Azura Cruise Review by daveann7: To the canaries and back
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To the canaries and back
Destination: Canary Islands
Boarded in Southampton - terminal good efficient - a lot of people - that will be a bit of a theme - we took approx an hour from arrival to boarding First impressions - large, impressive, clean
Cabin - absolutely first class - have been in a few different cabins and this was way the best - mind it was the most expensive by a way - good space - actual bath - I've been in a fair few smaller hotel rooms - would mention a lack of towel animals - showing its non US credentials again - balcony decent size - we were on deck 9 so we had the other rooms looking over us - but that wasnt so bad - so long as you remembered not to go outside in the altogether ! Dining - we ate mainly in the Peninsular - overall the quality of food was good - the staff were very attentive to remember details, though they did look a little rushed at times. We thought that the food was a more 'english' feel compared to Royal Caribbean - which suited us - though maybe not all - however would point out it More seemed that 99.9% of the passengers were Brits so they know what their customers want... We did dine only the once in the glass house - it was ok - though could say it was a little uncomfortable sitting - werent that impressed - wines good mind buffet dining at breakfast and lunch very good - could get a little busy getting the food but the main problem was the seating - too many sitting at the tables just enjoying being there finishing off drinks etc - though maybe thats a compliment to the areas which generally appeared very clean and relaxed - did have breakfast once in the main restaurant - think the buffet dining was actually better - wouldnt normally think that
public areas very nice could get a little busy though - mind it did seem that the boat did swallow most of the people most of the time - not that we made a lot of use of these - the central area could get very crowded when something is going on there and folk are also watching - the screen in the planet bar very good by the way - if a little slow ?
entertainment was a little varied - my wife would say poor - though it was an impressive size of theatre - the films were actually generally very good though when you realised they were repeated at every possible site later on it seemed a bit of overkill - seascreen area a little small if a lot of people wanted to watch something
swimming pools - generally really crowded - you really had to pick your time chocolate event quite good - crowded - galley walk through - massively popular and didnt really see that much to be honest
thought the internet packages were very expensive would agree with other reviewers that the promenade deck was dead narrow - bit of a shame - wouldnt have taken much to have made it a fraction wider
you have the feeling that there are loads of events going on everywhere - some of which might clash - but only so much you can do and the fact that there was that much choice is nice
Gym nice - well appointed - bit warm yes but never ever really crowded
had a slight impression that there were few 'moaners' on board, but if they dont want to enjoy the holiday thats up to them - overall we thought it was very good if not the best we had been on (and that despite the force 11 storm we had ) Less
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