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What are the Conservatory Mini Suites on Iona?

Iona is the first ship in the P&O Cruises fleet to have Conservatory Mini Suites , bringing the outside into the living area through the additional space. It offers great flexibility and creates a distinctive relaxation and socialising space. 

The Conservatory Mini-suite is an exciting new addition to the choice of accommodation and a signature option on Iona. You won’t find these cabins on any other ship in the P&O cruises fleet (apart from Arvia of course, but that won’t be until December 2022). 

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Conservatory Mini suite on Iona
Conservatory Mini suite on Iona. Photo (c) Richmond International

Each conservatory mini suite includes an L-shaped seating area which can be closed off or left open according to the time of day or mood. For example, in the morning you can keep it closed to enjoy a quiet coffee overlooking the ocean while everyone else is still asleep. 

By day or in the evenings, the room opens out fully onto the balcony. With a direct connection to the sea, the space is cool and shaded – and perfect for chilling out in. 

In the evenings, the ‘conservatory’ space transforms into a spacious environment for private celebrations and socialising over pre-dinner drinks with friends and family. As this space leads directly onto the balcony, all configurations offer glorious seascape views.

How many Conservatory Mini Suites are there on P&O cruises Iona?

There are 95 Conservatory Mini Suites on Iona. Conservatory mini suites are located on Deck 8 and Deck 9 only. Most of the Conservatory Mini Suites are located on Deck 9.

There are 67 Conservatory Mini Suites on Deck 9 and 28 Conservatory Mini Suites on Deck 8. There are no accessible mini suites on Iona.

There are four grades of Conservatory Mini Suites : CV, CW, CY and CZ. The most expensive grade of cabin is the CV grade and the least expensive cabin grade is the CZ grade. This slight pricing difference reflects their location on board rather than any differences in amenities within the cabin.

  • CV grade cabins can be found on Deck 9 Midship
  • CW grade cabins can be found on Deck 9 Mid aft and Deck 8 Mid Forward
  • CY grade cabins can be found on Deck 9 Aft
  • CZ grade cabins can be found on Deck 8 Forward

There are plenty of options to choose from with the Conservatory Mini Suites on Iona. Cabins can sleep between one and 4 people, they are located in different areas of the ship albeit just across 2 decks so whether you prefer your location forward, aft or somewhere in between you will find that there is likely to be a conservatory mini suite in the application.

Iona also features a selection of 20 interconnecting Conservatory Mini Suites which allows larger families of up to 8 people to travel comfortably together in interconnecting cabins.

Conservatory Mini suite on Iona. Photo (c) Richmond
Conservatory Mini suite on Iona. Photo (c) Richmond International

Conservatory Mini Suites best for families

These are the Conservatory Mini Suites which are located at the Aft/Mid Aft (nearest to the Reef Kids Club) and those which also sleep at least 3 people.  Cabin Numbers with * are interconnecting cabins.

Deck 9 MidAft, (CW Cabin Grade)
9605, 9616*, 9619*, 9627, 9628 (sleeps up to 3)
9603, 9606, 9611, 9614, 9617*, 9618*, 9625, 9626, 9629, 9630 (sleeps up to 4)

Deck 9 Aft, (CY Cabin Grade)

9703, 9704*, 9707*, 9708 (sleeps up to 3)
9705*, 9706* (sleeps up to 4)

Conservatory Mini Suites on Iona which sleep 3 people

There are 22 conservatory mini suite cabins aboard Iona which sleep up to 3 people. Conservatory mini suites sleeping up to 3 people include one additional bed in the form of the sofa bed.

There are 15 cabins on Deck 9 and 7 cabins on Deck 8. Cabin Numbers with * are interconnecting cabins.

Deck 9 Midship, (CV Cabin Grade)
9515, 9516, 9524*, 9527*, 9530, 9535

Deck 9 MidAft, (CW Cabin Grade)
9605, 9616*, 9619*, 9627, 9628

Deck 9 Aft, (CY Cabin Grade)
9703, 9704*, 9708, 9707*

Deck 8 MidForward, (CW Cabin Grade)
8309*, 8312*, 8320, 8321

Deck 8 Forward, (CZ Cabin Grade)
8234, 8235, 8239*

Conservatory Mini Suites on Iona which sleep 4 people

There are 35 Conservatory Mini Suites aboard Iona which sleep up to 4 people. There are 22 cabins on Deck 9 and 13 cabins on Deck 8. Conservatory mini suites sleeping up to 4 people include two additional beds; one in the form of the sofa bed, and one in the form of a pulldown bed.

As these 4 berth cabins you might find that they sell quicker than the other cabins so if you do want to book a specific cabin you need to be quick off the mark when itineraries go on sale.

Cabin Numbers with * are interconnecting cabins

Deck 9 Midship, (CV Cabin Grade)
9517, 9518, 9521, 9522, 9525*, 9526*, 9529, 9532, 9533, 9534

Deck 9 MidAft, (CW Cabin Grade)
9603, 9606, 9611, 9614, 9617*, 9618*, 9625, 9626, 9629, 9630

Deck 9 Aft, (CY Cabin Grade)
9705*, 9706

Deck 8 MidForward, (CW Cabin Grade)
8302, 8303, 8306, 8307*, 8310, 8313, 8314*, 8318, 8319

Deck 8 Forward, (CZ Cabin Grade)
8236, 8237*, 8238*, 8241

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Conservatory Mini Suites on Iona that have interconnecting cabins

Interconnecting cabins can be an excellent way for larger family groups of at least 2 adults and 3+ children or groups of up to 8 people to travel together in adjoining cabins. When booking these cabins if travelling with children under 18, it is important to note that at least one adult needs to sleep in each cabin.

There is only one set of interconnecting cabins on Iona which can sleep up to 8 people, (Cabins 8327 & 8239) so if you wish to travel in a group of 8 with interconnecting cabins then I would advise booking these 2 adjoining cabins as soon as they go on sale as they are likely to go quickly. The best way to secure your preferred cabin number is to contact a travel agent. I personally use Emma Otter at Travel Counsellors.

Interconnecting cabins on Iona that can sleep up to 7 people

Deck 9 Midship, (CV Cabin Grade)
9524 (Sleeps 3) & 9526 (Sleeps 4)
9525 (Sleeps 4) & 9527 (Sleeps 3)

Deck 9 MidAft, (CW Cabin Grade)

9616 (Sleeps 3) & 9618 (Sleeps 4)
9617 (Sleeps 4) & 9619 (Sleeps 3)

Deck 9 Aft, (CY Cabin Grade)
9704 (Sleeps 3) & 9706 (Sleeps 4)
9705 (Sleeps 4) & 9707 (Sleeps 3)

Deck 8 MidForward, (CW Cabin Grade)
8307 (Sleeps 4) & 8309 (Sleeps 3) – cabin 8309 is also partially obstructed
9312 (Sleeps 3) & 8314 (Sleeps 4) – cabin 8312 is also partially obstructed

Deck 8 Forward, (CZ Cabin Grade)
8327 (Sleeps 4) & 8239 (Sleeps 3)

Interconnecting cabins on Iona that can sleep up to 8 people

Deck 8 Forward, (CZ Cabin Grade):
Both cabins sleep up to 4 people: 8236 & 8238

Conservatory Mini Suites on Iona which have obstructed views

Interestingly, Conservatory Mini Suites with obstructed views do not seem to be in a lower cabin grade (or price bracket) which means that they are likely to be priced the same as other Conservatory Mini Suites without an obstructed view.

If even the faintest whiff of an obstructed view is likely to bother you, then it might be best to steer clear of the following cabins which are listed as having an obstructed view. From photos of the ship so far these ‘obstructions’ just seem to be one of the Infinity whirlpools located on the Promenade deck rather than a lifeboat (see photo above). However if other guests in a whirlpool in front of your cabin is likely to irritate you then as before it’s best to steer clear of these cabins below.

Cabin Numbers with * are interconnecting cabins

Deck 8 MidForward, (CW Cabin Grade)
8309*, 8310, 8311, 8312*

Conservatory Mini Suites on Iona with balconies visible from the prom deck

The following cabin balconies are located on the prom deck and whilst they are raised up slightly, they are still very much visible from the prom deck. Therefore if you prefer to have a more private balcony then it might be best to book a conservatory mini suite on Deck 9 instead.

It is important to notes that the Conservatory Mini Suites on Deck 8, like all other cabins on Deck 8 do have glass fronted balconies, but these are frosted/obscured glass. (See photo below).

Cabin Numbers with * are interconnecting cabins

Deck 8 MidForward, (CW Cabin Grade)
8301, 8302, 8303, 8304, 8305, 8306, 8307*, 8308, 8309* 8310, 8311, 8312*, 8314*, 8315, 8316, 8317, 8318, 8319, 8320, 8321

Deck 8 Forward, (CZ Cabin Grade)
8234, 8235, 8236*, 8237*, 8238*, 8239*, 8240, 8241

Cheapest Conservatory Mini Suites on Iona

These will be the CZ grade cabins which take up a forward position on the ship. There are only 8 cabins in this grade, and they are located on Deck 8.

The disadvantage with the cabins on this deck is that the balconies are going to be visible from the promenade deck, but if this doesn’t bother you that much, then these are the most cost-effective Conservatory Mini Suites aboard ship.

These cabins also come with the added advantage of some cabins sleeping up to 4 people (see below for cabin numbers) so these cabins can offer a great deal if you book one of these suites when the ‘extra guests sail for £199’ fares, are available.

All cabins are located at the forward area of the ship on the promenade deck. Some are also interconnected so if you don’t like this option, best steer away of booking cabins below marked with ‘*’.

Cheapest Conservatory Mini suites on Iona sleeping up to 3 people
8234, 8235, 8239*

Cheapest Conservatory Mini suites on Iona sleeping up to 4 people
8236*, 8237*, 8238*, 8241

Cheapest Conservatory Mini suites on Iona with interconnected cabins

  • 8236 & 8238 Both cabins sleep up to 4 people
  • 8327 (Sleeps 4) & 8239 (Sleeps 3)
Conservatory Minin Suites with largest balconies on iona
Conservatory Mini Suite Balconies on Iona with additional curved space. (e.g. 8321) Standard Balcony space for comparison.(e.g. 8319)

Conservatory Mini Suites on Iona with the biggest balconies

There are 6 Conservatory Mini Suites on board Iona which have a slightly elongated deck space (see photo above). If additional outdoor space is something you prefer, then the following cabins may be worth looking at.

If privacy is also something which comes high up on your list, then it might be best to opt for the 2 cabins located on Deck 9 instead. All cabins below sleep up to 3 people, with the exception of cabin 9514 which sleeps up to 2 passengers.

Deck 9 Midship, (CV Cabin Grade)
9514, 9515

Deck 8 MidForward, (CW Cabin Grade)
8320, 8321

Deck 8 Forward, (CZ Cabin Grade)
8234, 8235

Conservatory Mini Suites above Sindhu and The Olive Grove
Conservatory Mini Suites above Sindhu

In addition to the cabins listed above, there are some Conservatory Mini Suites on board Iona located on Deck 9 just above Sindhu and the Olive Grove which benefit from a slightly extended balcony (see the photo above) unfortunately this part of the deck does not seem to be accessible to the use conservatory mini suite cabins. 

Cabin Numbers with * are interconnecting cabins

Deck 9 Midship, (CV Cabin Grade)
9519, 9521, 9523, 9525*, 9527*, 9529, 9531, 9533

Deck 9 MidAft, (CW Cabin Grade)

9611, 9615, 9617*, 9619*, 9621, 9623, 9625

It all depends upon your preference, but this feature may entice you or frustrate you, either way it’s good to know what cabins this applies to. See photos above and below for illustration.

Interestingly, the deck plan for Arvia shows these cabins as having a balcony which extends right to the edge. Until we have more photos of the build we won’t know for sure.

Conservatory Mini Suites over The Quays

One thing to bear in mind is that the some Conservatory Mini Suites are located just above The Quays. It’s worth noting that The Quays offers informal dining and promises to be ‘a lively hub for socialising over the food’. As this multi-venue dining option offers everything from morning breakfast through to dinner, it is likely to be busy.

Additionally, The Quays offers outside dining options and as the balconies are located right above these areas you might not find them as quiet or private as others on ship. If this is likely to pose an issue for you then you might wish to steer clear of the following cabins.

Deck 9 Midship, (CV Cabin Grade)
9514, 9516, 9518, 9520, 9522, 9524*, 9526*, 9528, 9530, 9532, 9534, 9536

Deck 9 MidAft, (CW Cabin Grade)
9602, 9604, 9606, 9608, 9610, 9612, 9614, 9616*, 9618*

Conservatory Mini Suites above The Quays
Conservatory Mini Suites above The Quays. (outdoor dining areas marked at 'The Quays) Person for circled in red as size comparison

What is the difference between a conservatory mini suite and a suite on Iona?

Conservatory Mini Suite and full suites (i.e. B grade suites) differ in 4 ways: perks, balcony space, location and price.

Conservatory mini suites do not have the full range of perks and benefits you will find in the B grade suites on board Iona.

Secondly all the Conservatory Mini Suites are located with balconies facing out to the starboard or port sides of the ship. You will not find any Conservatory Mini Suites located overlooking the stern (back) with views of the ships wake or at the bow (front) with balconies facing forward. Iona’s B Grade suites are only located at the bow and right at the aft. There are no Midship Suites on Iona.

As a general rule, the Conservatory Mini Suites have similar deck space as the standard balconies or superior deluxe balconies aboard ship. The B Grade suites have much more deck space in comparison. However when you take into account the additional ‘conservatory’ space within the Conservatory Mini Suites , you do get some additional (albeit) covered deck space.

Finally there is a jump in price between a conservatory mini suite and a B grade suite. While pricing is fluid, for illustrative purposes only I have included the cost of a cabin based on 2 people sharing the lowest grade suite (B4 grade) and the price range of all the grades Conservatory Mini Suites on a 7 night cruise to Western Europe in April 2023 (G308). Both cabins are on a guarantee fare. I’ve also added standard and superior deluxe balcony price ranges for comparison. 

  • £3,098 Suite (B4 grade) £442 per night
  • £2,398 – £2,738 Conservatory Mini Suite (CZ – CV grade) £342 – £391 per night
  • £1,998 – £2,198 Superior Deluxe Balcony (EF – EA grade) £285 – £314 per night
  • £1,658 – £1,918 Standard Balcony (GF – GA grade) £236 – £274 per night
Iona Aft Suite Lounge
Iona Aft Suite Lounge Photo Credit Richmond International

What perks do you get in a Conservatory Mini Suite on Iona?

The best way to think about the Conservatory Mini Suites on Iona, is that they are like mini suites on other ships in the P&O cruise fleet, but with the added inside ‘conservatory’ space. The perks you get are similar to those you will receive in the following grades of cabin on the following P&O ships.

  • Britannia – Superior Deluxe (DA, DB & DC grades)
  • Azura – Superior Deluxe (DA, DB, DD & DE grades)
  • Ventura – Superior Deluxe (DA, DB, DD & DE grades)
  • Arcadia – Mini suite (CB, CD & CE grades)
  • Aurora – Mini Suite (CB & CD grades)

Here’s a quick list of all the P&O cruises mini suite benefits

  • Fresh Fruit in your cabin
  • Mineral Water in cabin
  • Bottle of Champagne in your cabin
  • Box of Chocolates in your cabin
  • Bath Robes and Slippers
  • Fresh flowers in your cabin
  • Daily canapes
  • Inclusive room service
  • Luxurious premier White Company toiletries
  • Spacious lounge area and separate bedroom
  • Use of Atlas, & Binoculars

The following perks ARE NOT AVAILABLE in a conservatory mini suite (these perks are reserved for B4, B5, B6 & BA grade suites only). I have written this post if you want to know more about the perks of suites on P&O cruises fleet.

  • Priority check-in
  • Access to an exclusive hospitality lounge
  • Priority boarding with Ligurian tier guests
  • Exclusive welcome on board reception
  • Priority Tenders (where applicable)
  • Butler service
  • Superior bathroom with full-size whirlpool bath.
  • Coffee machine
  • Breakfast in an exclusive venue
  • P&O branded golf umbrella to use whilst ashore
  • Priority Disembarkation

Keep up to date on further information on Conservatory Mini Suites aboard Iona.

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