Pools, Spa, and Outdoor Facilities.....................Page Two
Shops, Library and Other Public Areas..............Page Three
Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment.............Page Four
PHOTO TOUR AND
P&O's pathfinder ship, Adonia ranges the world traveling both to ports frequented
by other cruise ships and to ports that are off the beaten track. Her relatively
small size enables her to sail such itineraries. However, her size does not require
guests to sacrifice comfort. Indeed, quite the opposite. As discussed below, her
sister ships sailing for other lines are sold as luxury ships. In sum, Adonia offers
itineraries that will be particularly appealing to experienced travelers as well as an
intimate but elegant environment that cruise connoisseurs will appreciate.
Adonia began life as the R8, the last of series of nearly-identical ships built for
Renaissance Cruises. (see also Regatta and Azamara Journey). Within a few
months of R8's going into service, Renaissance went bankrupt. As a result, the
ship sat idle in Gibraltar until she was chartered by Swan Hellenic Cruises for
operation under the name Minerva II.
In 2006, she was acquired by Princess Cruises and following a refit, she was
renamed Royal Princess and joined two of her sister R-class ships, R3 (now
Pacific Princess) and R4 (at that time, Ocean Princess, see profile), as part of
Princess' small ship operation. With Princess, the ship specialized in longer cruises
that took her all over the world.
At the same time, Artemis (see profile) was doing similar types of itineraries for
Princess' sister company, P&O Cruises. Artemis had been built as and sailed as
Royal Princess for Princess Cruises until she was transferred to P&O Cruises in
2005. Thus, when the decision was made to sell Artemis to the German cruise
line Phoenix Resin, attention naturally focused on the then-Royal Princess as a
replacement to carry on the small ship operation of P&O Cruises. Accordingly,
Royal Princess went through another re-fit and emerged as Adonia, entering
service for P&O Cruises in May 2011.
Royal Princess did not require an extensive amount of alteration to become
Adonia. Although Princess advertises itself as "American-style luxury", the decor
and style of this ship reflected that part of American style which is heavily-rooted
in classic British style. With its wood-paneled rooms, dark wood furniture,
cushioned chairs, fireplaces, traditional prints and works of art, the ship's public
rooms were clearly inspired by British country houses and the clubs of Pall Mall.
All that was necessary to transform the ship's physical plant to the distinctly British
atmosphere that P&O Cruises is known for was to make some adjustments so that
the ship would encompass some of P&O Cruises' signature venues.
Operationally, of course, the ship changed from Princess style to P&O style. For
example, the two signature Princess specialty restaurants, the Sterling Steakhouse
and Sabbatini's, were changed. As it has on other ships, P&O brought in celebrity
chef Marco Pierre White to develop a restaurant for Adonia. The second
restaurant was developed in-house but is also unique to Adonia.
Another operational change was the decision to make Adonia adults-only. In
practice, Royal Princess attracted few children but as P&O recognized there is a
segment of the market that wants to be assured of an adult atmosphere on a cruise.
After spending a season with sister brand Fathom Cruises, it was announced in
2017 that Adonia would be joining Azamara Club Cruises in 2018 as Azamara
When talking about one of the R-class ships it is interesting to consider that while
their original owner went out of business, all of the R ships have been
tremendously successful and popular subsequently. Indeed, they are the backbone
of the luxury cruise lines Azamara (R6 (Journey) and R7 (Quest)) and Oceania
R2 (Regatta), Insignia (R 1), Direena (R 4) and R5 (Nautica)). Pacific Princess (R
3) is loved by many Princess fans.
The central staircase leading to the lobby.
The Reception Desk.
Passengers can relax in the club-like lobby.
Across the lobby, guests can
arrange shore excursions at the
The public rooms are
traditional art and
paneling, and by
attention to detail.
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