Last week saw the Announcement from P&O that they were to sell the much loved ship Adonia. The ship had only just come back to their fleet for this season, but it seems that P&O have decided that the ship doesn’t fit into their fleet these days.
I do tend to agree that although it is a fantastic ship, she is just very different to the rest of the fleet. With a new ship due in 2020 which will be their biggest ever ship and large ship Britannia they also have big ships Azura & Ventura. Yes they do have the more traditional Arcadia and Oriana as well as mid-size Oceana but Adonia is different again, a more boutique style ship carrying just over 700 passengers as apposed to the next smallest in the fleet Oriana carrying around 1880 passengers.
Adonia is being sold to Azamara Cruises – which I think is perfect – you will understand why when you read below
Do you know much about this ship?….No?
Well let me give you a brief history of this lovely ship…
The MV Adonia Was originally built for the long gone Renaissance Cruises in 2001 and was originally called R Eight – she was the last of the R class ships to be built / enter service and yes there were 8 of them – Actually that could be a good blog – What happened to the Renaissance ships (I will save that one for the future).
Not long after entering service Renaissance cruises ceased trading due to bankruptcy. The ship was laid up for almost 2 years and was chartered to Swan Hellenic until 2007. It was whilst she sailed for Swan Hellenic as Minerva II that I was lucky enough to slend a day in board – and I have to say she was just so different to any other ship I had seen – A real boutique hotel feel and I could understand why customers really fell in love with her.
in 2007 after being sold to Princess Cruises, she was renamed Royal Princess.
She entered service for P&O in 2011 being renamed Adonia. She remained in the fleet until 2016 – I remember in 2015 the new 2016 P&O brochure came out minus Adonia Itineraries – there was much speculation, but agents were assured Adonia’s itineraries would be revealed later. As it was the ship went into dry Dock in 2016 for a major refit and became the new ship in Carnival corporations FATHOM scheme.
Sailing for Fathom the Adonia focused on people who wanted to work alongside local communities as part of their travel experience in areas such as education, the environment and economic development. She sailed out of Miami to the Dominican Republic and Cuba on an alternating weekly basis. While in the Dominican Republic and Cuba, passengers had the opportunity to work on programs designed to make a positive social impact on the communities they visited.
On 2 May 2016, Adonia docked in the port of Havana, the first port of her Cuban itinerary for Fathom. It marked the first time in over 50 years that a U.S. cruise line has sailed from the U.S. to Cuba. It was also the first time in decades that Cuban-born individuals were able to travel by sea to or from Cuba
After Fathom Ceased operations Adonia came back into the P&O Fleet starting with cruises from September this year.
Adonia has been sold to Azamara as I have previously mentioned – which is great because both Azamara ships are Also R Class ships – so she fits into the fleet perfectly and I for one cannot wait to see how she turns out for them.
Here is to the future of R EIGHT.