We sailed from Southampton 8th June to Guernsey, Cherbourg,Oporto and La Coruna.
Check in was quick and easy as always, we were on the ship having lunch in no time at all.The check in staff very pleasant and polite.
I must admit that i was a little apprehensive after reading several reviews re cost cutting measures and the pre plating of main course in the main dining rooms. We were on a table of 4 in the Peninsular restaurant on 1st sitting. I need not have worried, although the food came already plated, it was very good and the portions sizes were ample. I had no problem with choices on menu, starters,soup and deserts were excellent. We did seem to get green beans every night though - not a problem if you like green beans. The waiters Bruce and Kalam were fantastic and made our week, very professional and entertaining, always offering extra portions and nothing was too much trouble. We ate in Sindhu, a fantastic meal and well worth the cover charge. Gave Seventeen a miss, not keen on that , bring back Gary Rhodes.
The cabin - We tried an inside cabin for a change as the cruise was only for a week. We were pleasantly surprised , spacious enough with lots of storage, clever use of mirrors gave the illusion of more space. The bathroom was small but manageable. We had issues both with our cabin door and toilet not flushing properly , both were sorted quickly once reported so no complaints there. Our cabin steward Morris was fabulous, again very polite and quick but thorough when cleaning our cabin. Again nothing was too much trouble.
Entertainment - I feel the entertainment sometimes lets P & O down. Comedian Mick Miller was funny in parts, his material quite old but some still funny, didn't see the other guy. Tribute acts, I'm sure they don't let George Michael and Freddie Mercury off the ship. They were on the last time we sailed on Azura. Freddie very popular but i didn't really think he was much good.Azura orchestra were good as was the duo in the planet bar. I have always thought the Headliners were quite amateurish so didn't go to see them this trip.
The ports of call were ok, we did our own thing. We were very lucky with weather, lovely sunny days virtually all the cruise. Although the ship was busy we never had any problems finding a sun bed.
All in all a great cruise. We went with friends who were first time cruisers, they really enjoyed it and want to do another one. Azura is a great ship. You will always have people that complain about everything they can and there are certainly one or two of those types, such a shame they can't enjoy themselves.