Embarkation Day Queen Elizabeth II terminal
What a breeze! We arrived three quarters of an hour early, and handed the car over to CPS. Walked into the terminal building, straight to a check in desk, followed by up stairs to security. Straight through this and on board. Cabin was ready ...total time just over 10 minutes from start to finish.
We have a B deck midships balcony cabin. Plenty of wardrobe hanging space, 4 drawers, sofa, dressing table with stool under, fridge stocked with minibar items which we removed, two bedside cabinets. Huge mirror on wall opposite the bed! Small flat screen TV, safe of useable size....unlike Orianas! The balcony is not huge but is big enough to sit on and face the sea...so probably deeper than Britannia balconies which I havent been on! The balcony area in our cabin needs a bit of tlc though...rust and poor condition of the flooring evident. (Not a moan...just an observation...and wont spoil our holiday!) The bathroom is compact, but good storage area. The dreaded shower curtain , but the shower area is fine..slightly elongated shape so should be big enough for most.
We havent explored all of the ship yet, but decided to avoid the buffet for lunch yesterday and headed for the absolutely delightful Glass house which was open. Had 3 sharing plates and a glass of wine each. The Glass house is a lovely area on Adonia, at the top of the ship on deck 10 and unlike on Azura, is not in a "through" area. It is light and airy...lovely.
The library is huge...again, near the top of the ship and over looks the central pool area. Please, P &O, do not even think about changing this! The pool itself is fairly small, but agequate for cooling off in....dont expect to do a 40 length power swim though!
We ventured into the buffet after sailaway as OH was peckish, and were pleasantly surprised by the look and feel of this. Well laid out, had a spacious feel to it, and didn't have that "canteen" look and feel as it does on some of the other ships. Dont know how crowded it will get, will report back more later.
A bit of a wait to get in to second sitting in the MDR which is not unusual on the first night, but we were taken to our table of 8 by the window, but only 6 of us turned up. We will see whether the other 2 appear tonight. Food was very nice, our waiters very friendly and efficient (arent they always..). A bit late finishing dinner, meant we missed the first 10 minutes of the singer in the show lounge ( no proper theatre on Adonia), so havent really got a feel tor that. The Adonia Theatre company are performing tonight...not sure whether all seats will have a good view...we will see.
Day 2 is a sea day, so will explore more....watch this space, but for now, the ship has a friendly, intimate feel to it...everything is slightly scaled down...even the stairs are narrower!
P&O Arcadia (old) 2001. P&O Arcadia(new)2006. P&O Artemis 2007
Cunard QE2 2008. Cunard QV 2010. Cunard QM2 2011.
Cunard QE2013. P&O Azura 2014. P&O Azura 2015
P&O Arcadia 2015. P&O Oriana - May 2016
Riviera Travel Rhone River cruise September 2016
Fred Olsen Balmoral 2017
Northern Lights, Oriana, 2018
Eastern Med , Oriana 2018