Azura Cruise Review by JOHN GILLEGHAN MBE: AZURA REMEMBERED FOR THE WRONG REASONS
JOHN GILLEGHAN MBE
AZURA REMEMBERED FOR THE WRONG REASONS
I was so much looking forward to sailing on Azura but the first impressions were disappointing.Too many passengers cared for by too few staff:the deck activities were mainly "non-hosted" and there was a feeling of over crowding at certain periods especially the needless queueing to gain a place in the theatre which often resulted in bad words and scraps by certain passengers.Although the ship was clean it was not exactly welcoming with sun loungers jammed too close together and a lack of suitable shade at times.Why pay extra for Costa coffee and ice creams during the day:it is a long hike to the cabin and the life saving coffee maker or to the NAAFI style canteen for their tea and coffee.The food quality was similar to a city cafe or pub:nothing really special and not too appealing either.The breakfast buffet had bacon and eggs swimming in fat and not too appetising as a result.Afternoon Tea in the Venezia cafe was forgettable:always remember certain other lines make the tea a More
spectacle with cakes and excellent service.
Why was there no hand steriliser outside the main restaurants in the evening?
The few children on board needed supervising especially by the pools where notices indicated that diving and jumping were not allowed.Really it went on all the time with nobody to control a situation which may have been dangerous at times.
The entertainment was frankly pathetic with too many tribute acts by talentless nonentities and even poor old Des O'Connor was past his sell by date.Tom O'Connor was good on Christmas Day:a real professional.Third rate comedians and so called entertainers made up the rest of this month cruise on a much hyped ship.
I have written to P&O to state my complaints and comments as well as saying that I have already cancelled a forthcoming cruise on Azura and am prepared to lose the deposit.Azura? Never again. Less
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