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Adonia Review and Specifications

Specifications of Adonia

Flag Bermuda
Year of built 2001
Speed 18 kn
Length 181 m
Beam 25 m
Gross Tonnage 30277 gt
Former name R Eight, Royal Princess
Passengers 712
Crew 300
Passengers-to-space ratio 43
Decks 11
Decks with cabins 4
Last Refurbishment 2016

Review of Adonia

Launched in 2001, Adonia is one of the P and O adult ships, together with Oriana and Arcadia. The ship cost US $150 million to build and was last refurbished in 2011, with next scheduled refit in 2016 when P&O cruise ship Adonia will be transferred to the new Carnival-owned line named “fathom”.

History - construction & ownership

P&O Cruises is based at Carnival House in Southampton, UK, operated by Carnival UK and owned by Carnival Corp. & plc. This British-American cruise line was originally a constituent of Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company. P and O Cruises is the world's oldest cruise line, having operated the first passenger ships in early 19th century. It is sister company of P&O Cruises Australia. P and O Cruises was de-merged from P&O group in 2000, and became a subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, which in 2003 merged with Carnival Corp. to form Carnival Corp. & plc. PO Cruises currently operates eight ships with a total guest capacity of 14,970 and 5% market share of worldwide cruise lines. Its most recent ship, mv Britannia, joined the fleet in March 2015.

The 30,277-ton, 740-passenger cruise ship Adonia is the smallest cruise liner of the P&O Cruises line. Adonia was named, or rather, re-named, in May 2011. The cruise vessel was actually built in 2001 as R8, the 8th in a series of ships commissioned by the now-defunct Renaissance Cruise Company. In her time, Adonia cruise ship sailed both as Minerva 2 for Swan Hellenic and Royal Princess for Princess Cruise Line. Adonia's 7 sisters are scattered across the fleets of Oceania Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises and Princess Cruises, all companies that have made adaptations of their own to those 8 equal cruise ships. But some of the initial amenities in the series were so strong that most cruise companies, also and P&O Cruise Line, have kept them: a sweeping staircase opening grandly into the lobby, a stylish library with a faux fireplace and trompe d'oeil ceiling and zone aft of the sun deck for 2 alternative restaurants with sweeping views over the vessel's wake.

Cruise itinerary program

Adonia itinerary program is based on 7-day roundtrip Caribbean voyages to Cuba and Dominican Republic from Miami



Most Adonia staterooms are 215-sq.foot Balcony rooms (248). There are a total of 356 staterooms in 20 categories. The largest aboard Adonia are the Penthouse Suites (930 ft2).

Dining options - Food & Drinks

There are four main dining venues on P&O Adonia. The Pacific Restaurant, located aft on the Promenade Deck, provides open-seating breakfast and lunch, as well as fixed-seating dinner in two sittings. There are tables for 2, 4, 6 and 8. The Conservatory is ship's casual indoor-outdoor venue on Lido Deck, unchanged in decor since the days of Royal Princess. It serves buffet food for breakfast and lunch. There are healthier options like cereals, pastries and fresh fruit. The Conservatory is open on selected evenings only for dinner. Marco Pierre White's Ocean Grill runs along the starboard side of ship's Sun Deck and serves fresh, modern British cuisine. Equally lovely is the Italian speciality restaurant Sorrento, opposite on the port side, all in dazzling white, serving dishes like sea bass with prawns, baked mushrooms in a cheese sauce, pizza and pasta. 

Follows the complete list of Adonia restaurants and food bars.

  • The Pacific Restaurant (aft Dining Room; open seating breakfast 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 - 1:45 p.m., Afternoon Tea 4:00 - 4:45 p.m., and club dining with two fixed Dinner seatings at 6:30 or 8:30 p.m.; complimentary)
  • The Conservatory Restaurant & Bar (buffet-style; provides indoor/outdoor seating; open for Breakfast 6:30 - 7:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 - 3 p.m., Afternoon Tea and snacks 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., and Dinner 6:30 - 9 p.m.; features themed buffets and self service, complimentary Pizzeria; Conservatory Bar)
  • Sidewalk Cafe (Lido Cafe, fast food bar; offers pizzas, burgers, fish & chips, complimentary; open 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
  • Ocean Grill Restaurant & Bar (specialty dining by celebrity chef Marco Pierre-White; dinner only 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., reservation-only; also serving Suite guests Breakfast)
  • Ocean Grill & Bar (fast food)
  • Sorrento Restaurant & Bar (Italian; specialty dining; Sorrento Bar).

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

P&O has included several of its much-loved trademarks from other cruise ships in Adonia, like Crow's Nest with panoramic views and wood-panelled Anderson's Bar. Anderson's boasts comfy leather chairs and an old-fashioned feel. This and Raffles are popular for pre-dinner drinks, because of their proximity to the Pacific Restaurant. The emphasis in Adonia's Crow's Nest is light and space. However, Adonia is not a ship for night owls - by midnight, most bars are empty. Another matter are the early evenings, and there is Latin dancing and pre-dinner ballroom in the Curzon Lounge, ship's main show lounge, every night. 

Adonia entertainment

Follows the complete list of Adonia lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Adonia Atrium (2-decks central open floor area and social hub)
  • The Curzon Lounge & Bar (dance floor, stage for live performances and shows; hosts lectures, video presentations during the day)
  • Raffles Bar (hand-made chocolates and cakes; specialty coffee; a la carte pricing)
  • Anderson’s Lounge & Bar (piano bar; nautically themed, with comfortable seating)
  • Mayfair Shop (luxury jewelry); Emporium (duty-free general store: logo merchandise, chocolates, souvenirs, alcohol, tobaccos, special occasion gifts)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop; The Library (with Internet computers); Card Room
  • Crystal Pool (served by Crystal Bar)
  • Oasis Spa & Health Club (Thalassotherapy pool, Treatment Rooms, Steam Rooms, Beauty Salon)
  • Gymnasium (complimentary equipment, Fitness classes; Yoga and Pilates at surcharge)
  • The Crow’s Nest Lounge (dance floor, stage for live music; with floor-ceiling windows for panoramic views; hosts art classes, quiz games, cooking demos during the day)
  • Jogging Track; Traditional deck games area (Deck Chess, Deck Quoits, Shufflleboard); Table Tennis; Golf Net.


Adonia wiki

Year built 2001

Last refurbished (scheduled refurbishment) 2016

Passenger capacity / crew capacity 710 (830 max) / 390

Dimensions (Gross tonnage weight / LOA length) 30,280 tons / 593 ft (181 m)

Flag State (registered in) Bermuda

Ship builder Chantiers de l'Atlantique (STX France)

Building cost USD 190 mill

Ship owner Carnival Corporation

Operator P&O Cruises UK

Christened by Shirley Bassey

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Accident reports and news

  • Passenger decks: 8
  • Cabin grades number: 14
  • Total number of cabins: 356 (of which 10 Suite, 248 Balcony, 24 Inside rooms)
  • Dining Rooms: Pacific Restaurant
  • Restaurants and food bars: "Conservatory" (buffet & bar), "Ocean Grill" (by Marco Pierre-White), "Sorrento" (Italian, & bar)
  • Lounges & Bars: Curzon (theater), Anderson’s, Crow’s Nest (observation), Raffles (patisserie), Sidewalk Cafe (fast food), poolside bars (Crystal).
  • Amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi access, laundry/self-serve laundromats.
  • Entertainment - Oasis Spa & Fitness, Crystal pool & bar, 2 jacuzzis, Library, duty-free shops, deck games (chess, Shufflleboard, Golf Net cage).
  • Adonia cruise ship is one of the P&O Cruises adults-only ships in the fleet. This "adult" fleet also includes the ships Arcadia and Oriana.
  • By design and as part of the former Renaissance Cruises fleet, the mv Adonia ship's sister vessels are InsigniaNautica, Regatta, SirenaPacific Princess, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest.
  • ms Adonia was formerly known as R Eight (Renaissance), Minerva 2 (Swan Hellenic) and Royal Princess (Princess Cruises). The vessel was built in France at the cost of 150 million pounds.
  • The R 8 ship was never operated by Renaissance Cruises since this company filed for bankruptcy in 2001. The ship was seized by the line's creditors and laid up for 2 years in Marseille. In 2003 started the ship's actual service history under the name Minerva 2 - as part of the Swan Hellenic cruise line's fleet (a Carnival brand).
  • In 2007, the ship joined Princess Cruises fleet as "Royal Princess" (link to the new ship 2013).
  • In 2011, Royal Princess was transferred to P&O UK's fleet and started operations as the current "mv Adonia".

Carnival Fathom cruises to Cuba

In 2016, following the transfer from P&O UK to the Carnival's new "fathom" cruise line, Adonia ship operates on Caribbean Sea itineraries. Leaving roundtrip from Miami Florida, it sails on 7-day cruises to Cuba. Another set of itineraries visit Dominican Republic.

The list of Cuban ports of call includes Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba. Activities ashore are educational and humanitarian themed. The daily "shore excursion" programming is 8 hours long (each day), and mandatory for all cruise passengers. Among all Cuban tour travel activities are city walks, visiting Colimar (fishing village), private home-restaurant (paladares) lunches, meeting Cuban people, visiting local ruins, museums, schools.

  • While operating as a fathom cruise ship, Adonia continues to be serviced by P and O Cruises. P&O UK provides the ship's management, crew and staff, all hotel services, food and drinks.
  • On March 21, 2016, the owned by Carnival Corporation Fathom cruise line officially received the Cuban government's permission to operate itineraries to Cuba. The Adonia's cruise itinerary program started on May 1, 2016. It offers 7-day long round-trips from Miami. The Cuban itinerary visits the ports Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Havana. The Dominican Republic itinerary visits the port Amber Cove.
  • In October 2015, the shipowner Carnival Corporation announced the fathom cruise prices range. While operating on 7-day fathom itineraries in the Caribbean, Adonia's cruise prices (in USD per person) range from 970 (inside cabin fare during low season) to 8250 (suite accommodation fare, on Cuba cruises during the peak season).
  • The fathom cruise line also offers a single cruise booking program named "Single Traveler Share". By this new program, solo travelers are matched with a suitable cabin mate to share the ship's double-occupancy staterooms without paying single supplement rates.

In late May 2016 were announced all departure dates on the "Fathom cruise ship" '2017 cruises to Cuba and Dominican Republic. Bookings for 2017 itineraries were open on June 1, 2016. Follows the list of all scheduled for 2017 departure dates:

  • 7-day Miami to Dominican Republic itinerary (visits Amber Cove): December 4, 18 (2016), and in 2017 - January 1, 15, 29, February 12, 26, March 12, 26, April 9, 23, May 7, 21, June 4, 18, July 2, 16, 30, August 13, 27, September 10, 24, October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17, 31 ("New Year 2017").
  • 7-day Miami to Cuba itinerary (visits Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba): Nov 27 (2016), Dec 11, 25 (2016), and in 2017 - January 8, 22, February 5, 19, March 5, 19, April 2, 16, 30, May 14, 28, June 11, 25, July 9, 23, August 6, 20, September 3, 17, October 1, 15, 29, November 12, 26, December 10, 24 ("Christmas 2017").

Photos of Adonia

Adonia related cruise news

Adonia Itineraries 2016

The below listed Adonia cruise prices on 2016 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Itinerary ports
18 September 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba Impact Travel Cruise
18 Sep        Departing from Miami, Florida
19 Sep - 20 Sep        Havana, Cuba
22 Sep        Cienfuegos, Cuba
23 Sep        Santiago de Cuba
25 Sep        Arriving in Miami, Florida
25 September 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Dominican Republic Impact Travel Cruise
25 Sep        Departing from Miami, Florida
27 Sep - 30 Sep        Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
02 Oct        Arriving in Miami, Florida
02 October 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba Impact Travel Cruise
02 Oct        Departing from Miami, Florida
03 Oct - 04 Oct        Havana, Cuba
06 Oct        Cienfuegos, Cuba
07 Oct        Santiago de Cuba
09 Oct        Arriving in Miami, Florida
09 October 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba Impact Travel Cruise
09 Oct        Departing from Miami, Florida
10 Oct - 11 Oct        Havana, Cuba
13 Oct        Cienfuegos, Cuba
14 Oct        Santiago de Cuba
16 Oct        Arriving in Miami, Florida
16 October 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba Impact Travel Cruise
16 Oct        Departing from Miami, Florida
17 Oct - 18 Oct        Havana, Cuba
20 Oct        Cienfuegos, Cuba
21 Oct        Santiago de Cuba
23 Oct        Arriving in Miami, Florida
23 October 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Dominican Republic Impact Travel Cruise
23 Oct        Departing from Miami, Florida
25 Oct - 28 Oct        Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
30 Oct        Arriving in Miami, Florida
30 October 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba Impact Travel Cruise
30 Oct        Departing from Miami, Florida
31 Oct - 01 Nov        Havana, Cuba
03 Nov        Cienfuegos, Cuba
04 Nov        Santiago de Cuba
06 Nov        Arriving in Miami, Florida
06 November 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba Impact Travel Cruise
06 Nov        Departing from Miami, Florida
07 Nov - 08 Nov        Havana, Cuba
10 Nov        Cienfuegos, Cuba
11 Nov        Santiago de Cuba
13 Nov        Arriving in Miami, Florida
13 November 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba Impact Travel Cruise
13 Nov        Departing from Miami, Florida
14 Nov - 15 Nov        Havana, Cuba
17 Nov        Cienfuegos, Cuba
18 Nov        Santiago de Cuba
20 Nov        Arriving in Miami, Florida
20 November 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Dominican Republic Impact Travel Cruise
20 Nov        Departing from Miami, Florida
22 Nov - 25 Nov        Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
27 Nov        Arriving in Miami, Florida