Here's a quick overview of our cruise for anyone who may be interested.
Overall the cruise was very enjoyable.I travelled with my husband It was our 4th time on Azura and my second transatlantic from Southampton
The weather was a bit rough for the first few days with force 10 winds and quite a lot of rolling. Thankfully we were both fine and were able to eat and drink as normal
We were on second sitting dining on a table for 8 in a good location near the window and had great dining companions. We dined once during the cruise in Seventeen and thought that the food and service was as good as it always has been when we have dined there.
The meals in the MDR were served as normal with veg served separately by the waiters, with the cheeseboard offered after the puddings every night, although the cheese choice was very restricted with Brie (my favourite) or Camenbert only available once during the cruise. No Stilton that we saw, even on formal nights. The food was always hot, but In our opinion the menu did seem to have less choice than we have had in the past and the meat portions were definitely smaller with the steaks being very thin. Green beans appeared most nights as veg and a couple of times potato croquets were served with a roast gravy dinner which seemed a bit unusual to us. However, there's no chance of going hungry on a cruise. We ate in the Glass house at lunch time on a few of the sea days and that was as good as ever.
David Essex the star performer came on in Antigua and left in Barbados. We saw him coming off the ship in St Maarten where he had a few passengers asking to have photos with him(mainly women ) Reported sightings around the ship were very few. The ticket allocation worked really well. There were 4 concerts over 2 nights one at 8.30 & one at 10.30 Each cabin received tickets delivered by the stewards based on their dining time, tickets were coloured card based on show and had cabin numbers on them. The Horizon asked that anyone not wanting tickets please return them to reception. The doors to the Playhouse theatre opened 30 mins before the concerts . As we were 2nd sitting we were at the 10.30 show on a formal night.
The entrance was ticket only and strictly enforced by P&O staff. We couldn't believe our luck when with two of our table companions we went in to the theatre at 10.10 and there were 4 seats left on the end of the 1st row although the theatre was almost full. What a great show it was. The icing on the cake was when he walked over, caught my eye and asked was I alright ( I swooned ) . He did all the favourite songs and the audience were up dancing and singing at the end of the show and 2 encores. P&O should be congratulated on the ticket delivery to cabins and the organisation behind the scenes to ensure a fair ticket distribution.
Our allocated cabin on B deck 307 wasn't great as it was exactly opposite the door where the staff keep trolleys and the staff lifts are and so early mornings were noisy and the last two nights were noisy with them moving suitcases in the night with the door banging, but it wasn't a real problem overall and we would book a Getaway again if available and hey, we were in the Caribbean sunshine. We also managed to get sun beds when we wanted them and there were still plenty left in piles for anyone who could find space available.
The flight back had about an hours delay leaving Barbados and the usual confusion around where to queue once the flight is announced. As the boarding cards are issued in advance there wasn't a need to bother about where you are in the queue to board. The flight was fine and the plane was an ex first choice plane configured 2-3-2 throughout with a good choice of free films and TV/games .
Can't wait to get back on Azura at Christmas.