This year certainly has been a very memorable one but maybe not for all the right reasons! The past couple have been absolutely crazy, from the Hurricanes in the Caribbean and Typhoons in Japan, Ryan Air cancelling hundreds of flights and Monarch going in to Administration leaving passengers stranded in resorts across Europe and 1000’s of disappointed holiday makers whom have had their trips cancelled.
From the Carnival Head Quarters we have had some big news with Cunard announcing the addition of a 4th ship in to the Cunard Fleet to co-inside with the 50th Anniversary of the QE2.
P&O have also been in the spot light, Oriana in the past couple of days has had Engine Problems which has delayed her arrival in to Southampton, she was due to leave on the 7th October for a Mini Cruise, and that’s been cut short a day with 100’s of people cancelling free of charge and it does leave one to wonder what the atmosphere will be on board for those still going.
In other P&O news, Earlier this month P&O announced that they will be losing the smallest ship in the fleet, Adonia will leave the fleet in March 2018. Adonia seems to have been a nether-ending problem for P&O and Carnival – they cannot decide if they want her or not. First they did, then they sent her to Fathom, then she came back and now they have gone and sold her! It wouldn’t surprise me if they said we have decided to bring her back.
However I am not too surprised, she is an R Class ship, built for Renaissance cruises in the 2001. She has 7 sisters, and 6 of those operate under the Luxury Banners, with the final one being owned by Princess Cruises as the Pacific Princess, but only to recently did Princess have 2 but they sold one to Oceania. So Oceania have the Nautica, Insignia, Sirena and Regatta, Princess have the Pacific Princess and Azamara have the Azamara Quest and Journey so it’s no surprise that Azamara have snapped up the Adonia.
The R Class are ideal for the Luxury Market, as smaller ships they are very much discovery and expedition ships, perfect for the smaller and more unusual ports, Azamara are known for the destinations so a perfect ship to increase the fleet.
Azamara Pursuit will under-go a full refit after leaving the P&O in March, although this has led to again more disappointment as she had quite a few cruises scheduled in but its lead to those being cancelled!
So what do you think? Are you going to miss the Adonia? Have you been affected by these changes?