Azura Cruise Review by PORT ROYAL: AZURA T/T - Let's tell like it was!

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AZURA T/T - Let's tell like it was!

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Barbados

Hi Guys,

Many CC members have posted as to what they did and who they saw etc when cruising on the Azura. However, having just returned from the ship sailing the Caribbean and T/A, I thought to give a review of my actual experiences, so as to enable the P&O and various cheerleaders to get their respective acts together.

Q for one hour and fifteen minutes in the Barbados heat at immigration (no refreshments)
Q for twenty minutes before boarding the coach to pier (no refreshments)
Travel for thirty minutes on a warm coach (no refreshments)
Ship Check in:
Q for almost one hour in a hot quayside warehouse (no refreshments)

Over three hours from arrival to ship?!

Francis the stateroom attendant
Carpets in need of a deep steam clean, not just a vacuum.
Bed linen appeared old, tired, stained and sad -- On request changed to old, tired and sad.
Room hot -- Air-con ineffective -- Took More three requests to have it corrected.
(Finally repairs effected the following day - no sleep on the first night).
Shower curtain old, worn and threadbare (bobbled)
Clothes rail was missing many wooden P&O clothing hangers, same supplemented with a tasteful assortment of thin wire hangers, being in various stages of distortion, plus a "Marks & Spencer" trouser hanger (clip type)

Good and enjoyed all ports

MDR Food:
The Restaurant Manager
The Head Waiter
The Assistant Waiter
The Speciality Restaurants and Buffet
The Waiter -- Appeared not wanting to be there or engage with clients -- With a stock answer to most Menu questions being "I don't know"
Blood running from 'cooked' kidneys mixed with a brown gloop.
Menus stated Roast Rib of Beef with Yorkshire pudding and Vegetables -- Delivered was a huge pile of cold vegetables with a Yorkshire pudding and a single thin slice of beef [2 x 1.25 inches]
Spaghetti arrived as a solid mass with a crispy top, resembling an a bird's nest
Lamb Curry: A single piece of meat being approximately less than half an inch square.
Had to get up from my seat and collect the water jug to personally serve our table [gave up waiting]
Could go on....
Gave up on the MDR and ate elsewhere.

Public Areas:
Graffiti and swear words scrawled on the inside of the Gentlemen's toilet cubicles.
Could go on.

In the main very good -- We were entertained

Not fit for purpose. One was unable to use in the stateroom because of either no signal, or having to suffer the loss of a signal while attempting to connect. For which you are charged.

The People:
I feel it is better that one end this critique here, as it could end up being a novel.

Yes, I do fully appreciate it was my choice to move from CC and RCL and try P&O for the first time.

This cruise appeared to be excellent value for money, and in fairness we got what we paid for. Less

Published 04/18/13

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