Previously the Royal Princess, this is now the sole ship in the new "socially aware" cruise line known as "fathom" (no capital F on purpose) which is a part of the larger Carnival Corp. of cruise lines. The ship sails to the Dominican Republic and Cuba (alternating 7-day cruises) to offer humanitarian aid and cultural exchange with the local population.
Best For People Who Want
People who want a vacation that contributes to the well-being of less-fortunate societies.
Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer
People looking for large, resort-ship attractions like a casino, stage shows and nightlife.
Adonia has retained many of the features that made her popular in a previous incarnation as a P&O ship - single, open-seating dining; three alternative restaurants, and a casual dress policy. There's a computer room with classes; plenty of open-deck space, two Jacuzzi whirlpools alongside the pool, and myriad comfortable and inviting bars. The library is open 24 hours a day and will lend you one of its vast collection without a deposit. And the new restaurant Tapas on the Terrace may offer the most romantic dining at sea; you dine by candlelight on the wide aft deck at a table with starched white linens.
But the attraction here is the destinations (poor nations where local people need help). Expect to spend most dys in port, perhaps for as many as 12 hours, visiting schools, bringing gifts and learning about the local culture.
The decor is simple but tasteful. With comfortable beds and plenty of quality dining. There are not many public rooms, but there is a pool deck and a small theater. Most of the socializing will occur at dinner.
In general, the ship has an "English inn at sea" look. In the bow, the spacious, woody Horizons lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows and brass telescopes on three sides. Decorated in warm red upholstery, mahogany paneling, and faux garden skylight and marble fireplace, the library is very comfortable and well-stocked.
The main lounges have been refreshed and refurbished. The bar called Horizons features a palette of soothing sea blues, cocoa brown and mint, complemented by new sofas, chairs and tables. The nightclub Martinis maintains its classic ambiance with all-new furnishings. The fathom Lounge was completely refurbished with new carpet and chairs, along with luxurious new fabrics and upholstery.
The food is typical Carnival Corp. fare with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
The Grand Dining Room, which opens at 6:30 p.m. and serves until 9:30 p.m., is commonly very crowded, and the acoustics in the center of the room preclude easy conversation. Bowing to customer sentiment, Oceania recently added 26 tables for two. Don't, if you enjoy seafood, miss the pan-seared scallops over Parmesan risotto.
Terrace Café: The main casual dining option, open dining in a Lido-style buffet, was transformed completely in 2014 along the lines of the specialized service stations found on the newer ships. New furnishings, floorings, fixtures and lighting accompany the stunning floor-to-ceiling window views. The pièce de résistance is the cook-to-order grill featuring delicacies such as steaks, chops and lobster tail.
Reservations are required for the popular Polo Grill (catering to the carnivorous) and Toscana restaurants. The clubby Polo Grill is the most intimate of the three, and offers fresh seafood in addition to the the kind of delicious red meat entrees carnivores adore. Tapas on the Terrace adds new dishes every evening.
Waves, the outside luncheon grill, offering burgers, chicken, salmon,and even fried calamari, plus a daily special and salads, is the place to head for a late lunch ('til 5 p.m.). Everything's served with fries that are wonderful when hot, so-so when not, and cole slaw that will make you moan ecstatically. There's a high tea every afternoon at four in Horizons.
Service is simple but friendly - the typical room steward and waiters will be in attendance
Gratuities will be added to your bill at the rate of about $12.50 per passenger per day.
There is little to do at night except socialize with other guests over drinks. Some live music and DJ dancing is offered.
Inside cabins are the smallest aboard at 160 sq. ft. Outside staterooms measure 165 sq. ft., some with portholes and others with large picture windows. Category C and D outside cabins with private balcony are 216 sq. ft., including a 45 sq. ft. balcony. Suites with private balconies are a spacious 322 sq. ft., including a 17' x 4.5' balcony with two chairs and a table.
These ships have 330 guestrooms, suites and penthouses, more than half of the outside staterooms with verandas. Every cabin aboard has a "Tranquillity Bed," dressed in 350-count Egyptian cotton linens, silk-cut duvets and goose-down pillows.
Standard cabin amenities include TV with CNN, MSNBC, another news channel and six movie channels showing continuously throughout the day; good closet/drawer space; hair dryer, and a personal safe. All cabins except suites and owner's suites have bathroom with shower. Suites and owner's suites offer butler service, bathtubs and mini-bars. Oceania has added wonderful mattresses and down comforters, but the only mini-refrigerators are in Concierge Level cabins and suites. Staterooms are homey and attractively furnished in Wedgwood blue fabrics and carpeting, accented by yellow drapes and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Category A Owner's Suites, ranging from 786 to 962 sq. ft., are all located either completely forward or aft, bad locations in inclement weather. Forward owner's suites (numbers 6002, 6003, 7004, 7005) have direct sight lines of the rope deck on the front of the vessel. Two forward suites facing the front of the ship lack ocean views. Suites have large bathtubs and more counter space.
Though prominently displayed in cabin as though to say, "I'm complimentary; drink me," the bottles of Evian are in fact $3.50. The sole Laundromat, on Deck 7, charges $3 per load, but nonetheless attracts long queues.
Massage and hair stylists will be available
Always casual - bring clothes you can tour all day in, and that you can use for light work.
Young, young at hear, socially conscious people who want meaningful vacations where they can make difference.