The Adonia is a great little ship with a fantastic crew and quality service. The food was excellent and as I have a medical dietary need I was advised by the wonderful head waiter Clifford on what was available, I even had cakes at the chocoholic afternoon tea and wonderful puddings! The destination was the western Mediterranean with a twist. Yes we visited Lisbon, Valencia, Barcelona, Livorno etc but with a small ship we were able to berth in smaller interesting ports such as Sete, Tangier and Propriano in Corsica. These ports were to us the highlights of the cruise. We woke up to the most magnificent view in Propriano right by the town. It was truly beautiful and the mooring in Sete was right on the waterfront with easy access to this lovely picturesque town.
As Adonia is small you must realise that the buffet restaurant, the Conservatory, is not open every evening and that dress code is in place across the ship after 6pm. It is a very traditional ship and in our 17 nights we had 5 formal nights. It was great to see everyone dressed up and even on smart casual nights there were some very smart outfits around. With the Conservatory not being available as an alternative as on bigger ships beware if you do not want to join in the black tie evenings as one couple found to their cost. We ate a couple of times at the Grill the speciality restaurant and found it excellent well worth the surcharge, unlike other ships we have been on.
The cabins may be a little on the small side and the showers even smaller but unless you are really not very mobile this should not make things difficult. In fact the effectiveness of the cabin steward and the luxurious feel of the cabins more than made up for the size.
The entertainment was good but different with the 5 amazing Headliners who performed shows both together and separately The tenor Gary was especially good. We also had guest speakers on a whole variety of topics but the best was Sue Holderness ( Marlene from fools and horses ) who not only did the story of her acting career but a great talk on the history of navigation watches linked obviously to the fortune gained by Del and Rodney in only fools. Films too were available in the Curzon lounge which was the venue for most of the entertainment
We missed the last port La Coruna because of a 8-9 force storm. The ship was fine in these winds although I must admit I couldn't face dinner that night but many people made it!
The majority of our fellow cruises were in an older age group and at times it felt a little overpowering and we are retired! There were too the typical whingers who seemed to be determined to spoil their holiday by constantly complaining about everything from the amount of walking (on a walking tour) to the lack of balance of the knives ( yes really ) and everything in between. However the vast majority of our fellow passengers were friendly, chatty and great to be with.
The Adonia is for you if you want a feel of a luxury country hotel/ gentleman's club with traditional furniture and charm. There were no queues, always sunbeds available and everything relaxing and low key. If you want high activity, lavish shows, a casino or a cinema - it's not for you.
We really enjoyed our cruise on Adonia and visited some good destinations in a comfortable and friendly little ship