We returned from the Maiden voyage on the Adonia on 07th June 2011. We were under the impression that the ship had been fully re furbished but sadly it wasn't. The main areas were lovely, very clean and smart: everything you would expect from P & O; however the ship had only been painted on the outside whilst in the Caribbean for approx: 15 days and the refurb to the main areas took place during the 10 day journey back to Southampton before the launch.
When we arrived the re fit was still going on: carpets still hadn't been hoovered and the staff were exhausted!!The ship fitters were still packing away their tools....
The cabins were still being made up when we arrived: the staff were fabulous as usual; a few were a little 'sweaty' to say the least as many passengers had pointed out!
When we were finally allowed to our cabins we were shocked: they only had new curtains, no re fit, same carpets etc and the smallest bathroom I had ever seen: we were so disappointed to say the least, the wardrobes were tiny and we had to stack clothes on the chair otherwise they would have had to have stayed in the suitcases.
The balcony was so tiny, lots of passengers were complaining but to be honest it wasn't the size that bothered us but the fact that they were dirty, paint splashed all over the flooring and the sliding balcony glass door: we had a dirty ashtray on the balcony all during the holiday and we don't smoke!!
The food was really good and the staff were excellent: one of the men on reception was quite rude when I asked him how to order soft drinks for the room he replied 'we are not a bar, see your cabin steward'. Our cabin steward Arlindo was fantastic, what a nice man, very helpful, very good at his job, well done..
The staff in the crows nest were so funny, they made our cruise...
To conclude.. the Adonia is for the very mature, we were one of the youngest at 50+, we have been on the bigger P & O ships and we prefer them, however the Adonia can sail to some fantastic places that some of the larger ships cannot.
Congratulations to the P & O staff for their faultless service yet again. Would we return... NO, sorry!!
Jill & Dave Antley