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25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 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
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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
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: November 2014
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: January 2014
We recently completed (9 February) a 2 week Caribbean cruise on the P&O 'Azura', having previously had a similar, shorter cruise on the Silversea 'Silver Whisper'. Inevitably we were tempted to compare the two, but ... Read More
We recently completed (9 February) a 2 week Caribbean cruise on the P&O 'Azura', having previously had a similar, shorter cruise on the Silversea 'Silver Whisper'. Inevitably we were tempted to compare the two, but tried to have realistic expectations, given the vast different in price between them (a holiday on Azura is about half the cost of Silver Whisper). Despite that difference, our views of the quality of the Azura are fairly positive, in particular: i) the staff were mostly extremely friendly, helpful and efficient. On the few occasions they were not, it appeared to stem from their being over burdened. Our steward was lovely - kind, hard working and enormously helpful; thank you Remy! ii) the ship is kept spotlessly clean, and P&O appear to do all that is reasonably possible to eliminate the possibility of outbreaks of unpleasant viruses; iii) organisation and management on the ship was mostly excellent, with disembarkation arrangements being particularly impressive. Communications could, however, have been better: cabins have a neat messaging system transmitted via interactive TV, but the most important information seems not to be included. For example, we still have no idea what caused the fire on board, nor the electrical fault which caused the ship to stop mid ocean and, although we weren't alarmed by these, a good chance was missed to reassure passengers that all was well safety-wise. Strange. iii) the gym is good. Large enough for the number on board, and well equipped. Nice library and reasonable internet access, although the latter is too expensive. Lifts and loos are sufficient; iv) we only went on one excursion, which we felt was overpriced, so we usually made our own arrangements - satisfactorily. Taxi services in all the Caribbean Islands are reasonably priced and efficient; v) our major concern had been food quality and service, but this was good, given the low cost of the cruise as a whole. Having said that, meals sometimes looked grey and uninteresting, although puddings were usually excellent, and the Stilton-in-port was superb. All tastes and styles were catered for: casual, smart/formal dress in different restaurants; self service/waiter service both available; 24 hour availability of food; international cuisine; burgers and chips. Menu choice was quite wide in the 3 main restaurants; 5 courses with up to 5 choices on each. We were lucky enough to get the 'Freedom Dining' option, which we thought worked very well. If we wanted a table for 2 we usually had to wait around 30 minutes before being paged; if we were happy to join a table with others we could usually be seated almost immediately. The Italian restaurant was excellent, although we thought the booking arrangements were a little archaic. In summary, maybe not 5 star dining, but certainly a good 3 stars (we think comments that the food on the Azura is "dreadful" are just OTT/silly). For those wanting something more upmarket (which we rarely did) the 3 speciality restaurants seemed excellent, at a supplement of between £6-£30 a head. Onto the main negatives: a) we were disappointed with the entertainment. Although there were some very good/professional "Tribute" acts, and the resident bands (particularly "Changez") attained a high professional standard, the generality was fairly average. The "Show" dancers worked really hard and did pretty well, but the singers (although not the backing musicians) stretched themselves beyond their limits when trying to handle heavier rhythms (ie Tamla Motown, or even The Beatles); song choices were sometimes strange (ie a run through of the best musicals ignored "Hair"). We could live with that, were it not for the fact that the whole tenor of the entertainment was brought (dumbed) down by the Cruise Director and her team. Note to them all: YOU DO NOT NEED TO SHOUT AT GUESTS! ....... nor to preface every recommendation with "grab a cocktail"....... nor to repeatedly shriek that all the passengers, all the acts, everything on the Azura and all the Caribbean Islands is "fantastic/amazing/incredible". It really is reminiscent of Butlins/Hi-de-Hi at their worst: vulgar, inane, moronic (entertainment announcements were even shouted at guests at breakfast time) and - worst of all - monotonous. An on board choir (which we understood had been part of the offering on previous Azura cruises) might have helped to redress the balance a little; b) as for the non-musical entertainment, we would have expected more in the way of mental stimulation. We had hoped maybe for some musical/cultural/scientific appreciation/current affairs discussions; the little that there was (especially the excellent talks about "Concorde") was well attended and appreciated, but rather an oasis. Other talks were mostly sales pitches. As for sports coverage, no 6 nations rugby - sad; lots of football - yawn; c) the nature of the entertainment, plus the relatively low cost of the cruise, seems to have attracted a client group that largely, but by no means entirely (we met many interesting/fun people over dinner and during trips off the ship) we would not want to spend our time with. Specifically, there is a heaving lumpen-mass of overweight humanity which lollops by the 2 main swimming pools from sunrise to sunset, seemingly content to do little more than eat, drink and sit in the sun all day every day (leaving little room for others wishing to lie on deck), and then sing outdated 3 chord songs at the "Sailaway". If that is the client group which P&O wish to attract, and it does seem to be, then its cruises would not usually hold a great appeal for us, or for most of the other passengers we spent our evenings with. In summary, though, we think the Azura offers pretty good value for money, particularly for the more lethargic holiday maker: the cabins are spacious and well appointed (our balcony cabin was really nice), the food is good value for money, the drinks reasonably priced in a number of comfortable (though often overcrowded) bars, and the service is fine; but the entertainment is (mostly) poor.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
After a very bumpy flight (lasting turbulence for an hour) we landed at Barbados at around half past four and were immediately loaded on coaches for the hour trip across the island to the port bypassing the normal immigration and customs. ... Read More
After a very bumpy flight (lasting turbulence for an hour) we landed at Barbados at around half past four and were immediately loaded on coaches for the hour trip across the island to the port bypassing the normal immigration and customs. We were held on the coaches until there was room in the warehouse for us to book in. Because we were late in the afternoon our cabins were ready so we could dump our hand baggage and go for a meal on at the buffet on the Lido deck. Because new rules say you must have your lifeboat drill before you sail and the ship uses its entire staff for this it was ten o'clock before we got our cases. Our cabin on D Deck was an upgrade for using their special pricing and it was very nice, it was almost two rooms with the beds in one part and a large settee / make-up bed in the other it even had two flat screen TVs, the balcony was also large with plenty of room for two recliners and foot stools and a small table. The was a large open wardrobe with loads of hangars also two dressing gowns and slippers, also a tallboy cupboard we shelves although the free safe took up one. There were four formal nights and four semi-formal (a jacket required) being free and easy we avoided both. This did not cause any problems outside the dining rooms when we went to the theatre and several lounges. Although we did go to the meridian dining room which was 'Any time' dining on a couple of nights, we went early which meant we had rapid service, still there was a lot of waiting between courses. The rest of the cruise we preferred buffet dining in the Venesia restaurant. This was mainly so we could get our own preferences and sample some of the others. The food on the whole was good, not fantastic, the main problem was the serveries at breakfast all the serveries were open, come lunch it was only the venesia on port days, with Verona opening on sea days. At dinner time the Verona became an Italian restaurant leaving just the venisia for dinner as you can imagine there were some long queues. In their favour you could get something to eat all the time. On top of these there was a grill and a pizza ere by the pools, also an ice cream bar (payable £1 for one scoop cone). There appeared loads of sun beds although most were sited in the sun. The entertainment team did not seem very professional as they were late at some of the activities and there were some problems with some of the quizzes, this was surprising as the ship has been going for a while now and you would have expected them to have cured and problems. The headliners troupe despite a lot of promoting was in our eyes was not up to the standard of other cruise lines we'd been on. One of the things that struck me was the atmosphere it was decidedly lacking. The waiting staff were efficient but lacked the friendly nature we'd become used to. As we had been to the Caribbean before, when in port we only went walking around the local area to get some exercise and get the flavour of the island. The weather throughout the cruise was excellent normally around 28/29C with mostly clear skies and almost calm seas, we encounter a little rolling and this was at night. The day before arriving back in Barbados we were given our boarding cards and low and behold they had split us up! I cannot understand as the aircraft coming out was chartered by P&O they couldn't have used the outgoing manifest as a template for the return, I admit some people might have decided to buy their return seats (£15 for a normal seat) but as most people did any pre-booking before the cruise I think it unlikely. Whilst on the cruise we visited Barbados and went ashore with just our ship ID card on the last day we had to fill in immigration and customs forms to be dumped at the airport, I'm surprised they couldn't put us in bond as they did on the way out and take us directly to the aircraft. Finally although we enjoyed the cruise on the Azure we did not think it was as good as other lines i.e. RCI or Princess. The flight home was again turbulent but we were on time landing at Manchester. Read Less
Sail Date: February 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: December 2010
Like about 98% of the passengers on this cruise, we had booked it in April 2009 at a price that you would pay for a cruise of half the duration, and we had upgraded flights. As we had already been on the Ventura and we knew that the Azura ... Read More
Like about 98% of the passengers on this cruise, we had booked it in April 2009 at a price that you would pay for a cruise of half the duration, and we had upgraded flights. As we had already been on the Ventura and we knew that the Azura was very similar in layout, we had no misgivings about what we were in for regarding the size and style of the ship and we were looking forward to the cruise immensely, even though we had not previously spent so long on a ship. Our flight from Manchester to Barbados was good and check in to the ship was fine. Our luggage arrived without too much delay. So we had a quick look around the ship, something light to eat and then bed. Our balcony cabin was on B deck, port side. It was virtually the same as that on the Ventura. Tons of storage space and we had 62 coat hangers!!!! Comfy bed and quiet - you could not hear anything from next door or the corridor. Our cabin steward, Moses, efficiently kept the room clean and tidy, serviced twice a day. We hardly ever saw him. The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas - lots of trees in the public areas and lots of festoons - what a contrast to the previous Christmas on Celebrity when there was one miserable tree in the Atrium, a bit of bunting only on Christmas morning and that was it. For preference, for sunbathing we sat on deck 19 at the back of the ship - nice and quiet. Sunbeds generally were still an issue but not as much as on the Ventura. The ship's blurb says that there are enough beds for all passengers. Yes, this is probably true but if everyone took a bed there would not be enough room for them all on deck. Not everyone wants to sit or lie cheek by jowl with a total stranger. We like some personal space. We were able to achieve this on deck 19. We were freedom dining and never had a problem getting a table straight away as we were always prepared to share a table - this can be a nice way of meeting people. The food in the Meridien varied. What you could say was that the plates were boiling hot. The starters, soup and desserts were probably the best. Mains varied. What really got up my husband's nose was that you were served one roast potato each - OK if you asked you could have more, but isn't this a bit mean? On one occasion someone got 4 chips! We also ate in the speciality restaurants: twice in 17 and twice in Sindhu both of which were superb, twice in the Glasshouse which was excellent and once in the Verona (evening waiter service) which again was excellent. My husband had the sizzling steak in the Verona and said it was superb. We cannot recommend these restaurants highly enough. The Venezia/Verona buffets were what we expected and the food at breakfast was fine. We preferred to go here rather than wait to be served in the sit down breakfast in the Peninsular restaurant. We did not bother much with lunch and tried the Venezia once in the evening for dinner (Thai) and were not impressed. We had afternoon tea in the buffet restaurants - yes on occasion you had to share a table with someone else but we didn't mind. The only problem was the amount you ate - all those calories!!!!!!!! We had good service in all the bars and commented on the large number of staff waiting to take your order. We thought the drinks prices were very fair -for example, £2.75 for a pint of Boddingtons, cocktail of the day £2.50 and around £12 - 15 for a bottle of wine and no 15% extra on the menu price. We liked the Glasshouse for a pre - dinner drink. We like its ambience and the wine and the staff were nice too. The only slight problem was at certain times, a queue would form for people waiting to go into the theatre and then conversely there was a lot of activity with people coming out of the theatre. The entertainment varied as it always does. Some of the acts were excellent and got standing ovations. Others were so-so. We heard that the ship's company, the Headliners were very good but we did not see them as we are not really show people, prefering instead to see the act on in the Manhattan.Tom O'connor was good and he gave extra performances as he could not get off the ship at Grand Cayman due to bad weather. On balance, we thought the entertainment we saw was better than on any of our previous cruises. As previously mentioned this ship is almost a copy of the Ventura but I think the Atrium is different. They had ballroom dancing on the ground floor here but people who did this said it was like performing in a goldfish bowl and it put them off. Yes, it is like a goldfish bowl - like all Atriums!! We never found the gym, the spa or the Retreat and we never used Costa Coffee - why pay extra for something you can get for free on deck 15 or in your cabin??????? We also never sat around the pools and only went there for the sailaway parties or for New Year's Eve. NYE was superb and apparently there were 2,000 people at the party on deck around the Coral Pool. We staggered away about 02.00 and it was still going strong. But the next morning you would never know anything had taken place - all the sunbeds were back in place etc. There were some children on the ship. However, you would never have known. Deck 16 keeps them happy and out of the way!!! The one thing we did see whilst walking past one of the pools was the SeaScreen. Is this of any benefit? One night there were people huddled in towels watching a film - each to his own I suppose. The itinerary was interesting - with ports in Florida, 2 days in New Orleans and the rest in and out of the Caribbean islands. We did 2 ship's trips - one to Kennedy Space Centre which we thougt was excellent and one to the Everglades. In New Orleans we had booked our own steamboat cruise with lunch at a third of the price that the ship was charging. We had also booked an evening meal at a restaurant in the French Quarter and then went on to a jazz pub - Fritzells in Bourbon Street - wonderful. Bad weather stopped the ship from docking in Grand Cayman which was a shame. One of the ports was Montego Bay which is definitly not suitable for a port of call. Really threatening to walk around in the daytime and we were warned on about 4 occasions by local people to be careful. The main topic of conversation during the first week was how did you pack for 7 formal nights, 4 semi formal nights,17 smart casual nights and all your day clothes within 23KG each? With great difficulty is the answer. Consequently the launderettes were probably the most used facility on the ship. There were stories of people being charged for extra luggage at the departure airport - £15 per kilo seemed the going rate, people being told to repack their bags at the airport - whilst others got away with being overweight and did not get charged at all. Of course, coming home, no one bothered with weights of cases as you don't check in. A word of caution - check your onboard account carefully. We had 4 overcharges on ours which were all sorted out but we heard of others who had been overcharged by £100s. Finally, about the moaners on the ship - and there were many. A lot were seasoned cruisers (this was our 7th cruise and we were novices compared with some) who had taken advantage of a really cheap price to get this cruise. Being seasoned P&O cruisers they knew what to expect from P&O but they moaned about everying - the size of the ship (which they knew about before they booked), the food, the service - you name it - it was a cause for a moan. They even moaned about the weather as if it were P&O's fault. If I had heard one more time from someone saying they wished they were on the Oceana or the Oriana - I would have screamed. When we were in St Lucia, the Oceana was also there and your felt like saying to these people - there she is - go and jump ship. So did we have a good time? Yes!! It was superb value for money, we met some nice people and it was relaxing and we were away from the horrible winter weather at home!! Would we go on Azura again? Yes. 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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