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Review: Adonia

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

Our first P & O cruise

  • By SilverTraveller Gloworm

    6 reviews

  • Jul 2011
  • Partner
  • Regular holiday
  • Balcony

143 people found this review helpful

The Adonia is a small cruise ship that carries 700 passengers and became P&O's latest addition to their fleet in May this year. We had not been on a cruise with P&O before but booked it because the itinerary appealed and we like to try different cruise lines.

Embarkation was quick and efficient at Southampton and our cabin was ready at 12.30pm when we boarded.The cabin was well laid out and comfortable albeit somewhat short on wardrobe space- certainly not adequate for a World Cruise.

The food was probably the best we've ever had on a cruise ship and the crew who were mostly from Goa, were very friendly and gave excellent service. Many of the passengers on board were regulars with P&O and from those who chatted to us, we understood them to be generally disappointed with the cruise in general.The passengers were generally more mature as the ship was for adults only. Some disabled passengers found that parts of the ship were not very wheel chair friendly.

We found the ship to be just the right size for us as it was cosy rather than big and glitzy. The evening entertainment was good, with the resident group of 5 singers providing several musical shows and even performed a Noel Coward play one evening. There was a wacky magician that we enjoyed but a comedian who was simply not funny.

During the day, there was less to do when at sea than we have been used to on other cruise lines, although we enjoyed the port lectures and a couple of seminars on how to get the best from your compact digital camera. We also watched a film one morning in the show lounge, despite us being the only 2 people in there.

As we didn't have a yardstick for P&O cruises, we were generally happy with the cruise. However- and this was a big issue for us, the lack of and forever changing information on port times of arrival and departure was something completely new to us. On this ship, it was very difficult to make your own plans for each port of call. Times were cut short in at least 3 ports, without prior warning and the customer service attitude to complaints about it were evasive at best and dismissive most of the time. The ships excursions, although not expensive, were generally poor in content.

It's sad to say that for this reason and no other, we are unlikely to book another cruise with P&O. Many of the regulars felt the same and will probably be trying different cruise lines if their complaints are not heeded.

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