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Azura Cruise Review by Helen Madden: The Glourious Med and a Glourious Ship

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Helen Madden
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The Glourious Med and a Glourious Ship

Sail Date: June 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton

Azura is P and O's latest Cruise Liner to join their allustrist list of ships. Like her sister ship Ventura, she is beautiful and has plenty of charm.

Cabins are spacious and are clean. One think that needs to be pointed out is that there is not enough wardrobe space for a 16 night cruise specially when you have 4 Formal nights.

The bars are light and airy. Our favourite has to be Breakers bar on deck 17 and the Blue Bar on Deck 6, the Blue Bar is for chilling out after a long day touring. Staff were very pleasant specially Raoul and Messzine they were always smiling and would go out of their way to get you what you wanted. Up in breakers you could sit and watch the world go by that is were we met Fatima a lovely lady with a heart of gold.

We ate in the Buffet most nights as we found it easier to get what we wanted, although one down-side was the meals were repeated on themed nights.

Entertainment was brilliant, Roy Walker was on for 3 shows and More the play house was a sell-out.

Tours: We booked all the Tours before we left as we had a good idea what we wanted to see and do, this is highly recommended due to the popularity of the tours.

Ship Safety: You will have your usual life drill before leaving Southampton, then on your 3 day you will be asked to leave your life jackets at he end of your bed so as these can be checked by the staff. They also have a man overboard drill which is for crew only. Less

Published 07/08/10

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Port and Shore Excursions

When Entering St Marks Square it is truely a must see. If you do only one port of call then I recommend Venice. Would be advisable to take a guided tour as it is very expensive to wander on your own. A Gondola is 60 Euros for 30 minutes.

Food and drink in St Marks Square is very dear. one 330ml can of coke is 8 pounds one coffee is 9.50, however if you go into the back streets of Venice it will be a lot cheaper.

If you want to enter the church then the ladies must have their shoulders covered, you can buy a flower when you enter the church for 1 euro this will cover your shoulders.

Please be aware that if you want to spend a penny then it will cost you . one euro 50 cents.

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