Just as we are all looking forward to our new ship, Azura, joining us, I am delighted to announce another addition to our P&O Cruises fleet – Adonia.
She will join us in May 2011, just after the farewell cruise of Artemis, and will then be our smallest, child-free ship. She is currently operating as Royal Princess. Since we announced the sale of Artemis I have been impressed by the affection shown by passengers and crew alike for that ship, and I have been asked by many passengers on our ships what our plans are for 2011. So I do believe that her loyal following will be delighted by this news.
At 32,000 tonnes, 335 cabins and just 710 passengers Adonia will be considerably smaller than her sisters in the fleet. With an elegant and traditional interior – a delightful library, nautical Crow’s Nest and classic Anderson’s bar (complete with fireplace!), Adonia will exude real small ship charm with a warm and intimate ambience. Yet being built as recently as 2001 she will offer all the modern facilities you would expect from P&O Cruises – a spa, cyb@study, a choice of dining and a high proportion of balcony cabins. Being a smaller vessel she will also be able to travel to some off the beaten track destinations that are not available to the larger ships of today. Indeed she will be a true “pathfinder” ship, akin to Victoria, our similar sized ship which left the fleet in 2003.
Her name may be familiar to you, as the original Adonia (the meaning of which is the female form of Grecian god Adonis), was introduced with Oceana as one of the “White Sisters” in 2003 and she developed quite a following as a widely travelled and child-free ship, before leaving the fleet in 2005.
For all of us at P&O Cruises this new ship is great news. Offering a range of ships, destinations and itineraries is an important part of the P&O Cruises success story and we believe that this addition will further our position as Britain’s favourite cruise line. I am sure that Adonia will soon become another much loved member of the P&O Cruises fleet. Adonia cruises will go on sale in the spring of next year and we look forward to sharing with you more about her and her itineraries over the coming months.