This was our 5th cruise with P&O, we joined the Azura on 18.2.12 in Barbados. On first sight the ship is very impressive and when we boarded we were not disappointed.
The embarkation process was very efficient and quick, we went straight to our cabin and was pleased, we had a balcony cabin and there was everything we needed even if the bathroom was small.
We almost straight away went to the muster drill and when we returned our luggage was in our cabin. Our cabin steward was excellent, he was very friendly and kept our cabin nice at all times, changing our towels both in the morning and again in the evening.
The entertainment was very good, the shows in the theatre were excellent and very proffesional, there was 3 tribute acts and 1 of the former members from the group the foundations (build me up buttercup) who were very good. The residenet musicians were also very good, the "View" were excellent.
We went to all of the sail away parties and they were the best we More
have been to, Niel (i think that is his name) the cruise director and his team put a lot of effort in to them and their dance to Americano is not to be missed.
our only complaint (and we did complain to the head waiter) was the food in the Pennisular restaurant. It was inferior in choice and quality to any other cruise we have been on, they have removed the option of Steak,Chicken or Salmon from the menu if you didn't like anything on the menu. During the first week they served Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding twice, also they had liver on the menu at least 3 times and somebody on our table had it and couldn't cut it. Also they tried to flower up Cod chips and mushy peas which was served twice, but no matter what you decide to call it, it is still fish chips and mushy peas!
The solution the Head Waiter came up with was to give us the following days menu for the evening meal and for lunch, and if there wasn't anything on the evening menu we could choose something from the lunch menu and have that! our question was, and would the lunch menu be warmed up, my guess is yes, so I don't think this was a very good solution.
In the defence of the chefs on the Azura, the menu's are all decided at P&O's head office, well if that is the case then they need to pass on the feedback because we were not the only ones complaining, it was the main topic of conversation round the ship.
Having said all that, would we go on it again, Yes. Would we consider using another cruise line, Yes probably Celebrity. Less