rooms will include more intimate areas with low balustrades and atmospheric mood lighting.

 

The largest, Pearl and Coral, are located on decks 6 and 7 respectively at the aft of the ship – and combine to make one large dining space over two levels. Here, the dining space spanning both decks is glazed full height with a feature staircase and uninterrupted views over the ocean. Aqua and Opal are smaller restaurants, located port and starboard side respectively.

 

Gelateria

 

 

 

Decks 8

 

Located at the top of the Grand Atrium at the entrance to The Quays, and with access to the Promenade Deck, this is an informal and family-friendly gelateria serving scoops of modern Italian-style gelato in addition to premium tea and coffee. Guests can enjoy their goodies in the Gelateria or take them away to savour on the Promenade Deck.

 

Sindhu

 

 

 

Decks 16

 

Visit Sindhu to be treated to authentic Indian cuisine with a British twist. This Select Dining favourite offers a menu that is a triumph of perfectly balanced spices, delicate flavours and wonderful aromas. Dining amidst its sumptuous fabrics and opulent décor is a treat for the senses and an experience not to be missed.

 

SkyDome Pizzeria and Grill

 

 

 

Decks 16

 

For peckish moments at any time of day, deck 16 is the place to go for fresh oven-baked pizzas and grilled goodies such as top-quality burgers and classic fish and chips. The food venue will also offer more global flavours with popular street foods from around the world.

 

Sunset Bar

 

 

 

Decks 8

 

At the aft end of the Promenade Deck, the Sunset Bar is the best place to enjoy a sundowner at the end of the day, with easy access to The Club House and its chilled evening vibe. By day, it’s equally atmospheric with cooling sun canopies to relax under and drink in the sea views.

 

Sundaes

 

 

 

Decks 16

 

For happy holiday treats, Sundaes in the SkyDome is perfect for all the family with a wide range of ice cream favourites to choose from.

 

The Beach House

 

 

 

Decks 16

 

In the evenings, the forward section of Horizon Restaurant transforms into a fun and informal Select Dining venue, The Beach House. Inspired by South American, Caribbean and Stateside cuisines, the menu offers hearty dishes and comfort-food favourites. Highlights include the steaks, ribs, grills and burgers, hanging kebabs and a range of sharable sides. Save space for the decadent and delicious desserts.

 

The Club House

 

 

 

Decks 8

 

This flexible venue leads out into the aft end of the Promenade Deck to offer relaxing inside and outside spaces. It’s a bright, spacious, multi-purpose lounge by day – ideal for afternoon entertainment and family fun. By night, it transforms into a modern live-lounge and late-night disco, offering entertainment and dancing long into the night. The extensive bar area inside serves drinks and bar snacks.

 

The Crow’s Nest

 

 

 

Decks 17

 

The iconic observation lounge is a well-established feature of the fleet. Offering panoramic views of the ocean in a relaxed, modern and elegant setting, it’s a delightful spot for daytime reveries and reading. In the evening, the venue becomes a sophisticated cocktail lounge with a live pianist adding to the nostalgic sense of style. Located adjacent to The Epicurean, it’s a popular spot for aperitifs or after-dinner drinks, and relaxed socialising into the night.

 

The Epicurean

 

 

 

Decks 17

 

The Epicurean offers a gastronomic blend of classic and contemporary fine dining in elegant surroundings with uninterrupted sea views. The mood in this Select Dining restaurant is refined and intimate: impeccable service, crisp white tablecloths and a premium wine list complement the extraordinary food.

 

The focus is on provenance. Dishes are made with the finest and freshest local produce and prepared with great skill, fusing the best modern British and destination culinary traditions. The simple ingredients are the stars of the show. A Chef’s Table and a private dining area for up to eight guests provide further opportunity for special occasions and celebrations.

 

The Glass House

 

 

 

Decks 7

 

Created by award-winning wine expert and P&O Cruises Food Hero Olly Smith, The Glass House is for lovers of fine wine and great food. The premium wine bar boasts an impressive wine list curated by Olly and offers a sophisticated environment in which to enjoy breakfast, a light lunch, a leisurely glass of wine or an evening meal with family or newfound friends. Wine connoisseurs are well taken care of: Cellar Door at The Glass House offers wine talks, tastings and wine-pairing dinners. It’s in prime position to enjoy the Grand Atrium’s aerial performances, as well as magnificent views out to the horizon.

 

The Limelight Club

 

 

 

Decks 6

 

This supper-club venue is a fixed favourite. After the daytime dancing classes, The Limelight Club is the place to be for adult-only evening dining and entertainment. The club exclusively hosts established and emerging vocalists and is the dedicated venue for resident performers and the house band. As the entertainment gets underway, guests enjoy a unique dining experience: it starts with a welcome drink before a themed multi-course menu is served at intervals throughout the show. After the performances, the bar is open to all and becomes a lively late-night hotspot.

 

Vistas Café Bar

 

 

 

Decks 6

 

Located in the heart of the Grand Atrium, Vistas is a warm and welcoming café with a buzzing atmosphere. Serving premium tea, coffee and snacks, as well as tempting treats from P&O Cruises Food Hero and master pâtissier Eric Lanlard, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing pit stop while looking at fabulous ocean views or watching the world on ship go by.

 

In the evenings, it’s an ideal spot for an after-dinner coffee or wind-down tea. From mid-morning there will also be pop-up entertainment, and from early evening impromptu aerial circus performances will add to the drama and excitement of the Grand Atrium space.

 

 

 

 

I was about to post that. :). :)

 

 

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I was about to post that. :). :)

 

 

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Ha,Ha, great minds think alike !!!

Although, unfortunately at my age not so great. :D

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I hope they offer some long itineraries. It will take about a month to try everything!:)

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I hope they offer some long itineraries. It will take about a month to try everything!:)

I think nearly ‘everything’ is extra cost and as we are Scrooge’s, we don’t do extra cost, so it won’t take us long to try everything that is free!

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Royal Caribbean tried freedom dining only, it didn't last long.

That's because it wasn't true freedom dining. They had four different restaurants each with a fixed menu that changed weekly. They overcomplicated the concept. They still do (real) freedom dining on all their ships. NCL is all freedom dining. I always choose it, no matter what line I'm on, whether I'm travelling solo or with friends. I'm really looking forward to trying out Iona. It'll be interesting to compare her with the Symphony of the Seas on which I had a ball

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We tend to stay away from new ships but we think we will book a cruise on Iona. If this is the way P&O are going it will be good to give it a try. We're a bit of a captive audience as we don't fly and P&O offer the best value for money and range of itineraries from different ships from the UK as well as sailing all year round.

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We've been looking at the latest images of the new ship and to be honest we are disappointed with the new atrium. It has so much promise but just looks dull !

The other areas are okish but the fact that it all seems to be going in the same direction of those huge RCI ships makes me despair.

 

Originally we were horrified by the size of the ship but have been trying really hard to like her .... but this time it just isn't working.

 

To me some part of P&O as a brand has to capture the cruise tradition. I'm NOT saying that change isn't right and we loved Britannia. I just don't get how this fits in with P&O and its heritage in any way, shape or form.

 

Seems like Carnival want to completely change the way that P&O is going.

 

Very sad to us.

 

We will continue to watch out for cruises on Oceana and make sure that we make the most of it all before P&O sell her off and the line has no real identity any more.

 

Incidentally, we are booked on the Celebrity Edge for 2019. Now that is a ship with a cutting edge (if you excuse the expression). The reveals re her interiors and cabins knock spots off Iona... and she isn't a massive ship ... hallelujah !

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I don't think the atrium is the main event, so to speak. There's still the central dome area - that might be more of a wow moment when it is revealed.

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I do wonder how using the atrium as a ‘venue’ will impact passenger flow around the ship. It’s difficult enough trying to get past the stalls of tat that regularly appear and the people who decide that the middle of a walkway is a good place to stop for a chat!

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Good point, I guess we won't really know until the AIDANova launches - but that's only if she and Iona will have the same configuration in the central dome.

 

 

It'd be very short sighted of them to create a space that means you have to go out of your way to get from A-B.

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Good point, I guess we won't really know until the AIDANova launches - but that's only if she and Iona will have the same configuration in the central dome.

 

 

It'd be very short sighted of them to create a space that means you have to go out of your way to get from A-B.

 

 

 

Remember the central dome is where the main swimming pool is on the top decks. It is not a thoroughfare.

 

 

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Remember the central dome is where the main swimming pool is on the top decks. It is not a thoroughfare.

 

 

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Ah, thanks daiB. I was thinking it was the mega atrium as I thought that I had read that it was going to occasionally be used for events of some description.

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I only posted the two images, but you can see the suite and conservatory on the P&O site.

 

 

 

To be honest, I think the cabin decor looks really nice. No too OTT.

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