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67 P&O Cruises Azura Senior Cruise Reviews

sorry had to write poor for our cabin we booked a double seaview p222 we decided on this type of cabin this time cruising as we liked the location and a seaview instead of a balcony everything was perfect but for the bed it was a twin when ... Read More
sorry had to write poor for our cabin we booked a double seaview p222 we decided on this type of cabin this time cruising as we liked the location and a seaview instead of a balcony everything was perfect but for the bed it was a twin when we had booked a double we now understand how we booked on a guarenteed basis that alone does not guarentee a double you have to book on a select basis to make sure its what you want so after complaining to the head housekeeper who did join beds together but placed the double chest of drawers in the wardrobe are along with the table which made even less room to hang properly our clothes we were really disapointed all holiday on saying that apart from our cabin we thoroughly enjoyed azura shes a great ship, friendly and clean. I am now gluten free and the help and care i encountered was second to none amazingly thoughtful of the staff. Itenery was fabulous we made sure to book an excursion at each stop and 2 whilst in russia, we loved each stop, weather was kind except for high winds on our second day whilst in russia.We met some lovely people whilst on board. we prefer to embark and disembark at southampton its so easy and thorougher and professional. we have some wonderful memories of azura our first time on her but not our first P&O cruise we would recommend the baltics and we will be going again for sure. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We liked the ports of call Lisbon, Cadiz. Barcelona, Ibitha and Gibralter as some we had never been to before. Embarkation was fast and well organised, the ship was beautiful, very clean and staff very helpful. been on lots of other ... Read More
We liked the ports of call Lisbon, Cadiz. Barcelona, Ibitha and Gibralter as some we had never been to before. Embarkation was fast and well organised, the ship was beautiful, very clean and staff very helpful. been on lots of other cruises waiting staff good but never smiled, they were from india and pakistan area. Food good with plenty of choice, never had to queue at any meals. Shore excursions we thought were expensive, worst of all we had to pay for transfers from ship to towns and these were £4pp each way which we thought was a rip off!. Our room was always cold the air conditioning didn't seen to alter. Also the playhouse and the evening entertainment venues were also very cold. Entertainment was excellent except the group Pulse often sang off key and screeched a lot. Sorry the area for dancing was not bigger as this was done in the atrium and always too many people to dance in the small area. Overall we had a fantastic time and would certainly choose this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise for the 3 different ports on offer - we had never been to Hamburg or Le Havre and whilst we have been to Amsterdam, we had never visited via a cruise ship or stayed overnight in port. The weather was gorgeous and an ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the 3 different ports on offer - we had never been to Hamburg or Le Havre and whilst we have been to Amsterdam, we had never visited via a cruise ship or stayed overnight in port. The weather was gorgeous and an added bonus in Hamburg when the temperature reached 30c. Unfortunately on the 2nd day in Amsterdam we experienced a thunderstorm and heavy rain but it didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves as we went on a P&O coach tour. We love Azura as we were on her 4years ago when we did a 2 week Russian cruise and she did not disappoint this time. Everyone was friendly and the food phenomenal- we had the Eric Lanlard tea which was amazing and also ate in the Epicurean restaurant and the Sindu restaurant too. A small cover charge was applicable in these 3 restaurants but well worth it. Our balcony cabin was C325 and whilst a little small, it was adequate for the week. Next time though, we have booked a deluxe balcony cabin for the extra room. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Chose to go on this cruise to determine wether or not we would enjoy it. The result was that we did, and we are looking forward to going on another in the near future. The crew were excellent and the service was worthy of any 5 star hotel ... Read More
Chose to go on this cruise to determine wether or not we would enjoy it. The result was that we did, and we are looking forward to going on another in the near future. The crew were excellent and the service was worthy of any 5 star hotel that I have stayed at. As for the quality of the food that was excellent as well we couldn't fault it. The portions were more than ample and some nights I found it difficult to completely clear my plate. We had freedom dining which suited us as we enjoy meeting new people, however it may not suit everybody, but you did have the option of a table for two if you didn't feel inclined to mix at any time. The entertainment on board was of a very high standard especially the shows in the theatre , plus as an added benefit the shows in the bars were of a very high professional standard, with particular emphasis on the Freddie Mercury Tribute act (class). The only criticism I have is the cost of the excursions seemed to me to be quite high and we only went on one, however no complains about that as the tour guide was very knowledgeable and approachable. The ports chosen were ideal and walking into the various town/city centres was quite easy. There were plenty of onboard activities taking place both while at sea and in port which we could have partaken in should we have wished however we just wanted to read and relax and that we were allowed to do, and at no time during our time on board did we have to put up with overattentive waiting-on staff, bonus. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My wife and I found the Azura absolutely spotless and we could not fault anything whatsoever! We felt like VIP's nothing was too much trouble for any of the very hard working staff! The entertainment was second to none and so was ... Read More
My wife and I found the Azura absolutely spotless and we could not fault anything whatsoever! We felt like VIP's nothing was too much trouble for any of the very hard working staff! The entertainment was second to none and so was the food! There was always something to do on the ship! They even had an excellent gym to work off all the calories from the constant eating! We felt pampered and special all the way through our journey! You do get the odd snob who always try to pick fault with something and love bragging about how many cruises they've been on!! but we just ignored them! We had an inside cabin on L deck 15 (L232) and we never heard any noise whatsoever! Jorzey was our cabin steward and he was always very pleasant helpful and chatty! There was an incident at the port of Civitavecchia when a freak storm actually broke the ropes on the mooring and blew the Azura to the other side of the port! We were returning back to the ship via shuttle bus when this happened and one of the ship's staff greeted us with what had happened said that nothing like this has happened before! But they handled it with great integrity and experience which kept everyone concerned very calm! We were looked after superbly! Well done ALL the crew of the Azura! The whole experience was superb!! Will be booking with P&O again very soon! Mr.and Mrs Caldwell. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The original itinerary was changed by the hurricanes to substitute Guadeloupe for the destroyed Tortola in British Virgin Islands. As Hurricane Irma, Harvey, Maria and Katia barrelled their way round the Caribbean in the Autumn of ... Read More
The original itinerary was changed by the hurricanes to substitute Guadeloupe for the destroyed Tortola in British Virgin Islands. As Hurricane Irma, Harvey, Maria and Katia barrelled their way round the Caribbean in the Autumn of 2017, we became very worried about whether there would be enough left standing for us to enjoy. It was a needless concern, because we visiited nine islands and saw no damage. Boarding our P&O chartered Thomson's Dreamliner at Gatwick, we hopefully waved au revoir to our cases and settled in for eight hours of reading, announcements, meals to be eaten like a praying mantis and, of course, funny smells. It was a pleasant flight; the Dreamliner being what it is, we had to keep looking out the windows to make sure the engines were turned on because it was quiet enough to hear people scratching. Luckily, the driver found Barbados in the middle of nowhere and we duly landed to be greeted by a wall of heat and friendly faces. The forty minute coach trip to the P&O Azura was fascinating. Barbados is quite a flat island (the only one in the Caribbean that wasn’t made by a volcano) and so the loveliest scenery is mainly around the beaches. Our first trip to the Caribbean and the things we discovered. • Most places have taxi marshall's outside the welcome terminal. They will manage which taxi (minibus) you get in, leaving only when full (but at least they leave the AC on!). You pay at the end of your return journey after they pick you up at the appointed time. • Take US dollars and Euros. Don’t bother with Eastern Caribbean Dollars and be careful you know which “dollars” you are being asked for. Make sure your change is in US dollars. • Everywhere you go there is music. If you don’t like reggae, go somewhere else, because that is the theme running through most islands. • Rum Punch is often quite strong. Two will make you tipsy, and don’t mix it with their Carib beer at 5.2%, something I learned rather than heard. • Caribbean people are friendly, vibrant, kind, church-going Christians, happy and bring their children up really well. They seem to have proper family values and standards. They don't have drug problems - they have drug-trafficer problems because of their unfortunate geographic location between grower and user. • Wherever you stop, there is a terminal area with markets, shops, stalls, music and bars where you can buy duty free goods. These are invariably more expensive than in the town. Antigua (Pronounced “ANTEEGAH” - saying “ANTEEG YOU AH” singles you out as a “newbie”) A gorgeous and spectacular island, the inhabitants of which are 99% church-going Christians, and all of whom are lovely friendly souls. We went on the “Best of Antigua with Lobster Lunch” excursion for the best lobster I have ever had! Apparently another excursion with a lobster lunch was not nearly so good, so be careful which one you choose. This one visits Shirley Heights, Nelsons Dockyard (Lobster Lunch), the spectacularly beautiful rain forest and finally Mitties Bar by the beach. Verdict - Lovely island and people, safe as houses. Mitties Bar rum punches are stronger than you think. I know that now. St Kitts and Nevis A pretty little island with lovely laid back friendly people. We did the train journey round the island which had some lovely surprises, rattling and rolling it's way round that central mountain. Others did the beach and thoroughly enjoyed their day. The shops near the ship were great fun, as were the bars. Smashing friendly people. "Don't worry ...... be happy" Amber Cove - Dominican Republic This is a shopping and recreation centre built by Carnival Cruises as a clean safe oasis in the Dominican Republic. If you've been to Disney-World, it's a bit like Main Street USA. We didn’t find anyone who did the Puerto Plata (nearest town) excursion and enjoyed it on account of the fact that it seemed to be a tour through landfills. Nobody said they felt safe in the town and, outside Amber Cover, you can pay for a day at the hotel and beach next door. Those that did, didn't seem very happy with it. This Amber Cove “Carnival Cruises oasis” is clean, safe, ringed with steel fences and very well appointed. There are pools, loungers, bars, shops, water features and views, most of it being free. I loved it but others thought it was false and man-made. Which it was. I still liked it though. You don’t have to spend anything if you don’t want to. Unfortunately all telecoms were down so nobody could use the free WiFi or pay with cards. Rickshaws take you from the ship to the entrance.. It’s free, but a $2US tip per trip is gratefully received. Martinique (Actually, France, and therefore Europe) Much nicer than Guadeloupe. This was more up-market - the currency is Euros, very few take dollars. We did what most people do and took the boat from the dock to Pointe de Bout ($7 return per - person pay on board). From here you can walk to the right to a pretty, exclusive and expensive beach. Drinks here, especially on that little bar in the water, are shockingly expensive. Alternatively, walk straight on from the jetty through the lovely shops and bars (normal prices) to the big more popular beach. The boats also go to other nearby beaches which we didn’t visit. The people are lovely, friendly and helpful. And French. Yes I know. All the reviews about rudeness are unfounded. The boats are backwards and forwards from the dock every half hour. Some people walked round the town instead and reported it to be very pleasant, although a lot were closed because it was a Sunday. Guadeloupe (France again) Not our favourite stop. Use Euros and not dollars, try and speak some French if you can. We did the excursion called “Highlights of Guadeloupe” which might have been wishful thinking because some felt the highlight was getting back to the ship again. The waterfall was underwhelming, the botanical gardens a muddle and the plantation and distillery a health and safety nightmare. The rum shop was good though - every rum product you can imagine, so that made the trip worthwhile. People who did the excursion “St Anne’s Beach on your own” had a much nicer time and said it was quite safe and very pretty. Wish we'd done that! I’d like to be able to say all the people we met were friendly. Do not wear jewellery or use your mobile phone in the street. Some passengers didn’t take that advice, regrettably. Our tour guide advised us not to walk anywhere that has buildings above three storeys. Scary! The capital Point de Pitre is like downtown Marseilles. We wouldn’t walk round it, something the Captain advised over the ships tannoy before we docked. The reason that P&O haven’t been to this island for the last twenty years was no longer a mystery. Grenada Paradise. Take the water taxi from near the berth to the beach. $10pp return, $20 for a luxurious sunbed and very large brolly. A bucket of six beers, surrounded by ice costs $15 and is served by waiters who will come round to see if you need anything. Lovely beach for swimming and just chilling out. Water taxis are travelling backwards and forwards all the time. The island is safe and friendly, the people lovely, sand clean the landscape gorgeous. It used to be British. St Lucia Beautiful port, lovely friendly people. The terminal area is a chaotic mass of taxi drivers and tour sellers trying to sell you something. Just walk on, they have nowhere else to tout for business - it’s just not very well organised. People loved the beach trips and the kayaking. We found the people friendly and fun. The terminal building has shops on two levels. Whatever you do, make a point of going upstairs to Shirley's shop. She and her shop are wonderful! If you walk out of the terminal area, turn left and go to the local market a little way on the left. We had such a great time there laughing with the ladies and buying bits and pieces. If someone approaches you and hands you a handmade object or anything else, don’t take it because they will only accept money and will say you bought it by taking it. This isn’t dangerous, it’s just a nuisance. A couple went to Vigie Beach by bus. It cost $18 each return and everything they did was very expensive - umbrellas, chairs, drinks. They said they hadn’t expected to pay so much for a day at the beach and that facilities there were very basic. We were late leaving St Lucia and the Captain advised us not to venture into Castries after dark. It used to be French. St Vincent and the Grenadines A lovely friendly safe pretty island that’s almost more British than Britain. We went to the botanical gardens by taxi - $20 return. Very peaceful and beautiful place to spend an hour. Oddly, we spent two or three hours behind some beers in the terminal area which was totally the opposite of St Lucia - probably because of the people, the music and the beer! With reggae music in the background, and $3 for a local beer, why go anywhere else? Some people went to Bequie island by water taxi, where the beaches are beautiful, but there are no seats or umbrellas for non-residents. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise for our 50th Anniversary, we've been on the Azura before & enjoyed ourselves. Our cabin was lovely, food & entertainment fantastic, The Entertainments Team lead by Benne worked so hard, so much ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our 50th Anniversary, we've been on the Azura before & enjoyed ourselves. Our cabin was lovely, food & entertainment fantastic, The Entertainments Team lead by Benne worked so hard, so much energy. The Sail Aways were exciting & got people into the swing of things. Staff all very helpful & understanding. Great choice of food in the Buffet, so much. Varied menu in the Dining Room, always steak or chicken available if menu not to choice. We enjoyed getting off of the Ship & seeing the lovely places. We didn't go on any excursions this time & just did our own thing. We didn't manage to go ashore at Santorini as on that day we were very tired, w saw the donkey's waiting to take people up the steep trail to the top and the cable car but having read that Santorini isn't very suitable for wheelchairs, thought best not to attemp it. Went to Art Classes on the Ship on Sea Days which was fun. Steve Richards the Artist wad great & very willing to share his knowledge. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was a taster for my wife and I, especially me as not been known to be a good sailor, however the this was an absolute joy, the service and food was excellent and the entertainment was fabulous, the whole trip from start to finish is ... Read More
This was a taster for my wife and I, especially me as not been known to be a good sailor, however the this was an absolute joy, the service and food was excellent and the entertainment was fabulous, the whole trip from start to finish is highly recommended the cabin steward (Roy) B Room B514 was well looked after and nothing was a problem for him. We have decided to go on a longer cruise to the Fjords so are looking as we speak. We had to turn back an hour out of Bruge as a member of staff fell ill and had to be evacuated off ship (we hope he/she has made a full recovery). The docking at all ports was incredibly smooth for such a large ship. We would highly recommend this cruise to everyone it has a mixture on board that would suit every taste. Thank you all at P&O for a wonderful experience Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We fancied seeing the Caribbean and sailing across the Atlantic. Our first cruise was not a disappointment! P&O were very organised and we experienced no hassle. From embarkation to the easiest disembarkation at Southampton, ... Read More
We fancied seeing the Caribbean and sailing across the Atlantic. Our first cruise was not a disappointment! P&O were very organised and we experienced no hassle. From embarkation to the easiest disembarkation at Southampton, everything was organised for us. Food was too good, and the staff were exceptional. The Super Duper extra cost afternoon tea was enjoyable, but we would have preferred more sandwiches rather than cakes. The FREE afternoon tea really was enough for us, and more. Even, by sailing across the Atlantic from the Caribbean, there was enough activity on-board to keep us busy. We now realise that the cost of living on-board for two weeks builds up a whacking final bill, which everyone says may be expected. Next time, we will buy a photo package early in the cruise, to reduce the cost of photos. Overall, it was an amazing experience, and we can't wait for the next cruise. Well done P&O Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Chose this cruise as it was going to the Greek Islands. We travel regularly with P&O usually on adult only ships but chose the Azura this time due to its itinerary. The cruise itself was great,brilliant ship and lovely cabin. Weather ... Read More
Chose this cruise as it was going to the Greek Islands. We travel regularly with P&O usually on adult only ships but chose the Azura this time due to its itinerary. The cruise itself was great,brilliant ship and lovely cabin. Weather excellent except for one day. Our cabin steward was so helpful and all the staff very helpful and friendly.The captain is excellent ,so friendly and humorous. We tried another cruise line before P&O and it put me off cruises for many years,but now we have done 5 cruises with P&O over the past 2 years and have another booked on the Ventura in January.We wont be changing from P&O they look after you very well. We had Freedom dining but alternated it with Buffet sometimes usually if its a Black tie night as we are not really into that,We enjoyed the talks on board and loved the pools. The shore excursions were excellent especially Santorini and we never sailed to around 5pm so had a good day ashore. Excellent service throughout. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We choose this cruise on a last minute basis and we liked the price offered Our previous experience of P&O 13 years had not been a happy one so we had no great expectations What a lovely surprise! everything was perfect and we are not ... Read More
We choose this cruise on a last minute basis and we liked the price offered Our previous experience of P&O 13 years had not been a happy one so we had no great expectations What a lovely surprise! everything was perfect and we are not ones to not complain if we don't like something. It started off right, on 23 previous cruises this was the first one on which the luggage reached the cabin before we did. the food particularly in the buffet was outstanding and our cabin P232 was always kept immaculate by our Cabin steward I feel I must mention the entertainment it being fabulous in all the venues throughout the ship especially in the planet bar at late night. We particularly enjoyed The Blue J's the only sad thing being we knew all the words to the Rock and Roll numbers they performed. Well done P&O we will be visiting you again shortly. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We flew out of Gatwick to Barbados with Thomas Cook.Checked the luggage in and didn't see it again until it was brought to our cabin on the ship which was great. The seats don't recline which made for a less than comfortable ... Read More
We flew out of Gatwick to Barbados with Thomas Cook.Checked the luggage in and didn't see it again until it was brought to our cabin on the ship which was great. The seats don't recline which made for a less than comfortable night flight home, but the leg room was ok. Transfer to the ship was very organised and embarkation was the quickest of the four cruises we've taken. I had read some less than favourable reviews of this ship and wondered what to expect, but I needn't have worried and did wonder if I was on the same ship as some of the reviewers. Overall it was very clean and bright it didn't look tired or jaded like previous reviews had suggested. Our cabin was E414 on Ecuador deck 8, literally just around the corner from the midship lifts. Our cabin steward was Ashokan and he was brilliant, nothing was too much trouble and he kept the cabin spotlessly clean. We had an unrestricted view, and it was very quiet. We would request this cabin if we sailed on Azura in the future. We found the main pool deck to be very busy,sun beds are very close together! We found the Oasis pool which is the adult only pool to be much nicer. We had freedom dining in the Meridian which was super,with a lot of different choices. We enjoyed every meal in there. The waiters were very friendly and service on the whole was very efficient. We ate in the Glass House one night, no need to book but it does get busy, and the steak was the best I've tasted in a long time.The buffet at breakfast was good, if a little monotonous after a while,but plenty of fresh fruit which was great. Even though it could get very busy in there we always managed to find a seat. We found the entertainment to be the best we've seen on cruises. The ventriloquist Gareth Oliver was brilliant as were the comedians Tucker and Paul Eastwood, we saw the very clever mind reader Marc Paul too.The Gary Barlow tribute act was good, we missed the Robbie Williams tribute but heard that he was good too.We thoroughly enjoyed all the entertainment we did see, whether in the theatre, which did get very busy, or the lounges.It was a nice change to see the dress code being adhered to,especially on formal nights, we've found on other ships this doesn't always happen which is a shame. In port we didn't book any ships tours as we find them very expensive. In the cruise terminals there are always taxis and operators who offer virtually the same tours at much less cost. We had some brilliant trips and very knowledgeable drivers.In St Lucia we had booked an independent tour on line before we left home,after seeing a really good review. we used COSOL TOURS, (www.cosol-tours.com) it was $75 each, payable at the end of the tour and it was worth every dollar. Lots of photo stops, a stop at a banana plantation, entrance to the waterfall,volcano and water taxi is all included, as well as a stop for breakfast with local dishes. Also a mobile bar with complimentary drinks,water, beer, soft drinks and rum punch.A water taxi took us to the beach between the Pitons for snorkelling and swimming where you can hire snorkelling gear for 10 dollars if you don't have your own. Local hot bread and cheese on the way back...our driver was Yellowbird he was brilliant...all in all a great trip. Disembarkation was straight forward and stress free. We had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to go P&O again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
The Azura is a huge ship. Kept getting lost on board. If P&O simply had different coloured carpet for port and starboard corridors, with the design pointing towards the bow of the ship, life would be much less confusing. A 'very ... Read More
The Azura is a huge ship. Kept getting lost on board. If P&O simply had different coloured carpet for port and starboard corridors, with the design pointing towards the bow of the ship, life would be much less confusing. A 'very British' cruising experience in a wonderful part of the world. The crew and staff 'went overboard' to ensure that the 3000 passengers had a wonderful time. The food was superb. Plenty of choices in plenty of restaurants. Drinks were priced the same as your local pub at home. A variety of good and excellent entertainment. The itinerary, cruising around the Eastern Caribbean Islands exceeded our expectations. There was something for everyone. Could have done with at least one or two talks on board about the amazing flora and fauna that we were expecting to see. Birds and reptiles you only ever see in zoos in the UK were abundant. You could seek out whatever 'rocked your boat' wherever Azura docked, on board or at sea. P&O are a tad greedy when it comes to a captive audience though. Expensive wifi, for passengers and staff (no reason why it shouldn't be free in this day and age, at least for the staff). There was also a charge of £75.00 if you wanted to go on a tour of the ship 'behind the scenes'. The money would have gone straight into Mr. P&O's pocket. If it had been about £30.00 and donated to a charity, maybe people would have taken up the offer? Shore excursions and tours of the islands also cost an arm and a leg. Best advice is to hire a taxi, negotiate a rate and do the same tours at less than half the P&O price. Also this keeps the money where it matters. On the islands which rely almost totally on the tourist business. If you are visiting St. Maarten, give Louisa a ring on 1(721)5994138. Lovely lady. Excellent tour. If you are visiting Antigua, give Elton a ring on 1(268)7240523 a call. He'll pick you and your friends up from the port and give you a superb, scenic tour of the island. Honest folk making an honest living People still had to find 'something' to complain about though. Still, that's the British for you, on a very British ship. One or two were made to walk the plank! Give P&O Azura a try if you're not sure if cruising is for you. It's middle of the road money-wise, and a good all round cruising experience on a luxury ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We had a great cruise on Azura. All staff were most pleasant and friendly. The ship was very smooth. The cabin was adequate (E607) and well serviced by Wilson who was always very attentive and helpful and willing to talk cricket! There ... Read More
We had a great cruise on Azura. All staff were most pleasant and friendly. The ship was very smooth. The cabin was adequate (E607) and well serviced by Wilson who was always very attentive and helpful and willing to talk cricket! There have been comments about the cleanliness of the ship but we did not find this. Some carpets are due for renewal but we're certainly kept clean! The restaurant meals for dinner were varied with plenty of choice. I found the fish to be particularly tasty and well presented.. The speciality restaurants that we used ( Sindhu and The Trattoria) were excellent. The restaurants at lunchtime provided some excellent meals and always had a 'light choice' My only complaints would be the timing of shows which were so organised that it was difficult to fit in some of them being on late seating for dinner and the lack of early evening live music in the bars. There were a good variety of ports visited and it was easy to make prior arrangements for our own tours in most of the ports or join up with other passengers in local taxis when leaving the ship. All in all we had an excellent trip and the Caribbean and it's people were very welcoming, as usual! Walking off the ship on Grand Turk and stepping onto a paradise beach in minutes was amazing! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
My husband and I flew from Birmingham via the Dreamliner. We paid the extra £300 for the Premier seats. Well worth every penny. The Cruise itself was fantastic but what a pity P & O don't have a drinks package. Although we ... Read More
My husband and I flew from Birmingham via the Dreamliner. We paid the extra £300 for the Premier seats. Well worth every penny. The Cruise itself was fantastic but what a pity P & O don't have a drinks package. Although we don't drink a lot, it would have been good. We were upgraded to a Superior Balcony Cabin. Very nice. We had booked a Balcony Cabin but this had a little bit more space. Everything was very clean. The Evening Shows were very good. Food fantastic. Stilll trying to lose the 1 stone I put on. The ship to Shore Security was very good. The trips were fantastic. So good, we are going again, on the Azura, in June for yet another Cruise. Really hooked now. Would recommend Cruising to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Read many negative and positive reviews from people on the same cruise before I left o went with a totally open mind. This was my first cruise ever and I would definitely go again. Food had received many negative reviews but I can only ... Read More
Read many negative and positive reviews from people on the same cruise before I left o went with a totally open mind. This was my first cruise ever and I would definitely go again. Food had received many negative reviews but I can only say it was excellent. Lady on our table was gluten intolerant and staff went to no end of trouble to suit her. Food overall was uniformly excellent, well served by helpful, friendly waiters. Cabin was an inside one, small but adequate and clean and comfortable. Despite being at full capacity, there was never any lack of places to sit although the weather was not suitable for sitting round the pool. The two shore excursions were well organized and enjoyable. Arrangements for the Alfie Boe concert were excellent, everyone being given a specific show time and date. All in all a wonderful experience Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
I appreciate that different people have different views and priorities so I understand that not everyone will share my views of this 17 day Azura cruise around the Med. However here goes! A BIT ABOUT ME I am 63 year old male, from the ... Read More
I appreciate that different people have different views and priorities so I understand that not everyone will share my views of this 17 day Azura cruise around the Med. However here goes! A BIT ABOUT ME I am 63 year old male, from the UK, married to Lynne (60) and we have cruised 3 times before this one, on Independence of the Seas, Ventura and Eclipse. We can therefore provide some comparative debate to this review. THE SHIP Azura is in the 'big ship' class as are all the cruise ships we have been on so far and like all of them we struggled to find our way around even after several days onboard. Some of the signage is quite poor, particularly in relation to the location of public toilet facilities, restaurants and bars. You get a deck plan with your cruise card which is useful but it relies on you trying to work out which end of the ship you are facing at any point in time. Something we found difficult to do without a window reference. A bit more internal 'forward and aft' signage would not go amiss. Having said all this the ship is impressive with lots of activities, shops, bars and restaurants and is efficient and extremely well run. Air conditioning was a bit fierce in some of the restaurants and bars which meant some of us oldies were a bit chilly at times but we managed. The ship sailed well with little experience of movement even on the more choppy sea days and apart from the atrium on shop sale days it never felt overcrowded even though full (but see comment re theatre below!) Embarkation and disembarkation was virtually faultless, both took less than 30 minutes. THE CABIN See below STAFF Our cabin steward Avalax was the best we have ever had. Very attentive, remembered our names, always smiling and did great towel animals. The bar staff and waiters were also pleasant and efficient as were the officers when you saw them. SHOPS There was usual array of shops selling typical cruise items at inflated prices, although the 'everyday items you forgot to bring' shop was well stocked with useful stuff. Because it was a mainly EU cruise everything attracted a further 20% VAT and there was no duty free shop even on the last day. FOOD AND DRINK For us this is one of the key elements of a good cruise. We both like our food and we like the odd tipple (to excess some might say) but that's who we are and we are much more sensible at home - honest! We particularly liked the main restaurant food. It was varied, well cooked, hot and plentiful. Service was also efficient and friendly. In our view it is better that Eclipse which had too much of a fine dining element to it for our liking and also the Ventura where the food was sometime bland and cold. Our best dining experience however was when we sailed on the Independence of the Seas which was in our view exceptional. Not everyone we spoke to agreed with us, but we accept that food can be an emotive subject. The food in the self service was also the best we have experienced especially the curry and oriental themed night. It was busy at times but provided you were willing to share a table seating was not a problem. They were however sometimes a bit slow in clearing tables and hot drinks cups were occasionally unavailable. For us the big thing that P&O have got right is their drinks policy. There is a good selection of drinks in the bars all at reasonable prices and without a 15% gratuity added. Bottles of wine prices in the restaurants are also OK and you can buy wine packages at a discount. You are also allowed to bring alcohol on board for cabin consumption and you can purchase litre bottles of spirits (about '£22 each) through room service. The mixer cans are however a bit on the pricy side so buy on shore when you can. The steward will also replenish your ice bucket daily and provide fresh lemon slices if required at no cost. ENTERTAINMENT There was twice nightly shows in the theatre which is too small to accommodate those wanting to go. So you need to arrive at least half an hour before the start to guarantee a seat. This however has been common problem on all the ships we have been on. P&O used to do 3 shows a night but because of evening dining times they found the first show was virtually empty and the second two were still oversubscribed. Bigger theatres seems to be the only solution. Two of the bars also had stages and some of the acts were presented there. Again seating was a problem unless you arrived early. We are not big entertainment goers so the overcrowding did not bother us that much. Most of what we did see was of good quality except one comedian who will remain nameless. SHORE EXCURSIONS We booked three P&O excursions but one was cancelled for safety reqasons because of the weather (with full refund).The two we went on were a bit pricy but reasonably good. There are lots of taxis and opened topped tour buses in most ports of call if you want to do our own thing but make sure you get back in plenty of time. On at least two occasions the ships tannoy was employed at sailing time to try and find missing passengers and the ship does not wait. HEALTH SPA AND GYM. This is not an area we normally frequent on a cruise so we cannot really comment. We did walk through it on our last day at sea at it looked impressive but was pretty quiet. FELLOW CRUISERS. Before we sailed on our first ever cruise we were as bit concerned that it would full of 'posh' people. This has proved to be far from the truth. Most passengers are normal people just like us who are pleasant, friendly and looking for a good time. This time we were in the freedom dining restaurant and usually finished up on a table with four different people every sitting. We never had a bad experience and met some lovely people, unlike some of our fixed dining companions on previous cruises. This was our first freedom dining experience and it will definitely be the norm on any future cruises. We had a similar experience in the bars and buffet restaurant where people were more than happy to share a table and chat away. OTHER PLUSES Free laundry and ironing facilities on every cabin deck. Everything in £s so no need to contently mentally convert. Good selection of bathroom condiments regularly replenished. Ample sun beds even on sunny sea days provided you did not want to lay in the prime poolside area and no real evidence of sun bed hoggers. SOME NEGATIVES Time in port was limited in some places with a few mid afternoon and tea time departures. The public loos were a bit smelly at times and you did not see many attendants cleaning them. Coffee bar was too small for the number of passengers especially on sea days. It was however worse on the Eclipse. Price of connecting to the internet is extortionate but that's the case on most cruise ships. Same applies to ships mobile costs whilst at sea.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
I appreciate that different people have different views and priorities so I understand that not everyone will share my views of this 17 day Azura cruise around the Med. However here goes! A BIT ABOUT ME I am 63 year old male, married to ... Read More
I appreciate that different people have different views and priorities so I understand that not everyone will share my views of this 17 day Azura cruise around the Med. However here goes! A BIT ABOUT ME I am 63 year old male, married to Lynne (60) and we have cruised 3 times before this one, on Independence of the Seas, Ventura and Eclipse. We can therefore provide some comparative debate to this review. THE SHIP Azura is in the 'big ship' class as are all the cruise ships we have been on so far and like all of them we struggled to find our way around even after several days onboard. Some of the signage is quite poor, particularly in relation to the location of public toilet facilities, restaurants and bars. You get a deck plan with your cruise card which is useful but it relies on you trying to work out which end of the ship you are facing at any point in time. Something we found difficult to do without a window reference. A bit more internal 'forward and aft' signage would not go amiss. Having said all this the ship is impressive with lots of activities, shops, bars and restaurants and is efficient and extremely well run. Air conditioning was a bit fierce in some of the restaurants and bars which meant some of us oldies were a bit chilly at times but we managed. The ship sailed well with little experience of movement even on the more choppy sea days and apart from the atrium on shop sale days it never felt overcrowded even though full (but see comment re theatre below!) Embarkation and disembarkation was virtually faultless, both took less than 30 minutes. THE CABIN We had a standard balcony cabin on C deck mid ships (double size balconies) which was pretty good as we booked a getaway fair and could have gone anywhere. The cabin whilst not the biggest was more than adequate for our needs with lots of drawer and hanging space. TV position was not the best however (left of the bed on a high shelf) and would be better fixed to the wall opposite the foot of the bed. Live TV choice was pretty poor but this seems to be the norm on cruise ships these days. You did however get an excellent choice of pre recorded programmes and films at little or no cost. You were provided with tea and coffee making facilities and a daily biscuit each which was nice and the air conditioning control was excellent. The bathroom was on the small side, with a shower only , but lots of hot water and huge towels. We have been in larger cabins with settees in the lounge area and bigger bathrooms but to be honest we rarely used the extra facilities they offered so we were happy with our lot. Balcony was good and as it was double size you had half in shade and half in full sun, which was ideal as I like to sun bathe and Lynne does not. We would have liked the recliner chairs to recline a bit more but could understand that this could create problems on the smaller standard size balconies. Sound insulation was good but unfortunately our cabin suffered a bit from cabin creak which was annoying at night (cabin C308 if you wish to avoid it!) STAFF Our cabin steward Avalax was the best we have ever had. Very attentive, remembered our names, always smiling and did great towel animals. The bar staff and waiters were also pleasant and efficient as were the officers when you saw them. SHOPS There was usual array of shops selling typical cruise items at inflated prices, although the 'everyday items you forgot to bring' shop was well stocked with useful stuff. Because it was a mainly EU cruise everything attracted a further 20% VAT and there was no duty free shop even on the last day. FOOD AND DRINK For us this is one of the key elements of a good cruise. We both like our food and we like the odd tipple (to excess some might say) but that's who we are and we are much more sensible at home - honest! We particularly liked the main restaurant food. It was varied, well cooked, hot and plentiful. Service was also efficient and friendly. In our view it is better that Eclipse which had too much of a fine dining element to it for our liking and also the Ventura where the food was sometime bland and cold. Our best dining experience however was when we sailed on the Independence of the Seas which was in our view exceptional. Not everyone we spoke to agreed with us, but we accept that food can be an emotive subject. The food in the self service was also the best we have experienced especially the curry and oriental themed night. It was busy at times but provided you were willing to share a table seating was not a problem. They were however sometimes a bit slow in clearing tables and hot drinks cups were occasionally unavailable. For us the big thing that P&O have got right is their drinks policy. There is a good selection of drinks in the bars all at reasonable prices and without a 15% gratuity added. Bottles of wine prices in the restaurants are also OK and you can buy wine packages at a discount. You are also allowed to bring alcohol on board for cabin consumption and you can purchase litre bottles of spirits (about £22 each) through room service. The mixer cans are however a bit on the pricy side so buy on shore when you can. The steward will also replenish your ice bucket daily and provide fresh lemon slices if required at no cost. ENTERTAINMENT There was twice nightly shows in the theatre which is too small to accommodate those wanting to go. So you need to arrive at least half an hour before the start to guarantee a seat. This however has been common problem on all the ships we have been on. P&O used to do 3 shows a night but because of evening dining times they found the first show was virtually empty and the second two were still oversubscribed. Bigger theatres seems to be the only solution. Two of the bars also had stages and some of the acts were presented there. Again seating was a problem unless you arrived early. We are not big entertainment goers so the overcrowding did not bother us that much. Most of what we did see was of good quality except one comedian who will remain nameless. SHORE EXCURSIONS We booked three P&O excursions but one was cancelled for safety reqasons because of the weather (with full refund).The two we went on were a bit pricy but reasonably good. There are lots of taxis and opened topped tour buses in most ports of call if you want to do our own thing but make sure you get back in plenty of time. On at least two occasions the ships tannoy was employed at sailing time to try and find missing passengers and the ship does not wait. HEALTH SPA AND GYM. This is not an area we normally frequent on a cruise so we cannot really comment. We did walk through it on our last day at sea at it looked impressive but was pretty quiet. FELLOW CRUISERS. Before we sailed on our first ever cruise we were as bit concerned that it would full of 'posh' people. This has proved to be far from the truth. Most passengers are normal people just like us who are pleasant, friendly and looking for a good time. This time we were in the freedom dining restaurant and usually finished up on a table with four different people every sitting. We never had a bad experience and met some lovely people, unlike some of our fixed dining companions on previous cruises. This was our first freedom dining experience and it will definitely be the norm on any future cruises. We had a similar experience in the bars and buffet restaurant where people were more than happy to share a table and chat away. OTHER PLUSES Free laundry and ironing facilities on every cabin deck. Everything in £s so no need to contently mentally convert. Good selection of bathroom condiments regularly replenished. Ample sun beds even on sunny sea days provided you did not want to lay in the prime poolside area and no real evidence of sun bed hoggers. SOME NEGATIVES Time in port was limited in some places with a few mid afternoon and tea time departures. The public loos were a bit smelly at times and you did not see many attendants cleaning them. Coffee bar was too small for the number of passengers especially on sea days. It was however worse on the Eclipse. Price of connecting to the internet is extortionate but that's the case on most cruise ships. Same applies to ships mobile costs whilst at sea.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Azura A308N Western Med. Cruise April 2013 We travelled down from Yorkshire the day before and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Botley Road, a perfectly acceptable modern budget hotel, but alas no central heating in the rooms and Easter ... Read More
Azura A308N Western Med. Cruise April 2013 We travelled down from Yorkshire the day before and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Botley Road, a perfectly acceptable modern budget hotel, but alas no central heating in the rooms and Easter week 2013 was bitterly cold. The room heating is provided by an electric radiator which works only when the single key card is in the power slot, so the room cools down rapidly if you are not in it. Despite this we managed, and the included breakfast was well up to budget hotel standard and did include a hot section. Travel time to the Ocean terminal was about 25 minutes, including a short wrong turning. Because this was an early season cruise we had chosen a partly obstructed accessible cabin rather than a balcony. This was a very good choice as these E deck cabins are exactly the same layout and dimensions as the balconies, and the partial obstruction only covered the bottom half of the window and allowed in plenty of light; and it was £350pp less than a balcony. Over the first few days we felt that dining service standards had slipped significantly since our Ventura cruise in June 2012, but it was probably due to us comparing it with our last cruise in September on the Eclipse. Little things like Celebrity ensuring the freedom dining table was quickly filled, and only then would the waiter introduce himself provide menus and then give the table his views on the night's menu. Also the assistant Maitre D' would be constantly patrolling and ensuring things were running smoothly and sorting out any minor problems, and the sommelier (wine waiter) always within view seeming to have eyes in the back of his head.; and despite never feeling rushed service was maintained at a steady pace without any unnecessary delays. This cruise it felt a little like a school dining room, menus were given out immediately upon seating, no introduction by the waiter, no information on the choices unless you asked, and lengthy waits for the table to fill up, and between choosing and being served, as a result we missed the start time of several shows. In addition the wine waiter was seldom there when wanted and the assistant Maitre D was noticeable only by his absence. However by the end of the cruise things seemed to have improved or perhaps we had just become accustomed to the service level. It will be interesting to see if our perception of Celebrity standards had been rose tinted when we take our next Eclipse cruise in June. Which brings us to the standard of food presented; again I felt that although the choice was still quite extensive the quality, especially of the steaks, was well down on previous experience; but having said that it was still good and certainly much better than my own cooking at home. We did not use any of the speciality restaurants on this cruise, again probably Celebrity's fault, since after experiencing the location of their Tuscan Grill overlooking the ships wake from promenade deck level, Seventeen and Sindhu just do not compare. We mainly used the buffet for breakfast and an occasional lunch or afternoon tea; we found the quality quite good and always found a seat somewhere, even if we had to search for a while. However the design with two separate sides is not the best, we prefer to have a walk through central section which allows you to choose seating from both sides. However our cabin steward was one of the best we have had, nothing was too much trouble for him and he looked after the cabin very well and was extremely polite and friendly. The entertainment was enjoyable, the Headliners were up to the usual standard and there were good tribute acts, singers, and comedians. But the show timing was poor, theatre shows at 8:30 and 10:30, Malabar shows at 8:45 and 10:45 and Manhattan at 9:30 and 11:30, which made it a bit difficult to see two consecutive shows, that is if you wanted a seat. On Ventura last year most of the Headliner shows had a third one at 7:00 or 7:15 which, because we are freedom diners and my wife a wheelchair user, suited us far better. Trying to obtain an aisle seat on the ground floor level to sit next to my wife in her chair proved almost impossible at the 8:30 show and 10:30 is too late for us. However by the end of the cruise some seat back top covers had appeared on the aisle seats, which had printing on the back asking that the seat be reserved for wheelchair user carers, pity they had not been on from the start. We did not book any accessible port excursions, but decided just to do our own thing. Lisbon - it was still cool and a little damp in the morning and because of this, combined with a crew emergency drill at 10:00am which included the lifts being out of action and the fact we had been before and Azura was berthed way downstream from the tourist centre, we decided to stay on board. Gibraltar -- it was warm and sunny and there is a level walk into the town centre, which is relatively easy when pushing a wheelchair. There is one main shopping street and quite a lot of pavement cafes which enabled us to while away a couple of hours. Barcelona -- there is a shuttle to take you from the port to the world trade centre which is about 100yds from the bottom of Las Ramblas. For wheelchair users there was only one accessible bus, so you need to be prepared to wait and not be in a hurry. Ramblas is uphill but it is only a shallow incline, and there are interesting stops along the way, the market and a couple of squares with lots of pavement cafes. Valencia -- the shuttle takes you to the old town which has lots of charm, is quite pedestrian friendly and masses of old Churches and buildings to admire, as well as the ubiquitous pavement cafes. Malaga -- there was a shuttle bus into the centre but a short walk will take you into the town or to a local beach. We chose the latter and walked along the promenade and of course stopped for drink at one of the cafes, this time beach rather than pavement. Cadiz -- we had wanted to take a tour to Seville but P&O did not offer any accessible tours, so we wandered around the town and found Cadiz to be our favourite port on this cruise. Lots of narrow winding streets, a very pleasant park area and some nice beaches, as well as lots of old buildings including the cathedral which started life as a mosque back in the days of the Moorish occupation. This is all contained in a small peninsular which enables you to see most of the town easily in a full day stop. We have another Azura cruise booked for October this year, but for 2014 we will be on Princess and Celebrity, enough said! Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
From start to finish - the best holiday ever. Food wonderful, lovely table for 2 in Oriental Restaurant. Breakfasted in Peninsular and had some in cabin/ on balcony. Drinks on board not expensive at all. +Gorgeous cabin loads of room and ... Read More
From start to finish - the best holiday ever. Food wonderful, lovely table for 2 in Oriental Restaurant. Breakfasted in Peninsular and had some in cabin/ on balcony. Drinks on board not expensive at all. +Gorgeous cabin loads of room and such a comfy bed. Plenty storage space. Full size bath with lovely goodies in it. Nice extra touches such as the chox, champagne, fruit, canapes etc. Superior De-Luxe balcony, everything we expected and more. Most staff lovely. Enjoyed dining in17 twice, the food there was amazing. Sindhu not bad but husband not too keen. Glass house wine flight and small dishes fab. Renewal of Vows ceremony with Captain Dowds was so lovely as was the treatment we had from everyone, made to feel really special. Enjoyed our 3 one day passes for Retreat but thought it a bit pricey, lovely being in an empty pool tho! Paid to use Thermal suite but had not been told there was Sauna and Steam room in both male and female changing rooms - bit naughty.Some Port Info:  Madeira really pretty, cable car in Funchal is a must. Pretty town. The wine and cake worth sampling :-)Camel riding on Gran Canaria fantastic trip. Visited lovely beach too. Didn't go to the port. Day trip on Tenerife and to Mount Teide lovely but wish we could have stopped and gone up in the cable car. Lovely meal included in excursion and time in port. The tiny island of La Palma De Canaria was so pretty, trip in a luxury coach complete with on-board lounge. Stops along the way being served champagne by the accompanying waitress and stunning scenery. Another delicious meal included. Got back to ship with minutes to spare before departure!  All in all, this, our first cruise was wonderful. An experience worth waiting the 2 years we had to for it, due to deaths of both our Mum's and husband being diagnosed with cancer last year. We had to reschedule cruise from last Aug due to chemo sessions then he had massive surgery. Can't wait for next cruise - do we stay with the wonderful P and O or do we try another line!!!! Decisions decisions. Azura is beautiful xxxx Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
This was our 14th cruise but, after my wife suffered a stroke last summer, this was our first in an accessible cabin as wheelchair users, and it was just as enjoyable as all the rest. For anyone in a similar situation I would definitely ... Read More
This was our 14th cruise but, after my wife suffered a stroke last summer, this was our first in an accessible cabin as wheelchair users, and it was just as enjoyable as all the rest. For anyone in a similar situation I would definitely recommend trying a P&O cruise, they really do try to ensure that your disability will not be a handicap to you having a good time. We had travelled down from Yorkshire the day before so were able to have a late breakfast before a leisurely drive to the port, arriving about noon. CPS, the car parking group, really do a great job helping to unload your luggage and ensuring you have everything to hand before swapping your car keys for a credit card sized receipt to retrieve your car on your return. Once in the Ocean Terminal we were directed to the mobility "holding" area and added our name to their list. After about 20 minutes we were taken to a special mobility check in and from here we went straight onto the ship. I missed the announcement advising that cabins would not be ready until 2:00pm, as a result we were in our cabin by 12:45, and fortunately it was ready... I knew that accessible balcony cabins were 50% wider than normal ones but had not realised how much bigger this would make them feel. The standard walk in closet/wardrobe on Grand Princess Class ships is missing and even though the bathroom is bigger than normal this still leaves an extremely spacious bedroom area. Behind the large door is a space large enough to park the wheelchair, then a 4 door wardrobe with 75% of it for full length hanging space with a shelf above and the other has about 5 or 6 narrow shelves plus the cabin safe. The rest of that wall has a counter with the tea and coffee equipment etc. with the fridge and a cupboard underneath and above it the TV. , then the kneehole for the vanity area; on the bedhead wall there are 2 four drawer units both with an open shelf under the units top. And if you can fill all these cupboards and drawers, then you are taking too many clothes on holiday. The bathroom has a drop down shower seat; there are grab rails on the 2 walls and a shower curtain round the open sides. There is very limited shelf space around the sink and no cupboards anywhere, about the only downside though, and the picture of a Ventura wheelchair cabin on the website does not really do justice to the size and quality of the bathroom. The balcony, of course, is also 50% wider and this certainly makes it feel roomier. Our cabin was on A deck but I am looking forward sometime to booking a C deck cabin which with its double depth and the extra length should feel very spacious. Getting around on the ship with a wheelchair does create additional problems but none are major, waiting for lifts is probably the worst especially at busy times, and you do need to plan your movements to ensure you reach the correct floor area to access the venue you want, promenade deck 7, and Lido deck 15, are the only public room decks which give full access from stem to stern, so these become your major motorway routes. My wife did complain that some of the floor joints were a bit bumpy, but she blamed my driving for this. We travelled with my Son, DIL and 8 month old Grandson so our sunbathing was mainly confined to deck 16 aft, not the easiest of places to get to in a wheelchair, but we managed. My wife's mobility out of the wheelchair is limited and very slow, but she was content to use the chair for her sunbathing and I am fairly confident that on our own we would be able to find many places where we could sunbathe. Going ashore was fairly easy and P&O had it well organised, at the gangway 3 staff would descend on the wheelchair and carefully manoeuvre my wife down the ramp, same thing in reverse on our return. At some ports P&O even arranged for wheelchair accessible buses to supplement the free shuttles. The dire warnings in the pre cruise package that large tidal variations could compromise wheelchair users getting ashore never materialised. We chose freedom dining which uses the Meridian dining room on deck 5 which is easily accessed from the midship lifts, my wife stayed in the wheelchair for all her meals, including any we had in the buffet or speciality restaurants. Fortunately all the tables easily accommodated the wheelchair and gave her a comfortable dining position; I imagine that would apply to most wheelchairs. As regards the standard of the food on board there have been a number of negative comments about declining standards of quality and choice recently but we found both to be at or above our recent Celebrity and Princess experiences; and quite improved from our only other P&O cruise on Arcadia in 2006. You would need to be a very fussy eater not to find something to your taste either in the MDR's or the buffet. The entertainment was of quite a good standard, and the headliners theatre group was probably the best we have seen on any of our cruises, but the highlight was undoubtedly Steve Larkins as Mercury Rising, a Freddie Mercury tribute act. One tip is that deck 6 has, in our view, the best seating area for wheelchairs, most of the rows have plenty of space at the ends for a wheelchair and my wife stayed in her chair while I sat alongside. One very pleasant surprise on this cruise was the age profile of the passengers, even discounting the children, this cruise had by far the lowest average age of any of our previous cruises, and I think that this no doubt added to our enjoyment. In addition to lots of young families there were also lots of young couples aboard, and it was wonderful to see them all dressed up in their finery on formal nights, as well as the men sporting jackets on the semi-formal evenings. Overall we were very pleased with just about everything on this cruise. The service in the MDR was in the main excellent and the tables in the buffet were constantly cleared and cleaned, our cabin steward did everything that we requested and kept the cabin clean and tidy. Bar stewards were plentiful but not too pushy and of course drink prices on P&O are much lower than on US cruise lines. But probably the most satisfying aspect was how well we coped with the wheelchair. We were able to enjoy virtually everything that we used to do previously, and it was much easier and far less stressful than we had anticipated. As a consequence we will certainly be continuing to cruise in future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
This was our first cruise on Azura, although we had cruised with P&O some years previously. The ship was fresh and new. We enjoyed the art work on all of the staircases (climbing the stairs was good for the waistline too), and ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Azura, although we had cruised with P&O some years previously. The ship was fresh and new. We enjoyed the art work on all of the staircases (climbing the stairs was good for the waistline too), and although we didn't try all of the bars we liked the Glass House and the Planet Bar. The design of our cabin was a little different to the usual outside cabin. It seemed to be quite spacious, and the bathroom opened on to a walk-in wardrobe/dressing area which effectively created a separate sleeping space. The weather was not good in the early part of the cruise, and it was only on the final day that we were able to make use of the sun beds. We ate mainly in the Peninsular restaurant, but lunched on the first sea day on tapas in the Glass House and on the second sea day had Sindhu Nashti. No complaints about the food. Drinks prices were low compared to other cruise lines and the suggested tips (handed over in an envelope at the end of the cruise) very low given that the service we received was just fine - nice clean cabin and good food service. We visited Brest, in France. I am sure that it is very nice if its not raining and will be much improved when the road works, which have apparently been there for about a year, are completed. Our next port was Bilbao, on a grey Sunday. We visited the Guggenheim (again) to marvel at the building. We were luckily inside during the showers. In Cork the ship sailed past the usual(pretty and historic) port of Cobh and was berthed in the totally dull and boring freight or ferry port of Ringaskiddy which didn't even have an entrepreneurial Irishman selling shamrocks to attract the tourist Euro. We took the shuttle to Cork itself, which was a nice little town. We wandered around and found the English Market before the drizzle drove us back to our ship. Dublin was so busy!! We took a HoHO bus around the city and saw lots, accompanied by a witty commentary from our local guide. And it didn't rain!!! A bit more sun would have been good (P&O couldn't have done anything about that); overall we enjoyed the ship and the the holiday. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Azura A103A Caribbean 5th Feb - 21Feb 2011. Cabin B308. My wife and I have cruised the Caribbean with P&O five times now. MV Victoria (the old Victoria) Oceana, Adonia, and Artmis. We have also cruised other parts of the world with ... Read More
Azura A103A Caribbean 5th Feb - 21Feb 2011. Cabin B308. My wife and I have cruised the Caribbean with P&O five times now. MV Victoria (the old Victoria) Oceana, Adonia, and Artmis. We have also cruised other parts of the world with different companys. Azura is 289.6m long which is the same as 3 football pitches. Its breath is 36m. Contrary to other reviews I have read I like to think that this one is objective but not being critical about smaller points and criticising for the sake of it. The Azura is the biggest cruise ship we have been on. Sister ship to the Venturer, it is 289.6m long which is the same as 3 football pitches. Its breath is 36m. It takes a few days to find your way around. Our cabin was on B deck and unfortunately those who have cabins on C and D deck are over looked by A and B deck. Our Cabin was clean and comfortable and everything I expected from P&O. Breakfast was taken in the Restaurant and you are seated with other passengers. You can meet people who are cruising for the first time to others who have cruised for thirty years. Unlike the self service you don't have to find or wait for a table. Dinning on the second sitting in the Peninsular Restaurant table 111 with our other two cruising companions'. Our waiter's names were Wilson and Bickram you could not want a nicer pair to wait on you. The food was varied and enjoyable. Other reviews have criticised food portion size, we did not go hungry and at times that extra spoonful from the waiter was refused. At the end of the day its how you speak and interact with people that goes a long way. On sea days the deck areas around the pool was very crowded no more than you would expect. There were plenty of sun loungers available but not always where you would like them. In the Horizon paper detailing the day's activities there is a note about reserving sun loungers saying a towel or a personal item is not acceptable and the only way to reserve a sun lounger is to sit on it. Unfortunately the towel on the sun lounger appeared to be the unspoken rule. The service in the bars and around the pools / decks was very good and you did not have to wait long before you were being asked if you would like something to drink. The drink prices were reasonable and the selection was good. Entertainment was varied and something for everyone. We practically liked the Headliners Theatre Company who performed in The Playhouse. We attended the early performance 07.15 (19.15hrs) and afterwards giving us time for a drink and then into dinner. The Headliners were very entertaining and professional and the sets on the stage were excellent. You would have to go a long way outside the West End to find better. Please note as the cruised progressed the 07.15 show became more popular with the second sitting diners. We found the ship to be clean and the staff very polite and helpful. Generally everything lived up to our expectations with the P&O high standard. If you have read about The Retreat and you are thinking of using its facilities when you fist get on board the Azura go straight to the Oasis Spa (Deck 16) and book it before going to your cabin. It may appear a bit extreme but the chance of you getting a booking especially on a sea day is nil. The reason being there are only 47 beds in The Retreat half are available for booking for the first day arrival of passengers and the remainder are available for passengers arriving the second day. We went up to the Oasis Spa to book it a couple of hours after our arrival to be told that it was fully booked on sea days but we could have hour name put on the waiting list that was two pages long we declined the offer. Additional dining XVII (17) cover charges applies, book this restaurant if you fancy a special treat one evening, on your arrival day because the chances of a booking is slim if you leave it too long. We were told that the food was excellent, need I say any more. Remember there are 3000 + passengers on the Azura. Would we cruise on Azura again? no. But we will continue to cruise with P&O but on one of their smaller ships. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
After several years cruising with Princess we decided to try the P&O new ship Azura so this was definitely a comparison exercise. In our opinion both lines were very similar but had a few differences which affected our holiday. 1. ... Read More
After several years cruising with Princess we decided to try the P&O new ship Azura so this was definitely a comparison exercise. In our opinion both lines were very similar but had a few differences which affected our holiday. 1. P&O food is definitely aimed at the British market, there was not the variety that there was on the Princess ships. Neither were there the themed menus which occurred in the main restaurants on Princess. 2. The select dining venues were excellent on P&O but you did have to book immediately you were on board to secure a place. Those who had sailed with P&O previously knew this, leaving us new recruits with very little opportunity. 3. Drinks were cheaper on P&O, affected by there being no service charge and you were also able to take alcohol on board to drink on your cabin balcony. A great advantage at sail-away! 4.Entertainment on the Azura was aimed at the British market and the British sense of humour. The Headliners troupe were also excellent. 5.We considered there to be too many formal nights on Azura(4 plus 2 semi formal). 6.The sunbeds were packed tightly together, especially on sea days, making it very difficult to access them. 7. Prices on P&O ships are in sterling and you are able to monitor your spending via the interactive TV, a major plus point. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Booked a cruise to get away from the UK winter.Was not to sure about sailing on a ship with 3000+ passengers.Need not have worried the P&O Azura was designed so that there was plenty of room on deck to find a lounger either around a ... Read More
Booked a cruise to get away from the UK winter.Was not to sure about sailing on a ship with 3000+ passengers.Need not have worried the P&O Azura was designed so that there was plenty of room on deck to find a lounger either around a pool or in a quiet area, we never felt that there was 3000+ passengers.Days in port were no problem getting on and off was easy and never had to Wait.On the last day when we had to go through immigration we have never had it so well organised or gone through so quickly. The food was excellent with plenty of choices and you could always ask or get more if you so wished.The shows in the evenings were some of the best we had seen on cruise ships and the comedians told clean jokes so that any one could go to see them with out being concerned about the content. Our cabin was comfortable and with a reasonable amount of room.The one possible down side was in the bathroom where the shower cubical was to say the least, small.I would doubt that someone of a larger size could get in and comfortably shower. The only other service which we say was not up to standard was the quality of the ships photographers.The standard of the photos especially on formal nights left a lot to be desired,in all the years we have cruised I don't think I can remember so many photos being left in the racks. If you wanted to have a little luxury spend a day in the retreat,but you have to book early as it is very popular. All in all we can say with all honesty that we were delighted with the ship and the crew who at all times went out of their way to be of help to ensure our cruise went without any problems.We enjoyed the Azura so much that we have already booked another cruise in the Caribbean for next February. Read Less
Sail Date January 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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