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This was to be our first Christmas Cruise, and, our last onboard our beloved Adonia, We were married aboard her three years ago by Captain Sahra Breton. We decided to pay the extra money and upgrade to Virgin Upper Class - VS9940. ... Read More
This was to be our first Christmas Cruise, and, our last onboard our beloved Adonia, We were married aboard her three years ago by Captain Sahra Breton. We decided to pay the extra money and upgrade to Virgin Upper Class - VS9940. On arrival at the Virgin Upper Class desk, we were informed that we had to be taken downstairs to find the P & O Representative to complete a health questionaire. We were escorted in the 'Service Lift' with ALL our luggage to find your representative? We were then checked in at the 'Economy' Desk', and, left to make our own way BACK to Virgin Upper Class desk!! Why could the Health Questionnaire forms not have been left for us to fill in at the Virgin Desk? It then took nearly 25 minutes to go through the Virgin Express security? The mainstream security lanes were passing through security quicker than us? Not the most satisfactory of starts to our Virgin Upper Class experience! Virgin have been informed of this, and, replied with a standard customer service response e-mail? Once on board Adonia, we were sadden to see how tired she was looking compared to 3 years ago. Certain areas of the ship had thread-bear/ fraying carpets, worn out/faded chairs, tables with chips and scratches. I'm afraid our cabin faired no better. Cupboards that would stick and not close, a bedside cabinet with a door that was falling off, and, a leaking fridge? Our en-suite had leaking taps and silicone which had turned black, hooks on the back of the door that kept falling off and a shower curtain with mould on? It was blantently obvious that Adonia was overdue for a complete re-fit. ASHORE TOURS Curacao - Island Highlights. This was excellent. Informative, interesting and a real taster as to what life was like on this Caribbean island. Aruba - Island Tour and Semi Submarine. The tour guide was extremely judgemental, and did nothing but complain about the neighbouring islands. She had VERY strong political views regarding how hard done by Aruba had faired with the political unrest? We were informed as to where all the 'A list' celebrities had houses on the island, but, very little about its history. On transferring to the Semi Submarine, things went from bad to worse. Instead of learning about the marine life and the history of the sunken German submarine, we were sung 'jingle bells' and played music from the movie 'Jaws' accompanied by her interpretation of fish sounds !! It was also difficult to see out of the sub windows as they were filthy dirty? I can only conclude that this level of tour is aimed at the American tourist market? Antigua - Island Sights, Shirley Point & Nelsons Dockyard. This tour resembled a school class outing for 8 year olds? Basic information regarding the island, i.e. "on the right are cows.....on the left greens are grown.....this is known as Agriculture! On reaching Shirley Point we were told the full history regarding the building of Eric Clapton's house, and, the money he ploughed into Antigua, but, once again, nothing of the history of this area? Nelsons Dockyard was steeped in history. After a VERY brief talk regarding the dockyard, we were given a watered down rum punch and left to our own devises. On return back to Adonia I feared for our lives? The roads are full of pot holes, and our driver took it upon himself to drive one handedly whilst holding a microphone and sing to us, and, answer his mobile phone! The grand finale, was, not being allowed to exit the tour bus until we were sung the Antigua national anthem. Once again this tour is aimed at the American tourist market? Martinique - Island Sights and Beach. The tour guide was excellent, she had obviously done her homework, and knew exactly how to pitch the tour to the English market, and not insult our intelligence. However, when we reached the beach, it was NOT the description of the wide golden sands we had signed up for on this tour, or anything like the photographs. This is an infringement of the Trades Description Act! Instead, it was a narrow and dirty beach beside a campsite. Nothing was open, and facilities non-existent. The poor tour guide shared our views, and said she was embarressed to be bringing us to this beach. She informed us that even the Martinique's never came to this spot. She showed us on her phone some of the beautiful beaches on the Island. The only reason she HAD to bring us here was that it was political? On return to Adonia, we cancelled our further planned excursions, and informed Reception how deeply upset we were. I was then contacted by a Matthew Howard to arrange a meeting regarding our complaints. On meeting Matthew, he informed us that he was a troubleshooter for Carnival, and had been bought onboard to try and sort out, and resolve, the problems being experienced onboard Adonia? We had a very constructive meeting with Matthew, during which I highlighted what we were experiencing, and, also informed him of our disappointment regarding the standard of entertainment, as it resembled more of a 'hi de hi' holiday camp theme, rather than a luxury Christmas cruise? Matthew was very professional, and duly noted our valid points. He assured us that the level of entertainment WOULD improve, and that he would investigate our tours. He asked to have a follow-up meeting with us before disembarking for feedback as to how our cruise had improved. To date, I have yet to hear from him to arrange such meeting? Our flight home faired slightly better. We were dumped in the upperclass lounge which resembled 'Subways' !! This lounge was full to brimming, some passengers had to sit on the floor due to there not being enough seats available? Food was sparse, the caterers simply could NOT keep up with the demand for food? To top it all off, our flight was delayed by a hour, whilst we sat on the plane, waiting for paperwork to be finalised? In conclusion, this felt very much like a P & O budget cruise. The entertainment was second rate compared to our previous two cruises, Adonia looked shabby, and, the tours were not of a high standard. The only saving grace was the P & O crew. Their service was over and above the call of duty, ensuring, we had a happy Christmas cruise. At ALL times they were polite, courteous, and offering a first class service. They are a credit to P & O. We currently have a World Cruise booked for January 2019. After this experience, that is hanging in the balance as to wether or not we shall proceed with it? Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Embarkation slow. Small ship in reasonable condition. Decor ok if a little beige. Ships entertainment group were quite good as were some of the guest singers. The comedian was non comedic and I can't find adequate, printable ... Read More
Embarkation slow. Small ship in reasonable condition. Decor ok if a little beige. Ships entertainment group were quite good as were some of the guest singers. The comedian was non comedic and I can't find adequate, printable words to describe the awful pantomime. Food quality started off badly and improved sufficiently after some complaints. No complaints about the crew, all were very polite and helpful. Shore excursions were ok but expensive for the short time they took. P & O have stated that because the Adonia is being sold, the last 6 months cruises will be extra special. What were they like before ?? This is the third P & O cruise we have done and was not up to those taken on the Arcadia or Oriana. I don't think we will trouble them with any more bookings, unless of course we get a cheap (half price) deal at the last minute. Otherwise, Cunard here we come. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Chose this cruise as we wanted an adult cruise over Christmas. I must congratulate P and O on taking penny pinching to a new level. The food was hardly ever hot, just luke warm, EVERY night we had to ask for extra vegetables, they tried to ... Read More
Chose this cruise as we wanted an adult cruise over Christmas. I must congratulate P and O on taking penny pinching to a new level. The food was hardly ever hot, just luke warm, EVERY night we had to ask for extra vegetables, they tried to get away with 3 sprouts for Christmas Dinner. One night my wife ordered New England Clam Chowder, only to find that the "clams" were actually chicken (we are still waiting for an explanation). Considering we were in the Caribbean, apart from the evening meal, the only ice cream available was a very small tub for over £2. P and O excursions were a total rip off. Thankfully we did our own thing, (as did many fellow passengers) we enjoyed longer days out, visiting more places at usually half the advertised P and O price. We were constantly reminded by staff that if our trip was late back, the ship would not wait. Every trip we booked we asked to be back 2 hours before departure, and due to very heavy traffic once we were back 1 3/4 hours before. More scare mongering by P and O. Some entertainment was very good, some not so. The cabin was fine, as was the cabin steward. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Have been on this ship twice before for Christmas cruise. Previous experiences much better than this one. The entertainment was awful, the food not much better and the ship had a downcast air about it, as it is reported that the Adonia ... Read More
Have been on this ship twice before for Christmas cruise. Previous experiences much better than this one. The entertainment was awful, the food not much better and the ship had a downcast air about it, as it is reported that the Adonia will be sold in March. There was far too much emphasis placed upon classical music. Even the gust cellist, singer and pianist rendered classical rather than middle of the road music which would have been more in keeping with the class of guest on board, including ourselves.In the Conservatory self serve restaurant, we were constantly assaulted by every Christmas song ever written, One does not want this when eating, particularly at an early breakfast. It was stopped for a while after complaints were made by many of the cruising guests. The master of ceremonies would have been better suited to a low class holiday camp ! Our cabin was immediately below Andersons bar. The floor above us was uncarpeted and the chairs scraping and banging late at night was very bad. The saving grace of this cruise was the very good cabin steward and all the waiters, who were also excellent. Embarkation and disembarkation at Barbados was chaotic. The very small buses for the 50 minute transfers was very uncomfortable indeed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Last minute availability and itinerary made a no brainer to escape the winter weather. Our only complaint was the circuitous route around the islands, many people like us felt the opportunity could have been taken to stay overnight say in ... Read More
Last minute availability and itinerary made a no brainer to escape the winter weather. Our only complaint was the circuitous route around the islands, many people like us felt the opportunity could have been taken to stay overnight say in Martinique. The standard of service from our cabin steward and the dining room waiters was of the highest order. The food was generally superb in the Pacific restaurant and restored our faith after very poor standards on Britannia. There is no doubt that P&O are going to loose a lot of their traditional older customers in the trend to larger and larger ships. The library was a pleasure to sit in and the avoidance of endless disco around the pool when we went on Britannia was a relief. We learnt that Oriana and Aurora will be disposed of in the near future because of impending pollution legislation which P&O are saying cannot be fixed. There is no way we will travel on Britannia, Azura or Ventura because they are much too big for our liking. So we are left with Oceana or Arcadia. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Loved the layout and decor of Adonia. The service in restaurants was excellent, cabin steward was also very good. Food was ok, not great, I got the impression that they were trying to use up overstocks from the freezers. Visited the grill ... Read More
Loved the layout and decor of Adonia. The service in restaurants was excellent, cabin steward was also very good. Food was ok, not great, I got the impression that they were trying to use up overstocks from the freezers. Visited the grill as usual and ordered the grilled lobster, when it came it was the much smaller lobster thermador usually dished up in main diningroom on formal nights. Menu's stated 'home made shortbread' when it was a packet sponge finger etc. Entertainment was mixed, went to see the theater group and had to leave after a few minutes screaming rather than singing. Pianist was ok as long as he didn't try to sing.Guest artists however were all very good. Embarkation and disembarkation were fast and smooth, but with only just over 600 passengers it would have been difficult to have problems. Lisbon, we have usually headed out of Lisbon on various tours, we decided to explore the city itself hoping it had improved in the 22 years since our first visit.It had we had a great tour on a tuk-tuk, we chose a small shabby piaggio as it had lots of character. They have to charge 45 euros but our hour tour was nearer 2 hours we went up and down so many hills all great fun with our driver/guide (Peter from Bristol). Fuerteventura, we caught the bus to Corralejo, lots of shops and bars, but we saw some lovely beaches, nice views to the other islands and ate the best paella we had ever eaten in a restaurant on the harbour. Tenerife, we had booked a wine and Tapas tour, started off a little slow as we arrived at the first stop(wine museum) 30 mins before it opened so we had to wait.The tour looked up when the tasting started and ended up being quite enjoyable. This was a P&O wanderlust tour and should have included a world travel book retailing at £40 ship run out so we didn't get one. Madeira, we had 2 days in Madeira as the ship needed work on a bow thruster. We arrived about 8am and left around 10pm the following night.I booked a tour with a local company Lido tours, for the first afternoon. There were 8 people on the tour with driver/guide in a mini-bus.We visited the Eira de serrado viewpoint, the curral das freiras and camara de lobos. Beautiful views of the mountains and a bargain at 19 euros with shipside pick-up and drop-off. We wandered into Funchal for the evening, and the following day visited the market and wandered round the old town, then spent the afternoon on a catamaran, heavy clouds over Funchal but 5 miles out at sea the sun shone. The big negative for us was our cabin, or rather the bathroom. The cabin itself was very nice,great position and we enjoyed watching wales and Dolphins from the balcony. The bathroom was very small even by ship standards, the water was brown/orange and at times very smelly. Despite several visits by maintenance they couldn't fix the problem and it persisted the whole holiday. The shower had very poor pressure, the orange water ran warm then cold and got progressively worse, by the end of the cruise the thermostat had to be set to full 50 degrees to get a luke-ward dribble. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this ship because it is small and adult only. We sailed on her 2 months earlier as well, and were disappointed to hear that P & O had sold Adonia and that all cruises have been cancelled from the beginning of March next year. ... Read More
We chose this ship because it is small and adult only. We sailed on her 2 months earlier as well, and were disappointed to hear that P & O had sold Adonia and that all cruises have been cancelled from the beginning of March next year. This time the embarkation was the same as last time, with the valet parking and straight to the desk with no waiting and then on board and straight up to lunch.Disembarkation was the same as last time as well, with the allocated time for disembark at 0915, and in fact they started disembark at 0805 and we were in our car by 0830, so it seems this is the norm for Arcadia, we cant have been just lucky twice on the trot. The food is standard P & O - very good, although the buffet is not as good as Arcadia, but still up to scratch when you want a lunch or breakfast without the long time. being served.Balcony cabin facing forward was good, if you are not concerned with a little more motion than in the middle of the ship. we never bother much with the entertainment, but others said it was good, we did watch the play in the Curzon lounge which was very good and more intimate than the larger theaters. Cabin stewards are attentive and polite without being intrusive. We had no hot water one night and the plumber was round in 5 minutes and fixed the problem, and that was at 11 at night. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, four places we had not visited and were not disappointed. This is an Adults only ship. Adonia is small but beautifully furnished. It really is like a country house at sea with it's ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, four places we had not visited and were not disappointed. This is an Adults only ship. Adonia is small but beautifully furnished. It really is like a country house at sea with it's wood panelling and stained glass, leather armchairs etc. All was immaculate. This is a cruise we found hard to fault. The food was superb in the buffet and dining room. The service was quick, polite and efficient. All the staff throughout the ship were polite, friendly and helpful and seemed happy in their work. Our balcony cabin was spacious with a two seater sofa and desk and much cupboard space. All spotlessly clean as was the rest of the ship. Outside there were generally plenty of sunbeds. A downside of smaller ships is that they do move around more on bad seas and we caught the tail-end of the hurricane, Gert, for the first night but I think all ships would have felt the effect of the hurricane. Entertainment was very good. The films are shown in the card room (two different ones each day) and the seating is all on one level. The theatre is small, only one deck high. The theatre company is much smaller than other P and O ships, just four singer/dancers. They were very good on show nights and did an excellent Alan Aykbourn play, they were all all great actors as well as having good voices. The outsider entertainment was also very good, Sue Holderness (Marlene in Only fools and Horses) gave two interesting and informative lectures. There was a not very good duo, keyboard player and singer, but it gave everyone a chance to talk to each other as they played in the background - I think the singer let nerves get the better of her. Embarking at ports was smooth and efficient. In Bordeaux we docked right in the town centre and went on an excursion to see the Bayeux Tapestry, well worth doing. Guernsey was a nice place to visit and we had to tender to get ashore but because it's a small ship everything was done quickly and efficiently. The Guinness tour is a must in Dublin, as is the Jamesons whisky tour in Cork. After always being on the bigger ships we noticed that there are less queues on Adonia, the staff are more attentive and every venue is near to each other so ideal for the less able bodied. Adonia may not suit those looking for an action packed experience but if you are looking for a refined, more traditional cruising ambience then it will suit you fine - it suited us. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We have been on several P&O cruises in the past and have always enjoyed the quality of service provided by P&O. Never having been on a smaller size trip and decided that a short cruise which included Honfleur as a destination then ... Read More
We have been on several P&O cruises in the past and have always enjoyed the quality of service provided by P&O. Never having been on a smaller size trip and decided that a short cruise which included Honfleur as a destination then this on would "fit the bill". From the moment we got to the cruise terminal in Southampton everything was perfect except for the weather! The skies opened and for the best part of the week the only thing to let the holiday down was the continuing poor conditions. Check in very easy, greeted by senior crew members on board ship, lovely old fashioned touch. Cabin well presented Remy our cabin steward introduced himself and did a great job the entire week. Found our way to the buffet area for a spot of lunch, well presented vast choice of dishes if you couldn't find something then you must be very picky. Plenty of seating no matter where you were, we wrongly thought the ship wasn't full but apparently there were only 2 cabins unoccupied. For the first time ever we watched most of the shows, best one I have to say was the guest comedian as well as "Marlene" from only "Fool & Horses" I/we can't pick out just one crew member to praise, everybody so friendly "Micky & Chetwin" our waiters for the evenings were great, the first night I'd asked if they had any fresh dates, they appeared every evening (such a lovely touch) Our wine waitress certainly knew her job (sorry I wish I could remember her name) Guernsey was our first port of call, followed by Dublin, Cork and finally Honfluer. We did our own thing at each destination so can't comment on organised trips. We like P&O cruises so much we booked 2 further cruises whilst on board. Only negative I can think of is the cost of alcoholic beverages, sorry P&O they are too expensive. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Having been returned by P&O to their 'main fleet during the past month or two, 'Adonia' has been nicely freshened by what appears to have been a very recent refit. This was our first time on this appealingly-small ship ... Read More
Having been returned by P&O to their 'main fleet during the past month or two, 'Adonia' has been nicely freshened by what appears to have been a very recent refit. This was our first time on this appealingly-small ship which is able to visit some of the more 'off the beaten track' destinations. Our cruise took us to Bordeaux, Bilbao and St Peter Port (Guernsey). No problems with the first two (it was an overnight stay at Bordeaux), but we were transported across the sea to St Peter Port only to anchor outside the town since it was deemed 'too windy' for the tenders to take passengers ashore. It is accepted that the captain's decisons in these matters have to be regarded as 'final', but since he announced with fair warning on the previous day that the weather conditions were likely to be difficult, I failed to understand why he could not have diverted to some other 'sutable' port (say Le Havre, Cherbourg or St Malo) which would have conventional docking at the quayside and - given the size of these ports - would almost certainly have had space. The cynic in me says that it's all about costs! Not great for the fare-paying passengers though, who would certainly have preferred to have got off anywhere than sit on the ship for a further day 'admiring the views' (as the captain siad he hoped we were doing whilst at anchor). To the lay-observer, the sea was hardly 'rough' and doubtless decisioning such as this is to an extent influenced by the age-demographics of the passengers (at 62 and 54, we certainly helped reduce the average age!) Naturally P&O have these matters well and truly tied-up in their smallprint, so it's pointless even trying to raise some sort of compensation-complaint (their wording says that they will only consider 'compensation' where they have failed to deliver a 'significant proportion' (nicely vague!) of the advertised itinerary - but presumably two-thirds delivery would be deemed by P&O to have been suffucuently significant). Listening to other unhappy passengers, it would appear that not being able to get into St Peter Port is not at all uncommon, so why do P&O continue to offer it in their itineraries? Enough of the grouching!! Overall, this was a very enjoyable experience and the principal elements of what we look for in a cruise (over and above the destinations) were very well satisfied: overall ambience, calibre of cabin-accommodation and quality of food. Entertainment is understandably rather more restricted/low-key on a smaller ship. If you are aged 50+, value amenabe company and like to go to some rather more unusual destinations (perhaps avoiding too many which require transfer by tender!), do not hesitate to book on 'Adonia'. We considered it well worth paying for a balcony-cabin, but cannot comment on an inside or outside experience. We certainly intend to cruise on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, three places we had not visited, and the price of £630 being reasonable for 7 nights in July/August. First impressions on embarkation were good. We arrived very early and embarked quickly ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, three places we had not visited, and the price of £630 being reasonable for 7 nights in July/August. First impressions on embarkation were good. We arrived very early and embarked quickly and smoothly around 12 noon. Our cabin B50 wasn't ready until 1pm so we were shown straight to the dining room for lunch. A very civilised start. Adonia is small but beautifully furnished. It really is like a country house at sea with it's wood panelling and stained glass, leather armchairs etc. All was immaculate. This is a cruise we found hard to fault. The food was superb in the buffet and dining room. The service was quick, polite and efficient. All the staff throughout the ship were polite, friendly and helpful and seemed happy in their work. Our inside cabin was spacious with a two seater sofa and desk and much cupboard space. All spotlessly clean as was the rest of the ship. Outside there were generally plenty of sunbeds but these were limited on windy days when the only sheltered area was around the pool. A downside of smaller ships is that they do move around more on bad seas and the Bay of Biscay did it's usual. This didn't bother us (we quite enjoy it) but do consider it if you have issues with rough seas. Entertainment was mixed. The theatre is small, only one deck high. The theatre company is much smaller than other P and O ships, just four singer/dancers. They were very good on show nights and did an excellent Alan Aykbourn play, all great actors. Will Martin, the classical/rock singer/pianist was by far the best act we have ever seen on a cruise ship (or almost anywhere for that matter). The comedian however was the worst! There was an excellent lady singer/pianist who played the two main bars. She alternated with a truly awful duo keyboardplayer and singer which was painful to listen to. Horrible synthesised backbeat and out of tune singing. Embarking at ports was smooth and efficient. In Bordeaux we docked right in the town centre. In Bilbao an efficient free shuttle bus was laid on for the 10km journey. Sadly we were unable to tender off in Guernsey due to bad weather. We were warned this might happen the previous day. We don't do excursions, preferring to do our own thing so can't comment on these. We enjoy all cruises from the big, busy bustling ships down to this. Adonia may not suit those looking for an action packed experience but if you are looking for a refined, more traditional cruising ambience then it will suit you fine. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
When we saw Adonia back in the regular P&O fleet we couldn't wait to sail on her for the first time. Having been eligible for the bargain of the century we booked a Penthouse Suite. We could hardly believe the spaciousness of ... Read More
When we saw Adonia back in the regular P&O fleet we couldn't wait to sail on her for the first time. Having been eligible for the bargain of the century we booked a Penthouse Suite. We could hardly believe the spaciousness of the cabin and balcony - surely the Captain's cabin cannot be better! The whole ship is so attractive, mindful of a gentlemen's club or country Manor House, Lovely dark wood panelling and classic furniture together with the smaller stairs and landings make you feel that you are on a luxury liner. As there is only one dining room, there is only club dining. The dining room is so much more spacious and there is plenty of room for the waiting staff to do their job well, and they all seemed to be taking more pride in their work. This could be because they have the same passengers for the duration of the cruise, but it did not seem to be that way. It amazed us just how much is on the daily programme considering they have just four crew in the entertainment team and four in the theatre group. The Horizon Newspaper contained everything we are used to seeing in those on much larger ships of the fleet. The only thing the ship lacks is a second show lounge/theatre, but they make up for it in holding events in unexpected venues. We can hardly wait for our next cruise on board Adonia. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
There were so many places we wanted to return to so we picked this cruise. Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool and Guernsey. We had fantastic weather only one afternoon of rain, it was the sunniest July in the ... Read More
There were so many places we wanted to return to so we picked this cruise. Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool and Guernsey. We had fantastic weather only one afternoon of rain, it was the sunniest July in the North for a long time. We liked the ship as we prefer smaller vessels. There is a choice of dining besides the main dining room there is the buffet on deck and fine dining for a supplement. The staff were fantastic, the food amazing. The Adonia theatre company were absolutely brilliant, they could sing and dance, and they even put on a play during the at sea days. We liked the "Crows nest" for a quite read or to take part in quizzes and subsequent late night entertainment. We had an outside cabin, no balcony which was acceptable, the shower area was very small but we are not huge people. The ports of call were the best part of the cruise as they were well chosen. There is hardly any need to go on one of the ships excursion as you can do most of it yourself via the local busses. There is always plenty of information when you arrive at the port at the reception area or local tourist information. There are also shuttle busses available which are free. We have very happy memories of this holiday and in all we think it was very good value for money. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Adonia. June/July 17. Cruise no, D709P Arrived at Southampton the Mayflower terminal about 12.30 and gave the keys to the parking lady, our cases being taken by the porter. We walked the few yards into the terminal and without any delay ... Read More
Adonia. June/July 17. Cruise no, D709P Arrived at Southampton the Mayflower terminal about 12.30 and gave the keys to the parking lady, our cases being taken by the porter. We walked the few yards into the terminal and without any delay checked in and within minutes found ourselves walking towards the ship. The best and most fluid embarkation we have ever had. We were directed to the Lido deck, to the buffet to wait for the announcement that the cabins were ready, sat on the open rear deck in the sun with some lunch until the announcement was made. Our cabin was on A deck, A70 slightly aft of the rear stairs, really pleased with the cabin, the position and certainly the size. Considering Adonia is a small ship the cabin was as roomy as anything we have had before (the actual shower tray being the smallest part, but functional) The safety drill as always before you sail in the main restaurant. I think for the 1st time ever with P & O we had our cruise card scanned on entry, meaning they knew if anyone was trying to avoid attending We had a great sail away from Southampton with the entertainment crew doing the usual around the Lido pool. I really enjoyed Adonia is a tiny ship by modern standards. But I loved the fact that you could easily get anywhere on foot in no time at all. I don’t think we used the lifts more than a couple of times throughout the entire cruise and that was because madam had her heels on!! We don’t generally use the main dining room, usually only for the formal nights. We asked and got assigned a table for eight on the late sitting (8.30). On the 1st formal night we attended and met our table companions. They were the best, two couples that we loved spending time with, the other couple didn’t attend at all. So we used the restaurant a lot more than we would normally. Couldn’t fault the food or the service (ok I had a chicken dish that wasn’t that great) Our 1st port of call Killybegs, Ireland. Docked. We had pre arranged a private tour with the local tour office “Hidden Gems on the edge tour” booked with Moria 30 euro’s each, 3.5 hours. Took the transfer bus to the tour office although we could and should have walked. Great tour, ending up in a pub with Irish music and singing. Our tour guide joined in the playing and the singing and admitted later back on the bus that he had never played with then before. They were excellent Our next day was a sea day and a sail by Rockall.... 2nd port. Isajordur, Iceland. Again docked, right in the town. Very scenic. A town that’s easily navigated by foot from the berth. We simply spent time viewing the town, and took a look around the museum. Beautiful sail away 3rd port. Reykjavik, Iceland. Docked again, this time out of the town and a transfer service was laid on by P & O to the Harpa concert hall on the harbour front. We paid for the tickets for the Hop on Off bus here and picked up the bus route here also. We’ve been to Reykjavik before in the winter and to be honest it was a lot better scenery wise. We enjoyed the day having said that, everything’s expensive even from our previous trip 4th port. Heimaey, a tender port. We docked in the next bay round from the harbour. That was all we saw of Heimaey!! We collected out tender ticket from Andersons bar and waited for your number to be called. We were called and made our way down the stairs towards the tender boat, then waited. After a while we were told to return to Andersons. We did and waited, then told that the swell had picked up and we were re positioning. So we went up to the buffet for a cup of tea and a view. The announcement was then made that no one was going ashore and they would try and get the passengers back that gone already. Quite annoyed as the sea looked fine, especially as some friends had gone ashore and when they returned told us the harbour master had expected us to dock! 5th port. Klaksvik. The Faroe Islands. Again docked but out of the town. We booked a P & O tour of the Island that was good, returned to the ship for lunch and headed off into town on the transfer coach for a wander. Spent several hours sight seeing and using the free wi fi. The sail out was beautiful, such stunning scenery 6th port. Portree. Isle of Skye. Tender port, great weather not a cloud in the sky nor a breath of wind. Beautiful tender in, we again booked a P & O tour of the island. Picked up on the quay by a 50 seat coach that had a real problem negotiating the narrow road out of town. We saw the “old man” as well as the museum and the cemetery where Flora Mc Donald is buried. A tour of the island and back to Portree where we were let off in the square to the sound of a couple of lads playing their bagpipes dressed in traditional attire. We spent a couple of hours just wondering and popping into the shops before rejoining the tender and back to the ship 7th port. Londonderry. Docked a fair way away from the city and a shuttle bus was laid on. We were dropped off at the tourist information. It’s only a minute away from the shopping area (an easy walk). We had decided to again use the local Hop on off bus and bought the tickets here we paid £20 for two tickets and that gave us 24 hours access to the buses. The tickets gave us a discount on anything bought in the shop. The Hop on/off bus service was really great and we saw all of the sights. At one point getting off on the far side of the river and walking back into the town across the friendship bridge. Walked the city wall. The Hop on /off ticket also entitled us to a free tea/coffee and we were directed to a cafe. Much to our surprise we were give a table and a pot of tea each, the service was really lovely. I loved our day here. Back at the ship again a lovely sail out. Enjoyed the British sailaway around the pool, I know some people get quite sniffy about it, but its just a bit of fun for as long as you want to enjoy The entertainment on Adonia is a little restrictive, but I found without exception very enjoyable. The headliners were really good and worked so hard Bar prices were reasonable a Guinness draft was £ 3.95, cocktails £ 5.95 and mocktails £2.95 Despite being told by friends that had sailed on her before she left P & O and became Fathom that the conservatory restaurant didn’t open every night, it did. It was really underused in the evening by the passengers and a couple of time the crew dining out numbered the passengers, all fine by us we could choose a table by a window and just enjoy the views. Lovely area The little cinema is in the card room and although we enjoyed several films here after the first visit made sure we arrived early as the seating is very limited also the floor doesn’t slope so it can be difficult seeing the screen depending on who sits in the front. Still some good movies Disembarkation was the easiest we have ever had, we had 10am. Arrived at the Crows Nest at 9.40 to an empty room and told just go when you’re ready It’s such a shame P & O have now sold Adonia as I think it was the best cruise we have ever been on. We loved the ship and the passengers it attracted Thank you P and O and Adonia Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
After 33 cruises Adonia was the worst cruise ship ever. Cheap basic food provided, badly cooked (or should I say heated). Most food cooked in a factory on shore and brought to the ship for heating. The so called 'executive chef' ... Read More
After 33 cruises Adonia was the worst cruise ship ever. Cheap basic food provided, badly cooked (or should I say heated). Most food cooked in a factory on shore and brought to the ship for heating. The so called 'executive chef' couldn't cook an egg. The poolside buffet/BBQ was a joke. Burgers like rubber. This was 'boy scout' camp fire cusine. Poached eggs were hard with solid yokes. You could bounce them off the floor. Vile tasting sausages. Soups made from powder. I COULD GO ON AND ON AND ON. Many food and beverage items not stocked. How can a cruise ship not have any ham or champagne? Constant complaining by many passengers was ignored. Never saw the captain or her senior officers. Where did they hide on such a small ship? Mediocre entertainment, pub Karoke and quizes. Absolute rubbish. We could not recommend Adonia or P & O. A cruise to chose if you plan to lose weight. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The omens were bad before the start of this cruise. P & O decited our credit card a 2nd time 3 weeks before sailing, when infact we had paid in FULL 10 weeks before. On entering our cabin A005, we found the door handle on the floor ... Read More
The omens were bad before the start of this cruise. P & O decited our credit card a 2nd time 3 weeks before sailing, when infact we had paid in FULL 10 weeks before. On entering our cabin A005, we found the door handle on the floor and the water NOT working. Had to use a public toilet. Air con worked occassionaly (100*f outside), so very hot in the cabin. Cabin safe contstantly locking which caused delays in the moring. Had the safe unlocked 5-times by reception. All of this might be forgiven, But the food is really terrible, and this was not just our opinion. Constant complaints at all tables with food being returned constantly. Food is cheap and devoid of taste. Poorly cooked. Overcooked eggs with hard yokes, bacon congealed together with sausages out of a tin all swimming in a disgusting watery oily liquid. SOUPS WERE MADE FROM POWDER and somrtimes not mixed properly. I complained 5 times about the food, The so- called 'executive chef' was never seen. I did get to see the senior restaurant manager but he did nothing to help. Don't believe the hype, Fine Dining that P & O advertise is NOT going to happen on the Adonia. We were conned. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I think fo the most part my dissapointment came from the fact that i merely expected more. Although the food wasn't bad, it certainly didn't compare to the other ships that I've sailed upon. We had a few decent meals and ... Read More
I think fo the most part my dissapointment came from the fact that i merely expected more. Although the food wasn't bad, it certainly didn't compare to the other ships that I've sailed upon. We had a few decent meals and some were so terrible we ended up making sandwiches at the buffet. The entertainment and activities were lacking so we found ourselves quite bored by day three. The staff, with the exception to our room steward were quite " stand-offish". After construction noises at 8 am, they told us it was standard procedure and didn't seem to care that it was bothersome to us. Our cabin was acceptable, although I think the pricing was high due to its small size. Both embarkation and disembarkation were standard in comparison to other ships. My wife , being a lady I guess; thought the environment and décor to be quite bland and unappealing - certainly lacking glamour. To sum it up, I think many other cruise lines supersede the quality of this one Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
My husband and I choose this cruise because of Cuba and because the embarkation city was Miami. We were on the Adonia ship with Fathom which was the last cruise before retirement with this cruise line. Fathom's People to People ... Read More
My husband and I choose this cruise because of Cuba and because the embarkation city was Miami. We were on the Adonia ship with Fathom which was the last cruise before retirement with this cruise line. Fathom's People to People emphasis on Cuban culture made perfect sense. The impact of this cruise was life-changing. We learned so much about the country from ship staff and from the authentic perspective of Cuban tour guides. The pre-information port sessions were most enlightening which prepared us very well before port arrival. Fathom is to be commended for truly making Cuba the focal point for most on- board activities. This made this cruise unique and the best one we have taken!! The Tomasito Cruz, 3 times grammy award winning band was fabulously superior to most cruise ship bands. Simply, the best ever!! The dance instructors on the ship engaged all dance lovers: the young and the young- at- heart and showed up on dance nights to dance with guests. This was wonderful. No one was left out. The music was electrifying. I respect Fathom for choosing a Cuban band for the Cuban experience. EXCELLENT choice!!! The ship was small enough to meet several people. We made connections with many guests and with two wonderful couples in particular through dinner and excursions. We have already been in touch with them since we returned home. The activities on board were so inviting that we had trouble deciding what to choose. They were ALL exceptional: health, Spanish, dance and history lessons. These helped to make this cruise experience unique. One thing that surprised us was there were no waiters on the ship who could speak Spanish. We found this odd and a little disappointing given that this was a Cuban cruise. The MAJOR complaint that we have was the food. The quality was poor. We expected fresh bread, variety and quality cooking. The smart casual dining atmosphere was great in the formal dining room, although I must say that the dining staff is clearly are NOT trained in dining etiquette. This was conspicuously obvious. One other thing is that normally there there is an embarkation photographer who is keen to photograph all passengers. I had to ask the photographer if he would take a picture of us. The picture quality turned out to be poor. There were few professional photographer opportunities. Another first-time disappointment! The embarkation process was very smooth, however the disembarkation process was not well organized. Our cabin was C60 and perfectly situated at mid-ship. However, this was the first cruise that we have taken where we had to ask the cabin steward to clean the balcony and to bring toiletries we needed. I cleaned the banister myself and wiped it several times and noted black soot from a crane that was shedding dirt. The balcony needs refurbishing. Rust stains were an eye sore. Overall, we really did enjoy the cruise. Cuba is a journey back in time with a fascinating history. We would love to return. This cruise will definitely be one to remember forever! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Having never done a cruise before, I was unsure quite what to expect. However, I have been generally very pleasantly surprised. However, I do have some constructive comments and observations. We were flown out to Bridgetown on ... Read More
Having never done a cruise before, I was unsure quite what to expect. However, I have been generally very pleasantly surprised. However, I do have some constructive comments and observations. We were flown out to Bridgetown on Thomas Cook from Manchester. Despite booking well in advance, we could not get seats on the Gatwick flight, so rather than having a one hour trip to catch our flights, I had a four hour drive, and the additional cost of a hotel at Manchester. In the general scheme of things, a minor problem, but one which could have been addressed more effectively by P and O. We contacted them to request the Gatwick flight, and we were told that we would be put on the wait list. No one from P and O contacted us proactively, we had to chase on a number of occasions. This tarnishes otherwise good customer service. The flight was well managed by Thomas Cook and P and O, with swift check in and boarding, and a punctual departure and arrival. Having arrived at Bridgetown, we were taken by coach directly to the docks, on a "Bonded" coach, so the immigration and clearance process was conducted in a giant shed at the dock. During the process, we were issued with a plastic cruise card, which was linked to a credit card. In this way, we were saved from the "inconvenience" of having to carry wallets and or money around on board. The card could be used for all and any spending on board. It could also be used as a substitute for a passport at the destinations. Boarding the ship was simple, and once through the security process (X Ray belongings and pass through detector arch) we were directed to our cabins - or staterooms. This is a Grandiose title that did not adequately summarise the size and decor of our accommodation. We were on deck 8, and our cabin was compact, but with a small balcony overlooking the sea. We were about amidships, so we were well appointed. Toilets are not normal flushing, but vacuum assisted like aeroplane lavatories. In the interests of health and safety, we were instructed to assemble at our muster point for. Safety briefing in the early evening before we slipped our moorings. This was a 20 minute slot where we were briefed on the emergency alarm signal, the use of the life jackets, and the location of gangplanks etc. There are a number of restaurants on board, consisting of The Conservatory on Deck 9, the Sedona, the Pavilion and the Grill, which allows for different tastes to be accommodated. We ate mainly in the conservatory, as this was buffet style, and normally had an excellent selection of menus from breakfast onwards. We chose to eat in the Pavilion Restaurant on a number of nights, including the formal nights, as this enabled us to mix with our fellow passengers. Table sizes range from 2 to 10 guests. So whilst we were a Couple, we chose to dine at a table for ten. There were three formal nights, so for gentlemen, evening dress should be a tuxedo, bow tie and formal shirt. Ladies should bring party frocks! The ship benefits from a sun deck, a walking track, and a reasonably well equipped gym, where I went each morning for a half hour on the exercise bikes, and lifting a few weights. The spa was frequented by my wife, and our friends with whom we accompanied. There is a general shop on deck 5, which sold not just duty free items, but those other essentials such as sun cream. However, the frustration here, is that when one needs sun cream, one is normally in dock, and about to disembark, and due to the duty free nature of the shop, it shuts when in port. Frustrating if you don't know this in advance. However, these are all very minor issues and should be seen In Perspective, given the wider context of the cruise. We went to the Curzon Lounge most nights and the entertainment was superb. The Adonia Theatre Company were excellent, and performed two proper plays, and numerous cabarets. The plays were Private Lives, a Noel Coward farce, and the Opposite Sex, another comedy, which was a risqué comedy. The entertainment team were excellent, and Tracy, Beverly and Laura should be congratulated for keeping the shows rolling. Other features were guest artists, including Roy Walker, who gave excellent performances. The excursions were of good value, if expensive. We chose to organise our own tours on some islands, but the excursions that we did book were great. My wife enjoyed a Caribbean cookery course, and we both enjoyed snorkelling with turtles and a submarine trip. I particularly enjoyed the train trip on the St. Kitts Railway. Disembarkation was smooth and glitch free, and we were bussed to the airport, where our baggage had already been delivered. Security was quick, and out flight back to the UK was fairly uneventful. The only comment was that due to poor weather, aircraft substitution had happened, and our aeroplane was not as comfortable as the outbound flight, and the seats were, to put it bluntly, uncomfortable. The only feedback that I would offer to P and O is that a Caribbean cruise should feature Caribbean food on the menus. Most meals were either Indian, Asian, or bland British. I know that this could be due to the perceived passenger demographic. Secondly, be aware that the Costa Coffee is likely to be shut whenever you need it most - which doesn't help breakfast! That being said, I shall look back on my cruise on the Adonia with great fondness, I had a fabulous trip, and the experience delivered by the staff and crew was exemplary. Overall I rate this cruise as one of my best and most memorable holidays. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We have just returned from a fortnight cruising the Caribbean on the Adonia, the baby of the P&O fleet and a lovely little ship that looks like a ship instead of a floating apartment block. We had been on Adonia before, in 2013, and ... Read More
We have just returned from a fortnight cruising the Caribbean on the Adonia, the baby of the P&O fleet and a lovely little ship that looks like a ship instead of a floating apartment block. We had been on Adonia before, in 2013, and we were looking forward to being back. We were allocated cabin A006, a spacious balcony cabin on deck 8 for'ard. The cabin contained twin beds, bedside cabinets, a settee and table, a dressing table and stool and a balcony with two reclining chairs and a small table. The bathroom was small but functional, and contained a shower cubicle and a selection of toiletries. There was a lot of drawer and wardrobe space as well as a flat-screen TV and safe. We dined in the Pacific restaurant most nights and had a table of six, as we like to mix with our fellow passengers. Some nights in the Conservatory (the self-service buffet) there were themed nights such as Asian, Chinese, Indian etc. and if we didn't want to have a set dining time we ate up there for a change. In general the food was very good, although the meals in the restaurant did tend to get repetitive after a while. Still, no-one is going to starve to death on a cruise ship, and I couldn't understand those who complained about portion sizes. The entertainment in the Curzon lounge was OK. I'd say all right, but not excellent. The Adonia Theatre Company only has five members, two female and one male, and their shows tended to be the same old, same old - musical excerpts from the stage and film (please - can we have something other than 'West Side Story' and 'Guys and Dolls'!!) The guest performers were better; there was a soprano who did a pop-classic crossover, a cellist who punctuated his tunes with a dry sense of humour, an excellent comedy magician, a brilliant male singer who'd headlined in The Lion King, and another operatic male singer. Roy Walker of TV's 'Catchphrase' fame also did a (very good) one-off performance. With the exception of the ship's orchestra, Quintessence, who were excellent and turned their hand to anything, the rest of the entertainment elsewhere on the ship was pretty mediocre; the Amethyst Duo constantly murdered well-known and well-loved songs, and the guy who played the piano in the Curzon lounge should forget about singing and concentrate on playing. However, that said, we choose our cruises based on the itinerary so if the entertainment isn't up to scratch it doesn't spoil it for us - we can make our own amusement. Despite this being our 38th cruise (and 6th one in the Caribbean) there were five ports of call we hadn't visited before, and I think this was made possible because of the small size of the Adonia, allowing her to get into small ports off the beaten track. In order, we visited (starting with Barbados): Tobago, Mayreau, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St. Maarten, Tortola, St. Kitts, Martinique and Bequia, then back to Barbados. Some of the islands, such as Bequia and Martinique, retain a lot of the charm of the old Caribbean but there are others, like Antigua, that have been built up and commercialised to cater to the many thousands of cruise ship passengers who visit on the big American behemoth ships. This was my third visit to Tortola (first time in 2005) and they have built and extended the cruise terminal; in my opinion it will soon be spoilt and indistinguishable from the other cruise ports with their 'Diamonds International', designer shops, and overpriced souvenir emporia. Nonetheless we had a fantastic cruise with excellent weather, sunny days and temperatures topping 30 degrees. The Adonia is due to leave P&O to take part in the 'Fathom' project but I hope she is back soon. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We joined our first P&O cruise in Barbados. We were transferred from the plane to the port in small overcrowded buses, all crammed in with hand luggage on knees, no storage space. Checking into the cruise boat was well organised and we ... Read More
We joined our first P&O cruise in Barbados. We were transferred from the plane to the port in small overcrowded buses, all crammed in with hand luggage on knees, no storage space. Checking into the cruise boat was well organised and we had a cabin on C deck with a balcony. The room itself was clean but the sink taps looked like fixed with mastic sealant and some of the tiles in the ensuite looked grubby, the rails on the balcony had chipped paint. The cruise was well organised, staff were friendly and helpful and we enjoyed all the planned trips out provided by P&O. However unless you paid extra there was no choice of restruant every evening, as on several nights the informal conservatory restruant was closed. This meant you had to go to the main formal restruant. Overall the food was hot and well presented and waiters very helpful. However everything was extra, the soft drinks package only offered diet Pepsi or lemonade, no tonic despite our card saying this was available. The wine package was very expensive and we felt the markup on drinks was expensive. Wi fy was extra, trips extra, water extra, tips extra, 2 restruants charged additional prices, Costa coffee extra etc etc. Overall the Adonis was dated and in need of refurbishment, which is due at the end of the season, when this ship will be run through another company. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We really enjoyed our cruise around Central America on the Adonia. The sometimes elusive elements all came together to make this an enjoyable holiday. The highlights were: The Weather - not too hot or humid, occasionally windy. ... Read More
We really enjoyed our cruise around Central America on the Adonia. The sometimes elusive elements all came together to make this an enjoyable holiday. The highlights were: The Weather - not too hot or humid, occasionally windy. Fellow passengers - mainly well travelled British seniors who just wanted to enjoy themselves. The Ports of Call - different from the usual. Ships entertainment - very enjoyable. Food and service - good as usual. The Good The Adonia Theatre Company were excellent, we particularly enjoyed their two plays - well done to them. The talks by Tony White on drugs were fascinating. The staff were unfailing pleasant - particularly the smiley, smiley girl cooking the omelettes. The ports of call were varied and interesting - Cartegena was the surprise, we didn't have any great expectations but we were impressed by the old city. The train ride alongside the Panama canal was also enjoyable, as was the trip to see wildlife on the canal in Costa Rica. The meals were to a good standard and the service excellent. We tried the Ocean Grill restaurant on my wife's birthday and were impressed, we all enjoyed our meal and thought the extra charge was worth it. The Bad The Adonia is urgently in need of a refurb. The public rooms were good enough, but the corridors were slightly smelly and the carpets badly worn, the cabins were somewhat dated. The main problem was one of vibration from the propulsion system. During the first 24 hrs there was a constant shaking of the boat (the sea was calm). When we complained we were told that it was our position on the boat (C deck forward) and the sea conditions. This was complete rubbish, I have done enough sailing on large and small boats to know what the sea can do. The gossip from passengers who had been aboard for the previous cruise told us it was a problem with the starboard prop shaft. The good news is that within an hour of my complaint the vibration ceased. Maybe they adjusted the speed of the ship. Had it continued I would have wanted to get off. There were some episodes of vibration later in the cruise but they were generally short lived. A minor grumble was the bizarre response from the bar manager (Nigel) when I complained about their inability to make my favourite cocktail - a Mojito. (They made it by grinding up lime slices, which makes the drink very bitter.) When I invited Nigel to try one he declined telling me his Oncologist wouldn't allow it! Full marks for an original excuse. The P and O excursion on Roatan to the east of the islands was poor. I suggest you just go to the nearby beach. The flight with Thomas Cook wasn't enjoyable - hard, uncomfortable seats and a very limited range of videos, which were the same on the way back, so nothing new to watch. Thomsons are better. The Ugly The ship. All vessels need constant painting but the Adonia was quite rusty and scarred around the waterline. I was embarrassed to be seen getting on board. Summary Despite my grumbles we managed to have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
My wife and I have just returned from 2 months on Adonia. Initially for the 28 Amazon cruise then 28 day western Caribbean countries followed by the Leeward Islands. The ship is getting very tired now, The paintwork, or lack of it, on ... Read More
My wife and I have just returned from 2 months on Adonia. Initially for the 28 Amazon cruise then 28 day western Caribbean countries followed by the Leeward Islands. The ship is getting very tired now, The paintwork, or lack of it, on the hull means when there is more than one ship in port we crept away with shame. It really is that bad. Fixtures and fittings and general accommodation cleanliness are as might be expected. We last travelled on Adonia on her Asian excursion in Jan 2014. The food has now improved significantly and the waiters did a reasonable job in the Pacific Restaurant. At last the curries in the Conservatory are of a good standard. Not great but much improved. The entertainment was the usual rehash of the stage productions and second string artists. What really became annoying was the insistance of putting on early shows for second sitting diners. It misses the point entirely of having a later second sitting where its possible to wind down from the day, relax and have a drink prior to dinner. The Amazon cruise is something you are probably only going to do once. The river itself is impressive but little wildlife is observable. We booked a private tour in Santarem with Gil Serique. (Find him on tripadvisor) He is expensive but his enthusiasm and knowledge are worth every penny. This is most noteable when compared with the P&O offered tour. Its pointless going into too much detail about our entire cruise experience as the move to Fathom means it has little relevance for the future. The Captain repeatedly reminded us that it was still a P&O ship and would return. I guess it will probably still remain in the Caribbean undertaking short island cruises. We have been used to Adonia on longer, adventurous, port ground breaking sailings. This will be unlikely in the future. As this is the largest ship we normally go for, it will probably be our last P&O cruise despite our Ligurian loyalty rating. We are booked on Pacific Princess for her round the world cruise 2017. Alas Ocean Princess is being removed from the Princess fleet. Sad times indeed, especially when Adonia was at last getting it mostly right. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our third cruise on the ADONIA. We used the intercruise coach service from Wetherby to Southampton.On arrival in Southampton we were checked in and in our cabin within 15 minutes. On boarding the ship it looked just as clean and ... Read More
This was our third cruise on the ADONIA. We used the intercruise coach service from Wetherby to Southampton.On arrival in Southampton we were checked in and in our cabin within 15 minutes. On boarding the ship it looked just as clean and beautiful as on previous cruises on this small ship. We were on 2nd sitting for dinner and found the service and food excellent. The ship is so easy to find your way round and the crew are exceptionally pleasant and friendly at all times especially the team on the reception desk. This cruise was in association with Classic F M with the music programme hosted by Nick Bailey from the radio programme.The performers were all fantastic musicians and singers..Although I am not a dedicated classical music fan I thoroughly enjoyed all of the performances.The pianist John Wilson who accompanied most of the performers was excellant. Apart from the classical concertos there were a number of other entertainers who were very good. Pianist Chris Hamilton, singer Louis Hoover ,singers ll'Destino all performed good shows. Adonia is the perfect ship for this specialised type of cruise and I think everyone onboard enjoyed the cruise as the atmosphere on board was so pleasant and friendly.Adonia is not a big ship but it has a lovely feeling on board. It is also a good sailing ship as we encountered force 9 Gail's off the coast of Portugal and also near Italy. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I have travelled with P&O since 1997. My first cruise with them was on the Camberra. I have also done the World Cruise visiting so many countries. I would recommend a World Cruise for once in a lifetime experience. I was a bit puzzled ... Read More
I have travelled with P&O since 1997. My first cruise with them was on the Camberra. I have also done the World Cruise visiting so many countries. I would recommend a World Cruise for once in a lifetime experience. I was a bit puzzled when I got on board I was not part of the Penisular club until I enquired at the desk. Apparently, because I had moved house in the last year since my lat cruise, my records was wiped out. I need to enquire what happened to all my points from my previous cruises as I changed name and address. I should have more points, but don't know who to ask. I travelled to the Port with my son-in-law who offered to drop me there, as usual, the traffic was bad, but we got there in the end. My bags were taken and I did not see them until I got to my cabin. My check-in went very smoothly as there was only a couple of passengers booking in. Adonia is a lovely little ship,with a big heart - as she was referred to - but 1 month long cruise was too long for me, although we visited some lovely little Islands such as Gythion,Piraeus, Kusadasi,Mytilene, Samos,Mykonos, Santorini,Agios Nikolaos, Monemvasia, I had never heard of these Islands ! On some of those Islands, the houses were built in the rocks. I took lots of photos, but lost them all as I lost the battery in my camera. the cover became undone and the battery fell off. I was gutted. The ship information was very good and Captain Fox was very approachable. He would have his breakfast in the Conservatory and sit with the passengers. I was very disappointed for not being able to dine at the Conservatory every evening instead on some theme nights only. Although I loved going to the main Restaurant every night, but the people on my table were very unsociable. I was at a table for 6, there were 2 couples and another single lady like me and we were stuck at the end of the table next to each other.I was not able to contribute to any of the conversation as the 2 couples were talking among themselves. In the end, I opted out all together to go to dinner . .I had a good lunch and something else at tea time. I stayed in my cabin or went on the sun deck and read my book or did my knitting. I have done many cruises before and Its the first time, I encounter such unsociable people at the meal table. I went to the Singles meting only once. There was only 5 of us and all women. The activities was very good, but sometimes will clash with another activity that I wanted to take part in. The entertainment was very good specially the Comedians, I had such a laugh! The staff and service were fabulous, specially at reception. Lovely people. Then one day, I left my cardigan (my one and only warm thing) on the chair on the sun deck and it was gone, nobody handed it in. I could not believe there would be thieves on the ship ! I disembarked exactly at the time I wanted as my daughter was fetching me. The disembarkment process is very organised and I found my suitcase very quickly. All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience, but I would not do a 1 month long cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Adonia Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.9
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.4
Enrichment 5.0 3.3
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 4.0 3.3

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