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Never been to Norway or fjords so really looked forward to it . Great itinerary , highlights Flam and Olden with land train tour . Bergen wet and Stavanger ok ( visit St Switching church , £3 entry) Booked to board at 1330 but due to ... Read More
Never been to Norway or fjords so really looked forward to it . Great itinerary , highlights Flam and Olden with land train tour . Bergen wet and Stavanger ok ( visit St Switching church , £3 entry) Booked to board at 1330 but due to having to vacate hotel room , we were on board at 1230 and in cabins by 1300 , very quick and efficient , so much better than airports having to sit around for hours ! Even security people friendly. Cabin ( E309) a double restricted view , plenty of space and open wardrobes near bathroom , really handy . TV had basic choice of channels inc. news and sport and BBC Choice but a fantastic selection of ( free) movies on the interactive channel . Wide choice of food and bars , we had Freedom dining in Meridian , which was busy but you were given a pager if a table not free . we never waited more than 15 mins in the bar ( even though they tell you it will be about 30 mins !). Attentive service , however unlike set dining, you very rarely got the same staff twice so made it hard to build a rapport but they were all friendly and efficient anyway . Venezia buffet good for breakfast and a few themed nights . We prefer the formal settings of the restaurant though. Paid to eat in the Epicurean one night . £28 a head extra plus wine but worth every penny for the experience and little extras ( I wont spoil it for you!) Entertainment from Manuel Martinez ( comedian/magician ) and Accent ( band ) fantastic. Sorry to say the Headliners were not great on the first show so we avoided them the rest of the trip , concentrating on other guests ( Gary Barlow and Celine Dion tribute were other highlights , and the general Entertainments team as usual were brilliant especially Chris Reynolds and his Elvis tribute ( hilarious but tasteful ) and Benne and the team do the job wonderfully Weather was really good to us so some great photos ( rained in Bergen though ) . We didn't do any of the P and O trips ( silly prices ) but used local land train or just walked as weather so good Downside - constant pestering to book speciality restaurants ( even after we booked , it continued and then they got the booking wrong anyway !). We were booking anyway , it was just a pain waving them away like pesky mosquitos !) Also very little through the day except wellness ( how's your back , feet , wrinkles etc. etc.) and very few quizzes like we`ve had on other ships. Just as well there were only a couple of sea days Overall great weather and port itinerary helped this cruise along with great ( mostly) entertainment , no shuttle buses and all accessible with no walking miles to get to town. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The journey through the Norwegian Fjords was stunning. The itinerary was excellent and the ports were easily accessible - important for my wife who is disabled. All the staff were helpful and friendly and we were very well served by our ... Read More
The journey through the Norwegian Fjords was stunning. The itinerary was excellent and the ports were easily accessible - important for my wife who is disabled. All the staff were helpful and friendly and we were very well served by our excellent cabin steward. The accessible cabin was roomy enough for my wife to easily turn her walker and the wet room was both essential and excellent. The balcony was fine. Being overlooked was not a problem as generally people only came as far as the rail [ which they would need to do to see us from above] at sail away times and then they were more interested in the stunning scenery than watching their neighbours. The cabin could not have been closer to the lift which was ideal for my wife. The cabin was well soundproofed and we were not disturbed by noise from the lift or other cabins. The ship itself was generally well kept and, other than the buffet restaurants, we never had a problem of getting a seat in one of the bars. We didn't go to the Playhouse where the main shows took place but were impressed with the entertainment and background music in the bars. All in all an excellent cruise and I would have awarded 5 stars except for the following. - the lounge area in the cabin was wonderful for relaxing and watching the scenery in some comfort. However, the curtains, both main and net, were well past their sell by date and ill fitting, spoiling the ambience of an otherwise nice area. Generally this area of the cabin needed refurbishment. -there were two televisions in the cabin but both were small and past their sell by date. There was little of interest on offer through the TVs so, on sea days, we would have welcomed seeing a newly released film. The only location where this was possible was on an open sea deck with blankets as cover from the wind and cold of the North Sea. We think it would have been reasonable to show a film or two in the comfort of the Playhouse for those of frailer disposition. - we opted for freedom dining and the Meridian restaurant did not disappoint. We enjoyed all the meals we had in this location. The buffet restaurant was more hit and miss - excellent cold meat salad but disappointing Beef dish where the meat was tough, and breakfast bacon full of fat from cooking. Our main problem with the buffet was the scrum that ensued to get your meal. My disabled wife gave up the struggle as it was almost impossible for her to manoeuvre through the throng of people. As always staff offered help but part of the experience of the buffet is to see what is on offer. Getting food was only half the problem. One then had to, often, walk some distance before finding a table to share by which time food was getting cool. I'm sure that overcrowding in the buffet is a real irritant, not just to disabled, but also the able bodied. Despite these issues we thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would travel with P and O again Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Having cruised with P&O on a number of previous occasions and experienced the well document decline in standards and quality I was apprehensive about choosing them again. However their prices are still a bit lower than the composition ... Read More
Having cruised with P&O on a number of previous occasions and experienced the well document decline in standards and quality I was apprehensive about choosing them again. However their prices are still a bit lower than the composition and the itinerary was ideal I decided to give them another go. Compared to my last P&O cruise (a year ago) the difference was like night and day, from the evening entertainment to the evening meals and the levels of service offered. Sure daytime entertainment was the usual affair with plenty of sales pitches and activities aimed at the 'older' passenger but as long as the sun is shinning all is well as you can avoid these. Food in the main dining rooms seems to have improved although the green beans still exist in numbers, It appears to be cooked much much better and tastes a lot fresher as well. Service hasn't been upped however and still lacks way behind on what it once did but it didn't spoil anything. The select dining venues again did not fail to deliver, food was exceptional and so was the service (although you would expect it as your paying extra) I better mention the buffet, it seems to be getting worse especially for a quick lunch as the selection is terrible. Too much curry! They seem to think all we eat during a hot day is curried everything! Very repetitive and very boring indeed. This side needs a shake up. If you fancied a late night snack it wasn't worth it as again it was the same every night (curried pasties and curry and rice again and again and again etc...) The Sea Screen which over looks one of the pools is looking very old these days and did not make a pleasure watching movies outdoors as the quality of picture is dreadful as it has to many faults on it and needs replacing or repairing which is a shame as it's such a great selling piont that P&O are ignoring. It does seem to be true what most are saying on here that regarding dress codes and general attire. Fewer and fewer people take advantage of dressing up as they once did for formal nights and tend to 'hide' away on deck or the buffet area as to avoid such nights, even on non formal nights the general attire of a lot of people has declined making the ship feel a lot more of an informal cruise kind of like what Ocean Village used to be like back in the day. Of course you wear what you want to wear it's up to you but it seems some folk don't even try to make an effort. I always like to think that a cruise ship has that luxury feel to it as it once did, now it;s starting resemble a Benidorm/Costa holiday. The best bits; ship was clean and tidy and well maintained. Ports of call were very good. Met some lovely people on board (as you do) and overall had a great time (even with the shortcomings) Have sailed on Ventura, Azura (2) Oceana and Britannia and can honestly say Azura is my number one P&O ship, it may not be up to quality of other lines I have sailed on eg Disney and RCI etc... but for a P&O ship it stands out above the rest, Total chalk and cheese to the dreadful Britannia (the worst cruise I have ever taken) There is good reason as to why Azura has the highest ratings of a P&O ship and in my opinion is the true flagship for P&O. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Just wanted to go somewhere to celebrate my birthday whilst combining it with a couple of places we hadn't been before. Booking easy took the benefit of having credit on board which was worth £1000 for the two of us because we ... Read More
Just wanted to go somewhere to celebrate my birthday whilst combining it with a couple of places we hadn't been before. Booking easy took the benefit of having credit on board which was worth £1000 for the two of us because we had booked a suite . Paid for car parking which worked very well . Embarkation was easy , usual efficient check in. Boarding no problem. Found suite champagne and fruit awaiting , didn't see Butler until about an hour before dinner. We hate Freedom dining so had booked Oriental 6.30 P.M. dinner for the duration. Service brilliant , polite, cheerful and efficient. Food on whole was pretty good , good choice of wine. No real complaints. Suite was midships on 14th floor and hadn't appreciated ( should have looked at ship's layout more thoroughly ) that the deck above was where the swimming pools , self service restaurants etc were situated so noise level high till approx. midnight and starting up again about 6 a.m . There was also an unusual knocking sound which would begin intermittently from about 5 a.m onwards which we couldn't trace ( not usual ship sound ) Also the deck above overhung all the cabins on our floor so it was not possible to use the balcony to sunbathe except early morning / late evening when the sun was low in the sky . Best decks for sunbathing were the lower ones where the balconies actually project out . Although the suite itself was pretty good and had all the things you would expect there is no way I would book a suite on the 14th floor again . Butler service OK but not as good as on previous cruises , cabin stewardess excellent. Canapes served at about 5 p.m but selection worse than we remember from other cruise One advantage of a suite is that whilst you can go down to your regular restaurant for breakfast you could also go to the Epicurean restaurant for it , choice smaller but environment better as you could sit outside with an excellent service level and personally cooked breakfasts. So we alternated between the 2 options. We had pre booked dinner in the Epicurean restaurant for my birthday dinner which was 1st class with very good choice of food beautifully prepared . Service excellent. As we had big breakfasts and big lunches only had small lunches in the self service buffets , good selection. Taking advantage of the £1000 credit we ate in the Sidhu Indian restaurant again top class excellent service . Menu was prepared by Atul Kochhar who was actually on board checking out that his standards were being maintained , we also attended a Masterclass given by him followed by an excellent lunch , wine and service. Had dinner in the Glass House in their wine tasting evening top class food and service accompanied by a different wine for each course which the head waiter explained. Other events in which we participated :- were a special tour of the galley followed by a lunch which we chose from a menu put together by the ship's head chef , again excellent food , wine, and service . Limited numbers , booked as soon as we were on board. a cocktail event on the observation desk attended by several of the officers , limited number , booked as soon as we were on board. We only went on one trip which was in Vigo with a cruise on a catamaran round the mussel beds followed by a brilliant lunch in an upmarket Parador , a huge meal with a total 8 courses and plenty of wine. Entertainment on board was upto normal cruise standards with a wide variety of performers and talents . The resident Headline Theatre company very good but sound too loud. On board shops usual variety and reasonable value Bars again par for a cruise ship with a good variety of venues One significant complaint our son had arranged for a bottle of champagne to be delivered to our cabin with a congratulatory message on my birthday, champagne received but no message and nobody knew who it had come , only after we returned did we learn when son asked how we enjoyed our champagne !!! At end with all the events / wine /shop purchases/special restaurant meals /photos we spent £995 on board so we gave P and O the bonus of the £5 we didn't spend of the credit given ! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose to drive and received free parking. The parking arrangements were amazing We handed over our keys and our luggage were gone in one foul swoop! NEVER have we had a hassle free parking like it. Return was the same. So easy!! ... Read More
We chose to drive and received free parking. The parking arrangements were amazing We handed over our keys and our luggage were gone in one foul swoop! NEVER have we had a hassle free parking like it. Return was the same. So easy!! Embarkation was also very very smooth, i am less-abled and I bonding the boat was looked after first class. Our room was R403 which is an inside larger, We loved the room so much, it was spacious and kept well looked after. The theatre was really comfy and of high quality! We loved the sea screen and watched loads of films, the staff covers the cushioned sun loungers with covers with fitted pillows, there are lovely blankets to put over you to keep the breeze off too. The pixels were a little broken in places, mostly this didn't bother us...Films were great too. We chose freedom dining, The restaurants were really nice and the food first class. If you shared with others you had to wait until all dinner were ready before you got yours so the down side was waiting, We didn't mind at times as it was rather nice to get chatting to different people. The swimming pools were fun and there was an adult only pool which is nice if you don't want to kids around. The hot tubs were lovely and hot. Plenty of towels available! The buffet...Not great I'm afraid to say! Many people said this is deteriorating each time they sail on the Azura! This is our second cruise, our last cruise was a bit more expensive and you could really tell by the few hitches.... the service was by fare not brilliant on the Azure in comparison and the buffet food wasn't up to scratch, We have booked to sail again next year to Iceland with my mother in law who will love this typically British ship. Good price in comparison to other cruises Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
chose this as not sailed with p & o before,easy to book had a good deal, free parking and on board spend,went to canary islands, Madeira Lisbon and viga, boarding was smooth and quick,had a balcony cabin on deck 10 would recommend this ... Read More
chose this as not sailed with p & o before,easy to book had a good deal, free parking and on board spend,went to canary islands, Madeira Lisbon and viga, boarding was smooth and quick,had a balcony cabin on deck 10 would recommend this deck as the balcony is much bigger then the other decks, cabin was fine and clean, we only like buffet dining and on this ship was a little disappointing compared to other cruises we have been on,what i mean by that is they have theme nights every night,and if you do not like that type of food there is no alternative, also very little choose for special diets like low sugar,entertainment was fairly good something for everyone found the poolside entertainment was good when there was some but to long with out any even background music, the sea screen was in a poor condition with loads of dead pixels would be nice if it was bigger to. the cruise overall was ok but the ship looked very tired in need of a refit, things kept breaking down or did not work Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We did this cruise before but missed 2 ports of call due to problems on the previous cruise Was very disappointed with the times of entertainment in the Play House. On all other cruises the theatre times approx. 2015 and 22.15 which was ... Read More
We did this cruise before but missed 2 ports of call due to problems on the previous cruise Was very disappointed with the times of entertainment in the Play House. On all other cruises the theatre times approx. 2015 and 22.15 which was great as we could have dinner at about 20.00 and the watch the late shows in the Play House. The change to 19.00 and 21.00 made this impossible. I spoke to Benne, the entertainments manager, but it was beyond her control to change the times of the performances. As seeing the shows is a huge part of going on a cruise we were very disappointed. All the other services were very good. The music in the bars was great. The iPod for beginners talks were very rewarding On any future cruises the entertainment times will be a crucial part of the decision as to who to travel with Regards S.D. Chandler Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Although we have cruised approximately 10 times before, this was our first with P&O. My comments: - The staff were friendly and helpful. - There were plenty of sun-loungers. - The breakfast buffet was fairly efficient with ... Read More
Although we have cruised approximately 10 times before, this was our first with P&O. My comments: - The staff were friendly and helpful. - There were plenty of sun-loungers. - The breakfast buffet was fairly efficient with plenty of seating. Likewise the lunch-time buffet. We did not try the evening buffet as we favoured the dining rooms. The meals there were varied and of a high standard. - There was plenty to do (or not do if you chose) on the sea days. - The evening entertainment was quite reasonable with a few different guest stars. - The guest speaker was very information and interesting. - The hairdryer was reasonably powerful. - Timings on leaving the ports were somewhat vague. We are used to booking a cruise and knowing what time (probably) a ship is going to leave and arrive at ports but even on arriving on the ship at Southampton, staff didn’t seem to know what time it was due to leave. - One other minor niggle that they seemed to run out of things for instance before we had even left Southampton, one bar took our order but then returned 10-15 minutes later to say they didn’t have what was on the drinks menu and another 10-15 minutes to return our cruise card. One of the bars ran out of one of our favourite beers in the first week and then our second favourite in the second week. They had run out of Earl Grey on the penultimate day and mint tea on the last day (or at least they weren’t putting any out in the buffet restaurant). - We would book with P&O again as we enjoyed our cruise overall but P&O wouldn’t be the only cruise company we would consider. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Overall the ship was excellent value and the menus were fine dining. I never experienced one poor meal. The only negative I can speak of is that solo travellers are not catered for at meal times ie constantly asking for a large table with ... Read More
Overall the ship was excellent value and the menus were fine dining. I never experienced one poor meal. The only negative I can speak of is that solo travellers are not catered for at meal times ie constantly asking for a large table with other singles and getting couples or a couple was daunting.As lovely as the people were, it wasn't ideal until I went to afternoon tea for singles and befriended a group who we finally got to dine together. So if P&O say they cannot accommodate diners then surely if the afternoon tea works what is the difference. There were about thirty singles so not an odd one or two. The first excursion I thought was really poor, driving us to a deserted beach for a ten-minute photo opportunity was a total waste of money ie £35,00. The second excursion you could have done yourself by just walking up to the railway. If you wanted to see the Glaciers it would have cost you over £75 to £95.Entertainment was excellent with good singers and shows. The comedians were ok. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Always wanted too see the Fjords so took the plunge. I went solo as my husband will not go on a cruise ship. Embarkation was smooth and efficient.Cabin as was the rest of the ship was very clean. I sat with a group of 7 other solo ... Read More
Always wanted too see the Fjords so took the plunge. I went solo as my husband will not go on a cruise ship. Embarkation was smooth and efficient.Cabin as was the rest of the ship was very clean. I sat with a group of 7 other solo travellers for club dining.Would do my own thing if I went again as by the end of the week it gets very tiring maintaining conversation etc.Wide choice of places to eat and I liked the grab and go option and Venezia self service during the day. Food was good on club dining but at times the puddings lacked taste. Loved the Oasis spa and saw only one show which was very good indeed. Highlight was seeing the magnificent Fjords, such wonderful scenery. Disembarkation equally smooth and efficient. I admit cruising is not my scene but one can fit it to adapt to what you want as there are so many choices and options on Azura. It felt like Azura ran like a well oiled cog. Captain Robert Camby runs a tight ship and he also has the bonus of being rather easy on the eye. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We were on board the ship within 30 mins after arriving at mayflower dock. Our cases and car taken and boarded with no problems. We went straight to our cabin and our cases were already inside! Brilliant service. We had booked 4 ... Read More
We were on board the ship within 30 mins after arriving at mayflower dock. Our cases and car taken and boarded with no problems. We went straight to our cabin and our cases were already inside! Brilliant service. We had booked 4 cabins next to each other and each was clean and welcoming and our cabin steward Marana kept it that way thoughtout the 14 nights. The cabin was plenty big enough with lots of storage for us both. We had booked 1st sitting for evening meals which was 6.30. This was the ideal time for us. We went from the oriental restaurant to see the show most evenings. The entertainment was good. Not brilliant, but we enjoyed what we saw. It was a strictly come dancing cruise and although none of our party are dancers we really felt it was an added bonus to meet the stars and see the costumes from the show. We enjoyed watching films on the sky screen at night. Wrapped in a blanket drinking cocktails, under the stars, brilliant! Films were good too. We found the food in the oriental fantastic. There was plenty to choose from and the quaility was excellent. Our waiting staff were very attentive and we had excellent service. Thank you Mav and Wilbur. The wine waiter was also very good. Not too pushy To make a sale! The pool and deck always had plenty of sun beds. We had great weather so we spent most of the sea days on deck. We did find the deck bar staff a bit slow and quite disinterested ! We ate during the day in the Verona self service which was always good with plenty of different things to eat. We enjoyed all the ports of call. We did 2 excursions. Rome on your own and explore the rock, in Gibraltar. Both good. All in all we had a brilliant cruise. Since coming home we have spoken to other member of our party and we all agree, a great time was had by all !! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Did a fly cruise for the first time on the P&O Azura The 8 hour flight to Barbados was fine once the suitcases had been handed over at the airport we didn't see them till in the cabin The in flight movies a bit poor you could ... Read More
Did a fly cruise for the first time on the P&O Azura The 8 hour flight to Barbados was fine once the suitcases had been handed over at the airport we didn't see them till in the cabin The in flight movies a bit poor you could upgrade for £5 which I did on the way back Once at Barbados the airplane landed there was no need to go into the main build as there where coaches waiting for us and took us straight to the ship Embarkation was easy was on the ship with in 20 minutes Our cabin was R744 this was an inside cabin near the back of the ship this was very handy to get to the terrace pool at the back of the ship as only 10 meters away and up 10 steps the cabin was kept clean and tidy by our steward Rapheal he came in twice a day to clean and change towels etc the Tv small for the room but OK bathroom small with a shower but again fine for the two of us and we pick an inside cabin as we don't tend to spend a lot of time in the room and we only go back to change and sleep We had freedom dining which was handly for us we aimed for dinner most nights around 7pm and asked for a table for 2 some nights a table was not available so you had a choice of table sharing (which we did 3 times and meet some lovely people ) or you could take a pager and get a drink or look around the shops and it would normally only take about 10/15 minutes the food was first class We had breakfast most morning in the buffet which was OK went to the main dinning room only once and it was the best breakfast I had all holiday Pool meals very nice hotdogs burgers chips all very good and the minute steaks very nice had more flavor then the sirloin I had in the main dinning room Pizza bar also Good We went to Sidhu this was outstanding the best meal we had on the cruise £20PP but well worth it and got a free bottle of wine included Entertainment was good the night tome show seem to be getting shorter only lasted 45 minutes the max the team did some good show and the best show put on was WALK LIKE A MAN the normal quizzes around the ship were OK if you wanted to join in All the staff on the ship work so hard and are so helpful and friendly Thank you for that Only did 2 shore excursions through P&O they seemed a bit pricey and the only we had in St Marteens came back 40 minutes early Sailaways were good fun we enjoyed them The rest of the Islands we did our on thing which was mostly going to a beach or jumping in a mini van for a tour which was only 20/25 dollars on most islands for about two hours We will try P&O again as Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We needed a break in the sun and this cruise suited us - dates and location. Fist time with P&O. We enjoyed it very much but potential customers (and P&O) need to be aware of several niggles. Firstly although part of the same group ... Read More
We needed a break in the sun and this cruise suited us - dates and location. Fist time with P&O. We enjoyed it very much but potential customers (and P&O) need to be aware of several niggles. Firstly although part of the same group (Carnival), you get no credit for previous Princess Cruises (we have done 6) although Princess give you credits for P&O cruises! Bizarre. While embarkation and disembarkation was very good, Thomas Cook overhead baggage allowance is a measly 6KG. That is absurd. Use a light weight bag that meets the dimensions they allow (documentation from P&O actually says 5Kg) Generally the food is good but the buffets are only average - often on the cold side. Excursions - shambolic. The excursions themselves are OK but Princess cruises do it much better. With Princess you do not have the situation where folks turn up at the excursion bus without their ticket. Nor is there a mass exit (queueing) at the same time for excursions. Unless Princess Cruises have changed since last year, they are a good example to follow. Service is OK (at times very good) and the cabin as we expected. The steward was very good. One minor gripe - why no bath robes? We had to ask and got them but I do believe they are not standard. The entertainment was disappointing. One particular gripe, all we got in the atrium was the same old singer every night on his piano - Princess actually use the Atrium in a better way with varied acts each night. Ironically the layout of the atrium is very good compared to similar class Princess ships. Crisp, bright and modern. There were many positives hence the 4 star rating but when on a full ship the number of crew is at least 100 less than that which can be accommodated, I sense cost cutting. Quite often I heard the comment it was better with P&O in previous years. p.s. I can use the running machines in the gym without needing a hard hat! They have raised the roof in the gym to accommodate us tall people... Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We go nearly every year to the Caribbean because we like getting away from the cold/ wet weather and love the laid back atmosphere of the islands The Azura is a lovely ship kept very clean and the staff are mostly very happy and ... Read More
We go nearly every year to the Caribbean because we like getting away from the cold/ wet weather and love the laid back atmosphere of the islands The Azura is a lovely ship kept very clean and the staff are mostly very happy and helpful Embarkation excellent and quick (we were the first aeroplane to land) Balcony cabin was better than usual as we chose C deck which have larger balconies but when will they get rid of the shower curtain? Our steward was excellent. Food was on the whole good except for the buffet at night. No comparison to Princess! Beach House excellent as was the Epicurean. Entertainment very good except for PO's new show. Recommend the Cuban magician and Mike Doyle who were both excellent. Excursions We went on a truck tour in Amber Cove as we dont like man made resorts and a lot of loud music. In Martinique we toured the fort very interesting.Collect the tickets at the tourist information kiosk.The rest of the time we walked the ports that we visited. Disembarkation was very efficient and it is really good that PO dont throw you off early so that you land out staying at the airport for hours. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We wanted to explore the Caribbean and had heard some good reports about P and O. The ship and holiday largely met our expectations. However,In our opinion there were too many formal nights....four out of fourteen is surely over the ... Read More
We wanted to explore the Caribbean and had heard some good reports about P and O. The ship and holiday largely met our expectations. However,In our opinion there were too many formal nights....four out of fourteen is surely over the top..... The public areas were all very good. My partner was really impressed by the clothes shops and thought they were the best on any cruise line we have experienced. He was delighted with the two pairs of shorts he bought! We thought the food was excellent, apart from the toast and coffee....P and O chefs really need lessons in toast making. In the buffet it is left lying under what appears to be a heat lamp. This is lazy. Toast should be made on demand...as it has been on all other cruise lines we have used. The coffee is stewed. Yuck. Restaurant service In the buffet and restaurants, apart from the speciality ones, was disappointing. The waiters often disengaged, sometimes unfriendly and very rarely smiled. This is the only line we have sailed with, where tea, coffee and water have not been brought to the table when eating in the buffet. There were one or two exceptions to this, showing that a few of the staff had been properly trained. We thought the management of our luggage at the beginning and end of the cruise was excellent. It was a stress free experience to check in our luggage at the airport and see it next outside our cabin....disembarkation and return flights were done in the same way. We were allowed to use ship facilities until we left for the airport. All of this would certainly encourage us to use this line again. Well done P and O. The Thompson Dreamliner flights were extremely comfortable. We sat in the economy cabin. Overall we enjoyed the cruise. It was an extremely relaxing experience. We loved the islands we visited. We would consider using P and O again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We went on a Caribbean cruise on the Ventura in 2014, and loved it and we decided to do another in the near future. This year we chose the Azura. It would have been good if someone had shown you how to get to your cabin, you are ... Read More
We went on a Caribbean cruise on the Ventura in 2014, and loved it and we decided to do another in the near future. This year we chose the Azura. It would have been good if someone had shown you how to get to your cabin, you are basically left on your own and hope that other passengers can point you in the right direction. No complaints at all about food, staff or the ship itself. Everything 10/10!! We ate in the Oriental restaurant every night, the food was amazing!! However it would have been nice to have some different biscuits in the cabin, we had the same biscuits on the Ventura 3 years ago! Entertainment on sea days was poor. We went on several P&O beach trips which were quite disappointing,On one beach trip in particular, the Orient beach break, the beach was filthy. I have written to P&O about this. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We cruised for the 1st time on Azura last year ( canaries) and loved every second so we were confident on booking with P&O and Azura again this time. Flight from Birmingham supposed to be a Dreamliner but wasn't . They tried ... Read More
We cruised for the 1st time on Azura last year ( canaries) and loved every second so we were confident on booking with P&O and Azura again this time. Flight from Birmingham supposed to be a Dreamliner but wasn't . They tried hard to compensate but it was not great. Transfers. To ship excellent, quick and efficient. Embarkation swift. Felt like coming home, Balcony cabin ready as soon as we arrived, clean and comfortable, complimentary water and tea and coffee . All great. Phew! But then we realised the Bon voyage package we booked hadn't been deliverd fully.....the champagne was there as were the flowers but no bathrobes or vouchers for spa or champagne breakfast or photoshop. the spa package also hadn't been delivered then we realised the mini bar wasn't fully stocked ( as in items hadnt been replaced from the last occupants usage) worse to come the air con wasn't working and the sink was blocked!! A quick and meaningful telephone call to reception had the maintance crew, the cabin steward and the spa manager rectifying their mistakes. (TIP: If anything is wrong get right on it, don't leave it to the end to complain, staff are always willing to help but you must not be backwards at coming forwards, a polite but firm insistence that you want something fixed right almost away always yield results!) You never know with your cabin steward how good they will be and they really can help make or break your holiday experience, Our last cabin steward was excellent and we never ever, not once had to ask him to redo anything he never forgot anything our cabin was always ready and clean when we needed it as he asked on the first day what we liked and he was always discreet. This time our steward was terrible! So unorganised and her standards of clean were NOT ours. Our cabin was often not ready when we returned during the day after excursions and even once when we came back from our evening meal 10.30pm!! (0/10). We often had stained of damaged 'new' towels hung up, but they were always changed when asked ( point is we shouldn't have had to) Once again we had freedom dining which we loved. All food was excellent, except The Glass House ( tough steak, cold food and snail pace service) and sadly this visit to the Epicuran ( still the same menu as last year) the food was poor, and luke warm, the staff were as bored serving it as we were eating it. We cancelled the pre booked second visit. However by comparison The Beach House was EXCELLENT. Food wonderful and varied, The staff were happy and the restaurant manager ran a very happy and efficient eating venue. We had excellent meals in the meridian and Peninsular main restaurants too. The buffet were all good if you managed to avoid busy the periods. The entertainment was very hit and miss, the sail aways were appalling, shrieking British compares, music more fitting to a kareoke pub.... fat somebody's vindaloo song... really painful. Get a grip P& O. There were some great acts and a very funny comedian but the 'entertainment' team by the pool were an embarrassment. ( except Accent the Caribbean vocal act, they were excellent) Sadly you coud not avoid the entertainment team even on our balcony you could hear their patronising comparing as they had their mikes up full. Hiring young adults to entertain 40-80 year olds is a daft idea, what do they have in common....very very little. Also, showing football matches on the sky screen was truly dispiriting. ( nothing against football, and why not show it in Brodie's a sports bar, rather than subject the entire mid ship to the noise). Excursions were great and good value for money we did 3 catermaran trips all excellent. All the others we did our own thing as taxis both car and boats, were cheap and plentiful. Oasis Spa Total, utter, shambles, the management of the spa on Azura are APPALLING. The girls and the treatments they give are exceptional, still too pricey but good, and thank goodness they are less pushy with the hard sell of aftercare products these days. We booked a spa package for both of us, we were so disappointed as stated previously the spa bathrobes were not delivered, the spa promice to contact you to before you cruise so you can prebook your treatments and retreat days never happend. Having to QUE in a line like school children to be given your bands to enter the retreat was an insult how hard an it Be to organise different colour bands for different days to be given to clients at the start of the cruise or another colour for those who have booked passes for the entire cruise? I use the spa a lot and love having the treatments but the billing is AWAYS wrong. P&O need to have a long hard look at the company they outsource the spa to. Standards are slipping very badly. I love cruising, I love Azura she is a beautiful ship, I love the wonder of opening the curtains each morning and being in a new place, I love being so well looked after, I love sea days and the formal nights. P&O are good value for money but I am becoming less enchanted with the mixed standards on the ship, it sounds awful and very snobby but there are more and more passengers these days who's manners, decorum and general politeness leave ALOT to be desired. In conclusion would I book with P&O again, maybe.but I'll be watching the reviews very closely. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. P & O looked after our luggage, once it was checked in at the airport the next time we saw it was at our room and the same on the way back, We flew on the Dreamliner which was very comfortable. ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. P & O looked after our luggage, once it was checked in at the airport the next time we saw it was at our room and the same on the way back, We flew on the Dreamliner which was very comfortable. Everything to us was great. Food lovely staff so friendly, very helpful and entertainment was very good but like most things you heard moaners around the ship re weather, food and entertainment . Sometimes I wondered if we were on the same ship. The islands that we visited were stunning, each different in their own way. We hired our own taxi and did a tour round some on the islands, the drivers are very good and know where to take you. We would definitely book another cruise on the Azura and I'm sure it will not be too long till we book our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The flight was terrible worst seats ever, we were told it would be a Dreamliner and ended up with a 767-300.Arrived shattered same on the way back P&O note change airlines. Embarkation went better than normal as we were the 1st ... Read More
The flight was terrible worst seats ever, we were told it would be a Dreamliner and ended up with a 767-300.Arrived shattered same on the way back P&O note change airlines. Embarkation went better than normal as we were the 1st plane in so the queue was short.The ship was fine as always, Cabin B315 was good we have used this grade before and find it suits us cabin staff were good everything done and very unobtrusive. Food was good as was service in the Oriental, exceptional from Roby Restaurant Manager to assist my wife with her dietary needs. we also ate in Sindhu, Glasshouse and Epicurean all were excellent. The small plate in Glasshouse is really good value. Entertainment was pretty good overall though we have seen most of the guest acts on previous cruises (time for a change). We got into all ports no problem and they were all good. we only had 1 excursion from P&O on St Kitts to the plantation house, everything worked to plan and we had an enjoyable few hours. Unfortunately the wife was ill with Flu like symptoms 4 days from the end there was an awful lot of this about bad throats and coughing apparently this was a hangover from the previous cruise and needs looking into, we hardly left the cabin after this and she is still unwell now 3 days after arriving home. All in a decent cruise spoilt a little by the flights and sicknss, we have done this or similar cruises for the past 3 years so feel a change is needed now. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Previously on the ventura 2011 , decide to come back again after suffering a life threatening illness, every thing was first class apart from Amber Cove and the band Accent What a long way to go for a swim up bar, when grand turk is ... Read More
Previously on the ventura 2011 , decide to come back again after suffering a life threatening illness, every thing was first class apart from Amber Cove and the band Accent What a long way to go for a swim up bar, when grand turk is more inviting or even Aruba or Curacao, as for the band, whilst the lead singer could actually sing I wont mention the monotoned backing singers, it got a bit like they were red coats and the same old stuff every time they were on the open deck performing........monotonous. Apart from that everything else was brill including deepak kumar in the meridian restaurant.A wee Charmer Choice of food in buffet restaurant was repetitive at times and getting off at some ports slow due only one security lane opening but overall had great time. Hoping to come back Jan 2019 but a bit wary of charges for 3 year old .will just have to work hard and get some saving done...lol Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Cruise review azura 10th December to 8th January 2017 _____________________________________________________ We had reasonable flight with Thomas Cook from Manchester and paid extra legroom for exit seats. Flight went faster than we ... Read More
Cruise review azura 10th December to 8th January 2017 _____________________________________________________ We had reasonable flight with Thomas Cook from Manchester and paid extra legroom for exit seats. Flight went faster than we anticipated and was reasonably comfortable. Films ok but unfortunately same films on return journey which was a shame. Very quick to board ship on arrival at Barbados. Well done p and o. Very tired so just had the BBq at pool area before bed. We had balcony room B210. Great room front of ship but very comfortable bed and cabin boy very good nasir. Balcony enough room to relax and glad in hot sunshine to have overhang above us. Plenty of sun most of the day. We had meridian freedom dining and worked very well but kept same table towards end of trip for continuity. Food and service excellent. No complaints. We tried sindhu but was very very disappointed in service attitude and food which was cold and not very interesting.Didn’t even wait for the sweet as felt so unfriendly and uncomfortable. Definitely put us off trying any of the other premium restaurants after wasting 40 pounds on sindhu. Meriden and peninsula were far more service orientated and on the odd occasion steak was overcooked was whisked away and replaced almost immediately. Daniel our waiter was excellent. We took commodore package of wine and very happy with the selections offered and price was better when compared to say celebrity or canard who we travelled with previously. Liked the quiet pool area near spa. Gym was excellent with great views. Enjoyed the majority of the shows particularly Gareth the ventriloquist and Cuban comedian (can’t remember his name). There was a choice of 2 shows in 3 venues each night so plenty of choice. We loved the casino and had a great time over 28 nights in brodies and casino. Entertainment team worked really hard . Some of entertainment did not suit us on main pool area during day with very loud music but others had a great time and we could go to different area of ship. Yes there is a butlin like atmosphere but with quiet areas on ship all seem to live together in harmony. Although do think music could be a bit lower. First stop Antigua. Unfortunately could not tender not really sure why we did not dock as originally planned. Very strange. Next stop was St kitts. Very quaint. Walked around. Roosters everywhere. Allowed to run about freely and protected. St maarten. Plenty of shops from ship. Walked through shops to beach. Paid 30 dollars for 2 beds umbrella and free wifi. Seemed to be going rate. Busy port and bit pushy. Tortola. Loved this port. Got taxi to sugar cane beach (would try brewers bay next time). Liked sugar cane but was busy after all cruise ships came in. Lovely clean water and sand good swimming but apparently brewers bay is better for snorkeling. 7 dollars each way per person for taxi . We paid 20 dollars for bed here for two of us as only stayed a couple hours. Very friendly port and people. Catalina island. Desert type island off Dominica. Ship arranged for bbq and shipped all equipment staff over to island. They worked so hard. It was really busy by the time we went over so we didn’t enjoy but the water was lovely. Most people enjoyed the day but if late there is shortage beds umbrellas. Montego bay. We got off here and straight back on ship. Port is busy and lots of hassle. Couldn’t stand walking through the multitude of pushy taxi drivers. We planned to go to doctor cave beach which others said was good. Grand cayman. Booked stingray trip here so was disappointed as we were not allowed to Anchor or tender which was surprising as watched other ships use port tenders. Stingray trip was cancelled anyway as had booked online with moby dick tours who emailed to say conditions were not suitable so either way couldn’t do stingray trip. New Orleans. Bonus was we left early so had 3 days here. Fantastic place. So much to see. We used the new Orleans street car 3 dollars day ticket. It runs full length Charles Street so went to garden district. Lovely colonial houses. We went to lafayette cemetery while in garden district. Then got streetcar back to bourbon street. Walked to French market. Had great crab and crayfish there from side stalls. Very safe to walk and great 3 days. Key West. So classy loved it. Did bus tour on old town trolley bus for 21.00 dollars each. Took us long way out to beach areas and all sights. We stayed on bus and enjoyed trip about hour and half. Very interesting. Bus is in centre of key West and no queue. Conch seems to get really busy. Port everglades. Great day out. Took p and o trip to alligator farm and on boat through everglades. Definitely recommend exhilarating boat ride. 50 pounds each was worth the trip. Port canaveral. We didn’t want to go to space museum so went shopping mall. Great macys there and clothing very good value on brands. Bus was 27 dollars for 2 of us. Felt expensive but no choice as only one operator there. Never saw a p and o shuttle the whole trip. Do they exist? San Juan. What a lovely place. Walked round old town was really pretty. Had some rum punches sitting in sun. Very friendly and Spanish feel. Also great Ralph Lauren shop. St Thomas. Went up cable car 21 dollars bit expensive but views worth it. Very pretty island. Martinique. Real dump. Long walk into town. Was told by others they got water taxi to beach but wasn’t worth it. Duty free was cheap for rum etc. St lucia. Rained while we were here so didn’t bother with water taxi to beach but was only 2 dollars so probably worth a try if weather ok. Grenada. Lovely island. Got water taxi 7 dollars to beach. We paid 10 dollars for beds as only stayed hour or so. Beach great for swimming. Barbados. Walked from ship to town and turned right to beaches. Fantastic beach only 40mins walk from ship. Pirates cove. 15 dollars for two beds umbrella and free Wi fi. Beach was beautiful and had added bonus of being quiet. Even saw race horses swimming in sea. Wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have been away for Christmas and New Year cruises for several years now - not always on P&O. This was our second time on Azura. The first was 6 years ago when the ship did the same 28 night trip although the ports of call were in a ... Read More
We have been away for Christmas and New Year cruises for several years now - not always on P&O. This was our second time on Azura. The first was 6 years ago when the ship did the same 28 night trip although the ports of call were in a slightly different order. We had upgraded to premium economy on the Thomson flight from Manchester to Barbados and had also paid an extra £100 each for the privilege of flying from Manchester although we found out that not everyone on our flight had paid this extra amount. As soon as we boarded the plane in Manchester it was obvious that it was probably one of Thomson's older models. Late boarders were told that they would have to put their hand luggage into the hold as there was not enough room in the overhead bins on the plane. This despite that our hand luggage had been inspected at check in. During the flight 3 of the 5 toilets on board were declared out of order, many of the seat back TVs did not work, including mine and the seats were some of the most uncomfortable we have had. Transfers from the airport in Barbados to the ship were efficient as usual but we were the last to board as our flight was late leaving Manchester. The ship was nicely decorated for Christmas We were happy with our cabin on deck 11 port side and it was kept very well by our steward Grenville. We had a problem with the toilet flushing about half way into the cruise but this was fixed double quick. We thought the number of staff in the buffet had been reduced. Also, having been on Britannia last Christmas, it was very plain just how awful the buffet is on Azura - difficulty in getting around and pressure to get your food by people behind you and of course the layout of the tables is awful - again do a comparison with Britannia. We were not impressed with the food and thought the afternoon teas had definitely gone downhill - gone were the lovely small wraps instead we had small sandwiches with dry bread and left overs including some which were just coleslaw!! The chairs in the restaurant are too low for the height of the tables and I am not a small person. The final straw here was when we were supplied with paper cups for tea and coffee at breakfast for the last few days. What was all that about??? They also had large stiff kitchen tongs to pick up the food from the trays which meant that they were so difficult to use you had to give up on getting some food as you were holding up people behind. We took breakfast in the buffet as this suited us but I never did find any boiled eggs and fresh grapefruit was rationed as they only supplied it if you asked. We were freedom dining for dinner in the Meridian restaurant. The service here varied from very good to very poor and on more than one occasion we had to complain about it. The food also varied and on one occasion my husband ordered avocado salad which was served without avocado. Otherwise, all meals come plated up these days. We also ate in the Epicurean, Sindhu, the Glasshouse and Beach House restaurants which we enjoyed. We drank mostly in the Glasshouse. Being able to get football matches on our cabin TV was a bonus. We didn't bother with any of the evening entertainment and were so tired we were in bed fast asleep most nights by 10pm!! We had no difficulty in getting sunbeds on deck 19. The problem was finding a space to put them. For the first 2 weeks we were supplied with 2 bowsers of ice cold weather. These disappeared for the second 2 weeks. Probably not enough people were ordering drinks from the bar. We missed 2 ports - Antigua and Grand Cayman apparently because the sea was too rough for the ship or the tenders and the cancellations were for our safety. We have never been unable to get into Antigua irrespective of the weather conditions. The worst event was missing Grand Cayman when Azura had been refused permission to drop anchor so we had to sit off shore with the engines running and watched 4 other cruise ships arrive, go ahead of us, drop anchor and then tender their passengers to shore using shore-side tenders instead of their own tenders. This caused a lot of resentment and the feeling was the P&O wouldn't pay for the shore side tenders. Eventually we had to sneak away with our tail between our legs and head for New Orleans which meant we had an extra day there. Dominica was cancelled and replaced by Martinique. The excuse was that there was going to be a vast (sic) number of ships in Dominica. A quick Google check on cruise ship schedules revealed no vast number of a ships in Dominica. Hey ho, we were berthed alongside the poor man' s cruise terminal in Martinique whilst 2 other ships occupied the main cruise terminal. Taxi drivers wanted to charge exhorbitant rates to take people into town so many did not bother. We also called at Montego Bay but were warned in writing by the Captain to be very careful ashore. What??? P&O taking us to unsafe destinations?? Surely not?? Frankly the only reason the ship calls here is to restock with food and drink. The weather throughout was the best we have ever had so no complaints!! We were late leaving the ship for the flight home but when we got to the airport in Barbados, we were whisked through the departure lounge onto the plane. OMG it was the same awful crate that brought us out 4 weeks earlier. We then sat and sat and the airport staff were coming on board carrying food and drinks. We were told that the plane had to be restocked and refuelled. After over an hour, they decided to board people in wheelchairs so this was a further delay. Passengers were getting fractious and then we were told that some hand luggage had to go into the hold as there was not enough room in the overhead bins. We were told this happens on EasyJet and Ryanair. What relevance this had to us I do not know. We were on Thomsons and had paid an extra £100!! The Captain asked that we did not talked our frustrations out on the plane crew. On previous flights we have been given a daily newspaper from the UK but not this time . Instead they handed out Cosmopolitan magazine for the females only. We arrived in Manchester over 2 hours late. Overall, one felt that P&O were trying to cut corners and save money all over the place. Plus the price of their internet is so high that people didn't bother, instead used wi-if in the ports. Sometimes this was free or you got it for the price of a couple of beers which you would have had anyway. P&O must have lost a lot of income from this. Still I suppose that is their choice. Next year we are back on Britannia. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
P & O were brilliant in sitting their singleton guests and my fear of feeling a bit surplus was overcome by the grace and friendliness of the restaurant staff.. and my very lovely fellow diners. Each evening we grouped round our table ... Read More
P & O were brilliant in sitting their singleton guests and my fear of feeling a bit surplus was overcome by the grace and friendliness of the restaurant staff.. and my very lovely fellow diners. Each evening we grouped round our table to exchange stories and sometimes pictures of the day. The others were all very much more experienced than I but at no time did I meet anyone who wished to crow about their holiday expertise; instead I met with enthusiasm and good advice. I have a sneaking feeling that all cruisers are like this. Sensible arrangement of pools meant that those who wanted their holidays a little quieter between the wide range of excursions could still be able to dip in and out of a pool. Longer deeper pools were available for those who wanted a more physical water experience between baking. My bed was heaven and I slept like a top, waking up each morning with a sense of excitement as we were coming into port. The cabin staff greeted their guest each morning with wide smiles. Good food is important to me and this gave no disappointment this time round. During the day I used the more casual dining venues in an effort to maintain some control but any self denial flew out of the window with the wonderful things offered to us during the evening. If you do make good friends, do ensure you exchange details well before disembarkation day. There is no notice board and P & O may NOT forward any correspondence. Do take everything you need. Sometimes you will require things for excursions and they are not necessarily supplied in the on board shops, ie water shoes. Do take a travel toothbrush and paste. You may have to put out your luggage the day before you leave and have packed your rechargeable electric brush! Good news.. if you use the Thompson Dreamliner premium economy flight they might kit you out! The flights itself is really worth the money. Lastly, if you are going to the Caribbean do take a few dollars. The people who host your excursions, and those who provide back up and local colour, are not rich and a single dollar from each passenger gives the local economy a good boost and puts an even bigger smile on everyone's face. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Birmingham to Bridgetown Barabados Thomson Dreamliner- 2 meals included Excellent food and tea. Next time we saw our suitcases was in our cabin that evening. Straight from the aircraft to the P&O shed checkin in Barbados- very ... Read More
Birmingham to Bridgetown Barabados Thomson Dreamliner- 2 meals included Excellent food and tea. Next time we saw our suitcases was in our cabin that evening. Straight from the aircraft to the P&O shed checkin in Barbados- very effcient. Room C218 with balcony (Bigger than Britania), deck 10.Very spacious, really comfortable bed. UK electric plug sockets and one thats always TV shows your running bill for drinks,shops,trips. BBC world News,Sky news,Sky Sport news Hair dryer,Shower includes shower gel, hair shampoo and conditioner - topped when ran out. Kettle,Free tea,coffee,biscuits,chocolate.Fridge with chargeable mini bar. You can take alcohol onboard to drink in your own room. Blue pool/beach towels changed every day. Great steward Noel and always smiling hosue keeping Imelda. Deck 15,16 and 17 plenty of sun beds, we like the Sea big screen deck to watch footy and films as oposed to the aqua music and smoking deck. Drinks waiter service to your sun bed.Tip ask for Pepsi only £2.50 for a pint 2 ice cubes as you then get more drink, as Coke is in the 300ml bottle and £3.15 2 Buffet restaurants go to Verona at the back of the boat easy to get table for breakfast, lunch,afternoon tea cakes,evening meal,snacks till 1AM, Free tea,coffee,water all the time. smoothoie and fruit juice at breakfast. Grab and go burger,pizza,ice cream excellent choice and quality youll never be hungry. Chargeable Beach house restaurant bookable small charge fillet steak £1.50. Sindu indian,Epicuren fine dining. Freedom dining no set time but allow 90 minutes as great table conversations when trying to fit in around evening entertinment. Bars - Brodies with casino, quizs, sports tv, next to playhouse theatre. Planet bar with big screens showing around the world videos. The glass house - try the Canadaian ice curvee sparkling wine in a chilled glass white or rose. Gym is free with good classes like abs - small fee for yoga. Evening entaintainment - excellent acts,The best Ventriloquist Gareth Olivier,Comdeians Roy Walker,Jay McGee, Impresionist John Clegg, Music tribute acts of Gary Barlow, Phil Collins,Frank Sintra,Michael Bubble. Bands Azura Orchestra,Jet Set,Accent Duo Kelly & Stuart. Solo Singers Rebekka, Rietta Austin,Jimmy James. If you need higher view front seat you need to be there 50 minutes but theres drinks waiter service to your seat for West End P&O Theatre shows and front row for Manhatten show bar. Play house dancers worked their socks off, including ballet and aerial rope. Shops had some good deals,tax free 200 cigarettes £25, 400 £40. Ballroom dance lessons, fashion shows, flower arranging in the Atrium. Wifi social media £7.75 for 24 hours, and email web browsing £12.50 Ports Antigua - Get pounced on by 50 orange polo shirts taxi drivers St Maarten - you walk to the beach/main shops 15 minutes Burger Madess frozen cocktail buckets $10 Tortola - Nice port shops Amber Cover - free wifi in port shops but not around pool unless buying a drink St Kitts - Our favourite Go to Carambola Friars bay - $4 each way taxi, no hassle, just chill lovelly bar,restaurant,clear sea, $10 sun bed, cushion, free wifi works on the beach. Friendly young OJ will bring your drinks and give you a song. Martinque - French some vendors csnt speak English ! ST Lucia - busy traffic - Tourist cattle market dont go to Rodney bay beach. Grenada - very friendly shop staff, good souvenir selection in port shops. Smaller Morne Rouge Beach - nice to chill not Anse Beach cattle market.Britania along side Azura for Sail Off. Barbados - Nice port shops, Boatyard beach popular $10 taxi there, $20 admission includes sunbed,wifi,drink boat trip to see turtles and return taxi to boat Airport good selection of duty free shops, but not much shopping time due to road traffic. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was our ( with my wife) first cruise on P and O and only our second overall. We had a balcony cabin towards the rear of the ship . It was fairly good; I have been in smaller hotel rooms in London and Paris! The bed was great and i can ... Read More
This was our ( with my wife) first cruise on P and O and only our second overall. We had a balcony cabin towards the rear of the ship . It was fairly good; I have been in smaller hotel rooms in London and Paris! The bed was great and i can honestly say I had 14 great sleeps. Overall the ship was good and has been well commented on . In particular we loved the Glass House, where the range of wines was excellent and interesting. The prices were on par , or even slightly cheaper than some city centre bars. The Planet Bar was also good at night with good service , a gin menu and a good singing duo. The Blue Bar had a very quirky piano bar singer who was great for me but not to everyone's tastes. Well done to Frankie for imposing your style on american songbook classics. My overall impression is that this was a good cruise but that it is aimed very much at the pensioner market of Little England. everything was good in itself but very safe. We visited the Sindhu restaurant, and though it was beautiful presented and flavoured, it lacked a bit of oomph in the dishes. Similarly a fish curry was served one day in the Peninsular restaurant. The waiter was astonished, but got them, when we asked for some chopped chillies. It was explained to us that most passengers want everything mild and safe. The black tie evenings, if this is not your thing, has severe restrictions on where you can eat or drink. Most of the centre of the ship is taken over by evening wearers and if you do not want to participate you are ousted to the buffet on deck 15. Ironically, we saw people queuing in the buffet with tux and ball gown! This cruise will appeal to many over 70s but if P and O wants to attract new customers they may have to move a bit with the times. Also the excursions are ridiculously overpriced and better value is available online Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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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