I decide to go on Azura because I thought it would be a good choice as I was travelling by myself and the ship looked really nice. I was not disapointed - there is nothing not to like about this ship. It is big so it takes a little while to get used to the many facilities but from the (inside) pleasantly spacious and nicely fitted cabin to the cleaniness everywhere to the totally delightful staff the whole thing was great. One aspect which is often overlooked and which impressed was the seamless transpot arrangements whereby once you have checked into the airport the next time you see your baggage is in your cabin, also there is no customs line at the other end and the embarkation check in was conducted effectiently and cheerily.
All the facilities were nice - I am a really picky eater but can honestly say I never had a poor meal - the choice and standard was excellent - the speciality restaurants were nice although service lagged a little in the glass house so you need to be prompt in ordering your food. as its a big ship at times of course the eating gets crowed but if you just walked to the next section you were fine The retreat is lovely and worth the extra cost although it did cause resentment that availibility was so restricted. The gym equipment and facilities were excellent however some of the extras for some classes were a little over the top and they charged for some which should have been standard. I am not a great one for broadway shows but have to say in general they were presented really well and at 3 different times across the evening so whatever dining you were on you could catch them. The tribute acts were generally good although you have to accept they may not be to your tast (John Denver - Dusty Springfield)but this is a little pot luck. All in all (and for the price)an excellent ship and the team have really got their act together. Rob