I’ve recently had the pleasure of embarking on a magnificent Norwegian Fjords Cruise this past September. My partner-in-adventure, Kim, and I were fortunate enough to spend eight spectacular days aboard the P&O Iona. And as you might guess from the title, we’re diving deep into one of the ship’s essentials: water refill stations.
A Sea of Speculation: Are There Enough Water Stations on Iona?
Before we stepped foot on the Iona, our research flagged some travellers’ concerns about the number of free water refill stations on board. But let’s set the record straight: the Iona isn’t just abundant with breathtaking views, top-notch entertainment, and culinary delights. It’s also well-equipped to quench your thirst, ensuring you’re hydrated as you navigate its expansive decks.
Decking Out with Hydration
On our journey through the ship’s nooks and crannies, we uncovered several water refill points, thoughtfully placed across major decks. Here’s a quick run-down:
- SkyDome: Situated in the heart of the ship, the main area of the SkyDome has a station. Perfect for when you’re taking a breather between swimming or catching one of their mesmerising light shows.
- Deck 6: Head over to one of the main corridors on this deck, and you’ll stumble upon a station.
- Deck 8, Theatre Bound: If you’re making your way down towards the theatre, there’s another station on one of the main corridors. Handy for pre-show hydration or post-performance sips.
For a visual aid, we’re adding a snapshot to guide you. But rest assured, these aren’t the only stations available; they’re merely the ones we frequented most.
Bathroom Tap Tidbit
Here’s a fun tip: the taps in your stateroom’s bathroom are more than just for brushing your teeth. You can refill your bottles here too. Admittedly, the water pressure is a tad lower than you might be accustomed to at home. So, if you’re looking to fill a large bottle, it may be a test of patience, taking up to 30 seconds. But hey, it’s a minor trade-off for pristine quality water.
In wrapping up, concerns about the scarcity of water refill stations on the Iona are, in my opinion, unfounded. There’s ample opportunity to hydrate, whether you’re in the heart of the ship or retreating to your room. After all, with an itinerary as packed as ours, from the sea days to the unforgettable ports in Stavanger, Alesund, Olden, and Haugesund, staying refreshed is essential. So, whether you’re about to embark on a similar journey or just daydreaming about it, know that the Iona has got you covered, droplet by droplet!