Remember P&O Adonia? Do you remember where she went?
Well let me tell you. She joined Carnival Corporations ‘voluntourism’ venture Fathom back in May 2016 and became the first US ship to visit Cuba. She has bee taking “voluntourists” on seven-day voyages from Miami to the Dominican Republic, working on activities such as providing clean water, planting crops to help a women’s co-operative produce organic chocolate, and teaching English to the islanders.
With Spanish lessons, community-building activities, and briefings about the work to come, the experiences on board have been much different to what the ship has been used to in her lifetime.
The venture has left a lasting legacy with many of the Fathom exoeciences being rolled out to the rest of the Carnival Corporations fleet especially many of the Projects in the Dominican republic.
So as I said she is coming home to the UK, the much loved smaller vessel (carrying around 710 passengers) will make her welcome return next summer (2017). It has been reported that she will sailing a range of discoveries itineraries – I think this will add a new dimension to the P&O offerings and I cannot wait to see the itineraries
Adonia was originally built as the last of eight ‘R’ class ships for Renaissance Cruises and was know as R8 entering service in 2001 – she is sister ship to Azamara Journey and Quest as well as some of the Oceania Fleet. Originally she was renamed Minerva 2 as part of the Swan Hellenic Fleet, I was lucky enough to visit the ship at this time and she left a lasting impression on me. She then moved to the Princess Fleet as Royal Princess, eventually becoming Adonia sailing for P&O.
I am sure that fans of the ship will be excited to see her back, and will join me in welcoming the beautiful Adonia back to the UK.