Author: Maureen Tranter
We knew it had to be a small ship to go through Kiel Canal, but we hadn't realised quite how small. The good points: no long route-marches to get from one end to other. The bad points: nowhere to have a decent stroll during several days at sea. We hoped for interesting and varied talks and lectures but apart from a series of lectures on Shakespeare, timed at 10.00am, there was little else so some of the sea-days dragged. There is no theatre, just a lounge with a small stage so no big productions but the evening entertainment was quite varied and enjoyable. Our cabin was a decent size with a comfortable bed and adequate storage but the balcony was a disgrace - a note informed us there was a problem with balcony flooring that was being attended to ,but over a 16 night cruise we saw no evidence of this. The bathroom was minute, and had one of those awful hose-type hair dryers but the steward kept it very clean and there were decent sized towels. We were impressed with the standard of food, much better than on Azura and Ventura and the waiters both in the restaurant and buffet were excellent. But we were surprised to find the buffet was only open on a few evenings. There are two alternative venues, each with a cover charge, but we were more than happy with the meals in the main restaurant. Would we go on Adonia again? Only for a very short cruise.