After several years cruising with Princess we decided to try the P&O new ship Azura so this was definitely a comparison exercise. In our opinion both lines were very similar but had a few differences which affected our holiday.
1. P&O food is definitely aimed at the British market, there was not the variety that there was on the Princess ships. Neither were there the themed menus which occurred in the main restaurants on Princess.
2. The select dining venues were excellent on P&O but you did have to book immediately you were on board to secure a place. Those who had sailed with P&O previously knew this, leaving us new recruits with very little opportunity.
3. Drinks were cheaper on P&O, affected by there being no service charge and you were also able to take alcohol on board to drink on your cabin balcony. A great advantage at sail-away!
4.Entertainment on the Azura was aimed at the British market and the British sense of humour. The Headliners troupe were also excellent.
5.We considered there to be too many formal nights on Azura(4 plus 2 semi formal).
6.The sunbeds were packed tightly together, especially on sea days, making it very difficult to access them.
7. Prices on P&O ships are in sterling and you are able to monitor your spending via the interactive TV, a major plus point.