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3 P&O Cruises Azura Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

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
Wouldn't it be great if we could take the best bits from each cruise line and combine them into one? This was our second time on Azura. The first time she was only 6 months old and I was waiting for a knee operation and felt I ... Read More
Wouldn't it be great if we could take the best bits from each cruise line and combine them into one? This was our second time on Azura. The first time she was only 6 months old and I was waiting for a knee operation and felt I couldn't find a comfortable seat anywhere on board. So, it was with some apprehension that we decided, because the price was right, to choose to spend Christmas with her. This time it was somewhat better comfort-wise. Basically, I feel Azura is a badly designed ship - in several ways. The two main entertainment venues - the theatre and Manhatten - are at opposite ends of the ship. Visibility of artists in Manhatten is poor and therefore guests leave the theatre before the end of the show to scurry along right to the other end to get a reasonable seat in Manhatten. However, this doesn't always work. We didn't go to the theatre one night and arrived in Manhatten three quarters of an hour before the comedian was due to come on - and still couldn't get a reasonable seat. Every showtime many people have to stand. There are only 3 ladies toilets outside this busy venue which meant that every night there is a queue. There are no places in the theatre to put your drink should you have one. The Glasshouse, where people can be eating, is one of the thoroughfares to get to the theatre and I wouldn't like streams of people coming through if I was eating. The pub, Brodies, is in the same space as the Casino and can therefore be noisy. The two buffet serving areas are rather small and this creates congestion, especially as P&O only open one at lunchtime. To get to the dining room from some venues you have to go up 2 decks to go down 1! Azura, like many ships, uses the atrium as a venue - mainly for dancing. This is a poor venue as there is very little seating and the dance floor is very small. Food-wise it was unfortunate for P&O that we had cruised on Celebrity Eclipse the month before and, of course, were bound to make comparisons. On the Eclipse the food was exceptional - every piece of meat was first rate. Sadly, Azura could not compete. Our travelling companion sent a steak back twice before deciding to opt for the lamb. In the buffets Eclipse had so much more choice and it was easy to get around. On Azura on several occasions they ran out of decaff coffee and tea and were slow to restock desserts. There was no choice of drink other than water at lunch time (unless you paid). The waiters in the MDR were very pleasant but on several occasions forgot to bring something we had asked for. The entertainment on this particular cruise was rather disappointing though the Cruise Director was great and very hands on and his team were up to the usual P&O standard. Christmas Day was a sea day, of course, but the lecture was about the execution of Ruth Ellis - hardly an uplifting subject. The cabaret artists were not up to the usual standard either. Our main grumble, however, was about the loud music we were constantly bombarded with. In this day and age of personal music systems why do P&O feel it necessary to play loud music on the open deck and in the buffet areas. On Christmas Eve there was a deck party, scheduled to finish at 12.15 am. Our cabin (B402) was 3 decks below and all we could hear was the thump, thump, thump of the music - the bass must have been on full. At 12.10 I phoned down to reception to see how long this would go on and to ask if It needed to be quite so loud as we couldn't get to sleep. The receptionist was very dismissive, saying it WAS Christmas Eve and she couldn't do anything about the volume. In the event, it was 1 am when it all ended and we managed to get to sleep. One night there were only 4 of us on the open deck, trying to concentrate on a game we were playing and the music was blaring out then - so we had to move. Although we had some showers, as you can expect in the Caribbean at this time, the weather was good and Azura sailed through what little swell there was with ease. Embarkation, immigration and disembarkation were made very easy for us. Arrival at ports of call were on time and formalities were soon completed so that passengers could go ashore. We didn't use the shore excursions offered by the ship but from past experience P&O are usually good organisers. Of the ports of call on this cruise, our favourites were Curacao and Bonaire. If we visit St Lucia or Dominica again (having been to both several times) then I think we would stay on board ship. Castries and Roseau are very disappointing. Flights were with Thomas Cook. The flights themselves were comfortable, the food adequate and the legroom ok for us. We now both, however, have streaming colds due to the person sitting behind us coughing most of the way home! We have now had two charter flights with Thos Cook and, with these 2 flights have spent a total of 14 hours at Barbados airport! Three years ago we spent 9 hours waiting and this year 5!! Passengers apparently took their frustrations out on the crew. As we landed in Manchester the pilot said "to those of you who felt it necessary to take out your frustration on the crew - I hope you feel better for it"! At one time, years ago, the customer was always right - now we're just the butt of sarcasm!! On the whole, it was enjoyable. It was good to get away from the cold weather at home. Our accommodation was well maintained and, if rather on the small side, was at least comfortable. Our first choice, however, with P&O would be an adult only ship. Parents were allowing their children to run full length of the accommodation corridors - so don't waste your time trying to get an afternoon nap!. Children tended to take over the swimming pools and on Azura there is no adult only pool. The depth of all the pools means if you're 5ft 2in, like me, you won't be able to stand up in any of the pools. Although there are clear signs saying no diving or jumping, these signs are ignored. Ignored also are the requests that passengers do not reserve sun loungers. Nothing is done about it by the cruise line so this will persist.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
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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