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5 P&O Cruises Azura Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Norwegian Fjords

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
Service was excellent, with helpful and courteous staff throughout the ship. This was our second cruise to the Fjords with P&O having been last year on Britannia, but this time were were introducing the In-Laws to the delights of ... Read More
Service was excellent, with helpful and courteous staff throughout the ship. This was our second cruise to the Fjords with P&O having been last year on Britannia, but this time were were introducing the In-Laws to the delights of cruising and they wanted to see the Fjords.... Cabin was good – C753 – at the stern, with larger than usual balcony for a Balcony cabin. We took this as it was only a couple of doors away from our in-laws who were staying in a rather nice suite – C749, which had a stupendous balcony. Both at the rear of the ship with great views as cruise along, looking back over the wake. Both cabins will be noisier than one down the side – simply because of the wake – but it is an almost soporific calming noise, with only exception being the arrival/departure at a port as thrusters etc are used. But it did not bother us at all. Perhaps makes conversation a bit more difficult on the balcony when under way, but again didn’t bother us. Food was very good – we ate breakfast in the buffet (always up too late for the sit down restaurant!) – I would note that whilst it can get crowded at times you always end up finding a table. Parents being early risers had proper sit down breakfast which suited them – they would not have enjoyed the buffet scrum (which is not as bad as it sounds). For dinner we were Freedom Dining in Meridian, where staff were very friendly, and food was super – especially recommend the fish dishes. And the curries are almost always excellent – the Tikka Marsala being the tastiest I have had the pleasure of. Just occasionally the food perhaps was a bit less hot than would be expected - but it did not detract from our enjoyment - after all Masterchef tastes the food cold :) Entertainment was probably our one disappointment – we felt that whilst there was plenty, it was very similar – and was certainly missing some of the quality/variety that we enjoyed on a similar cruise last year on Britannia. The ship is a really nice, friendly ship – certainly better than we had envisaged. A shame it does not have a front facing bar – such as the Crows Nest etc on other ships – but the Planet Bar at the back, on Deck 18 was very good – and the Tides Duo were excellent musician/singer combo (with added fun of one of the waiters standing in when the singer was poorly!) Itinerary was good – Stavanger is delightful, with the Sardine Canning Museum a must see, Alesund a very pleasant town, with great views rewarding those walking up the 400+ steps, and funky heated public benches by the best fish & chips. Olden was our perhaps least anticipated port of call (with the exception that the cruise in and out of the fjord (60 miles each way) is spectacular), having been before and been underwhelmed by the Briksdal Glacier – but to our delight a new Cable Car – the Loen SkyLift has opened up – and whilst expensive it provided the most amazing views over the Nordfjord and surrounding lands, including glaciers – providing a 990m lift up from sea level to a superb viewing station with accompanying restaurant, and well marked paths for additional exercise. It was the icing on the cake as it provided an alternative spectacular view that you don’t get from the ship – and boy did the ship look small from over 3,000ft up! Bergen is nice, and easy to get around. Both ways across the North Sea we were blessed with calm seas. Overall a good value cruise – good itinerary, with drinks still priced sensibly on the ship. Azura is a brighter more cruise-like ship than Britannia (which however has better facilities but is rather beige and dull in places). We didn't try the internet - but it will be the usual quality which will not be up to a home users expectations as it is not cable based (I wonder why:)) but rather satellite - which having worked in the industry is not as capable. Anyone expecting better should know better :) Definitely recommend. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We 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
The embarkation was very easy. Our cabin was very roomy, the cabin steward kept it spotless. The waiters in the Oriental dining room Alan & Stanley couldn't have been nicer. The scenery made the week worthwhile. Now for the bad ... Read More
The embarkation was very easy. Our cabin was very roomy, the cabin steward kept it spotless. The waiters in the Oriental dining room Alan & Stanley couldn't have been nicer. The scenery made the week worthwhile. Now for the bad part. I complained about the cleanliness in the diningroom (thick dust on some of the panels). As already mentioned by others, the buffet was booring, nothing like we had experienced on the Celebrity Eclipse which was fantastic. We had expected better from P.O. Also surprised to see so many children onboard, surely they should still have been at school. We docked late due to a mechanical fault. The disembarkation was like a Chineese fire drill, chaotic to say the least. We thought we could have got off quicker by opting to take our suitcase ourselves, so we could get out of Southampton before the locals got on the road, it didn't quite work out. Needless we will not be sailing with P.O. again Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
after reading many reviews I had mixed feelings about the azura, many saying its standards had dropped. We have cruised with Thomson on all of their ships so therefore we were going to have to judge if the azura was more luxurious. Well ... Read More
after reading many reviews I had mixed feelings about the azura, many saying its standards had dropped. We have cruised with Thomson on all of their ships so therefore we were going to have to judge if the azura was more luxurious. Well this is our honest opinion. 2 days prior to our cruise we had an email about the norovirus that was onboard during the previous week. We arrived at the terminal at 2 excellent service with our luggage removed from car, and car driven away, but because the norovirus there were enormous long queues, but once onboard all went well cases in cabin. Cabin:- an inside, good size, safe plenty of room where you hung your clothes, drawers, fridge and kettle. Excellent. Restaurants:- oriental for club dining (6 15 or 8 15) peninsular & meridian for freedom dining, we will use freedom dining next time. Service excellent, food good (similar to thomson). Waiters brought hour wine no probs. Sindhi & epicurean require a supplement but are well worth it wonderful service. Buffet:- Verona/verenezia self service rather chaotic instead of having an entry and exit people were bumping into each other, but the worst part is because of this system people werè just going in and not sanitising their hands, dreadful after the norovirus last week that is our only ngative. Entertainment:- lots of bars, we watched the comedian Paul Roberts a singer both excellent, the azura orchestra good and catch 22 good. Playhouse:- the tenor was superb also a westerns show. Disappointed they didn't put on more shows but all in all very good. Excursions:- only did 1 up to mt. dhibinna it was an experience 10ft snow each side of coach. The fjords are a wònderful sight. Skjolden was exceptional and we àlso had blue sky and sunshine. Walked into all ports mc enjoyed them all. My overall view is the azura is a beautiful ship very clean lots to do, don't take any notice of all the moaners, we met quite a few but the biggest majority was of the same opinion as us. Disembarkation:-out of cabin at 8 (luggage left outside cabin before retiring) had breakfast and was called at 9 for disembarking, cases in terminal in deck order for picking up, picked car keys up and on our way home at 9 45. All in all we had a great cruise don't take any notice of the dreadful reviews. Enjoy your cruise we did off again in September. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
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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