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Christened 2011 May 21st (by Shirley Bassey)  

Adonia is the second ship in P&O history to bear this name. She was the original R Eight which was the last of 8 sisters of the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises, former Minerva II of Swan Hellenic and Royal Princess <II> of Princess Cruises. Eventually she joined P&O Cruises in 2011 to become the smallest ship in the fleet.

Carrying just 710 passengers, Adonia is exclusively for adults and radiates small ship charm. With wood-style panelling, a grand staircase and traditional artworks, her ambience and decor are in keeping with the traditions of cruising. There is also modernity to her detailing as being a 21st century ship, all of which is beautifully crafted.

Major features of Adonia include the well-known Crow's Nest lounge and Anderson's bar, the grand Curzon Lounge, library, card room, shops, photo gallery, spa, salon, gymnasium, golf net, two pools and two whirlpool spas. Restaurants include The Pacific Restaurant for Club Dining, The Conservatory for buffet, and two Select Dining Options which are Sorrento and Ocean Grill by Marco Pierre White. There are also the Lido Café, and bars such as Pool Bar and Raffles.

Adonia's voyages appeal to adult passengers who enjoy a traditional cruising atmosphere, a more intimate ship, lesser-visited destinations and more cultural experience. She sails to the Mediterranean and Baltic in summer, and has departures to the Caribbean in winter. World Cruises and Grand Voyages are offered in spring.

Entered Service 2001 February (as R Eight)
2011 May 22nd (as Adonia)
Builder Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire (France)
Original Cost US$150 million
Registry Hamilton, Bermuda
Gross Tonnage 30277 tons
Length x Beam x Draft 181.0 x 25.5 x 6.0 (m), 593.7 x 83.5 x 19.7 (ft)
Speed 18.5 knots
Passenger Decks 8
Number of Cabins
(Inside / Oceanview / Balcony)
355 (24, 74, 257)
(Standard Occupancy /
Full Occupancy)
710 / 1150
Total Crew 385
Navigation Officers British
IMO Number, Call Sign 9210220, ZCDV2
Sister Ships Columbus 2 (Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten)
Regatta, Nautica (Oceania Cruises)
Pacific Princess, Ocean Princess (Princess Cruises)
Azamara Journey, Azamara Quest (Azamara Club Cruises)
History 2001-2001: R Eight (Renaissance Cruises)
2001-2003: [laid up]
2003-2007: Minerva II (Swan Hellenic)
2007-2011: Royal Princess <II> (Princess Cruises)
2011- : Adonia (P&O Cruises)

(Unless otherwise specified, information about Adonia in this virtual ship tour was correct at the time of publishing after the author visited the ship in June 2011. Cruise Wonderland would like to express our gratitude to P&O Cruises in organizing the ship tour for us.)

Click on different decks to view the details:
Deck 3 / Deck 4 / Deck 5 / Deck 6 / Deck 7 / Deck 8 / Deck 9 / Deck 10 / Deck 11

Deck 3 (E Deck)
Tender Embarkation Platforms are located on Deck 3, which can be reached by both forward and aft staircases. The other area on this deck is crew-only.

Deck 4 (D Deck)
Deck 4 has a number of inside and oceanview cabins. The atrium is situated just in front of the aft elevators, bounded by the front desk and shore excursions office. It spreads over two decks and has a staircase with intricate and wrought-iron railings, resembling those on Titanic and other ocean liners.

The Reception is located in the atrium. It is open from 07:00 to 23:00 daily for all general queries.

Positioned at the port side of Deck 4 aft, Explorers is the shore excursions office
which enable passengers to book the tours available at each port of call.

Medical Centre:
Charged medical consultation by doctors is available at the midship Medical Centre.




Reception Explorers D Deck Aft Staircase

Deck 5 (Promenade Deck)
Deck 5 is made up of many public rooms, including the showlounge, two bars, shops, photo gallery and the main restaurant. The promenades lie at the two sides amidships.

The Curzon Lounge:
The Curzon Lounge is Adonia's premiere entertainment venue and is situated forward. It features an ornate wooden dance floor which is ideal for ballroom dancing. In the evenings, the stage presents a wide range of entertainment from shows to classical recitals. Passengers can enjoy cabaret shows and performances by Headliners Theatre Company, P&O Cruises' own group of resident actors, singers and dancers. The showlounge can also be used for lectures and port talks.

Named after Arthur Anderson (co-founder of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company), the midship Anderson's is a classic feature on many vessels of P&O Cruises. It is a comfortable bar with a fireplace, wood panels and traditional sofas that create a British ambience, and is a perfect venue to relax by day and evening.

Photo Gallery:
The hallway at the starboard side of Anderson's is the Photo Gallery. Passengers can purchase their own portraits or photos of the ship taken by the ship's photographers.

The Curzon Lounge The Curzon Lounge Photo Gallery
Anderson's Anderson's Anderson's

Mayfair and Emporium:
Passengers will find an array of shops at Mayfair, which sell everything from perfume and jewellery to clothing and souvenirs at duty-free prices. On the other hand, the Emporium stocks books, postcards, snacks and many essential holiday items. They are positioned amidships at the upper lever of the atrium.

Cruise Sales and Loyalty Desk:
Placed at the port side of the atrium, the Cruise Sales and Loyalty Desk is for passengers to book their next sailing on P&O Cruises and receive early-bird discounts. It also handles matters over Peninsular Club, the cruise line's loyalty club.

Mayfair Mayfair Emporium
Cruise Sales and Loyalty Desk Raffles Promenade

Raffles is a stylish and refined bar located in the atrium and beside The Pacific Restaurant. Here passengers can select from a range of speciality coffee, cakes, gâteaux, chocolates and savouries during the day, then enjoy their favourite tipple in a sociable setting in the evening.

The Pacific Restaurant:
Situated aft of Deck 5, The Pacific Restaurant is the main restaurant of Adonia and has around 350 seats. It provides breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in opening seating. Dinner is offered in two seatings at 18:30 and 20:30 each evening known as Club Dining, in which five course silver-service menu will be served.

Atrium Atrium Atrium
Raffles The Pacific Restaurant The Pacific Restaurant

Deck 6 (C Deck)
Deck 6 is a cabin deck, which is composed of inside cabins, outside cabins, balcony cabins, Suites and Penthouse Suites.

Inside Cabins:
Inside Cabins (165 square feet) are situated on Deck 4, Deck 6, Deck 7 and Deck 8. Each room has two lower beds, bathroom with shower and water closet, sofa, chair and table, vanity or writing desk, wardrobe and drawer space, air-conditioning, television, radio, telephone, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, tea or coffee making facilities, mineral water on arrival, and luxurious pamper pack. Daily steward service is provided.

Outside Cabins:
Outside Cabins (165 square feet) can be found on Deck 4, Deck 6 and Deck 7. Each room has all the facilities and items same as those in an Inside Cabin, and also a picture window or a porthole instead of a picture mirror.

C Deck Hallway

Deck 7 (B Deck)
Similar to Deck 6, all types of cabins can be found on Deck 7.

Balcony Cabins:
In addition to all the furniture and facilities that Outside Cabins have, Balcony Cabins (214 square feet) have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors leading to balcony with table and reclining chairs. They are located on Deck 6 and Deck 7.

There are altogether four Suites (753 square feet), two on Deck 6 forward (C002 "Palermo" and C003 "Orissa") and two on Deck 7 forward (B004 "Devanha" and B005 "Canberra"). Additional features include lounge area with sofa and armchairs, separate bedroom, bathroom with whirlpool bath, separate guest toilet, DVD player and mini stereo, bathrobe and slippers, iron and ironing board, trouser press, coffee machine, atlas and binoculars, magazine and newspaper selection upon arrival, fruit basket, flowers, champagne and chocolate on arrival, daily canapés, and also butler service.

Launderette & Ironing Room:
Nestled amidships on Deck 7, the free-of-charge Launderette is for passengers' use. Detergents, fabric softeners, irons and ironing boards are provided.

B Deck Aft Elevators

Deck 8 (A Deck)
Deck 8 is the highest deck with passenger accommodations, with inside cabins, balcony cabins and Penthouse Suites. The bridge is located at the forward end.

Penthouse Suites:
The largest cabins on Adonia are the six Penthouse Suites (930 square feet), located aft of Deck 6, Deck 7 and Deck 8. They have same features as Suites but larger cabin sizes. They are named "Victoria" (C088), "Strathmore" (C091), "Himalaya" (B114), "Formosa" (B119), "Caledonia" (A088) and "Arcadia" (A091).

A Deck Hallway

Deck 9 (Lido Deck)
Deck 9 consists of a buffet restaurant, a fast food corner, a bar, an outdoor swimming pool and three whirlpool spas, card room, the spa and the gymnasium.

Oasis Spa & Health Club:
Occupying the forward area of Deck 9, the Oasis Spa & Health Club is a place for relaxation and indulgence, where passengers can pamper themselves with a selection of spa therapies. The beauty salon offers a full range of services for hair, nails and more.
At the outdoor pool and relaxation area, passengers can enjoy the view of the ship's bow.

There is a fully-equipped Gymnasium at the starboard side of Oasis Spa & Health Club. It has a variety of cardiovascular machines and weights, and offers a selection of exercise classes.

Oasis Spa & Health Club

Oasis Spa & Health Club (Hair Salon)

Oasis Spa & Health Club (Pool & Relaxation Area)


Oasis Spa & Health Club (Forward)



Card Room:
With excellent sea views, the Card Room at the port side of Deck 9 forward is used for playing card games, bridge tournaments and various quizzes.

Pool Bar:
The Pool Bar is situated just behind the forward staircase and offers refreshments to passengers who sunbathe on the deck.

Crystal Pool:
At the centre of Deck 9 lies Adonia's main pool and two whirlpool spas. Passengers can while away the day by enjoying the sunshine on the deck chairs.

Card Room & Oasis Spa

Card Room

Pool Bar

Crystal Pool Crystal Pool Crystal Pool (Table Tennis)

Lido Café:
Located adjacent to the Crystal Pool, the Lido
Café is a casual eatery for light lunch. It serves a variety of fresh snacks and grills, such as burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, pizzas, wraps, fries and salad, from 11:00 to 18:00 every day.

The Conservatory:
Being a buffet restaurant for casual dining, The Conservatory at Deck 9 aft has both indoor and outdoor seats, in which the latter enjoy the views of the ship's wake. It is open from sunrise until long after sunset, offering breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, themed dinner as well as late night snacks.

Lido Café The Conservatory The Conservatory

Deck 10 (Sun Deck)
Deck 10 comprises the Crow's Nest observation lounge at the forward end, as well as two alternative restaurants and a library at the aft section. A jogging track is situated amidships above the pool area.

Crow's Nest:
Being another classic P&O Cruises' venue, Crow's Nest is an observation lounge which can be found at the very forward of Deck 10 on Adonia. Offering far-reaching panoramic views of the ocean, it is a perfect observatory by day, and becomes a bar filled with a full range of live music by evening.

Jogging Track:
The outdoor, midship jogging track circles and overlooks the Crystal Pool area on Deck 9. Nine laps are approximately equivalent to 1 kilometer.

The Library:
The Library is placed just forward of the aft staircase, having the views of the jogging track and the Crystal Pool. It is a quiet and perfect spot for reading, writing and connecting to the Internet, and offers a range of best-sellers, non-fiction and classic literature for loan. A selection of board games are also available.

Crow's Nest

Crow's Nest

Crow's Nest


Crow's Nest

Sun Deck Forward Staircase Jogging Track
Crystal Pool Crystal Pool The Library

Enjoying views of the stern, Sorrento is a flexible Select Dining restaurant positioned at the port side of Deck 10 aft. It offers a taste of Italy, combining great food with fine wines in warm, relaxed and stylish surroundings. A cover charge applies and reservations are required.

Ocean Grill:
Located at the starboard side and opposite to Sorrento, Ocean Grill is another alternative restaurant which has classic and elegant surroundings. Its menu is developed in conjunction with
world-renowned restaurateur Marco Pierre White, and the dishes are presented in a contemporary style. A cover charge applies and reservations are required.




Ocean Grill Ocean Grill Ocean Grill

Deck 11 (Sky Deck)
The highest passenger deck, Deck 11, has the forward section only which can be reached by the outdoor stairs. The open-air area is used for various sports activities complete with golf, shuffleboards and deck quoits.

Shuffleboards and Deck Quoits:
Shuffleboards and deck quoits are traditional British seafaring games which date back to the Middle Ages. These two popular activities on cruise ships can also be found on Adonia on Deck 11.

Golf Net:
The Golf Net at the starboard side
enables golfers to practise golf techniques. On certain cruises, some professionals are available to offer lessons tailored to all levels of golfers.

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