I Went to the 710 Club on P&O’s Iona: Here are 5 Reasons You Should Go Too

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If you’re planning on cruising on P&O’s Iona or Arvia, I would definitely advise anyone to try out the 710 Club. It’s Gary Barlow’s very own venue!

On a recent visit aboard P&O’s Iona, I had the opportunity to visit the 710 Club, which was great. It’s a carefully curated space that brings together music enthusiasts and those searching for a refined atmosphere. The 710 Band were performing along with singer Maddie Wright.

In addition, Gary Barlow, the man himself, was there to share his insights about the club’s role in showcasing new musical talents, highlighting the club’s commitment to quality entertainment and its potential as a platform for emerging artists.

So, if you are going on a P&O cruise, here’s why I think you should visit the 710 club, too. Here are my top tips to make sure you don’t miss out.

Three men engaged in a casual performance at the 710 Club on P&O’s Iona, with one speaking into a microphone and the others listening intently, in a cozy setting with vibrant stage lighting, musical instruments in the background, and a relaxed audience vibe.

1. Unique Atmosphere and Design

The 710 Club is renowned for its sophisticated and exclusive atmosphere, making it a standout venue aboard P&O’s Iona and Arvia. Designed with a comfortable aesthetic, it offers a setting that enchants guests from the moment they step inside. With its carefully considered layout and soft, ambient lighting, the intimate space ensures a personal and immersive entertainment experience that is hard to find elsewhere on the ship. 

The club’s attention to detail, from the plush seating arrangements to the state-of-the-art sound system, enhances the overall experience, providing an ideal backdrop for enjoying the live performances that the 710 Club is celebrated for. 

2. Top-Tier Live Music

One of the highlights of the 710 Club is its live music performances. The club offers a vibrant and dynamic entertainment options featuring talented musicians and genres. From jazz nights to contemporary hits, the quality of performances here is unmatched, providing a memorable experience for all music lovers.

Being married to a musician sets my quality level quite high. So I was delighted when listening to the 710 Band and Maddie; they were fabulous.

3. Curated Drinks Menu

The 710 Club boasts a curated drinks menu, including Gary Barlow’s own wine and Negroni’s. I’m not a big drinker, but I really enjoyed the drinks on offer.

I tried Gary Barlow’s Rose Wine, which was sweet. Secondly, I tried one of his Negronis, which is a cocktail made of equal parts gin, vermouth rosso, and Campari served on the rocks with an orange slice or orange peel. At first, I wasn’t sure, as it wasn’t like anything I had tried before. But after a few sips, it really grew on me, and I really enjoyed it.

4. A Social Hub for Meeting New People

With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, the 710 Club is an excellent spot for meeting new people. The club attracts a diverse crowd, from couples enjoying a romantic night out to groups of friends looking for a sophisticated space to unwind. 

A smiling guest takes a selfie at the 710 Club on P&O’s Iona, with the club's ambient purple lighting and musical stage setup softly blurred in the background, capturing the essence of an enjoyable evening onboard.

5. Exclusive Events and Themed Nights

The 710 Club is not just about live music and cocktails; it also hosts a variety of themed nights and special events. From retro music evenings to guest musicians, something exciting always happens. 

The illuminated entrance sign of 'The 710 Club' on P&O's Iona, with a signboard reading 'Sorry, we're full right now,' indicating a bustling scene within the exclusive venue, reflecting the club's popularity among guests.

Top Tip: To Make Sure You Don’t Miss Out

As soon as you’re onboard and connected to the ship’s Wi-Fi, use the My P&O Cruise app to book your visit to the 710 Club. The club operates on a first-come, first-served basis, and, given its popularity, slots fill up quickly. 

The key to getting a reservation is speed. Once onboard, plan to book your visit as early as possible. However, some have reported that the earliest you can book is 4 p.m. on your departure day.

If you weren’t able to book in advance, don’t lose hope. Sometimes, last-minute cancellations or no-shows. Check the app regularly for any newly available slots, or consider visiting the club shortly before a performance to see if there are any available seats.

Be prepared to queue if you’re aiming for a walk-in spot due to missed reservations. This is a common scenario because of the venue’s limited seating and high demand. Arriving early can improve your chances of getting in, as a queue usually forms before showtimes.

If the 710 Club is fully booked and you can’t secure a spot, remember that P&O’s Iona and Arvia are bustling with live music and entertainment options. While the 710 Club offers a unique atmosphere, the ship provides a variety of other venues featuring live performances.

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