Parking at southampton: So swift and organised at CPS outside the Terminal, before we had stopped they had the bags out of the car and on their way to our cabin! CPS kept the car keys and parked the car for us
Cabin: excellent cabin really modern refilled tea and coffee everyday, fresh towels and the cabin steward was excellent had ample space in the walk in wardrobe also. i would advise to have the beds in queen config as the cabin loses a lot of space if it is in twin formation
Dining: The dining was excellent, great variety and always readily available. I can defiantely recommend Sindhu worth every penny!@ £15 per head it was fantastic! amazing food and service, We found Seventeen very nice and the terrace on the back is lovely if it is nice weather! We did find the menu to be a little plain compared to the Indian but i guess this is expected!
Shore excursions: we found the port presentations particulaly informative as we did most of our exploring independantly, they were great to watch in the cabin whilst getting ready or to attend directly in the playhouse
Entertainment: As the average age on our this cruise was late 60's we did find the entertainment to be geared more towards the older age group. There was a good selection of varied activities for this age group however. The Headliners Theatre company was spectacular very enjoyable and an excellent variety of performances from acrobatics to full stage productions! The Nightclub never really got into full swing as it was an older age group! we did find however that the English Pub Brodies again catered for all age groups , it had a fab atmosphere with plenty going on from quizzes to board games and a pool table! We did have a flutty in the Casino, the staff were excellent really friendly and gave you gaming lessons free of charge Some of the bands and musicians were a tad below par of what you would expect on a ship of this nature but they were enjoyable non the less! We found the Sea Screen fantastic! a brilliant new addition to the fleet, it attracted every age group and had a good selection of old and new films, they had films playing throughout the day and into the night at set times they even used it for a game of bowling on the wii! In the evening its fantastic to get wrapped up in the provided blankets and watch the film under the stars! I would however say that the films did tend to be a little repetative and by the 2nd week we had seen all the films on show, apart from that i believe it to be a brilliant addition to the ship
Kids Facilities: On the aft of the ship overlooking the terrace pool there are the kids areas. Frontiers and The Beach Hut. these are partially outdoor play areas where the staff play games. Inside the teens have a great area to relax in and chill out with friends, there is plenty for them from an Air hockey game to play stations and more! for the little ones there is a large soft play area for them The staff were great with the kids really organised and we hardly saw any kids they were kept so busy!
Tips: The staff were great really friendly and helpful always, we gave the tips directly to the staff on the final day of the cruise. the average tip is around £3.20 pp per day which can be split between waiters and cabin steward
Impressions: My intial impressions were 'how's this going to float!' but no in all seriousness it was a wonderful ship. Right from the word go everything is so organised. The check in was swift and organised, the product of P&O is fantastic and even down to the keeping of the ship they were constantly cleaning and painting the ship inside and out! even though she is only a few weeks old! We found our cabin rather swiftly as the decks and cabins are well sign posted.Having a balcony was amazing, our own private space outside to enjoy a coffee in the morning and a glass of wine in the evening, it was great to have this as the journey into stockholm was amazing how they traversed through all the tiny little islands it was fantastic to watch All the different areas of the ship are in immaculate condition and very luxurious. i think the main thing that was impressive was the service and the food! oh the food! we belive you could eat round the clock 24 hours a day! and all for free! the main restaurant food was impressive with plenty of choice for all tastes, the waiters in the restaurant were fantastic they remembered all our names on the table and if they saw you walking about in other areas of they ship they would ask how we were and greet us by name!
Target market: This ship can quite happily cater for all age groups and types. As mentioned the Itinerary seems to dictate what kind of market the cruise attracts. The Azura would suit Families As they do have excellent kids facilities but i would be careful what itinerary, the med or caribbean would probably suit families more as entertainment was geared for the older generation Singles it is fantastic. the single cabins were brilliant as we did have a look in one! The nice thing is there is plenty of space in the ship to have the single afternoon tea in another area Young couples - great again! the Sea Screen does appeal more to the younger market and we found it great to get away from all the bars and have a quiet night under the stars watching a film. Our Itinerary really applealed to the older generation and the ship seemed to please the majority of the older seniors. there were a few complaints from the seniors saying it was too large and they had far to walk from bar to show etc. . .