The 30,000 tonne vessel was originally built in 2001 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France for Renaissance Cruises as R Eight. Since then the vessel been operated by Swan Hellenic as Minerva II, before being transferred to Princess Cruises in 2007 as Royal Princess.
Adonia was official named by Dame Shirley Bassey DBE at a spectacular naming ceremony in Southampton.
Dame Shirley Bassey DBE said:
" I have had the most exciting career imaginable, but to be invited to be godmother to a cruise ship is something very special and very personal. "
In April 2008 Nigel Esdale, then Managing Director, P&O Cruises invited us to visit the newly built Ventura, just days before she was officially named by Dame Helen Mirren DBE.
Carol Marlow, President & Managing Director, P&O Cruises, said:
" We are delighted to have Dame Shirley Bassey as our new Godmother for Adonia and as you say it will be a mometous occasion. However, unfortunately, since the ship is only in port for a few days, it will be a very tight schedule and it won't on this occasion be possible for us to include a drawing presentation. I know you will understand this. "
to Captain David Pembridge during their Christmas Caribeean cruise.
Later this year in August, our Volunteers @ Sea, Ernie & Edna are due to present our drawing of P&O Cruises' Arcadia to the Captain of the vessel during their upcoming cruise.
" It was wonderful to see the arrival of Adonia to the P&O Cruises’ fleet. From first impressions she looks to be a remarkable vessel and I’m sure she’ll be a favourite among P&O Cruises’ passengers. Although we were unable to be part of the Naming Ceremony celebrations, we shall endeavour to present our drawing to the Captain of the vessel in the near future. "