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Review: Adonia

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

Adonia in the Med

  • By SilverTraveller Jnette

    9 reviews

  • Sep 2011
  • Husband
  • Regular holiday
  • Outside

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In October my husband and I sailed on Adonia for the first time going to several ports in the Mediterranean. We chose Adonia as it is small and only carries around 700 passengers and being small it can get into some ports the larger ships cannot.



The ship has many advantages and some disadvantages, namely the limited entertainment owing to lack of dedicated theatre and cinema but it more than makes up for that in friendliness and elegance. The food was excellent and cabins well appointed.



The ports were all good but our favourite was Portofino in Italy which was stunningly beautiful and seemingly full of beautiful people (well Dolce and Gabbana were filming there).



All in all a cruise is a very relaxing holiday particularly if you go from and return to Southampton but, to get the most from this type of holiday, you must be prepared to chat to other passengers and table companions and generally join in some of the activities.

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  • Shropshire-lady
    about 9 years ago
    Having previously enjoyed cruises on the P&O former small ship Artemis and on Arcadia, my husband and I were keen to try a cruise on the new Adonia. We travelled round the western mediterranean from Gibraltar - Sardinia - Rome - Santa Margarita - Barcelona - Marseilles - Lisbon. We thoroughly enjoyed the visits to the ports, taking some of the tours on offer, which we thought reasonably priced. P&O always provide transport for anyone wishing to visit ports independently of their tours and this was well organised. Adonia only takes 700 passengers so there is little waiting around.

    The staff were welcoming and friendly, providing impeccable service. P&O has changed its tipping policy. Like other cruise lines tips are now automatically deducted from passengers' accounts instead of allowing them to give as they wish at the end of the cruise. This may account for the 'enthusiasm' of the staff.

    Food was of a very good standard and the two upgrade restaurants Sorrento (Italian) and Ocean Grill were excellent alternatives. However,we did feel that the lunchtime buffet had less appeal than on previous cruises. this seems to be one of those areas where economies arfe being made.

    We also felt that the entertainment was poor compared to the other ships on which we have travelled. This also seemed to a cost saving exercise, as the cruise director and staff members were involved in a number of 'in house' productions, reminiscent of a holiday camp, rather than providing professional entertainers every night. We also missed the pre-dinner concerts that had been the norm on other ships in the fleet.