This is our 10th Cruise but first time on P&O Azura. Very smooth transfer from Manchester to the ship but we do think that 4 hours to deliver our luggage to our cabin was unecessary and could have been much quicker. I would have preferred to collect my luggage from the airport and take onboard rather than wait 4 hours to change! This could be greatly improved. We had a balcony cabin on C deck (10th) which was very comfortable and could not fault. It was kept very clean by our cabin steward who was very polite and discreet. Our flight out was 8hrs 10mins and our return flight was 7hrs 30mins which was great.
We requested 2nd sitting (8.30pm) on a table for 2 which we given in the Penninsular restaurant. The food, ambiance, service and waiting staff were excellent. We did find the tables too close to one another so effectively felt as if we were sharing a table with our dining neigbours either side. Breakfast and lunch was also served in this restaurant and again, the service was excellent and the food lovely. The buffet restaurant was fine for snacks or a quick breakfast if you were in a hurry but would not recommend for dinner as the food was luke warm, the restaurant was dimly lit and depressing in the evening, more like a canteen. We did not try Sindhu restaurant as we do not like Indian food. There was a surcharge of £15 per person to dine here and a surcharge of £28 per person to dine in the Seventeen restaurant. We found the food so nice in the Penninsular restaurant, so did not find the need to pay these surcharges at Sindhu or Seventeen. There was also another Italian restaurant called Verona but unless you dined at 6.30pm when they opened, it was a long wait for a table. You could eat here with or without a surcharge, depending on the dish you chose. It was quite pleasant in the Verona. There were several bars, our favourites were The Blue Bar, The Glass House and The Planet Bar. We personally did not like Brodies English Pub Bar. The entertainment we though was very poor. The had impersonating singer - Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers which were both very poor. They had a female Austrailian singer and a Liverpool singer, Gemma and both were quite good. A cuban comedian was dreadful and another comedian was acceptable but wasted alot of time 'messing with the audience' rather than telling good jokes so were not keen on him either. Headliners, the ships dance group were a bit like a Butlins troupe so we only saw them twice. They had a resident group called Changez from St Lucia but these were far too lound and on in the bars too much. I think whoever selects these acts needs to be employ much higher standard acts otherwise this will reflect on people choosing this cruise.
Our itinerary was good and our island visits were: St Kitts, Tortola, St Marteen, Antigua, Dominica, Grand Turk, St Lucia, St Vincent, Barbados (overnight in port). Unfortunately, we could not dock at Antigua due to high winds but the Captain very kindly managed to replace this with an added stop in Grenada which was very much appreciated. The only port we thought was very poor was St Vincent. We have been there twice before but visited the Grenadines. We went to a couple of beaches this time but did not like any of them and apparently there is not much to see on this island.
I will use P&O again on a Mediterranean cruise but maybe try a different company i.e. Cunard for out next Caribbean cruise. I would still recommend P&O and also the balcony cabins.