On 10th April 2015 the following article was published on a leading Travel Industry website. The accuracy of the article hasn’t yet been confirmed by P and O Cruises but an announcement is expected soon.
If true it means that Summer 2015 and Winter 2015/16 will be our last chance to enjoy the lovely small Adonia and will bring an end to small-ship cruising with P and O Cruises …
Adonia set to leave P&O fleet as unnamed buyer shows interest
Carnival Corp’s UK subsidiary P&O Cruises is in the process of lining up a deal to sell the 30,300-gross-ton (gt) cruiseship Adonia (built 2001), claim well-placed cruise industry insiders.
An as-yet unnamed cruise operator is rumoured to be showing a good deal of interest in the vessel, which is the smallest ship owned by Carnival along with its identical sistership, Pacific Princess (built 1999).
Both are part of a trio of 670-berth R-Class ships that P&O acquired from bankrupt Renaissance Cruises in 2002, just prior to the company itself being bought out by Carnival.
The third vessel, the 30,300-gt Ocean Princess (built 1999), was sold to NCL subsidiary Oceania Cruises in September 2014 and will re-enter service for the upscale cruise operator under the name Sirena after it is handed over in April 2016.
It is not clear yet whether Oceania is also interested in the Adonia, although the ship would make an ideal fit for the company, which will own four former Renaissance Cruises R-class ships when the Ocean Princess joins its fleet.
Other industry sources are suggesting Royal Caribbean Cruises’s subsidiary, Azamarra Cruises, could be the party intent on buying the Adonia. Azamarra operates two R-class ships in competition with Oceania and, with no newbuildings in the pipeline, acquiring more R-class ships would be the only way for it to expand.
Tellingly, while P&O has scheduled its fleet of larger cruiseships up until early 2017, its website only has cruises on the Adonia scheduled up until April 2016.
Carnival has made no secret that it intends to dump its smaller ships, which suggests that the Pacific Princess will be the next to go.
Over the past year, the cruise giant has ditched seven of its older, smaller ships rather than shuffle them across its cruise brands.
These cast-offs have been quickly snapped up by independent cruise outfits that have suffered from a lack of suitable tonnage on the secondhand markets.
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