Destination: The Amazon is an AMAZing place to visit. You need to see it for yourself.
The P&O Adonia is the friendliest ship I have sailed on. The passengers and crew rapidly created a true community atmosphere, particularly values as I am a solo traveller. Adonia's size makes everything conveniently accessible, with sufficient space and good temperature control.
Staff: VERY courteous and friendly staff, whose smile reached their eyes. The best I have encountered on 6 cruises in 12 months. Cruise director: EXCELLENT.
Cabin: Good space, comfortable bed and bedding, White Company toiletries. Tea, coffee and biscuits facilities. Free bottled water on arrival. Fridge convenient.
Dining: Table stewards EXCELLENT. Head waiter: very helpful. Wine waiter: good sense of humour. Meals six courses, good range (frequent steak, excellently cooked), portions rather too large to have all courses. Petits fours with the coffee. Informal dining facility good with set tables and service. Range of informal buffets Indian, Thai, International, British, Italian. Select dining Marco Pierre White and Sorrento (Italian). Dress code of formal, informal and casual nights.
Room service: Breakfast reliably delivered at the early part of the selected half hour slot. Other meals limited choice but mostly free of charge.
Entertainment: Good range of the usual quizzes, line dancing, deck sports - winners' points cumulative for better prizes (incl DAB radio) - shows and cabarets, lounge music, lectures and recent films as well as TV. News, crossword and sudoku (too easy), jigsaws and games. Good library. Plus ongoing bridge, dancing and art courses. Sailaways from every port. Deck parties. Crossing the Equator. Village Fete: 15 events involving staff from all the ship's departments with top prize of Marco Pierre White dinner for 2 and visit to the bridge for 2.
Photographers: Ran courses to enhance our skills, accessible and helpful. 'Stock photos' and video (high quality souvenir representative of ship life and ports) very affordable but individual photos Â£9.95 each.
Shore visits: Resort information on all 12 ports visited handed out at the start of the sector to give you plenty of time to explore/compare excursions versus independent exploration. Information generally good (a few inaccuracies). Talks on each port by speakers and by excursion staff repeated on loop on TV. Excursions varied - in some places I felt they were contrived, but many passengers expected something to be arranged for them, either because of reduced mobility or because they did not have the confidence to explore independently. My three (Manaus forest and river, Boi Bamba show, Rio full day) were excellent. It was Carnival in Brazil which added to the special atmosphere but it caused some closures of churches etc.
Services for singles: Coffees, and 'Travelling alone together' meetings on each shore day to ensure no one had to go ashore alone who did not want to.
Facilities: Laundry good. I never had to wait - but may have chosen good times.
Gratuities very reasonable Â£3.10, no expectation of extra and no gratuities on drinks
Embarkation/Disembarkation Very well handled. On departure day there was a free tour and dinner for those who were due at the airport at 9pm.
Value for money: The solo supplement is always a problem, but with the 'getaway fare' I achieved good value for money. At couples' rates it's a steal!
Downsides: INTERNET EXPENSIVE AND SLOW and inadequate lighting for jigsaw table.