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23 P&O Cruises Azura Senior Cruise Reviews

Just back off a lovely 2 week cruise to the Baltic on Azura. We booked our Parking with Parking 4 Cruises and this is the first time we have used them. Excellent service their staff were waiting for us on arrival and car was in the short ... Read More
Just back off a lovely 2 week cruise to the Baltic on Azura. We booked our Parking with Parking 4 Cruises and this is the first time we have used them. Excellent service their staff were waiting for us on arrival and car was in the short stay car park when we docked and we were on the road home by 8.40 am having chosen to keep our luggage in our cabin the night before our return. Embarkation was swift as we arrived at 3.45 pm so straight on the ship to our room R725 on deck 14. Inside room was fine and kept tidy by the Steward Mary who unfortunately had to go home due to her Father being ill. The location of this room is great for the pool deck at the rear of the ship and access to the Buffet and coffee/tea machines. The food in the Buffet was ok but we did prefer to have our evening meal main restaurants and all the meals were lovely except for the toast but when you have one guy making toast for 700 people it is no wonder it often arrives cold and hard. We ate most nights in the Peninsula restaurant and on 3 occasions in the Oriental. The main shows start at 8.30 and 10.30 but if you want to get a seat in the popular shows you need to be in the main theatre 30 mins before the start or 40 mins before to get a seat in a preferred location. We enjoyed most of the shows particularly Mike Doyle Comedian who was very funny on both occasions as opposed to Kane Brown who was completely un funny how he has got away with this act for 13 years is beyond me, it may be ok for the pub after 10 pints with your mates but taking the mick out of elderly people at the front of the audience who then walked out and left their drinks is cheap and not funny. The Headliners shows were good and the Evolution show was fabulous in my opinion not as keen on Dusty the Dusty Springfield story but we all have our own tastes. The male and female Opera/Musical singers were excellent and again we went to both shows on different nights. The Guest speaker was excellent and particularly enjoyed the talk about Rasputin and Russian History and the gentleman who gave the talk on the Paper Mache wooden boxes and how they were made and painted was very informative. We were extremely lucky with the weather most days were in the low 20s but St Petersberg was overcast and we had a short shower but this did not detract from the enjoyment of seeing this wonderful city. Price of drinks on board. Bottle of coke 330ml £2.95 Bottle of Peroni 330ml £4.20 Guinness can and Doombar 500ml bottle around £4.20 Bottle of Kopperberg alco free cider £3.50 Cocktail £6-£7 Large 1.5 litre bottled water £2.20 Average Bottle of wine £16-£20, Glass of red merlot £4.55 ( they will recork unused wine for next night) You can buy drinks packages but we felt they were way over priced unless you are a alcoholic The ultimate drinks package is £39.95 per person per day and you have to buy it for the full duration of the cruise and for all the adults in the cabin. The childrens package is included in this price Non Alcoholic drinks package is £19.95 per person per day Mocktails Mochas soft drinks and juices and primo sized Costa coffee,Teapigs tea and small bottles of water. Childrens drinks package, £7.95 per person per day. Draught soft drinks and selected juices and hot chocolate. Overall we had a great time, the ship is in need of a refit in parts with holes in the carpets in part of the buffet and discoloured and worn carpets in our room which will be reflected in the 4* rating for this review. Staff were good and efficient not much interaction but that was ok. Ports and places we visited. Waremunde Germany. This was a real bonus as we didn’t really know what to expect and it is a lovely town with a great sandy beach and a lovely harbour to walk around which is very close walk to and from the ship. We chose to go into Rostock and went to the railway station nearby where you will see ticket machines and opposite these you will see a shop. At the side entrance around the corner from the shop you can buy a 1 day rail and tram pass from the office for 6 Euro and the lady will give you a slip of paper that tells you to how to validate the ticket on the platform before getting on train then get off train at Rostock HBF ( 9 stops) yo then need to go down two levels to the tram Platform A Blue tram. Take tram 5 or 6 and get off at stop Neuer Market ( New Market) this is a lovely square with access to shops and nice buildings Trains are every 30 mins and trams every 10 mins. Easy Peasy . Then we came back to Waremunde and had a cocktail on the ship side of the harbour which was less busy. Helsinki, Here we got the courtesy coach to near the centre of Helsinki which if you pay select fare is free but if you are on saver fare it is £4 per person each way. Had to wait nearly 30 mins for return coach in a shower which was not fun. Had a nice walk round the centre of Helsinki then we went to the tourist information office and got details on the trams. We were told if we bought a Ticket 2.8 Euro this would last 80 mins and you can then get the No2 tram which takes you up one side of Helsinki then get the No3 tram which comes back down the other side. This number 3 tram changes its number back to number 2 near the centre and you have to stay on one or two stops back to the centre. Cheap way to see Helsinki. St Petersberg, Day 1 we went to Catherine Palace and we were lucky with the weather as it was sunny in the morning. Reasonably quick access into the Palace but we were in a group of 41 so had to wait for the group to regroup after a visit to toilets and cloakroom which you have to put standard size backpacks so leave on coach if possible to save time. Then you are herded through to an area where you have to put on some fabric over shoes to protect the floor. It if then a slow process moving from room to room which were lovely particularly the Amber room where you are not allowed to film or take photos. We had very little time to walk around the garden area due to a shortage of time and were told no time to shop but I saw this little kiosk in the gardens and bought a pack of 30 postcards that had lovely pics of the palace for 250 roubles ( about £3). Tip Here: we were told before leaving the ship we could not take water off the ship. There is a vending machine near the exit door you can use rouble notes or coins. You put the note (or coins) in the machine THEN select the number of the item you want i.e 52 for water it drops out the bottom and gives you change price of water 45 roubles (50Pence) or coke 65 roubles(80 Pence) much cheaper than aboard ship St Petersberg, Day 2 We booked the Picturesque St Petersberg trip and it started with a boat trip which went along the river /canal? Which was lovely and we saw some wonderful buildings then we went under some very low bridges you cannot stand up on the boat under these as you could be seriously injured. Suddenly this guy started appearing on the bridges waving like a tourist but then he would appear at every bridge on the way back then he was at the dock for our return and expected but did not push for a tip. Be careful here though because someone said after that with some of these they act in pairs look where you take the money from and try to pickpocket. We enjoyed this trip and then we were taken to the Church of the spilt blood which is fantastic inside, the mosaics are spectacular and look like paintings. We then were taken to a gift shop for free coffee or vodka. Try the vodka the coffee is cold and horrible due to lukewarm water also no milk. Talinn Estonia, This was our favourite place, you can walk from the ship to the old town centre in about 20 mins about 800m away to the edge of the town but do get your bearings here so you can find your way back. The square in the centre is lovely for a chill out drink and people watching. There was also a stage up with music and performances on the day we were there. Do be aware drinks in the square are pricey no prices listed you have to sit down and get a menu for prices so do this before you order. A 500ml saku beer and a cappuccino coffee will cost around 12 euro, nice beer though. Stockholm Sweden, I got up at 5.30 am to watch the ship head to the port through spectacular scenery, little islands with typical small wooden houses were lovely and the bird habitats on these small islands were nice to see. When we arrived in Stockholm again you needed to use the courtesy buses (£4 per person each way if not on select fare) which were delayed a bit due to roadworks in the town so had to wait 20 to 30 mins on the outward bound journey. Stockholm is spread out a bit so if you have difficulty walking then a pre booked tour may be a better option. Although it was ok walking through the town and seeing the palace we enjoyed walking around the harbour area more and in some ways wish we had booked a harbour tour. Copenhagen Denmark, Here we looked from the portside of the ship and thought we could see The Little Mermaid statue about 400 yds to the left of the ship so we walked in that direction from the ship but the statue was of a couple of Polar Bears, the little mermaid statue however was 200 metres over to the right of this statue just around the harbour. We followed the harbour round from here to what was a lovely church and fountain then onto the area where the tourist boats dock Nyhavn with its lovely coloured buildings. Again here the cafes are busy and expensive Small beer, coffee and a bottle of water 125 Danish Krone (£15). Great for the views and people watching. Then we went onto Christianborg Palace and the Royal Stables then to the Town Hall building with the Astronomical clock. By this time we were tired so we returned to centre to get a courtesy bus back which was most unpleasant as no Aircon and stop start traffic all the way back to the ship lots of people complained about the shuttle bus service here. We missed out Tivoli but if you are planning on going on an organised tour make sure you confirm how long you get there as some people were unhappy for 2 reasons the minibus transport no aircon black windows to see out of and only 30 mins at the gardens when they complained the tour team were not interested. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We have cruised on Ventura and on embarking found the Azura identical in layout so finding our way around the ship was simple.We booked a late saver fare and got a balcony cabin to the rear of the ship but found no engine noise to trouble ... Read More
We have cruised on Ventura and on embarking found the Azura identical in layout so finding our way around the ship was simple.We booked a late saver fare and got a balcony cabin to the rear of the ship but found no engine noise to trouble us.The cabin was clean and well presented kept that way by our lovely steward Bill.All crew we encountered were happy and well trained in their jobs .We were allocated second sitting and enjoyed the company on our table with much to talk about.We always find fellow cruisers good company and only too pleased to join in conversations. The decor on board is getting a bit worn in places we admit but understand that an upgrade is due soon. Entrainment on P and O we believe is probably one of the best at sea and enjoyed many of the shows.Much praise must go to the young troop the Headliners who were great in all their different shows.Singers,comedians and specialty acts kept us entertained. Food on board geared to British tastes of course was fine,nothing to complain about but also nothing to rave about either.Could do better.We believe that since getting rid of daily gratuities corners are cut in some places ie food quality and a hike in drink prices etc. Weather was good for us as in Britain it was wet and miserable,enjoyed the midnight sun experience on several nights.All ports we visited lived up to expectations and St Petersburg was the highlight of our cruise and we must say that shore excursions by PO Were well organised and very memorable. Disembarked easily at Southampton and now look forward to our next trip,must get those brouchers out. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
The cruise was wonderful. Food and service in restaurants was perfect. Cabin R519 was good and kept very clean. Disappointed we had the overhang from above casting shadow on balcony Entertainment was OK ,but not as good as other ... Read More
The cruise was wonderful. Food and service in restaurants was perfect. Cabin R519 was good and kept very clean. Disappointed we had the overhang from above casting shadow on balcony Entertainment was OK ,but not as good as other cruises we have been on. The best entertainment was the historical murder presentations. Destinations were fantastic although only 6 hours in Gibraltar was disappointing. We only booked in April 2019 and did via the select option mainly because we thought we could get the first sitting and a table for 2 and was put on the waiting list. However once onboard we were informed that all the first sittings for a table for 2 were fully booked in Nov 2018 and we had no chance of this. We needed this because of my wife's poor hearing and cannot hear other peoples conversation. The outcome meant we were in Freedom and always had to wait for a table for 2. This should have been explained at the time of booking and perhaps we would have changed our decision and booked the early saver. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We have become P & O fans, we like the style of cruising, the mix of formal nights of which there were two, the freedom dining, the choice of menu food, the staff, and great entertainment. We did three organised trips, The best of ... Read More
We have become P & O fans, we like the style of cruising, the mix of formal nights of which there were two, the freedom dining, the choice of menu food, the staff, and great entertainment. We did three organised trips, The best of Amsterdam, Ghent on your own, Saire Valley. The guide on the Best of Amsterdam Robert was the best guide we have ever had which made the trip extraordinarily good. Ghent on our own was very poor with just two hours in Ghent.The Saire Valley trip was ok but again too short. We had two comedians on board the first one Mr Heggarty from Ireland was without doubt the worst comedian we have ever endured, the second comedian Tucker was probably the best comedian we have ever heard. The Headliners were brilliant singers and entertainers. The duo in the planet bar were also very good. Our steward, Irenia kept our cabin spotless and replenished and the only thing about our inside cabin to moan about was the carpet could do with a clean. We dined in the Epicurean menu 2 and thought that the extra cover charge was worthwhile. The service was fantastic. We had all our other meals in the Meridian restaurant where the staff were outstanding and the food including steaks served to perfection. The tender service to St Peter Port Guernsey was pretty painful. We did not take an organised trip but instead took a public transport bus around the Island for just £5 each. I read other reviews before our first trip on Azura and agree with the good reviews, this Ship is the Ship for a very enjoyable cruise Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We just returned home from a fabulous 15 night Pre-Xmas Caribbean cruise aboard the P&O ship Azura. We flew into Barbados on a Tui Dreamliner from Manchester on the 1st December. The flight was comfortable and well serviced with ... Read More
We just returned home from a fabulous 15 night Pre-Xmas Caribbean cruise aboard the P&O ship Azura. We flew into Barbados on a Tui Dreamliner from Manchester on the 1st December. The flight was comfortable and well serviced with complimentary food and drink. The price for 15 nights in a seaview cabin inclusive of flights, transfers and meals was £1750 pp with an on-board spend allowance of £140 pp. The Azura was built in 2010 and has a crew of 1200 and a passenger capacity of 3100 and has worn its 8 years well and is a lovely ship. We were located in cabin P325 conveniently on the same level as the atrium and close to all the shops and reception. There are several dining rooms providing fixed or flexible, waiter served dining for breakfast and dinner, a casual self-serve buffet restaurant and four posh restaurants for which there is cover charge. We tried all of them. The standard dining (included in the price) was varied and the service excellent but the standard food whilst OK wouldn’t blow you away. The 24 hour self-serve buffet had a good variety but quality wasn’t great, but you will like it if you are not fussy. The best of the posh restaurants imho was the The Glass House which served great food, wine and drinks, contemporary décor, great service and was the best value with a relatively modest cover charge which varied with what you had. The Indian fushion restaurant, Sindhu, was also very good, superb service, excellent choice of food, wine and other drinks, and a reasonable cover of £20 per head. The Epicurian restaurant was pretentious and over priced at £28 per head and, they couldn’t cook a steak properly. The Beachhouse was OK, roughly equal to your average pub grub with a cover of £7.50 per head. Drinks were wide and varied and seemed fairly priced. As a real ale drinker I didn’t expect to be bowled over but to be fair I found a couple bars serving reasonable bitter/ale but you have to ask them to serve it with a big head and let it warm up a bit, its always too cold. There were four formal black tie nights, which we personally don’t go for, so on those nights we dined in either the Glass House or Beach House, which did not require the penguin look. The itinery had four sea days. To be honest the first was day was not much fun, it was overcrowded on deck and if you didn’t get out with your towel before 9.00 you struggled to get a sunbed. The other three days got better as many passengers couldn’t be bothered and then there was space for everybody. There is an exclusive area called the Retreat which you pay for. It is spacious and never over-crowded but at £175 per person for 14 days it wouldn’t be! We tried to book it for just the 4 sea days but it was all or nothing we were told. I have to say service in all areas, be it restaurants, bars, coffee shops, general shops cabin stewards etc was first class and friendly and they couldn’t do enough for you. We had a seaview cabin. It was reasonably spacious, we went for a single beds layout, the shower and toilet was adequate and the walk-in style wardrobe and cupboard and safe more than good enough. There were brew facilities, a mini bar, hair drier, TV and climate control, and enough power points (UK) The ship was very stable and at times you had to look outside to see if it was moving. But enough about the ship, the ports of call are what its really about and with the exception of Tortola (which had still not fully recovered from last years hurricane) all were extremely interesting. In each case we took a private island tour provided by the many private hire taxis, in comfortable air conditioned SUVs carrying on average 8 persons at a cost of $25 per head. All had great guides speaking better English than wot I do! Now I know P&O will warn you all about the risks in doing this, but after all they want to sell their own over-priced alternative, we had no problems. Our fave island was Antigua and we loved St Kitts. Our daily weather was just great with average temp of 28C, an odd shower and a refreshing breeze. Worth a mention was the 40 minute transfer to the ship from the airport in Barbados. Following an 8 hour flight P&O seem to think its OK to cram you all in a crammed bone shaker of a bus, with insufficient storage space for your travel case, no working seatbelts (well ours didn’t) with a driver who was in some sort of hurry whilst chatting on his phone. Not good enough P&O. But the check-in and embarkation was very efficient. So, there is no perfect cruise, it is a compromise, but as long as the good outweighs the bad then you are laughing, and on this cruise it did, very easily, and any little niggles were always satisfactorily resolved. So in a nutshell what was good :- All round service in bars and restaurants The Glass House and Sindhu restaurants Resident band Pulse Entertainment On-board activities Breakfasts (water service) Drinks Ports of call – all good Sail-away parties Cabin comfort Spa and gym Efficiency of embarking and disembarking at all ports Ships décor Galley tour (fantastic insight into what goes on behind the scenes) Manhatten lounge Live footy coverage in Brodies The huge number of bars and places to eat Daily news letter. Not so good :- The sea screen (movies under the stars) was not working – a major disappointment The Epicurian restaurant Many of public areas and bars were cold Transfer to ship in Barbados Onboard shops were over-priced Ships yours were over-priced Abysmal service on return flight Reception undermanned at peak times. So the big question is, would we do it again. We are missing it already and are planning our next one. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
From the minute we arrived at Southampton Docks Embarkation we were really looking forward to our five night cruise on the Azura to Amsterdam and Le Havre. Our cabin A401 was comfortable and our Steward ‘Teo’ was polite and efficient ... Read More
From the minute we arrived at Southampton Docks Embarkation we were really looking forward to our five night cruise on the Azura to Amsterdam and Le Havre. Our cabin A401 was comfortable and our Steward ‘Teo’ was polite and efficient so no problems there. Our balcony was a good size with two reclining chairs, a foot stool and a small table for drinks. It was a nice touch by P&O to have tea and coffee making facilities in our cabin and a fridge. The ship is generally superb with bars and restaurants reasonably well organised, although on this particular cruise we found it hard to navigate our way around and we have cruised for quite a few years without this problem. The shows were good and the live band that performed in the main theatre on two nights were exceptional. The ports of call were OK, Amsterdam in parts was very scruffy, lots of rubbish around and generally uncared for, Le Havre is a bit of a concrete jungle, but has a particular charm. We liked the trams, the markets and the sea front, and during our visit the ‘tall ships’ were in port. Bad points: the excursions were ridiculously expensive, an example: £44 each for 1 ½ hour evening canal trip! Some (not all) staff, in particularly the self service restaurants were not at all friendly and the security when coming back on board, although we don’t have a problem, especially in these troubled times with being checked were over the top officious, not a pleasant experience! We think that P&O staff should remind people a lot more than they do about using the hand gel provided; we still find it amazing that many go out of their way to not use it, even to the point of getting quite aggressive when reminded. Generally a great time, great ship, the weather in ports could have been kinder, but hey we’re in the English Channel. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Service was excellent, with helpful and courteous staff throughout the ship. This was our second cruise to the Fjords with P&O having been last year on Britannia, but this time were were introducing the In-Laws to the delights of ... Read More
Service was excellent, with helpful and courteous staff throughout the ship. This was our second cruise to the Fjords with P&O having been last year on Britannia, but this time were were introducing the In-Laws to the delights of cruising and they wanted to see the Fjords.... Cabin was good – C753 – at the stern, with larger than usual balcony for a Balcony cabin. We took this as it was only a couple of doors away from our in-laws who were staying in a rather nice suite – C749, which had a stupendous balcony. Both at the rear of the ship with great views as cruise along, looking back over the wake. Both cabins will be noisier than one down the side – simply because of the wake – but it is an almost soporific calming noise, with only exception being the arrival/departure at a port as thrusters etc are used. But it did not bother us at all. Perhaps makes conversation a bit more difficult on the balcony when under way, but again didn’t bother us. Food was very good – we ate breakfast in the buffet (always up too late for the sit down restaurant!) – I would note that whilst it can get crowded at times you always end up finding a table. Parents being early risers had proper sit down breakfast which suited them – they would not have enjoyed the buffet scrum (which is not as bad as it sounds). For dinner we were Freedom Dining in Meridian, where staff were very friendly, and food was super – especially recommend the fish dishes. And the curries are almost always excellent – the Tikka Marsala being the tastiest I have had the pleasure of. Just occasionally the food perhaps was a bit less hot than would be expected - but it did not detract from our enjoyment - after all Masterchef tastes the food cold :) Entertainment was probably our one disappointment – we felt that whilst there was plenty, it was very similar – and was certainly missing some of the quality/variety that we enjoyed on a similar cruise last year on Britannia. The ship is a really nice, friendly ship – certainly better than we had envisaged. A shame it does not have a front facing bar – such as the Crows Nest etc on other ships – but the Planet Bar at the back, on Deck 18 was very good – and the Tides Duo were excellent musician/singer combo (with added fun of one of the waiters standing in when the singer was poorly!) Itinerary was good – Stavanger is delightful, with the Sardine Canning Museum a must see, Alesund a very pleasant town, with great views rewarding those walking up the 400+ steps, and funky heated public benches by the best fish & chips. Olden was our perhaps least anticipated port of call (with the exception that the cruise in and out of the fjord (60 miles each way) is spectacular), having been before and been underwhelmed by the Briksdal Glacier – but to our delight a new Cable Car – the Loen SkyLift has opened up – and whilst expensive it provided the most amazing views over the Nordfjord and surrounding lands, including glaciers – providing a 990m lift up from sea level to a superb viewing station with accompanying restaurant, and well marked paths for additional exercise. It was the icing on the cake as it provided an alternative spectacular view that you don’t get from the ship – and boy did the ship look small from over 3,000ft up! Bergen is nice, and easy to get around. Both ways across the North Sea we were blessed with calm seas. Overall a good value cruise – good itinerary, with drinks still priced sensibly on the ship. Azura is a brighter more cruise-like ship than Britannia (which however has better facilities but is rather beige and dull in places). We didn't try the internet - but it will be the usual quality which will not be up to a home users expectations as it is not cable based (I wonder why:)) but rather satellite - which having worked in the industry is not as capable. Anyone expecting better should know better :) Definitely recommend. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We go nearly every year to the Caribbean because we like getting away from the cold/ wet weather and love the laid back atmosphere of the islands The Azura is a lovely ship kept very clean and the staff are mostly very happy and ... Read More
We go nearly every year to the Caribbean because we like getting away from the cold/ wet weather and love the laid back atmosphere of the islands The Azura is a lovely ship kept very clean and the staff are mostly very happy and helpful Embarkation excellent and quick (we were the first aeroplane to land) Balcony cabin was better than usual as we chose C deck which have larger balconies but when will they get rid of the shower curtain? Our steward was excellent. Food was on the whole good except for the buffet at night. No comparison to Princess! Beach House excellent as was the Epicurean. Entertainment very good except for PO's new show. Recommend the Cuban magician and Mike Doyle who were both excellent. Excursions We went on a truck tour in Amber Cove as we dont like man made resorts and a lot of loud music. In Martinique we toured the fort very interesting.Collect the tickets at the tourist information kiosk.The rest of the time we walked the ports that we visited. Disembarkation was very efficient and it is really good that PO dont throw you off early so that you land out staying at the airport for hours. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We wanted to explore the Caribbean and had heard some good reports about P and O. The ship and holiday largely met our expectations. However,In our opinion there were too many formal nights....four out of fourteen is surely over the ... Read More
We wanted to explore the Caribbean and had heard some good reports about P and O. The ship and holiday largely met our expectations. However,In our opinion there were too many formal nights....four out of fourteen is surely over the top..... The public areas were all very good. My partner was really impressed by the clothes shops and thought they were the best on any cruise line we have experienced. He was delighted with the two pairs of shorts he bought! We thought the food was excellent, apart from the toast and coffee....P and O chefs really need lessons in toast making. In the buffet it is left lying under what appears to be a heat lamp. This is lazy. Toast should be made on demand...as it has been on all other cruise lines we have used. The coffee is stewed. Yuck. Restaurant service In the buffet and restaurants, apart from the speciality ones, was disappointing. The waiters often disengaged, sometimes unfriendly and very rarely smiled. This is the only line we have sailed with, where tea, coffee and water have not been brought to the table when eating in the buffet. There were one or two exceptions to this, showing that a few of the staff had been properly trained. We thought the management of our luggage at the beginning and end of the cruise was excellent. It was a stress free experience to check in our luggage at the airport and see it next outside our cabin....disembarkation and return flights were done in the same way. We were allowed to use ship facilities until we left for the airport. All of this would certainly encourage us to use this line again. Well done P and O. The Thompson Dreamliner flights were extremely comfortable. We sat in the economy cabin. Overall we enjoyed the cruise. It was an extremely relaxing experience. We loved the islands we visited. We would consider using P and O again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. P & O looked after our luggage, once it was checked in at the airport the next time we saw it was at our room and the same on the way back, We flew on the Dreamliner which was very comfortable. ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. P & O looked after our luggage, once it was checked in at the airport the next time we saw it was at our room and the same on the way back, We flew on the Dreamliner which was very comfortable. Everything to us was great. Food lovely staff so friendly, very helpful and entertainment was very good but like most things you heard moaners around the ship re weather, food and entertainment . Sometimes I wondered if we were on the same ship. The islands that we visited were stunning, each different in their own way. We hired our own taxi and did a tour round some on the islands, the drivers are very good and know where to take you. We would definitely book another cruise on the Azura and I'm sure it will not be too long till we book our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Excellent fortnight of good weather, food and entertainment. Sensible bar prices with no added 15% gratuity - so usual pub prices. Next island is the same as the last but that is the nature of the Caribbean Islands. Itinerary ... Read More
Excellent fortnight of good weather, food and entertainment. Sensible bar prices with no added 15% gratuity - so usual pub prices. Next island is the same as the last but that is the nature of the Caribbean Islands. Itinerary interesting especially Nelson's dockyard on Antigua. Grenada a lovely island. All people very friendly and appreciative of tourists. Last day farewell tour of Barbados not necessary as passengers able to enjoy ship until 14.30 before departure to airport. Great idea that luggage goes direct from airport to ship and ship to destination airport. Make sure you have cabin labels on. After checking at airport the next time you will see your case is in the cabin - Vg.. Must mention christours@ hotmail.com for Genada and Randolph - Randy for Antigua tours. Pre booked by email and saved loads of hassle. Theatre always full so needed to get there at least 25 min. Before show. Shows very good especially Headliners, Jason isaacs, ventriloquist, Roger Wright, Andrea Dickenson etc. Overall no major complaints . Anytime dining in Meridian excellent. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We flew from Manchester and the flight was good managed to get seat together without paying the extra as did the other two couples travelling with us. Most drinks had to be paid for only tea coffee and water was free and they has an extra ... Read More
We flew from Manchester and the flight was good managed to get seat together without paying the extra as did the other two couples travelling with us. Most drinks had to be paid for only tea coffee and water was free and they has an extra charge for the films. Embarkation was fairly quick and we found our cabin A deck inside we have been with P&O a few times and are pleased with the cabins lots of hanging space and the cabin steward always keep them clean. You have tea and coffee which we like. We were on first sitting the food was good but not always hot but plenty to choice from we were on a table of 11 maybe that was why it was not always hot the waiters were very good and saw to our needs very well. We found the entertainment not so good and most of the Headliner shows we had seen before with better singers Lots of tribute singers who were not that good Bernie Flyn was good as was the Cuban magic man, but the rest not so good. We did our own thing in all of the ports This was a good Christmas cruise for the price we paid as we didn't book till late the staff were always helpful and polite ready to speak to you at any time. We left on Boxing day and it all went well with seats together for all our party and only a 7 1/2 hour flight home Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
The flight from Manchester was well organised and we were soon in the departure lounge, it may be my imagination but every time I visit the airport the amount of seating get less. The terminal was very busy as Saturday appears to be a ... Read More
The flight from Manchester was well organised and we were soon in the departure lounge, it may be my imagination but every time I visit the airport the amount of seating get less. The terminal was very busy as Saturday appears to be a popular day for travelling. The flight of eight hours plus passed reasonable well with some reasonable food on the way, there was very little free entertainment on the television, you were required to pay an extra four pounds for a better selection although you got free head phones. On arrival at Barbados the embarkation was slick and relatively painless. We had a balcony cabin in the middle on the Riviera deck unfortunately it was under the pool area and meant that every morning we heard the staff setting out the sun beds, apart from that it was a good cabin and we didn’t hear the ‘Sail away’ parties. The facilities in the cabin were good with tea/coffee available fresh ice everyday even tid bits like biscuits and chocolates, you also got a couple of bottles of water free. One word of warning if you’re taking a charger for you phone etc with a USB port get one with the USB port anywhere but the bottom as the sockets are right close to the dressing table top and there’s no room underneath. Cedric our cabin attendant kept the room spotless and no request was to much trouble. Except for Formal nights we ate mostly in the Peninsula dining room with it’s Freedom dining and except for one night we found the service fast and friendly. The menus had some weird and wonderful items some of which we’d never heard of. In the buffet there were a good selection although there were themed nights where there were no alternatives. One thing I noticed was the atmosphere in the buffet and dining rooms was subdued, very few of the waiting staff seemed to be happy although still very efficient. On deck the grill has changed so that most of the choices were already cooked and ready for pick-up, they also had a large refrigerator where you could pick up a sandwich, salad or a cold sweet, this turned out to be very popular as people could take them back to their loungers to eat. Having traveled on several cruises P&O and others we were disappointed with the entertainment staff, most ships have a t least one quiz in the morning this was missing the first was a sheet of questions handed out on the pool deck. I found for what ever reason, the entertainment staff were lacking in the usual friendly banter with the passengers. The theater shows were very good with some really excellent performers. On the pool deck they showed some good films on the deck screen, so you could sun bath and watch a film at the same time. Having been here before we didn’t take any tours being happy to go ashore and wander around the local town getting away from the tourist shops and roaming the back streets where we saw the normal lives of the locals. There weather on the cruise was fantastic 30° C most of the day with the odd shower early morning. Relaxing on the balcony we were lucky to see Dolphins and Flying fish with the normal Frigate birds and an occasional Pelican for company. The flight home was a bit fraught Barbados departure lounge was full to overflowing wit people milling around looking for a seat, the flight itself was delayed, why I don’t know as it arrived on time, the crest of it was uneventual. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
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
Our first cruise with P & O from Southampton and our last. Our holiday started with the last 10 miles taking one and a half hours, and talking to other passengers this seems to be the norm. We have always done fly cruises in the ... Read More
Our first cruise with P & O from Southampton and our last. Our holiday started with the last 10 miles taking one and a half hours, and talking to other passengers this seems to be the norm. We have always done fly cruises in the past, so three days of very indifferent weather there and back did not go down at all well, and the second night we had a bad storm going through the Bay of Biscay, with 100mph winds - not for the faint hearted. Never again. The return being just the opposite - calm - but you never know. We have travelled with numerous other lines and can honestly say there is little too choose between them, unless of course you use Silver Seas etc. Ok P&O ships are fairly modern, big with lots of passengers and of course predominantly British passengers, but going out of Southampton you are always going to have the sea days, and the same ports in Northern Spain and Portugal time after time. For their itineraries we prefer Thomson Cruises, ok the ships are much smaller, but that does mean less passengers, and their ships are much older and in places do show their age, but as I have said that is the only difference we can find between any of the Cruise Lines we have used. We did enjoy our cruise, but the journey to Southampton and two days before we saw any sun just not for us. The staff were just brilliant and the entertainment first class, as was the food and service in MDR. No problems with ordering wine each evening, they must have brought back the Wine Waiters. We could find no fault with the Azura itself, just our own preference shone through when writing this review. Excursions with P&O very good. Embarkation went very smooth along with disembarkation. We had cabin R512 Riviera Deck - great position mid-ship. This review may sound very negative, but its just a true assessment of what we thought and of course we do not object to flying, I think I have made that quite plain. Well done P&O Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
after reading many reviews I had mixed feelings about the azura, many saying its standards had dropped. We have cruised with Thomson on all of their ships so therefore we were going to have to judge if the azura was more luxurious. Well ... Read More
after reading many reviews I had mixed feelings about the azura, many saying its standards had dropped. We have cruised with Thomson on all of their ships so therefore we were going to have to judge if the azura was more luxurious. Well this is our honest opinion. 2 days prior to our cruise we had an email about the norovirus that was onboard during the previous week. We arrived at the terminal at 2 excellent service with our luggage removed from car, and car driven away, but because the norovirus there were enormous long queues, but once onboard all went well cases in cabin. Cabin:- an inside, good size, safe plenty of room where you hung your clothes, drawers, fridge and kettle. Excellent. Restaurants:- oriental for club dining (6 15 or 8 15) peninsular & meridian for freedom dining, we will use freedom dining next time. Service excellent, food good (similar to thomson). Waiters brought hour wine no probs. Sindhi & epicurean require a supplement but are well worth it wonderful service. Buffet:- Verona/verenezia self service rather chaotic instead of having an entry and exit people were bumping into each other, but the worst part is because of this system people werè just going in and not sanitising their hands, dreadful after the norovirus last week that is our only ngative. Entertainment:- lots of bars, we watched the comedian Paul Roberts a singer both excellent, the azura orchestra good and catch 22 good. Playhouse:- the tenor was superb also a westerns show. Disappointed they didn't put on more shows but all in all very good. Excursions:- only did 1 up to mt. dhibinna it was an experience 10ft snow each side of coach. The fjords are a wònderful sight. Skjolden was exceptional and we àlso had blue sky and sunshine. Walked into all ports mc enjoyed them all. My overall view is the azura is a beautiful ship very clean lots to do, don't take any notice of all the moaners, we met quite a few but the biggest majority was of the same opinion as us. Disembarkation:-out of cabin at 8 (luggage left outside cabin before retiring) had breakfast and was called at 9 for disembarking, cases in terminal in deck order for picking up, picked car keys up and on our way home at 9 45. All in all we had a great cruise don't take any notice of the dreadful reviews. Enjoy your cruise we did off again in September. Read Less
Sail Date June 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
We have just returned from an Atlantic cruise on the Azura which before I start my reveiw I must say we enjoyed but I have a few suggestions that could have made it better. The boarding process was horrendous it started from landing at the ... Read More
We have just returned from an Atlantic cruise on the Azura which before I start my reveiw I must say we enjoyed but I have a few suggestions that could have made it better. The boarding process was horrendous it started from landing at the airport after a brilliant flight on the Dreamliner we had to sit on the plane for 20min becauses P and O weren't ready for us then when we got to the ship we sat on the bus for another 15min as the queue was to long to let us in when we did get in we were hearded like cattle round the shed my worse experience of boarding in all the years we have cruised Having got on the ship no one to help us find our cabin and as the deck and number system is differant to what we have had before was very confusing Also very little to do in the days you were at sea if you didn't want to dance or go to Spa demonstrations there was little else let's have more guest speakers more games ect. The only speaker was a poet although I heard he was good poetry is not everyone's cup of tea Having had my moan I have to say the cabin was good and kept very clean. The food beautiful lots of choice and tasty the entertainment good the comedians especially. The staff very friendly and helpful so everything was ok there We will go with them again so it couldn't have been that bad so go and enjoy Read Less
Sail Date March 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
We recently completed (9 February) a 2 week Caribbean cruise on the P&O 'Azura', having previously had a similar, shorter cruise on the Silversea 'Silver Whisper'. Inevitably we were tempted to compare the two, but ... Read More
We recently completed (9 February) a 2 week Caribbean cruise on the P&O 'Azura', having previously had a similar, shorter cruise on the Silversea 'Silver Whisper'. Inevitably we were tempted to compare the two, but tried to have realistic expectations, given the vast different in price between them (a holiday on Azura is about half the cost of Silver Whisper). Despite that difference, our views of the quality of the Azura are fairly positive, in particular: i) the staff were mostly extremely friendly, helpful and efficient. On the few occasions they were not, it appeared to stem from their being over burdened. Our steward was lovely - kind, hard working and enormously helpful; thank you Remy! ii) the ship is kept spotlessly clean, and P&O appear to do all that is reasonably possible to eliminate the possibility of outbreaks of unpleasant viruses; iii) organisation and management on the ship was mostly excellent, with disembarkation arrangements being particularly impressive. Communications could, however, have been better: cabins have a neat messaging system transmitted via interactive TV, but the most important information seems not to be included. For example, we still have no idea what caused the fire on board, nor the electrical fault which caused the ship to stop mid ocean and, although we weren't alarmed by these, a good chance was missed to reassure passengers that all was well safety-wise. Strange. iii) the gym is good. Large enough for the number on board, and well equipped. Nice library and reasonable internet access, although the latter is too expensive. Lifts and loos are sufficient; iv) we only went on one excursion, which we felt was overpriced, so we usually made our own arrangements - satisfactorily. Taxi services in all the Caribbean Islands are reasonably priced and efficient; v) our major concern had been food quality and service, but this was good, given the low cost of the cruise as a whole. Having said that, meals sometimes looked grey and uninteresting, although puddings were usually excellent, and the Stilton-in-port was superb. All tastes and styles were catered for: casual, smart/formal dress in different restaurants; self service/waiter service both available; 24 hour availability of food; international cuisine; burgers and chips. Menu choice was quite wide in the 3 main restaurants; 5 courses with up to 5 choices on each. We were lucky enough to get the 'Freedom Dining' option, which we thought worked very well. If we wanted a table for 2 we usually had to wait around 30 minutes before being paged; if we were happy to join a table with others we could usually be seated almost immediately. The Italian restaurant was excellent, although we thought the booking arrangements were a little archaic. In summary, maybe not 5 star dining, but certainly a good 3 stars (we think comments that the food on the Azura is "dreadful" are just OTT/silly). For those wanting something more upmarket (which we rarely did) the 3 speciality restaurants seemed excellent, at a supplement of between £6-£30 a head. Onto the main negatives: a) we were disappointed with the entertainment. Although there were some very good/professional "Tribute" acts, and the resident bands (particularly "Changez") attained a high professional standard, the generality was fairly average. The "Show" dancers worked really hard and did pretty well, but the singers (although not the backing musicians) stretched themselves beyond their limits when trying to handle heavier rhythms (ie Tamla Motown, or even The Beatles); song choices were sometimes strange (ie a run through of the best musicals ignored "Hair"). We could live with that, were it not for the fact that the whole tenor of the entertainment was brought (dumbed) down by the Cruise Director and her team. Note to them all: YOU DO NOT NEED TO SHOUT AT GUESTS! ....... nor to preface every recommendation with "grab a cocktail"....... nor to repeatedly shriek that all the passengers, all the acts, everything on the Azura and all the Caribbean Islands is "fantastic/amazing/incredible". It really is reminiscent of Butlins/Hi-de-Hi at their worst: vulgar, inane, moronic (entertainment announcements were even shouted at guests at breakfast time) and - worst of all - monotonous. An on board choir (which we understood had been part of the offering on previous Azura cruises) might have helped to redress the balance a little; b) as for the non-musical entertainment, we would have expected more in the way of mental stimulation. We had hoped maybe for some musical/cultural/scientific appreciation/current affairs discussions; the little that there was (especially the excellent talks about "Concorde") was well attended and appreciated, but rather an oasis. Other talks were mostly sales pitches. As for sports coverage, no 6 nations rugby - sad; lots of football - yawn; c) the nature of the entertainment, plus the relatively low cost of the cruise, seems to have attracted a client group that largely, but by no means entirely (we met many interesting/fun people over dinner and during trips off the ship) we would not want to spend our time with. Specifically, there is a heaving lumpen-mass of overweight humanity which lollops by the 2 main swimming pools from sunrise to sunset, seemingly content to do little more than eat, drink and sit in the sun all day every day (leaving little room for others wishing to lie on deck), and then sing outdated 3 chord songs at the "Sailaway". If that is the client group which P&O wish to attract, and it does seem to be, then its cruises would not usually hold a great appeal for us, or for most of the other passengers we spent our evenings with. In summary, though, we think the Azura offers pretty good value for money, particularly for the more lethargic holiday maker: the cabins are spacious and well appointed (our balcony cabin was really nice), the food is good value for money, the drinks reasonably priced in a number of comfortable (though often overcrowded) bars, and the service is fine; but the entertainment is (mostly) poor.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
After a very bumpy flight (lasting turbulence for an hour) we landed at Barbados at around half past four and were immediately loaded on coaches for the hour trip across the island to the port bypassing the normal immigration and customs. ... Read More
After a very bumpy flight (lasting turbulence for an hour) we landed at Barbados at around half past four and were immediately loaded on coaches for the hour trip across the island to the port bypassing the normal immigration and customs. We were held on the coaches until there was room in the warehouse for us to book in. Because we were late in the afternoon our cabins were ready so we could dump our hand baggage and go for a meal on at the buffet on the Lido deck. Because new rules say you must have your lifeboat drill before you sail and the ship uses its entire staff for this it was ten o'clock before we got our cases. Our cabin on D Deck was an upgrade for using their special pricing and it was very nice, it was almost two rooms with the beds in one part and a large settee / make-up bed in the other it even had two flat screen TVs, the balcony was also large with plenty of room for two recliners and foot stools and a small table. The was a large open wardrobe with loads of hangars also two dressing gowns and slippers, also a tallboy cupboard we shelves although the free safe took up one. There were four formal nights and four semi-formal (a jacket required) being free and easy we avoided both. This did not cause any problems outside the dining rooms when we went to the theatre and several lounges. Although we did go to the meridian dining room which was 'Any time' dining on a couple of nights, we went early which meant we had rapid service, still there was a lot of waiting between courses. The rest of the cruise we preferred buffet dining in the Venesia restaurant. This was mainly so we could get our own preferences and sample some of the others. The food on the whole was good, not fantastic, the main problem was the serveries at breakfast all the serveries were open, come lunch it was only the venesia on port days, with Verona opening on sea days. At dinner time the Verona became an Italian restaurant leaving just the venisia for dinner as you can imagine there were some long queues. In their favour you could get something to eat all the time. On top of these there was a grill and a pizza ere by the pools, also an ice cream bar (payable £1 for one scoop cone). There appeared loads of sun beds although most were sited in the sun. The entertainment team did not seem very professional as they were late at some of the activities and there were some problems with some of the quizzes, this was surprising as the ship has been going for a while now and you would have expected them to have cured and problems. The headliners troupe despite a lot of promoting was in our eyes was not up to the standard of other cruise lines we'd been on. One of the things that struck me was the atmosphere it was decidedly lacking. The waiting staff were efficient but lacked the friendly nature we'd become used to. As we had been to the Caribbean before, when in port we only went walking around the local area to get some exercise and get the flavour of the island. The weather throughout the cruise was excellent normally around 28/29C with mostly clear skies and almost calm seas, we encounter a little rolling and this was at night. The day before arriving back in Barbados we were given our boarding cards and low and behold they had split us up! I cannot understand as the aircraft coming out was chartered by P&O they couldn't have used the outgoing manifest as a template for the return, I admit some people might have decided to buy their return seats (£15 for a normal seat) but as most people did any pre-booking before the cruise I think it unlikely. Whilst on the cruise we visited Barbados and went ashore with just our ship ID card on the last day we had to fill in immigration and customs forms to be dumped at the airport, I'm surprised they couldn't put us in bond as they did on the way out and take us directly to the aircraft. Finally although we enjoyed the cruise on the Azure we did not think it was as good as other lines i.e. RCI or Princess. The flight home was again turbulent but we were on time landing at Manchester. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
well here we are back today (4/4/13) from barbados on board a very friendly ship. we embarked on our first ever flight from gatwick where,after an accident to my wife on the escalator we were fast tracked through the airport and looked ... Read More
well here we are back today (4/4/13) from barbados on board a very friendly ship. we embarked on our first ever flight from gatwick where,after an accident to my wife on the escalator we were fast tracked through the airport and looked after very well by very concerned staff at both the airport and on the plane,the 8 3/4 hrs flight was very enjoyable and we were well fed and watered throughout. bit of a bumpy landing but apparently any landing you walk away from is a good one.at barbados we were asked to sit tight whilst everyone was off loaded then we were directed to a private mercedes who transferred us to the ship. we didn't ask for any favours but thank both p & o and thompson for their concern over my wifes dilemma.getting on board was very easy and quick and as we had been on the ventura we knew the ropes and where to go so went straight to our room.the room we had we selected ourselves about 12months ago and was R748 RIGHT ON THE AFT END ON THE CORNER.A LOVELY CABIN THAT ATTRACTED THE SUN MOST OF THE DAY.the cabin steward (cagi) was first class and looked after us very well.the room was kept clean at all times and he was very thorough.we had freedom dining and were treated to a culinary feast most evenings.we ate in the glass house on one night and had the best steak i had tasted for a long while.i will add here that the service in the meridian was very polite and and acceptable but the waiting on several occasions was unnessasarily long.during the day and for breakfast we used the buffet dining and found something to suit our tastes on all occasions.the bars were very enjoyable and we spent the most time in brodies .as i am akin to a bit of karaoke.again we had some fun in there and made some nice aquaintences.p & o have their prices right in the bars so a very well done to them for that. the entertainment was quite good with a choice of variety.the azura orchestra was great peters band .that played for the dancers was the best i had heard for a long time.a vent act went down well as did a micheal buble tribute in the theatre.jet set suffered from jet lag most of the time. the girl singer .a very nice young lady with a voice that doesnt match her personality.the entertainment team pulled out all the stops for the great british sailaway in st.kitts where we gave an american crowd a taste of britain at its best . they were on a rc boat and pulled out before we did so giving us a chance to wave em goodbye.the best sailaway ive ever been too. most interesting speaker was ricky bastin who gave a series of talks on the life of concorde. very interesting. overall.we traveled with friends who were first time cruisers and had a damn good time. if i reflect positively i did not enjoy so many sea days.and this was the reason we picked this cruise.i would rather fly out and fly back than sail transatlantic.i would certainly recommend the azura and will be back soon for probably the fiords Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
First - thanks to CPS parking, a pleasant, efficient service as before. So organised; drive up to terminal, take luggage out of car (wave goodbye to it, as next time you see it, it's in your cabin); hand over car keys to pleasant ... Read More
First - thanks to CPS parking, a pleasant, efficient service as before. So organised; drive up to terminal, take luggage out of car (wave goodbye to it, as next time you see it, it's in your cabin); hand over car keys to pleasant driver, walk into terminal. Arrived early, about 11am, as warned (by P+O e mail, thanks) that traffic may be heavy due to boatshow. relaxed in terminal with complimentary magazines. Fast, efficient checkin. on ship about 12. nice buffet lunch. cabin ready about 2.30. BUFFET - Venezia / Verona A lovely area with tasteful decor, lots of seating for various group sizes. very nice, well presented food, lots of choice usually. we especially enjoyed the cold cuts of various meats and salads. Unfortunately the actual food collection area is far too small, and often resulted in complete 'jams' as people tried to make their choices. Alcohol hand gel was available at the food collection area, rather than at the buffet entrance, many people didn't bother to use it, and nobody enforced it. Choice of different teas available, coffee not bad, juices incredibly sweet. Service pretty good, but apart from routine table clearing, we didn't see any staff offering any help to any passengers. The buffet is a busy place, but we always got a table. we did witness a lot of 'spreading out' with bags, jackets etc, to prevent table sharing - why do people do that? MDR we were on 2nd sitting (8.30 /8.45) in the oriental restaurant. table for 6, seated with 2 nice couples; (hi neil and julie, and gail and edward). food was good , service good, especially from assistant waiter. however we only ate there about 4 nights as we discovered the gem that is Verona by night! this side of the buffet transforms into a table service Italian restaurant in the evenings for no extra charge. highly recommend; great food, great service. ROOM SERVICE used this for breakfast twice, very good. DRINKS reasonable prices in all bars and restaurants AND we were able to buy a litre of whisky for £20 to enjoy in our cabin, ice and glasses also provided on request (big difference from royal caribbean, who make you feel like a criminal if they think your're drinking in your room)! CABIN obstructed ocean view, but plenty of light and reasonable view. no noise despite being beside aft lifts, and above manhatton show lounge. experienced a bit of rocking and rolling occasionally, but nothing too bad. a bit of ? mechanical noise at times. bed comfortable, but quality of bedding poor compared with RCI, CELEBRITY and PRINCESS. cabin steward, Louella, very helpfull. bathroom tiny, shower uncomfortably small with clinging shower curtain - we are average size - i had to step out of shower to shave legs. toiletries ok, but we would not descibe them as 'a luxurious pamper pack'!! ENTERTAINMENT generally good. lots going on at most times if you wanted it. seascreen, poor quality sound and picture, virtually impossible to watch during the day with the light on it; too chilly to watch it at night. Playhouse theatre - comfortable, well tiered for good vision. access poor (more about that later). no bar service. usually 3 shows a night so plenty of seats for all. Malabar - lovely show lounge with tastefull decor. bar service. Manhatton - nice show lounge, but lots of seats had obstructed or no stage view, so get there early! bar service. POOL AREAS generally noisy and overcrowded. loungers pushed together so tightly that you had to crawl on and off from the bottom. Terrace pool was supposed to be adults only ( the kids had the run of the rest of the ship), but often kids were in there, sometimes in nappies! What we didn't like! Azuras layout is dreadfull. we can't believe that she is a newly designed ship - by who?! she is full of dead ends. it is impossible to walk around her ( i really missed my daily 'proms'). the outer decks don't run smoothly, you have to go up and down several flights of stairs to get from A to B. the different banks of lifts only go to certain floors. the main access to the Playhouse theatre is through the Glasshouse bar / restaurant. the whole of the front of the ship on the upper decks is restricted to 'pay extra' passengers (The Retreat), creating a 'class' system; nobody else can even walk around the bow! EXCURSIONS as with most cruise lines, expensive. we booked an island trip in Vigo for £38 each - we were escorted, on foot, about 200 metres across the dock onto a catamaran, sailed 15mins to the island, left to do our own thing for 3 hours then back to ship. locals were catching the catamarans at a fraction of what we paid! DISEMBARKATION no problems, we were in one of the first groups off, no delays, luggage easily found, free trolleys to transport to car. Read Less
Sail Date September 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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