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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 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
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
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
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
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
7 Helpful Votes
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
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 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
4 Helpful Votes
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
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 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
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 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
Azura Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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