Those of you who read my blogs, follow me on social media or know me in real life will know that I am…I mean, was… ever so slightly in love with a certain member of the P&O Cruises fleet.
Having first experienced her in July 2017, myself and my family spent a month on board P&O Adonia in January 2018. We saw some amazing places and have some incredible memories of our time on the ship.
Adonia had quite a history by the time we first tried her, originally built as R Eight for Renaissance Cruises in 2001, she’s had lives under the names Minerva II (for Swan Hellenic) and Royal Princess (for Princess Cruises) before joining P&O Cruises as Adonia. When we sailed on her she’d just come back into the fleet from a small amount of time sailing under the Fathom brand.
We, well, I spent 7 wonderful days from Southampton visiting Bordeaux, Bilbao and Le Havre. We all fell in love pretty damned quickly, so much so my parents stayed on board at the last minute for another 2 weeks, sending me home on my own.
Adonia had quite a fanbase, all of whom were bitterly dissapointed when it was announced in September 2017 that she would be leaving the fleet.
Well, she’s since had a makeover in Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard and is now sailing under the name Azamara Pursuit.
My parents recently sailed on Pursuit to see just how much she’d changed – here’s a few thoughts from my mum Jacqui!
“Well, this is nice” I thought as I was handed a glass of fizz. I’d literally just stepped on-board still clutching my leather Azamara cruise card holder after a very quick and efficient
I knew the ship already having spent seven weeks
Our cabin again looks brighter and more contemporary than it was before. The bathroom, beautifully appointed with handy storage and lovely toiletries. Wow the balcony looks a little bit crowded with a huge table and two dining chairs but the floor looks great. Wardrobes the same but with a lighter panel on the doors to lighten them up. OMG a light in the wardrobe!
It’s a bit strange to be on a ship which is very familiar, yet not. Although changes have been made around the ship – all of them I think have added to the charm of the ship.
Dinner in the MDR – I was amazed at the amount of choice available. We shared a table with a lovely American couple and had a great time – no doubt aided by our wine glasses which magically kept refilling. I realise that food is subjective but we thought it was very good.
The bed, bedding and pillows were simply gorgeous and we slept extremely well.
This was our first experience of all-inclusive cruising and I confidently announced to all and sundry before we went that this would not alter my drinking habits by one iota. Ha! Within a couple of days – our alcoholic preferences were noted and drinks would arrive when we’d barely sat down!
The service was exemplary, in fact the whole ambiance was relaxing. The staff loved to talk and didn’t appear to be discouraged from doing so.
Buffet breakfast was comprehensive and there was somebody who would toast anything you wanted – hot toast on a ship! As well as hot food, there was salad cheeses, piles of fruit, avocado, smoked salmon…. Dietary foibles appeared well catered for – I noticed that GF and DF were clearly marked.
The Living Room is at the top of the ship and again has been refurbished beautifully. At five each day they offered tapas and it became a regular thing for us to sit there in those comfy chairs with a plate of nibbles and a few glasses of fizz. Getting up to leave was the hardest thing.
This was a port-intensive cruise like most Azamara itineraries and that’s exactly what I like. Each time we came back on-board, we were welcomed back – sounds cheesy but it really wasn’t. Many of our ports required shuttle transfers out of the port area and into the town – these were plentiful and of course, complimentary. There were overnight stops in Bordeaux (two of them) and Lisbon.
Each cruise of seven days and above, Azamara stage a complementary “AzAmazing Evening”. We were bussed to a beautiful old theatre in Bilbao called “The Chocolate Box” and saw a lovely show of local music and dancing. Organising 700 people to and from the ship is quite a feat and they did it well.
Most afternoons and some mornings we joined in with the trivia sessions which was a good laugh. You collected signatures on a sheet just for taking part which
So this was our first Azamara cruise and I’d hate to think it was the last. It was such an effortless way to cruise and so relaxing – Azamara have a
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