Cruise Travel: A Look Inside The Fathom Adonia Library #travel AD #TravelDeep

Cruise Travel: A Look Inside The Fathom Adonia Library #travel AD #TravelDeepCheap Is The New Classy

Amber, Mackenzie and I recently came back from our Dominican Republic Impact Travel Cruise with Fathom. And I want to share with you a little about the ship itself. I haven’t seen a post about the Fathom Adonia library anywhere so I simply must cover it. It’s the real hidden gem of this ship. Amber and I really enjoy reading and we have also convinced Mackenzie {a non or rare reader} to read a book on our cruise. How? Because the library on this ship is awesome. We started cruising last year and this is my 3rd and their 2nd cruise so, of course, we are not claiming to be experts, but we asked several other seasoned cruisers on this ship and it is a consensus: the Fathom Adonia Library is definitely the best cruise ship library in everyone’s opinion.

The Fathom Adonia Library: A Small Ship Can Still Offer A Fabulous Selection

The other two cruises that I went on were bigger {one was even one of the biggest at sea} and definitely have their merits {we love them, too, but for different reasons}, but the Fathom Adonia library is the best of the libraries. Why? Well, first, and perhaps most importantly, there is a pretty big collection of books. They also have a great selection of games {with multiple copies of most} and several puzzles. Big puzzles, too, like 1,000 and 1,500 pieces! I love puzzles and really wanted to start one during the cruise but never got around to it. Perhaps next time.

Cruise Travel: A Look Inside The Fathom Adonia Library #travel AD #TravelDeep

Amber and Mackenzie have already played a few of the games and Mackenzie and I each checked out a book. I have read the previous two books by Khaled Hosseini and now I am reading, “And The Mountains Echoed.” I didn’t get it finished while cruising so I bought it when I got home to continue it. Mackenzie read, “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” I am hoping to read that at some point in my life, too. Amber brought “The Time Traveler’s Wife” with her and read that entire book during the cruise. I read it previously and it is fabulous. She also checked one out and I think she might have finished it, too!

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The Fathom Adonia Library has tons of genres to choose from. I saw books by authors that I like including Sophie Kinsella and Ernest Hemingway. The only notable writer that I am interested in that I did not see represented was Stephen King. They could have books by him that are already checked out, though.

The Fathom Adonia Library has a great selection of travel books, as well. This ship goes to the Dominican Republic {the cruise we took} and Cuba {perhaps the only ship going to Cuba right now leaving out of the US}, so you will find lots of travel books covering these places.

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You can check out many of the books and take them back to your rooms, so don’t worry about having to stay in the library and read them if you do not wish. I think the only ones you can’t check out are the travel ones but I could be wrong, so be sure to ask before you take a book. However, the library is so beautiful that you might just want to stay there anyway. There is a gorgeous globe that Mackenzie and I were in love with as well as a beautifully painted ceiling. The walls and bookcases are all beautiful, dark woods and the seating is very comfortable – but not so comfortable that you fall asleep. I need to be the perfect amount of comfy to read – otherwise it’s lights out, lol.

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Another Great Place To Read On The Fathom Adonia

Another place I recommend reading is The Crow’s Nest. This is a beautiful room on the 10th floor of the ship. It also has a bar and a band setup, but it was quiet most times during the daytime. It’s at the front of the boat and is surround by windows. You can see everything. Just like Sophia from the Golden Girls would tell you, picture it. One time I sat in The Crow’s Nest, all alone, while everyone is on the island. Ahhhh… The way the port is at Amber Cove, you were surrounded by island while sitting in The Crow’s Nest. I liked to sit facing forward, looking out at the sea, while Amber Cove surrounded me on both sides. It was breathtaking, quiet, and oh so relaxing.

Check out the rest of my Fathom Adonia Library pictures on Flickr.

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About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. My 7 year old will faint at the sight of this library. He’s currently into maps and globes, and has been pleading to us about going on a tour around the world. 🙂

  2. There is a place for everyone on a cruise. My daughter would love this room.

  3. This place looks like a dream! The ceiling is beautiful. I would love to visit this library

  4. I love going on cruises and I always find the library and game room. No one ever seems to be there!

  5. This library looks amazing! I would hardly believe this was on a cruise!

  6. Elizabeth O. says:

    Reading is hobby that I would like to share with my kids and taking them to beautiful libraries always sparked their interest. This is amazing and they have a large collection of books as well!

  7. I really want to visit this library. Looks so good. And I love books.

  8. Wow, this is a beautiful space. I had to do a double take when I realised it was actually on the cruise ship! That painted ceiling is beautiful.

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      It was amazing! We all just kind of stared at it in awe when we first saw it. The pictures really do not do it justice.

  9. What a wonderful place to cozy up and dig your nose into a book. That’s such a classic library style.

  10. Kathy Kenny Ngo says:

    Wow! I’m amazed, I love reading to a surrounding that is filled cozy things. I definitely want to go to this place.

  11. I am loving your series on the cruise. I am eager to see more.

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      Thanks! I have several most posts about cruising both planned and scheduled. Glad you are enjoying them. 🙂

  12. I just love the old style appeal and artwork of that library! My husband would die for a chance to study there! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  13. Nicole Escat says:

    Oh, what a nice library. I remember the library in the high school I used to attend. It is not as neat as this.

  14. Courtneylynne says:

    Omg now this would be my kinda spot!!! Give me a glass of wine a great book and I would chill
    There for hours!

  15. I do like that globe. My son has a new blue one that looks almost the same.

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      I have a couple of old globes, but I love the stand that that one is on. I hope I find one like it very soon.

  16. Seems like an interesting ship. I didn’t even know that there were libraries on ships! lol

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      Oh yes! And reading on a ship is awesome when you find a great, quiet spot on the ship.

  17. Courtney Gillard says:

    Wow, this is great. I wish I can have a trip in this ship. It is nice to stop by in the library.

  18. It is always my dream to go on a cruise ship, the place looks marvelous. I hope to visit this place someday. Thanks for sharing!

  19. i love how it looks so elegant the details and design are really good and fascintating