23/08/2011...11:41 am

What to expect from P&O’s new Adonia

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While any chance to cruise to Norway’s fjords is a trip worth taking, one aspect of this voyage that piqued my curiosity was the ship itself. Adonia is the latest ship to join the P&O fleet – and notice, I didn’t say newest.

Formerly under sail for Princess Cruises, Adonia joined P&O this past May. An adult-only vessel, which is particularly nice at this time of year, which is the height of the family holiday season, it’s got a number of things going for it, such as:

Carrying just 710 passengers, it’s small enough to offer an intimate cruise experience and yet large enough to have a full-fledged spa, variety of alternative restaurant venues, and range of bars and lounges.

Quite a contrast to the newer ships entering the British market – with their flashy décor, raucous entertainment and family-friendly ambience – Adonia marks a return to a more genteel style of cruising.

Its small size means that the ship can sail far from the madding crowds. Some of the ports we’re visiting on this cruise, such as Skjolden, Bodo, and Alta, are so off the mainstream cruisiing menu I have barely been able to find any information about them, and I couldn’t resist the call at Honningsvag — and a chance to visit the very top of Europe, the North Cape.

Best of all, it looks like Cruise Critic members who’ve already had the chance to sail on Adonia are liking what they’re seeing. I loved this comment from Elaine Tavner’s “First cruise since the Dunera in 1966!,” member review:

“After years of being snootily cruise-averse since “hair shirt” schools cruise in the 60s, we took the plunge to celebrate our 60th birthdays…. On the whole…we would warmly recommend Adonia and are already looking at the brochures and dreaming….”

Join us on our week-long journey through the Norwegian fjords on P&O’s Adonia.

What are members saying about Adonia?

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1 Comment

  • After reading the comments ref the Adonia I have to agree 95% with statements made.
    However, the entertainment does leave a lot to be desired. For example on our last night the show at 8.30 and 10.30pm was a classical concert. I enjoy classical music and the pianist was excellent but not at 10.30 pm after dinner and not the last night on board!!!
    During the cruise I have to say that the entertainers on board were excellent when we had them but the cruise director needs to listen to the passengers as to what is wanted. Most days most of the attractions were ‘non hosted’. Andersons a great bar had musc 2 nights, even some background music would have been great. The last week the topic of conversation at the lunch time seemed to be the lack of appropriate entertainment for the passengers, I have to say I did not raise the subject but when asked gave my opinion.
    The cruise director is much revered by P & O but after crusing on most of the P & O ships she could not and would not be able to cope on for example Arcadia or Oriana.
    We really enjoyed Adonia, the ship, facilities, crew, food etc but the holiday was badly let down by the lack of suitable entertainment.

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