At only 710 passengers, Adonia is the smallest of P&O Cruises fleet. Designed to offer an intimate experience, she’s ideal for meeting new friends on board and welcoming back familiar faces. Because of her smaller size, she is also able to get into the smaller ports of call that the larger vessels cannot.
From the moment you step on board, you are greeted by the reception area, explorers (the excursion desk) and the grand atrium with its grand staircases. Fitted with wood-style panelling and rich with traditional artworks, her ambience and décor are in keeping with the traditions of cruising, and nobody does it better than P&O Cruises.
Out on top deck is the Crystal Pool, with a traditional lido feel, the perfect place to be when at sea. If you want to keep in shape, the gymnasium on board is well equipped with all the state of art equipment you would expect to find back home. When it’s time to pamper yourself, head to the Oasis Spa with all the treatments you could want, there’s also a salon which is the perfect place to head if you want to look your best.
Crystals bar out on top deck serves the Crystals Pool, here you can get a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, whilst you're sat in your sun lounger!
And when it comes to dining, there’s no shortage of choice either. The Lido café offers great food in a relaxed outdoor setting. The Pacific Restaurant is the main restaurant on board, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Conservatory & Bar is the buffet restaurant which offers a relaxed dining venue. Sorrento Restaurant serves classic Italian dishes, whilst Ocean Grill is Marco Pierre White’s on board restaurant creating stunning dishes at sea.
If you like your shopping, there’s a couple of great shops on board (Mayfair & Emporium) selling branded goods, clothing, jewellery and much more.
There’s a great selection of accommodation on board Adonia, it’s the perfect choice if you prefer smaller intimate cruising with a traditional British atmosphere on board.
Fresh out of dry dock in May 2015, I was one of the first few people on board for a 2 night mini-cruise to Le Havre. New features include a new restaurant exclusively for suite class passengers called Luminae; Gastrobar with craft beers; World Class Bar, Slush cocktail bar by the pool and an improved on board casino.
The Celebrity Eclipse is part of the Solstice class of ships, and one of the main features on top deck is the Lawn Club – yes that is real grass on the top deck, a team of gardeners work on the ship year round! You can have drinks, sunbathe, have a picnic or play games on the lawn club. By the Lawn Club is the Hot Class Show, an impressive display right in front of your eyes. There is a quiet Solstice Deck, which is great for relaxation, as well as the main pool and Jacuzzis and plenty of places to lay out in the sun, and also lots of areas if you want to lay in the shade as well. There are private cabanas in the adult only solarium, which is a heated area for pool – great for all weather conditions.
On Deck 14, as well as the Lawn Club, you will also find the basketball courts and the kids clubs – they will be entertained for hours, whilst you enjoy yourself! When your sailing out of a port – head to the Sky Observation Lounge on Deck 14 for panoramic rooms, a great place for pre-dinner cocktails.
Deck 12 will take you to the impressive spa area – with treatment rooms spanning over two decks with a quiet relaxation room and a beauty salon, you can truly get pampered whilst on your cruise holiday.
There’s an impressive collection of shops on board as well, over two decks – you can literally get anything here from sweets to hand bags, from branded clothing to cuff links, from perfume to children’s toys. Remember that the shops aren’t open when the ship is in port, only when at sea or during sailing in the evening.
Deck 4, Promenade Deck, you will find a number of lounges and bars including Cellar Masters, Martini Bar (with real ice bar), Crush, Fortunes Casino and Quasar the nightclub – which you can throw some shapes on the dancefloor until 5am… so I am told!
The Eclipse Theatre spans over decks 3 and 4 and offers great broadway, west end style shows every night of your cruise holiday.
There is an impressive collection of staterooms on board Celebrity Eclipse. The entry level is interior staterooms, followed by oceanview staterooms. I had a deluxe balcony, which was very spacious and had your own balcony to enjoy the sail-away from port. Then there is the suites, ranging from Sky, to Royal and finally the Penthouse Suite which was literally like a maze with all the different rooms – including a walk in shower in a huge bathroom, a very spacious bedroom with a separate walk in wardrobe, a lounge and dining area as well as a bar area – yes all in your own suite!