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Old 10 Sep 19, 10:59 PM  
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All the talk is that they are NOT doing the middle stairwell - its only in refub for 2 weeks and the isn't long enough.
They are replacing sunbeds, carpets and engine scrubbers (for the soot issue!)
Its too expensive to do the middle staircase
My understanding was that there is a central stairwell but itís for staff / emergency use only and that in this refurb they would be tarting it up and making them for general public.

I hope it happens as itís my biggest gripe about an otherwise nice ship.
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My understanding was that there is a central stairwell but itís for staff / emergency use only and that in this refurb they would be tarting it up and making them for general public.

I hope it happens as itís my biggest gripe about an otherwise nice ship.
It's definitely there as we went down it- they opened it for use when the forward stairs was shut due to a helicopter evacuation we had on the first sea day. But it seems like it would be a big job to covert it to passenger use!

It was annoying not to have the central staircase but we could live with it as our cabin was forward. If you had a midships cabin I can see it being a pain in the bum.
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It's definitely there as we went down it- they opened it for use when the forward stairs was shut due to a helicopter evacuation we had on the first sea day. But it seems like it would be a big job to covert it to passenger use!

It was annoying not to have the central staircase but we could live with it as our cabin was forward. If you had a midships cabin I can see it being a pain in the bum.
Yes - they are definately there!

We were midships and only about 5 cabins from the midships stairwell
I just used to think of the extra steps to our cabin as extra food
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My understanding was that there is a central stairwell but itís for staff / emergency use only and that in this refurb they would be tarting it up and making them for general public.

I hope it happens as itís my biggest gripe about an otherwise nice ship.
They wont as its too big a job to do in the 2 weeks they have to do all the work in.
Plus its too expensive.
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Great feedback we are doing our first ever cruise in July on P&O Iona can I ask how much was the cooking classes if you donít mind x
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We did the exact same itinery on Britannia in June. It was our first cruise so don't have much to compare it to.
I agree about the food and service in the MDR, it was quite hit and miss and we were quite underwhelmed. We enjoyed all the ports including Olden where we went kayaking in the morning and then on the Loen skylift. It was a very expensive day!
I'm not sure cruising is for us, it just didn't really do it for us. Maybe P&O wasn't the best choice for us, we found it a bit formal and staid.
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Great feedback we are doing our first ever cruise in July on P&O Iona can I ask how much was the cooking classes if you donít mind x
I think we paid £35 each in advance for the Macarons class, on board they were charging £45. Some classes were more expensive especially if any of the 'food heroes' were hosting them- we had Eric Lanlard on board and I think his was really pricey which I guess is justified!
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We did the exact same itinery on Britannia in June. It was our first cruise so don't have much to compare it to.
I agree about the food and service in the MDR, it was quite hit and miss and we were quite underwhelmed. We enjoyed all the ports including Olden where we went kayaking in the morning and then on the Loen skylift. It was a very expensive day!
I'm not sure cruising is for us, it just didn't really do it for us. Maybe P&O wasn't the best choice for us, we found it a bit formal and staid.
If you ever do try cruising again I bet NCL would be a good fit for you. No formal nights, minimal dress codes, all freedom dining and no old fashioned cruise traditions! Definitely a younger more fun vibe than P&O
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Originally Posted by SquishTheWhale View Post
I think we paid £35 each in advance for the Macarons class, on board they were charging £45. Some classes were more expensive especially if any of the 'food heroes' were hosting them- we had Eric Lanlard on board and I think his was really pricey which I guess is justified!
we did the family class. Off the top of my head it was £45 for the child and the adult was free.
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I am thinking of booking the Fjords cruise on the Iona next August. As you say the prices are really good and nothing else comes close.
But I've cruised before with Royal Caribbean, NCL and Disney and loved them all, so I'm worried I'm going to be disappointed. The ship is a big part of the holiday for me and we love all the quizzes, game shows etc. that the American cruise lines do, will there be enough to do on P and O?
The cruise is for my 50th Birthday and asked other family members to join us, so we are trying to keep the cost down, but would I be better to stick with what I know (RC or NCL) and pay a bit (or a lot) more?
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