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Azura Cruise Review by hamiltrj: Azura- Eatern Caribbean - March 2013

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Azura- Eatern Caribbean - March 2013

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Barbados

Travel - Flight from Manchester using Thomson charter was good, new plane, on time and good food. Straight off the plane onto a bus, on to the cruise terminal, bags delivered to cabin, fast and easy.
Similar process on the way back but the flight was late, poor food and limited drink. We missed our connection from Manchester due to the late flight.

Cabin - nice and clean , room for everything, kettle, coffee, tea and biscuits in room, limited TV options but not a problem.

Food - on freedom dining, mix of shared tables and as a couple but as the tables for 2 are very close to each other, you can chat with people either side. Food was good but not great. Tip you need to ask for Stilton. We went to the Italian 3 nights, part of the buffet restaurants in the evening, this was really good menu didn't change during the cruise and was only 3 courses but big portions and full of flavour, staff were friendly and stopped to chat unlike those in the main More restaurants.

The sail away parties were good fun, the house band good, the rest were OK not as good as Carnival or RCI ships.

We didn't book any P&O excursions due to the cost, either did our own thing or booked a local taxi.

This was our 5th cruise but the first P&O. Mostly Brits and probably over 65 for 90%. Most people we spoke to were repeat P&O clients, many mentioned that there had been cost cutting over the last couple of years with small things no longer available, such as a warm towel on return to the ship.
Compared to the US ships the cost of drink is much cheaper and the gratuities are half.
We were on C deck inside cabin, we looked at an outside cabin on our deck and they have a bigger balcony than the other standard outside balcony cabins.

Would use the Azura again depending on cost and ports Less

Published 04/10/13

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