Fantastic (mostly) first cruise with P&O: Azura Cruise Review by pcraftuk
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Fantastic (mostly) first cruise with P&O
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Transfers from Gatwick to embarkation in Southampton were provided by P&O and was all very well organised.
Embarkation was relatively swift and cabin was ready. Our cabin steward (Noel) appeared from nowhere and was very helpful. We noticed that we were allocated to 1st sitting Club dining on a table of 10 when it had already been confirmed with P&O reservations that Freedom dining was selected for us.
So off to reception we head to be fobbed off in a VERY condescending and arrogant manner by a certain male reception staff member (I can understand grumpy reception staff at the end of a cruise but not on day one!!)
We then spoke to the restaurant manager who stated that P&O reservations simply could not confirm Freedom More dining, and a gesture we were offered the 2nd sitting on a table of 4 for just the two of us and by a window to boot.
Probably the best thing about this cruise was the food and our waiters (Johnathan and Sajeev). We have cruised on various lines and P&O was certainly the best so far. We found no need for Shindu or 17. If there was no option we liked for a starter they would offer a modified main course or items not even on the menu. WOW you certainly don't get that on NCL!
Buffet was often busy but we never really had a problem finding a seat. Food was always hot and offered many different choices.
The ship itself was lovely with only a couple of niggles being that it was often hard to find a quiet spot to read due to the numbers on board and the joy of walking around the promenade deck is not possible on Azura.
Our inside cabin was adequate for two and we certainly have seen smaller.
We did not partake in may excursions but if you have the chance take the Ultimate Antigua tour. It seemed pricey but it was a hoot. All day with Zip lining, beach, catamaran, snorkeling, lunch, swim and an open bar. Worth every penny!
The entertainment was generally good but some of the production shows were a bit lacking. It seemed that there were too may performers trying to be both singers and dancers when they were only really good at one or the other.
To conclude we would thoroughly recommend P&O and Azura just be prepared for a busy ship due to 3100 passengers. Less