Getting Off P&O Iona For Shore Excursions

A Doddle!

by Paul Hadley

Greetings, fellow travellers! Paul here, with yet another tale from our enchanting Norwegian Fjords Cruise aboard the marvellous P&O Iona. Today, I’m diving into the nitty-gritty of what many of you might be pondering – how to hop off the ship for those tantalising shore excursions. And let me tell you, it’s smoother than a pint of stout!

Prep Before You Step

One of the beauties of cruising with P&O is that they’ve got all the paperwork sorted. You see, once you’re aboard the ship, they have your passport details. So, they jolly well handle all the border control fuss for you. Rather spiffy, eh?

The Docking Dance

As you might recall from my previous article about docking procedures, the Iona takes about 45 minutes to an hour to safely embrace the pier. And, once she’s all snug and secure, it’s nearly time for your adventure ashore.

Know Before You Go

You’ll typically be briefed in advance about your shore leave. The crucial bit is to note the time you’re allowed to disembark. And remember, you don’t want to be ‘that person’ sprinting towards a departing ship! So, do make a note of the time you need to be back.

Finding Your Way Out

Finding your exit is easier than locating a pub in London! There are clear arrows, and they’ll also give you a heads-up on whether you’re heading to the port or starboard side.

Scan and Go

At the exit, you’ll need your P&O ID card. A quick scan to register your exit, and Bob’s your uncle – you’re free to roam! This is all for safety, ensuring they’ve a tally of everyone off the ship.

Back on Board

Upon your return, there might be a wee queue. But in our experience, it was never more than a couple of minutes. Security’s tight but efficient, with checks and scans (think airport style). And within moments, you’re back in the heart of the Iona, perhaps debating whether to pop by the bar or the buffet.

In and Out – As Simple As That!

Honestly, Kim and I were pleasantly surprised at how effortless it was to nip on and off the Iona. We often wandered off in the morning, returned for a quick bite on board, and then ventured out again. No fuss, no muss!

So, if you’re pondering over the logistics of shore excursions on your upcoming Norwegian Fjords Cruise itinerary, fret not. P&O Iona has got you covered.

Happy cruising and exploring, folks! And remember, adventure is just a disembarkation away!

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