This was our third visit to Azura, we flew from Manchestr to join the ship with Thompson airlines. We found the check in at Manchester very easy, we were through in just under 20 minutes. The flight went fairly quickly adn we felt not at all crowed, even though we had not booked into Premium. We would rather spend that amount of money on the ship than having to pay the extramoney for Premium seats.
We soon landed at Barbados and as usual the busses were waiting to take us to the ship. This time the traffic was not as heavy as on previous Barbados trun arounds. We were soon on the ship.
After visiting Azura before we soon found our way around again, we were allocated Freedom Dining which we like. Unfortuantley we felt that sisnce the last time on the ship things had taken a downward spiral. The cutback were really noticable to us, but not to others we spojke to. We found the meals in the MDR were not "Fine Dining" as P&O would seem to think. In fact one night we had the usual pager and after three quarters of an hour it had not gone off. We went to investigate why and we were very abrutly told by the lady officer that they had been looking for us for over half and hour. We explained that the pager had not gone off, but she just said we were late. I then asked for the pager to be tested and sure enough the battery was flat, and no appoligy from the officer for her abrut attitude.
We eat in Sindu, twice and this we felt was still worth the money, it was nice to see that Kristina was now the head waitress.
Also we love the Verona in the evening, this turns into a Italian Trattoria with waiter service, well worth a try if you can get in. Go early and you shouldget a table.
We visited all the usual Caribbean Islands, with some of our favourites, Aruba and Curacao.
Overall a good cruise and some of the staff we exceptional, others had a could not care less attitude, especially the waiters around the pools. In fact we very often had to go and find someone or go to the bar to get a drink. Whether this is P&O cutting back on staff, I do not know.
Perhaps we will give P&O a miss for a few years and try some other cruise lines.