firstly this was the our 11th cruise 1st time with P&O for my wife and I so went into it with an open mind so this honesty review of our trip.
Our flight out to Barbados was with Thomas cook from Manchester we had a good flight good service and lots of very good food on arrival in Barbados's we had a short wait on plane as there were no coaches on hand to take us to ship it was a little strange not going through airport.Our Transfer to the ship took around an hour,and,it was about 6.30 by the time we boarded so only had 2 hours to eat 1st night is open seating and get to lifeboat drill thought it was all a bit rushed.
Our cabin was very well thought out design split into bedroom and sort of dressing area and the the bathroom our room attendant Caroline kept it clean and tidy for us
Azura is a lovely ship elegant but no wow factor, I don't know why they have 3 main restaurants instead of one on 2 or 3 levels,there are some nice bars Malabar and Manhattan were both very nice the playhouse theatre was not great for views of the stage in places we thought it needed another level as it was a bit flat, the planet bar was a nice place at night,the atrium was a nice place for a drink before tea.If you want a sunbed on sea days you need to get sorted early but there did seem to be plenty in the afternoon.
We had chosen 2nd seating for dinner which was in the Peninsular which was a nice room we had nice people on our table, the waiters were very good and friendly and liked a laugh with you.We thought the choice and quality of the food was very good although my wife had pork twice and it was not good,don't miss the chicken Makenwaler best dish of the cruise if you like curry,some of the puddings were excellent both in taste and presentation overall no complaints although it was all a bit English.
We treated ourselves to the small plates one day at sea in Sindhu excellent,and another day i had a steak at the glasshouse my wife had the small plates that day and thought it well worth the Â£10 extra cost.
There was always entertainment on deck at night which was good as I think most ships don't use the deck space enough,we saw most of the shows some were very good some not so good,the Freddie Mercury show was very good,there were some good singers in the bars most nights and a very good comedian.
St Maarten our 3rd time here stayed local day on beach lunch at the Honky Tonk Bar we always eat there at St Maarten
Tortola went to Cane Garden Bay had a good day at the beach
Antigua got a tour in town to Nelsons boat yard & Shirley heights then drop off at beach for 3 hours,the driver came back to pick us up and we paid him back in town $20 each
St Lucia got a tour in town to the Pitons,Volcano,waterfall,Marigot bay & Banana plantations
Barbados took the little reggae bus to Mullins bay for the day
Curacao stayed local walked around town which is very nice
Aruba Got a tour in town with a beach drop off there's not much to see but the beach was good then had a walk around Oranjestad
St Vincent We were told not a very safe place and a bit rough,so we took a taxi to villa beach for half a day had a good time the guy we had our beach chairs off was a wealth of knowledge and also ran around taking people beer and tidying up the beach,after lunch I went a walk around town while my wife lay on deck,and I was surprised how friendly everyone was
Grenada Again got a tour in Town $20 tour was very good and the driver drop us at Grand Anise Beach to Finnish our day off then took a water taxi back to ship, we thought Grenada was fantastic
Back at Barbados our transfer to airport was not until 4pm so we took a taxi to the boatyard cost $5 each we paid $12 each to get in which was for 2 beach chairs umbrella a drink each and a free ride back to ship
Overall we had a good holiday and would go on P&O again if the itinerary was right