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6 P&O Cruises Azura Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Canary Islands

Along with my wife we travelled down to Southampton by coach from the Tickled Trout hotel Preston on the 3rd of OCTOBER 2015·We arrived in the port at 1'30 and went through the embarkation process finally boarding the ship at 3 o ... Read More
Along with my wife we travelled down to Southampton by coach from the Tickled Trout hotel Preston on the 3rd of OCTOBER 2015·We arrived in the port at 1'30 and went through the embarkation process finally boarding the ship at 3 o clock.We had an inside cabin midship on deck 11.We were at sea for 3 days and experienced high seas and force 10 winds,not a pleasant experience·Our first port of call was Madeira and it was warm and pleasant,we stayed for 2 days then departed for the Canary Islands calling at Tenerife,Gran Canaria,Lanzarote,Lisbon and finally Vigo in Spain which along with Maderira were the jewels in the crown.The Azura which we sailed on was first class from every aspect and could not be faulted.We have travelled with P and O CRUISES before on board Ventura and found them very similar.The shopping experience in particular the ladies clothes lines appeared expensive for the quality of the merchandise.All in all we had a wonderful time and met some good friends. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our first P and O cruise. We travelled by coach to Sourhampton. Embarkation was fairly quick and we were soon on board. I liked the way you were given a card showing where you were on the wait yo board. There were plenty of people ... Read More
This was our first P and O cruise. We travelled by coach to Sourhampton. Embarkation was fairly quick and we were soon on board. I liked the way you were given a card showing where you were on the wait yo board. There were plenty of people carrying out the hoarding process and issuing your card. Our cabin was ready so we dropped off our luggage and headed to buffet for lunch. The way the buffet, in both areas, is set out does not lend itself to a smooth flow of people. People enter from either end. There is an exit in the middle but many exit where people are entering. Food in the buffet was ok but a bit monotenous. It was often difficult to find a table and your food would be cool by the time time you did. We had early sitting in the Oriental Dining Room. Service was much slower than we had experienced on other cruises. The waiters now have to take drinks orders. They also seem to have more people to attend to. Food was fine with a reasonable choice each evening. We also ate breakfast there. The menu was the same each day with a daily special. There was no way you could get any of the specials if it was not the correct day. Why oh why can cruise ships not make decent toast? It was hard and cold. Our cabin was fine but the carpet was a disgrace. There was a huge stain below the coffee table and a big black patch outside the bathroom. Apart from the carpet the steward kept the place very clean. I liked the tea and coffee making facilities. We like to go to the shows in the theatre. This became more of a problem as the cruise went on. People were going earlier and earlier to ensure a seat. If you were not there half an hour before the start you might not get in. Most of the shows were good but we were not impressed by the Headline Group. The singers were screeching not singing. We only went once to see them. For several days there was a problem with one of the main doors to the theatre. That entrance was closed meaning most people entered by the other door. The early people sat near this door meaning those who came later had to push past a whole row of people to get a seat at the other side. No staff were to be seen. Surely some staff could have organised seating better? Apart from anything else this could have been a huge problem had their been a fire. Nobody ever told us what the problem with the door was. There was also entertainment in the lounges. It was often difficult to get a seat there. There were over 3000 people on board and it did not appear there were enough places to sit. A syndicate quiz was held each evening in the Karmala room. This room was a disgrace and people should not have been expected to use it. There were leaks all over and buckets placed to catch the water. Industrial blowers were in place to try to dry it out. It was not a pleasant place to be. The entertainment staff worked hard. The pools were often closed. When open I saw children in swim nappies using them in spite of a notice saying they were forbidden. Nobody ever checked. The ports were excellent. None were tender and only in Lisbon was it slow to disembark. The Captain was very personable and always said he would soon have us ashore with the speed of a thousand gazelles! We did not take any ship's excursions. Disembarkation was. Nightmare. Nobody gave information as to what was happening. Eventually we left the ship 45 mins late and our coach left over an hour late resulting in traffic hold ups and a very late return home. Passengers were seldom given information on what was happening which I felt was not good. The ship was just out of dry dock. There were new carpets in dining rooms, stairs and passages. Why, if not replacing those in the cabins, did they not shampoo them? Many people had problems with leaks and water. This was our first P and o cruise. Would I go again? Maybe if the price and itinerary were right. However I will not be rushing back to sail with them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Hi all, I said I would write a review of the Azura Canary Islands trip to compare with our previous cruises with NCL (Norwegian Jade in The Med.) Embarking at Southampton was very straightforward and we were soon on board, even ... Read More
Hi all, I said I would write a review of the Azura Canary Islands trip to compare with our previous cruises with NCL (Norwegian Jade in The Med.) Embarking at Southampton was very straightforward and we were soon on board, even though we had turned up an hour or so early. First impressions were good and there seemed to be a nice atmosphere around the ship. The food compared very well with NCL, although the difference between American and English/Indian fare was fairly obvious. A small problem emerged in the cabin on the first day. We found that the toilet wouldn't flush more than once every 10 minutes or so. We were about to report it when the problem suddenly went away. However, the next thing we noticed was the carpets outside our cabin and several others had been taken up and dozens of towels laid on the floor of the corridor to soak up the water. We then discovered a wet patch inside our cabin around the bathroom area. While we were out, someone installed a large fan heater in our cabin to dry out the carpet. The following day a deputation of stewards arrived at our door with a large bunch of flowers and a bottle of wine in an ice bucket with a little note of apology. The other incident occurred a few days later. We had booked a meal in the Sindhu restaurant and turned up at 7pm for an early dinner. Just as we sat down at the window table, there was a very loud crash from the next table, which was the result of a large chandelier falling from the ceiling. Not just the chandelier but the whole ceiling panel had come down. Luckily no one was sitting at the table where it landed. We were quickly shown to another table in a different area. The food however I have to say was amazing! Apart from these two incidents, the cruise went very well. We enjoyed the shore excursions very much, however the sea days became a little boring, especially on the way home as the weather deteriorated. We didn't really bother with the formal black tie evenings as it is not our style, but there were plenty of others who also chose to stay out of it, so we didn't feel left out. We enjoyed the themed evening meals in the Venezia. We felt the entertainment, with a few exceptions, was particularly good. Nice to see Tom O'Connor still doing his thing, but the stars for us were ventriloquist Gareth Oliver and the Headline Theatre Group who were excellent. On balance, if we were to cruise again (we are in our sixties and also enjoy caravanning), then P&O would not be our first choice. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
The booking in was by letters and in spite of trepidation it only took about half an hour . We found our cabin C635 on C deck it was comfortable with a deep balcony well cleaned by ANA our room maid. We soon settled in with the customary ... Read More
The booking in was by letters and in spite of trepidation it only took about half an hour . We found our cabin C635 on C deck it was comfortable with a deep balcony well cleaned by ANA our room maid. We soon settled in with the customary lifeboat drill out of the way we watched as we left port. We had sailed with Azura before and were used to the layout. After two days at sea we arrived in Lisbon, Portugal for our first port day. Here they charged for the shuttle bus at three pounds a trip I thought was excessive, if we'd selected our own cabin it would have been free. We continued the cruise visiting Lanzarotte, Gran Canaria, Palma, Madeira and Ferrol in Spain. We did no excursions but enjoyed the local towns. In Ferrol the town takes cruise ships seriously and the tourist were out in force with maps and advice they also laid on free shuttle buses into the centre which was well worth a look round. As we sailed out of the harbour an English re-inactment team laid on a display on an old fort. Most of the 'Hotel' crew were Indian and we found them not as friendly or efficient as the previous cruises with a mixture of Philippine's and east Europeans. The entertainment was O.K. with excellent comedians Piper and Rudi and the dance troupe in the playhouse theatre were good. There was only one Family game (mister and missus) and that was late at night and only a few quizzes. They showed films on the lido deck and also in the Manhattan Bar this was ridiculously small and it should have be shown inthe theater. The food in the buffet was poor with a predominance of 'Indian' food even on speciality nights. When we first arrived on board there were no cruet sets on the tables and it was a case of picking up small sachets at the servery. Another gripe was the cups, a good few times they ran out of clean mugs and had to use large cups - similar used by Costa Coffee shops - and on the day of disembarkation it was paper cups and pots of milk. The weather with the exception of one day was very good with lots of sun another plus point was the sea was smooth all the way.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
From start to finish - the best holiday ever. Food wonderful, lovely table for 2 in Oriental Restaurant. Breakfasted in Peninsular and had some in cabin/ on balcony. Drinks on board not expensive at all. +Gorgeous cabin loads of room and ... Read More
From start to finish - the best holiday ever. Food wonderful, lovely table for 2 in Oriental Restaurant. Breakfasted in Peninsular and had some in cabin/ on balcony. Drinks on board not expensive at all. +Gorgeous cabin loads of room and such a comfy bed. Plenty storage space. Full size bath with lovely goodies in it. Nice extra touches such as the chox, champagne, fruit, canapes etc. Superior De-Luxe balcony, everything we expected and more. Most staff lovely. Enjoyed dining in17 twice, the food there was amazing. Sindhu not bad but husband not too keen. Glass house wine flight and small dishes fab. Renewal of Vows ceremony with Captain Dowds was so lovely as was the treatment we had from everyone, made to feel really special. Enjoyed our 3 one day passes for Retreat but thought it a bit pricey, lovely being in an empty pool tho! Paid to use Thermal suite but had not been told there was Sauna and Steam room in both male and female changing rooms - bit naughty.Some Port Info:  Madeira really pretty, cable car in Funchal is a must. Pretty town. The wine and cake worth sampling :-)Camel riding on Gran Canaria fantastic trip. Visited lovely beach too. Didn't go to the port. Day trip on Tenerife and to Mount Teide lovely but wish we could have stopped and gone up in the cable car. Lovely meal included in excursion and time in port. The tiny island of La Palma De Canaria was so pretty, trip in a luxury coach complete with on-board lounge. Stops along the way being served champagne by the accompanying waitress and stunning scenery. Another delicious meal included. Got back to ship with minutes to spare before departure!  All in all, this, our first cruise was wonderful. An experience worth waiting the 2 years we had to for it, due to deaths of both our Mum's and husband being diagnosed with cancer last year. We had to reschedule cruise from last Aug due to chemo sessions then he had massive surgery. Can't wait for next cruise - do we stay with the wonderful P and O or do we try another line!!!! Decisions decisions. Azura is beautiful xxxx Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
This was our 14th cruise but, after my wife suffered a stroke last summer, this was our first in an accessible cabin as wheelchair users, and it was just as enjoyable as all the rest. For anyone in a similar situation I would definitely ... Read More
This was our 14th cruise but, after my wife suffered a stroke last summer, this was our first in an accessible cabin as wheelchair users, and it was just as enjoyable as all the rest. For anyone in a similar situation I would definitely recommend trying a P&O cruise, they really do try to ensure that your disability will not be a handicap to you having a good time. We had travelled down from Yorkshire the day before so were able to have a late breakfast before a leisurely drive to the port, arriving about noon. CPS, the car parking group, really do a great job helping to unload your luggage and ensuring you have everything to hand before swapping your car keys for a credit card sized receipt to retrieve your car on your return. Once in the Ocean Terminal we were directed to the mobility "holding" area and added our name to their list. After about 20 minutes we were taken to a special mobility check in and from here we went straight onto the ship. I missed the announcement advising that cabins would not be ready until 2:00pm, as a result we were in our cabin by 12:45, and fortunately it was ready... I knew that accessible balcony cabins were 50% wider than normal ones but had not realised how much bigger this would make them feel. The standard walk in closet/wardrobe on Grand Princess Class ships is missing and even though the bathroom is bigger than normal this still leaves an extremely spacious bedroom area. Behind the large door is a space large enough to park the wheelchair, then a 4 door wardrobe with 75% of it for full length hanging space with a shelf above and the other has about 5 or 6 narrow shelves plus the cabin safe. The rest of that wall has a counter with the tea and coffee equipment etc. with the fridge and a cupboard underneath and above it the TV. , then the kneehole for the vanity area; on the bedhead wall there are 2 four drawer units both with an open shelf under the units top. And if you can fill all these cupboards and drawers, then you are taking too many clothes on holiday. The bathroom has a drop down shower seat; there are grab rails on the 2 walls and a shower curtain round the open sides. There is very limited shelf space around the sink and no cupboards anywhere, about the only downside though, and the picture of a Ventura wheelchair cabin on the website does not really do justice to the size and quality of the bathroom. The balcony, of course, is also 50% wider and this certainly makes it feel roomier. Our cabin was on A deck but I am looking forward sometime to booking a C deck cabin which with its double depth and the extra length should feel very spacious. Getting around on the ship with a wheelchair does create additional problems but none are major, waiting for lifts is probably the worst especially at busy times, and you do need to plan your movements to ensure you reach the correct floor area to access the venue you want, promenade deck 7, and Lido deck 15, are the only public room decks which give full access from stem to stern, so these become your major motorway routes. My wife did complain that some of the floor joints were a bit bumpy, but she blamed my driving for this. We travelled with my Son, DIL and 8 month old Grandson so our sunbathing was mainly confined to deck 16 aft, not the easiest of places to get to in a wheelchair, but we managed. My wife's mobility out of the wheelchair is limited and very slow, but she was content to use the chair for her sunbathing and I am fairly confident that on our own we would be able to find many places where we could sunbathe. Going ashore was fairly easy and P&O had it well organised, at the gangway 3 staff would descend on the wheelchair and carefully manoeuvre my wife down the ramp, same thing in reverse on our return. At some ports P&O even arranged for wheelchair accessible buses to supplement the free shuttles. The dire warnings in the pre cruise package that large tidal variations could compromise wheelchair users getting ashore never materialised. We chose freedom dining which uses the Meridian dining room on deck 5 which is easily accessed from the midship lifts, my wife stayed in the wheelchair for all her meals, including any we had in the buffet or speciality restaurants. Fortunately all the tables easily accommodated the wheelchair and gave her a comfortable dining position; I imagine that would apply to most wheelchairs. As regards the standard of the food on board there have been a number of negative comments about declining standards of quality and choice recently but we found both to be at or above our recent Celebrity and Princess experiences; and quite improved from our only other P&O cruise on Arcadia in 2006. You would need to be a very fussy eater not to find something to your taste either in the MDR's or the buffet. The entertainment was of quite a good standard, and the headliners theatre group was probably the best we have seen on any of our cruises, but the highlight was undoubtedly Steve Larkins as Mercury Rising, a Freddie Mercury tribute act. One tip is that deck 6 has, in our view, the best seating area for wheelchairs, most of the rows have plenty of space at the ends for a wheelchair and my wife stayed in her chair while I sat alongside. One very pleasant surprise on this cruise was the age profile of the passengers, even discounting the children, this cruise had by far the lowest average age of any of our previous cruises, and I think that this no doubt added to our enjoyment. In addition to lots of young families there were also lots of young couples aboard, and it was wonderful to see them all dressed up in their finery on formal nights, as well as the men sporting jackets on the semi-formal evenings. Overall we were very pleased with just about everything on this cruise. The service in the MDR was in the main excellent and the tables in the buffet were constantly cleared and cleaned, our cabin steward did everything that we requested and kept the cabin clean and tidy. Bar stewards were plentiful but not too pushy and of course drink prices on P&O are much lower than on US cruise lines. But probably the most satisfying aspect was how well we coped with the wheelchair. We were able to enjoy virtually everything that we used to do previously, and it was much easier and far less stressful than we had anticipated. As a consequence we will certainly be continuing to cruise in future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Azura Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.4
Enrichment 3.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 4.0 3.8

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