Azura Cruise Review by Quercus: Azura not as bad as some say!
Azura not as bad as some say!
Azura is a big ship, so it should NOT come as a surprise to find that it actually IS a big ship! With 3,000 people on board you will experience a level of crowding this should not be a surprise either. Having said this it was near impossible to find a space on deck on sea days unless you wanted to go to the very top decks, we didn't bother. Theatre too small even with three shows, Headliners were excellent as were most of the tribute acts, especially 'Annie Lennox' & 'Elton John', Tom O'Connor was a good act, as was Fogwell Flax. Martin Daniels should give up, did we like him? "not a lot" Pity the weather was variable & there was a 'Flu epidemic. A strange mix of people for such a long expensive cruise, quite a few that had never cruised before & some I suspect had never been on holiday before. Dress codes were mostly well observed but you always get the odd one or three who either don't realise, don't understand,or just plain refuse.Some very ignorant More & rude passengers, mostly of the older generation, some who were a stranger to the shower. The "semi-formal" nights were a waste of time & the wearing of a jacket was not enforced. We wanted to book the retreat but were told it was fully booked for sea days, we consider this a disgrace as, like 17, no pre-booking was allowed so how? 'Who you know' more like it!!
Overall was pretty good, the MDR would be good one day but dreadful the next, the first week it was generally awful, then it improved, maybe a different Chef embarked? Glasshouse was excellent, Sindhu was a great disappointment to us, my wife's chicken dish was string meat of some sort, with a sauce VERY similar to that of a Chinese takeaway curry, she left it. '17' proved impossible to book unless you wanted to eat very early so we didn't. The Italian was also one we missed as you had to queue at about 6pm for a table, no thanks. Apparently it was VERY good though. We found the quality of food in the self serve to be excellent although a bit limited.
We had a standard balcony & was everything we expected, loved the hanging/dressing area, room steward was adequate, cleaning was not his strong point but it was fine. Use any card to keep the power on.
As I said earlier the shows were excellent, the "Riverdance" one was stunning, but the theatre was not big enough for popular acts like Des O'Connor & Tom O'Connor, standing room only, in fact there wasn't standing room! Never even thought about the "Seascreen", well once for "Mama Mia!" but there was no room.
The New Years Eve on deck was fantastic & Neil Oliver & his team were excellent, in all areas
We did a lot of trips, all seemed good value although the Jazz Riverboat trip in New Orleans was a lot of money for about 2 hours. We did the Railway in St Kitts because some people had said it was the best thing they had ever done, all I can say is if that was the best thing they had done they can't have done much! it was "OK"
Were all good, some better than others of course, wouldn't want to go back to St.Kitts, a bit grim we thought. We missed Grand Cayman...pity that it was the only reason we booked the cruise(joke).So many places to visit & such a varied selection.
Flights were just great both ways minor delay going home but not as bad as some, in flight service was excellent.Even had a hot breakfast!The check in at Barbados was terrible, must have taken a couple of hours in the hot shed, a far cry from LGW.
A very good cruise on a good ship that had lots of places to eat & be entertained, there were some miserable so-in-so's who would never be pleased with anything. Part of our enjoyment was the excellent company we had on our dinner table, late sitting Peninsular table 92 I think, Eric & Ann, Ian & May, Bobby & Jane Less
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