Just returned from our first transatlantic cruise on board Azura.we travelled down from Bolton on eavesway coaches (very good)checking in didn't take long at Southampton. azura should have left on the Friday evening but sailed Saturday morning instead due to bad weather and rough seas,(the captain made the right decision)we choice to do freedom dining which work out very well for us,we went for our evening meal in the meridian restaurant at about 7.15 each evening and always got a table for two(tables are very close to each other,ask for quite table for two)on the first few days we had breakfast and lunch in the peninsular restaurant which was very nice.
the weather wasn't very good at first so we played shuffleboard and watched films on the sky screen (with our thick jumpers on)Halloween night the sea was awful so stayed in and had room service(so did the rest of the ship)4 days later we reached our first port of call was the Azores (should have been tenerife) we really enjoyed it did our own thing. and we got a good send off when we where leaving the pilot boat did the water spraying which was nice.another 3 days at sea and the weather started to get better, did some swimming in pools.watched more sky screen. started using buffet for breakfast and the pool side grill for lunch.our favorite restaurant was the Italian trattoria (excellent)
the Caribbean islands st kit ts,st Lucia.Grenada,Antigua and Barbados were great,the people a little over powering but you get used to it, the beaches are wonderful.the hotels look very nice but every thing else is very run down.
we choose to do our own thing and not use p&o trips( works out a lot cheaper by doing your own trip, but research it first)
we didn't do the wine packages as the house wine worked out cheaper, and to contact home we used p&o free email service (you set it up before you go)the entertainment was very good.( lots for older people)if you like shopping there are lots of offers. sunbeds (hard to find any near pools) cabin r729 inside 4 doors away from terrace pool which is handy so you can pop out to see what weather is like.flight back was with Thomas cook and you did get free drinks and food.
to sum this holiday up excellent. the cabin, food, entertainment service ports of call, the ship.
we will do transatlantic again.