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Azura Cruise Review by ANAGRAM: FIRST TIME WITH P & O CRUISES


ANAGRAM
3 Reviews
Member Since 2010
93 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 4.0

FIRST TIME WITH P & O CRUISES

Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Southampton

First time with P & O so we were not sure what to expect, arrived around 11 am to check in, once this was completed we board around 12 noon. Cabins would not be ready till 14.30 but not a problem as we had lunch then went to explore.

Plenty of bars to choose from, we liked the planet bar and Glass house best . We ended our evenings at the Java bar, listening to a very good group, when they finished a piano player carried on, which we could still hear as he was on the floor above in the Blue bar. Manhattan very good for entertainment if you could get a seat!, theatre was more easy but only went once as so much choice of entertainment and you just cannot do it all.

We had a table in the Oriental restaurant, good choice of food, waiter service could have been better, felt as if we were thrown our menus then immediately asked if we were ready to order. Wine waiter was very good though.

Would suggest that P & O put more signage up as this restaurant not More that easy to get to, would choose any other one but this one another time.

Cabin steward very helpful, he kept everything very clean and tidy.

Disembarkation went well although chaos in the dining room as everyone wanted to eat at same time. Less


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Cabin review: Azura Outside Stateroom (Part Obstructed View) E Deck E318

Good size, plenty of storage space. still had a view as cabin between two lifeboats. No noise. Convenient position on ship.

Port and Shore Excursions


Having been to Brugge several times we decided that we would just go into Blakenberge instead. Our cruise company provided a free shuttle to the town, it is from this town that you would take the train to Brugge if you wished. One of our party was in a wheelchair and it was relatively easy to use the coach transfer. The coach company used does have one coach with a disabeld lift that can take a passenger in a wheelchair even if they cannot walk at all .

The town has numerous shops and a street market (this was a Friday) plus a very good seafront promenade with cafes etc.

All in all a very good choice.


We had already decided amongst ourselves that we would take a taxi into Honfleur from this port not Paris as we had all been to Paris before and if we did go it was well over 3hours travelling each way, which none of us wanted to do.

Getting off the cruise ship was not at all easy for our wheelchair friend at this port, we were aware that there was limited wheelchair access but were not aware that this meant NONE!!. It was lucky that our friend was able to manage with help from us to walk or hobble off the ship as we were advised that they were unable to assist us. They also mentioned that on our return it would be worse. Our friend decided to take the chance.

We found a very good taxi service , who would take us and the wheelchair to Honfleur but also suggested that we visit Deauville as well, in all a 5 hour trip. We would recommend Patrick as he was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, if required he can be pre-booked spiess.patrick@orange.fr good rates too.

We travelled to Deauville first and Patrick drove us around pointing out places of interest then we went off on our own for a while. Deauville is really worth a visit if you have the time.

Then on to Honfleur, a very picturesque place , perfect for exploring and eating as it had many good restaurants most offering a fixed price menu.

On our return to the ship , surprise surprise the ships crew assisted, maybe more passengers had complained . We did met other passengers who had spent the whole day on board because of not being helped off the ship.

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