Iona dining focus: a fantastic world of food

Discover a whole world of exceptional dining on board our Excel class ship Iona. With modern British classics and flavours from around the globe, including menus inspired by your cruise holiday destinations, Iona is sure to excite even the pickiest of palates.

Dining options on Iona

As Iona is a Freedom Dining ship, you can cast aside routine to dine in her restaurants at a time that suits you and sit wherever you choose.


If you’ve got a day of exploring ahead of you, you’ll want to kick-start your morning with the most important meal of the day. On Iona, you’ll find an array of buffet options in Horizon Restaurant or you can enjoy more bespoke breakfast menus in Coral, Opal, Aqua or Pearl Restaurants. Staying in a Suite? Then don’t miss out on a luxurious breakfast experience in The Epicurean, The Glasshouse or Sindhu. Or why not just sleep in and let us bring breakfast in bed to you at no extra charge?


From hearty grills to tasty snacks, there’s a tempting lunchtime option for every midday appetite on Iona. Soak up stunning vistas from Taste 360 as you tickle your taste buds with speciality dishes from our Local Food Heroes. Or stop by The Glass House for a light bite as you watch the world go by in Iona’s luminous Grand Atrium. Whether it’s a relaxing meal with the family or a quick bite before you take a dip in the pool, there’s a lunch for every occasion on Iona.


Whatever your cruise holiday itinerary, you can go on the ultimate food journey every evening on board Iona. With exquisite dishes in elegant surroundings, dining experiences don’t come any finer than dinner at The Epicurean. While at The Olive Grove, you can taste your way around the southern and eastern Mediterranean with authentic dishes. And in The Keel & Cow, you’ll be able to try what we think is the best burger at sea – The Prime Minister. So, what do you fancy for dinner?

All-day dining

From healthy to decadent, from hearty to delicate, there’s a menu and a venue for every mood and appetite on Iona. Not only are mouth-watering dining options available around the clock, including vegan, vegetarian, low-sugar and gluten-free options, but each meal brings a moment to relish. So, whether you’re looking to dress up for dinner in a chic restaurant or simply pick up a slice of poolside pizza… you’ll find it all on Iona.


Chic and special

Whether you’re celebrating a certain occasion or simply keen to indulge in an extra-special foodie experience, these restaurants have the wow factor. Settle into chic surroundings, enjoy flawless service and take your pick from delicately crafted, delectable dishes.

The Epicurean

Dining experiences don’t come any finer than Epicurean. Marvel as each exquisite dish, inspired by classic British ingredients and given a modern twist by expert chefs, is presented at your table. The experience is complete with fine wines, flawless service, elegant surroundings and stunning ocean views.

The Chef’s Table

Don your finery for an exclusive evening of fine dining. On Celebration Nights, The Chef’s Table celebrates British and regional cuisines with a unique menu created by Marco Pierre White and wine selected by Olly Smith.

Served with entertainment

Visit one of these unique venues and you might be treated to the sounds of a lively cabaret band or a solo singer during a sumptuous three-course dinner. Or you could hear secrets from the career of a famous chef while watching them create a mouth-watering meal.

The Limelight Club

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: a themed multi-course menu is served at intervals throughout the show.

Contempory flavours

From light bites to decadent dinners, there’s a menu for every appetite. You’ll find traditional British favourites and exotic world flavours available throughout the day, as well as special dishes created by our Food Heroes.

The Keel and Cow

From breakfast till late, this is the place to relax with friends, beautifully crafted gastropub food and a fine collection of draught and bottled beers and craft ales. Will it be our signature burger, classic fish and chips, pie and mash or a prime steak from the dry-aging cabinet? Hard choices. Great food.


Prepare your taste buds for a flavour-filled adventure. In stylish and sumptuous surroundings, Sindhu’s expert chefs will take you on a delicately spiced odyssey that celebrates the best of contemporary Indian cuisines. You can also make a date on sea days to enjoy a delicious tiffin-style lunch.

The Glass House

Sit back with a glass of specially selected wine as daring aerial artists perform before your eyes. This welcoming and sophisticated wine bar boasts a prime spot in the Grand Atrium, a cracking selection of world wines hand-picked by wine expert Olly Smith and delicious food.

Where our Local Food Heroes’ dishes will feature on board

The Glass House

On Iona’s holidays to Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands, The Glass House will host an authentic Spanish tapas menu, created by renowned Spanish chef, José Pizarro. With ingredients and recipes unique to the region, you can taste the flavours of your holiday in the stylish surroundings of The Glass House.

The Epicurean

On Iona’s holidays to the Norwegian Fjords, the flavours of the region will spring to life in The Epicurean with a six-course taster menu created exclusively for Iona by Local Food Hero and award-winning chef, Kjartan Skjelde. A champion of Norwegian fine dining and local produce, Kjartan is bringing Nordic fine dining on board.

Main restaurants

On Iona’s holidays to the Norwegian Fjords, you can enjoy authentic, home-style Norwegian dishes across the menus of the main restaurants. These will be created exclusively for Iona and bring the region alive on board.

Taste 360

One of Iona’s signature venues, Taste 360 is a street food style dining experience on deck, where you can take in the panoramic views while trying different flavours from around the globe with our rotating menus. José will create exciting Spanish flavours for Iona’s holidays to Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands.

Fresh and informal

From buffets to poolside snack bars, these casual spots are the perfect places to stop by and tuck into a tasty bite. With options available all day and even late at night, you can enjoy delicious dishes whenever you feel peckish.

The Olive Grove

Everyone loves the sunshine, and here we serve it up, Mediterranean style, all day long. Pull up a chair and take your pick from the region’s iconic favourites, from Spanish paella to Moroccan lamb tagine and grazing boards of tasty regional specialities –all perfect for enjoying with friends and family.

Horizon Restaurant

Whatever you fancy, whatever the time of day, head for the Horizon Restaurant. The all-day dining venue offers an incredible variety of food from home and around the world to suit every appetite and dietary need. The self-service restaurant is spacious, elegant and relaxed, with ocean vistas on the side.

The Quays

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. It’s all about flexible, fun, family-friendly food – the perfect place for a quick snack, light lunch or informal dinner.

The Beach House

For relaxed dining, this family favourite always gets the thumbs up. Easy does it for Caribbean and Southern American classics with a playful twist. From hanging kebabs and sizzling cook-your-own steaks to delectable chocolate fondues, you’ll want to dive right in.


Find scoopfuls of holiday happiness at this family-friendly gelateria. Snowflake Luxury Gelato blends the best of British and Italian cultures in a range of artisan flavours. A traditional cone with your choice of toppings? A gelato afternoon tea, cookie or sundae? With so many treats, you’re sure to be back for more.

Family favourites

Bring your whole clan for great food and good times. Munch on burgers and hot dogs by the pool, sit down for a family meal to mark a special occasion, or head to the early children’s tea to enjoy healthy options and treats for all tastes.

Family favourites

Family favourite dining venues: Horizon Restaurant, Taste 360, The Beach House, The Olive Grove, The Quays, Hook, Line & Vinegar, Fusion, The Boardwalk, Ripples


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