MV Adonia departing Southampton in September 2013
|Port of registry:|
|Acquired:||1 February 2001|
|General characteristics (as Adonia)|
|Class & type:||R-class cruise ship|
|Length:||180.45 m (592 ft)|
|Beam:||25.46 m (83 ft 6 in)|
|Draught:||6.00 m (19 ft 8 in)|
|Decks:||11 (8 passenger accessible)|
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
MV Adonia (previously R Eight, Minerva II and Royal Princess) is a cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet. The ship was built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique at their shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. At over 30,000 tonnes, Adonia is the smallest of eight ships currently in service with P&O Cruises. She officially entered service with the company in May 2011 and was named by Dame Shirley Bassey. Adonia is a twin sister ship of Ocean Princess and Pacific Princess, which are the two small ships of Princess Cruises. As with the other P&O vessels Arcadia and Oriana, she is an adult-only ship.
Originally built as the last of eight 'R' class ships for Renaissance Cruises, Adonia was first known as R Eight, and entered service in 2001. After Renaissance ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy in late 2001, the vessel was seized by creditors and laid up in Marseille, France.
In 2003, the vessel re-entered operation, this time as the sole cruise ship in Swan Hellenic's fleet. The vessel was named Minerva II, after both the Roman goddess and the company's previous vessel, Minerva.
On 7 April 2007, Minerva II completed her final voyage with Swan Hellenic and was transferred by the parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc, to Princess Cruises. She was renamed Royal Princess and entered into service for Princess in April 2007. The first voyage as a Princess Cruises liner was on 19 April 2007.
On 18 June 2009, fire broke out in her engine room. Royal Princess was on a 12-day Holy Land voyage and just left Port Said, Egypt. A little while later a serious fire broke out in her engine room, disabling the ship. She waited to dock in Port Said for an assessment of the damage.
On 9 December 2009, it was announced Royal Princess was to transfer to the P&O Cruises fleet. The ship entered service with the company on 21 May 2011, and was renamed Adonia by Dame Shirley Bassey.
On 18 March 2013, two of the ship's passengers were shot in Bridgetown, Barbados, on her 2013 world cruise. P&O Cruises confirmed two of its passengers from the Adonia, which left Southampton on 8 January, believed to be a man in his 70s and a woman in her 50s, were taken to hospital after the incident. The ship's staff and medical team also provided support.
From April 2016, Adonia will be reassigned within the Carnival Corporation, and become the first ship for a new brand called "fathom", focusing on the growing number of people who want to work alongside local communities as part of their travel experience in areas such as education, the environment and economic development. She will be sailing out of Miami to the Dominican Republic and Cuba on a weekly basis where passengers will be working on programs that make a positive social impact on the communities they visit.
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