Below decks, we offer double cabins with en-suite toilet and shower facilities. We have a very comfortable saloon to spend your evenings and a commercial standard galley from where we serve great food.
There are a few caveats to be aware of though!
We carry around 2,000 litres of water on board. Although this sounds a lot, some of our voyages don’t visit ports where supplies are easy to come by and extravagant usage when we have a full compliment of guests, and a longer trip, could leave us short. The skipper will advise you if we need to be more frugal. Your cooperation and support is expected and appreciated, in the interests of everybody on board. It is unlikely that we will be able to offer long showers to all guests, every day.
Our cabins are comfortable but some are a little on the bijou side! Large, rigid suitcases can be difficult to store in the cabins. Soft bags work better. There is also limited storage space so please leave your tuxedos and cocktail dresses at home. We don’t operate a dress code for dinner!
Solo travellers may be required to share a cabin with other solo travellers but we will always ensure that these are single sex. We try and resolve any issues that arise during a voyage but please be aware that our flexibility may be limited by the mix of guests we have on board. Sole travellers are very welcome to book an entire cabin to themselves for a premium but we rarely experience problems and some great friendships have been born from sharing a cabin with a like-minded guest.
Please note that Irene is a sailing vessel and we will be sailing her! If you have ever struggled with sea sickness, please be aware that this could be experienced on Irene. She is a large ship and far more stable than a small, modern yacht but in the wrong conditions, she may roll and this can induce the dreaded ‘mal de mer’.
There are some great ‘off the shelf’ remedies available from pharmacists or talk to your GP if you think that something more serious is required. At its worst sea sickness is debilitating and dangerous. In extreme cases we would need to get you off the ship by lifeboat or helicopter. Far better to plan in advance and bring some preventative measures with you.
We do not allow smoking anywhere on board Irene. The last cigarette that was smoked on board is believed to have caused a serious fire which resulted in Irene burning down to the waterline and sinking. This would put a serious crimp on your holiday! E-cigarettes are fine to be smoked on deck if you regularly indulge.