Azura Cruise Review by River54: 1st time P & O
1st time P & O
Having previously sailed with Princess, Cunard and Celebrity we looked forward to a cruise to the fjords in Norway with P & O. Check in was quick and efficient with the customer service helper taking us with my mother in law in a wheelchair right through to the cabin- excellent service.
The good points of Azura
Lovely bars, stylish restaurants, Sindhu was amazing we loved it.
Nice shops to browse around.
Great table (no 30) in the Peninsular restaurant with excellent table waiters.
We don't usually do shows but we accompanied my mother in law and thoroughly enjoyed Ben Makeisi (tenor) and the Songs from the shows and British films. The cruise director Leon is really funny - loved his corny jokes.
The not so good
Food in the Peninsular restaurant was a bit hit and miss. I thought fish dishes were much better than the meat.
Buffet food not for us.
I enjoyed the Britishness of More the ship (sail away is good fun) and would probably holiday on P & O again in the future. Less
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Very nice cabin with balcony. Good situation with not too far to walk to stairs/lifts.
Port and Shore Excursions
Nice town. Walk around the lake with fountain and then make your way by the shops. Stop outside McDonalds to make use of the free Wi-Fi and walk to the quay. Small fish market to wander around.
Didn't spend any money as everything in Norway is expensive to us.
The attraction here is the train with a ride through the amazing scenery of Norway. We got off the ship at 9am. The ticket office is a short walk and purchased tickets for 1.30pm (saving ourselves over £20 a person on the tour price). There is nothing much at the final stop so most people stayed on the train and came straight back.
The scenery is stunning, amazing and awe inspiring. We crossed on a tender, went to the tourist office and picked up a free map and walked up to a viewpoint. Stout footwear is needed and it was a steep climb with quite hard terrain in places but the views were well worth it.
The cruise runs a tour with a bus ride to a waterfall and a guided walk back. Save your money and do your own it was easy to find and well sign posted.
There is a small village with shops and a fantastic waterfall.