After being shuffled like sheep in Southampton we went aboard the Azura. Excited and eager to enjoy ourselves we found our cabin inside stateroom. It was pleasant enough except the wardrobe was just a hanging rail. We went to get something to eat and found a cafe on level 5 serving tea/coffee and cakes at a cost. This was supposed to sustain us until dinner after missing lunch.
The first night was ruined by banging and clanging so little sleep was had. We reported this to customer services several times for 10 days when they agreed to move us to another cabin. This was a lot quieter. The food was good although in the buffet areas it was difficult to find a seat and sometimes this would result in your food getting cold.
The captain did not turn up to the welcome cocktail party until after we went to dinner. We did not get to our first port Malaga because he said it was too rough. The ship was not very stable as every little movement in the sea was felt.
The shows were good - The theatre was a good venue but the other two venues were not suitable as the seating was arranged that people had their backs to the show.
The big screen was a good idea but when the weather was bad you had to shiver to watch the films. The constant pestering of the staff trying to encourage you to buy drinks was annoying, there was no let up.
We came to the conclusion that we would avoid P & O ships a this was a bad experience enough to put you off cruising. We had enough of queueing on this cruise and will go back to the smaller ships which we cruised on before.