Booked this cruise on impulse as the one I had booked in April was cancelled due to the Ash Cloud so was looking forward to it. Flew down to Southampton from Edinburgh this may have been my first mistake as the planes engine broke down so spent an hour onboard waiting to get on another plane. Reached Southampton with no further delays and got a taxi to the port easy and painless.On board the ship by 12.15 this was great.
Once on board had a wander around and was very disappointed I thought there was going to be a wow factor with this ship but for me it just wasn't there. The Atrium was so disappointing and so small. The Theatre was quite latge which was a plus and I also liked the idea there was three times for the shows as I was on second seating for dining it meant I did not miss out on any of the shows. I was in the Oriental dining room which was quite easy to get there but was very crowded outside as we were waiting to go in at 8.30pm.Service was very slow and we waited quite a while in between courses to be served. There was very little to do during the day and I found it very boring I have been on Transatlantic cruises before and this was not the case then. I am not into the Spa keep fit etc or listening to lectures or arts and crafts. I expected fun games bands anything around the pool area but this was very quiet apart from the sunbathers. It was always easy to get a sun lounger at any time but ther did not appear to be a lot of people in the swimming pools at any one time. The cinema screen was a bounus but would be better if they did not keep repeating the same films and had a greater variety. This was where I spent a few evenings after dinner when I did not like the shows that were on elsewhere. The shops have the usual items but did not have great sales on.
My cabin an inside single was quite large with plenty of storage space and although next to the Atrium and Casino did not hear any noise once the door was shut. Meals were okay but nothing special apart from the Glass House which was superb. Due to the bad weather we did not leave until the Saturday but I am a good sailor and this did not bother me.We had to miss out Tenerife and go to Ponta Delgado instead. Embarkation was fine and as I had been in Barbados quite a few times just got off and had a wander round the shops to kill time. Would I book another Transatlantic cruise with P & O yes but not on the Azura.
As Ponta Delgado is not one of the ports listed I will give my impressions here. I booked to go and see the mountains and fire lakes which was really special but it was a very cold and windy day which spoilt it slightly.