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First time cruisers with teenage son....A brilliant cruise from start to finish ...Easy embarkation,..cabin kept spotless -by cabin steward diogo (a real star!!). Great food in peninsular restaurant .....loads of choice to suit all tastes ... Read More
First time cruisers with teenage son....A brilliant cruise from start to finish ...Easy embarkation,..cabin kept spotless -by cabin steward diogo (a real star!!). Great food in peninsular restaurant .....loads of choice to suit all tastes ...staff very friendly and helpful at all times (Kristine was a gem and took time every night to check everything was ok) Never had to wait for a table and service slick.....super entertainment from headliners and professional shows . Never an issue getting a seat in theatre .....great choice of food in buffet yes can sometimes get busy but staff work hard to clear tables etc and never caused us an issue .boat was full and apart from sailaway never at any time felt busy - ....Ate at beachousr twice would recommend if you fancy a change ( ribs/steaks /fajitas etc). Great ports and excursions ....cannot wait to book our next one !! It really was that good ...... Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Our third time on Azura and as it is every time we have cruised with P&O embarkation was smooth and stress free, this time a cruise to the the Norwegian fjords, loved our balcony cabin on L deck, being high up gave us some amazing ... Read More
Our third time on Azura and as it is every time we have cruised with P&O embarkation was smooth and stress free, this time a cruise to the the Norwegian fjords, loved our balcony cabin on L deck, being high up gave us some amazing views of Norway's spectacular scenery, usually go for an inside cabin but was definitely worth the extra for a balcony Our cabin was in good condition and kept spotless by Misty our steward, all the crew worked really hard and we received excellent service throughout the ship, ate mainly in MDR where the standard of the food was very good, having a vegetarian menu with different choices each night is great, used the buffet for breakfast and sometimes for lunch, again no complaints although for some reason at breakfast they hid the mushrooms and would only bring them out if you asked for them! Headliners were good as always, enjoyed most of the guest acts. The singing duo in the Planet bar were very good as were the resident band Pulse Sailing through the fjords was amazing and we enjoyed all the ports we visited, we didn't book any excursions instead we booked the Flam railway online before we left, the flam railway site said it was fully booked but we booked through the Norway national rail website and it was all fine, also went on the funicular to the top of mount Floyen in Bergen and went to the Magic Ice bar, both of these were excellent and you don't need to book ahead Disembarkation also went very smoothly, we really enjoyed the cruise and always enjoy sailing with P&O and can't wait for the next one! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Having sailed on Ventura which we like, there was no problem in navigating Azura, as they are identical.( Ventura gets the covered pool, Azura instead has the outside large cinema screen). We always use Penguin Parking, super courteous ... Read More
Having sailed on Ventura which we like, there was no problem in navigating Azura, as they are identical.( Ventura gets the covered pool, Azura instead has the outside large cinema screen). We always use Penguin Parking, super courteous and efficient,. We dropped our luggage at 1pm,and were advised go straight to the check in desk- in five minutes we were in the buffet having lunch !! well done P&O. The cabin an interior on Deck 12 central to aft, was ready soon after, cabin guy Sunny greeted us and asked if we needed anything. Throughout he was courteous, and un-obstrusive which we like, and kept the towels fresh and clean. He did not move our personal things about - well done … Our cabin was fine no wear - ( yes the ship is in for re-fit end of next April ) Stair carpets and in general all fine to me, others do comment though... again the refit next spring. Always choose Freedom Dining, and no problem throughout having a table for two, which is our preference, we never waited. Dined in the Peninsular where we found the quality has certainly gone up ( with us no complaints in the past though ) Preferred breakfast and dinner in there, whist the buffet was fine for lunch, on a minor point thought its was better there on Ventura & Britannia. Dined once in the Glass House, the Chicken three ways for two was superb, area though more like a BAR / Lounge than for dining which it is on Ventura. Entertainment :- Headliners always first class, had seen Astonishing so gave that night a miss, their Dusty !!! is best left to Maxine Mazunder who was on board, her Adele no where near as good as her Dusty, she was given the Manhatten, she deserves the Theatre as was the case in previous cruises. The High Tides duo who were often in the Planet Bar were great to listen to, hope we hear them on more P&O cruises. Guest speaker David Greenway on flying with the Queen's Flight was entertaining and interesting . We opted for self disembarkation 7.05am - easy , quick and EARLY, Penguin arrived in two minutes, we were back home up North for 11.30am. Ports :- Warnemunde - We chose the ' MOLLI TRAIN ' excursion and so pleased we did- a 25 min ride through beautiful countryside, and a stop on the coast at a luxury hotel for coffee and cake. Really well worth doing . Helsinki - Took the shuttle bus and walked to the ' Rock Church ' and listened to some young classical musicians.. good too, then to the Sibelius Monument, and a lovely walk back into town via the 1952 Olympic Stadium ( under renovation ) and then by the lovely Lake back into the city. Tallin - Shuttle bus in and a walk around the compact old town, even waited to see Queen Margeritte of Denmark go into church !!! Beautiful town, long to go back. St Petersburg - Did the Hermitage Tour, you need stamina !!! the cruise tours get in first so the first 2 hours are very quiet... madness later !!! The Evening Boat tour with music was really good too... very informative. Second Day - The ' On Your own ' dropped at 3 places and picked up in the afternoon, It was very DULL weather both days, so bot seen at it's best. DO beware pick pockets...I had mine ' felt ' and friends back pack - he felt the un zip... nothing got though... leaves a bad taste. Note the port is about 15 min out of the city with views to 5 storey appt blocks about 200 yds long each !! ...no lifts, so gives the view of what life just might be like there in reality !!! Stockholm - Pure delight, just walk around...the old ships around a quiet part of the harbour are worth an hours walk !! Copenhagen - we did take the shuttle bus - yes it was 26c and HOT, but walked back along the pedestrian street to Nyhavn - pure delight - must go back, and then to the Royal Palace, and to the Little Mermaid, and our ship just then a 15 min walk. Worthing noting !!! there is a new cruise terminal which will take three ships, on the far far side of the harbour- no way walkable to the Mermaid, ' Celebrity ' were using it !!! no idea if the others will follow suit - but sure to !!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
sorry had to write poor for our cabin we booked a double seaview p222 we decided on this type of cabin this time cruising as we liked the location and a seaview instead of a balcony everything was perfect but for the bed it was a twin when ... Read More
sorry had to write poor for our cabin we booked a double seaview p222 we decided on this type of cabin this time cruising as we liked the location and a seaview instead of a balcony everything was perfect but for the bed it was a twin when we had booked a double we now understand how we booked on a guarenteed basis that alone does not guarentee a double you have to book on a select basis to make sure its what you want so after complaining to the head housekeeper who did join beds together but placed the double chest of drawers in the wardrobe are along with the table which made even less room to hang properly our clothes we were really disapointed all holiday on saying that apart from our cabin we thoroughly enjoyed azura shes a great ship, friendly and clean. I am now gluten free and the help and care i encountered was second to none amazingly thoughtful of the staff. Itenery was fabulous we made sure to book an excursion at each stop and 2 whilst in russia, we loved each stop, weather was kind except for high winds on our second day whilst in russia.We met some lovely people whilst on board. we prefer to embark and disembark at southampton its so easy and thorougher and professional. we have some wonderful memories of azura our first time on her but not our first P&O cruise we would recommend the baltics and we will be going again for sure. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We are a couple in our 50s who have done plenty of cruises before and have actually been on Azura twice before. This was a last minute cruise – 7 nights in the fjords, booked (when we unexpectantly managed to get a week off work ... Read More
We are a couple in our 50s who have done plenty of cruises before and have actually been on Azura twice before. This was a last minute cruise – 7 nights in the fjords, booked (when we unexpectantly managed to get a week off work together) about a week before we travelled. As such we ended up with a guaranteed inside cabin when we usually hand pick the balcony we want!! We were assigned midships on deck 5 quite near the atrium and the room was fine. It was clean and comfortable and well serviced by our excellent cabin steward Rajesh. I always check the reviews on these sites and I was a little bit concerned by the number of negative reviews on sites relating to the Azura. It was said that the food is terrible and cold, the staff are unhappy and unmotivated, and the ship is in a state of disrepair and smells!! Well I am happy to say that we did not find any of this to be true. We were on freedom dining and enjoyed every meal we had. The buffet was also fine. I know breakfast can be difficult when it is busy but this is down to the design and I still always managed to have a nice freshly cooked omelette in the mornings. We did not use the select dining restaurants as there was no need, and we have done them before. We were very happy with the staff. Our cabin steward Rajesh was as good as we have ever had, and we thought the service from all the staff in the bars and restaurants was exactly what you would want. I know the ship is coming up for a refit but did not find it particularly tatty in any way. Also I did not notice the smell that previous reviewers have mentioned, so hopefully that issue has been resolved. The weather was fantastic in each of the 4 ports (Stavanger, Flam, Olden and Bergen). We particularly enjoyed getting up early to enjoy the sail into Olden. We tend to go hiking independently and had a great day in Olden in 20 degrees plus sunshine. We took a picnic from the buffet / grab and go, and enjoyed a lovely lunch by the lake which is less than an hour walk from the ship. The entertainment was good overall. There were 4 headliner shows in 7 nights – two of which we had never seen before, and the usual mix of singers, bands and comedians. Embarkation was brilliant and disembarkation even better. We self-disembarked the ship before 730am and I was in my car (booked via CPS) within 10 minutes of leaving the ship. Would I go on the Azura again? Yes without a doubt. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I'm on the same "eventful" cruise Mr. Unknown had been (previous review). Key points to address: 1. Nearly no cruise ship has a helicopter pad - airlifting is standard procedure, as is evacuating rooms / restricting ... Read More
I'm on the same "eventful" cruise Mr. Unknown had been (previous review). Key points to address: 1. Nearly no cruise ship has a helicopter pad - airlifting is standard procedure, as is evacuating rooms / restricting balcony access. This was all done in strict accordance with safety procedures, and I have to say the crew did this well despite inconvenience this might cause. 2. We did have quite strong rolling due to strong winds and sea conditions. The captain altered course to avoid the worst of the weather, but he can't control the weather. An unsteady ship in strong weather conditions, along with all the creaking and banging waves are inherent risk of sea travel. I felt as safe as can be given the circumstances (which wasn't at all outside of crew's ability). Some might have argued that the ship should just not sail instead, but if that happened, I guarantee you there would be complaints that we skipped destinations / was stuck somewhere. As regards to some other reviews: It's not a luxury cruise with servants, but has all the amenities for a pleasant journey. If you feel like you can't stand the poor or indeed the wider society, do spend more on a smaller boat or purchase your own yacht. There's no complaints from me for the fellow passengers - you can be perfectly left in peace. Out of thousands of guests onboard, hardly anyone has left me a outrageously poor impression. There definitely are a good number of passengers who just love a moan (indeed, it is the British national sport). Heard about a man who had to leave his cabin when the helicopter came in as standard procedure, and he thought he's entitled to a personal apology from the captain! Service on-board was adequate. My restaurant waiter had engaged in great conversation and was quite friendly (1/2). I don't expect them all to do so (although quite a number do), as other passengers might not understand they work 11 hour shifts a day often every day, serving multiple tables waiting for their food. It's unreasonable to expect them to be available at your leisure. Overall the restaurant is what I expect of a good restaurant, and the food was great. Cabin service had also been good, with our steward making up our cabin multiple times a day. Zero complaints about cleanliness. No he did not loiter around waiting for tips at the end of the trip. And no, I don't expect him to be my private butler. Embarkation and disembarkation were both decently good. Not a huge time to wait. Disembarkation was actually ahead of schedule. It was held within different venues (which are often on deck 6), and then we were lead to deck 5 (I think) to disembark. The instructions were not misleading as I recall. As to entertainment and enrichment activities - I'm speaking as a 20 something having lived in other countries. When I see the programs I can see how they are tailored to the demographics they had on board - old and very British. The music acts were all trying to pay homage to artists that once were a big thing, the comedy bringing up British TV celebrities that have been in the business for decades and now largely irrelevant (for me). I don't blame P&O for giving customers what they want, but of course, would hope for some more. Gym is decent. You could do most things. Would benefit from at least a pull-up bar for back. Weights can be limiting when it goes up only to 22kg, but then again with no foam flooring, so no dropping of weights, it might be the wise choice. Enjoyed the free fitness classes this time (last cruise Sep 2018, the PTs weren't very good). Plenty of public rooms / spaces you could hang out at. I had an inside cabin, and planned to be out of the room except when sleeping. That plan came to fruition as much was on offer. Sauna, steam room, gym, dining, etc. If weather was warmer, the swimming and lounging would have been great. I went to the sauna almost every day before bed, and nearly never anyone there. My own real complaint - it might not be apparent to the passengers on board but there were a lot of aggressive sales tactics for the spa / retail sections. If you go for a haircut, be warned they'll also try to sell you shampoo, conditioner, and whatever else. They do so aggressively by saying "I'll put this in your bag" by default, instead of asking if you would like to purchase. The spa / wellness is also exempt from the new no tip required policy - a 10% service charge is added by default, and they will not tell you this is optional or ask how much you would like to give. Further, they've got a number of seminar type events where they'd spew out even more fake science, the type I'd think the elderly would easily believe by the young immediately see through. Lastly, not entirely sure if this true, but the biggest sales events are always held on sea days when you probably have no internet and do a price check. Quite predatory in my opinion. The ship is starting to show its age - a refurb might be needed. You can see some of the handrails losing paint from so many guests hands having brushed them. The rust on balconies and window panes. The drab carpets. But overall, this had been a wonderful trip despite the events that were unavoidable and inconvenient. I feel relaxed and refreshed. The food had been great. The views had been great. The lifestyle on board had been great. Service had been great. Though, yes, it's not the private butler lifestyle some other passengers might feel they are entitled to at merely less than £90 a day (inside cabin). For me it's well worth the money. Highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Well, we have been home for a week now so time to look back on our 7 night Norwegian Fjord Cruise on Azura. By way of background, just to say that we travelled as a 50 something couple, with no children. We like to do our own thing on ... Read More
Well, we have been home for a week now so time to look back on our 7 night Norwegian Fjord Cruise on Azura. By way of background, just to say that we travelled as a 50 something couple, with no children. We like to do our own thing on cruises and we don’t tend to go to the theatre for the evening shows as they generally don’t interest us. We are happier enjoying a nice meal and a cocktail or 2 with quiet music. We tend to cruise for a mix of the ship and the location, to explore new places. We always like a nice balcony – though we prefer a mix of sun and shade. We don’t tend to bother too much with the day time activities as we are usually out and about. This was our first cruise on Azura and having spent 17 nights on Ventura (a ship we didn’t particularly enjoy) we were a little concerned about the bad press that Azura was getting before we left. We knew that she was due for a refurbishment, so were expecting the worse. Well, we couldn’t have been more wrong. We had an absolutely fabulous time! From the moment we stepped on to our coach transfer to the moment we stepped off it again the service was faultless. First and foremost the best part of this cruise was the crew. Apart from 2 (who stood out like a sore thumb) the entire crew were friendly, professional, proficient and just seemed so happy to be doing what they were doing. We wrote 6 outstanding comment cards at the end but it could have been more. The Captain seemed pleasant and was seen out and about the ship chatting with passengers and crew. Service was equally good in all bars, in the buffet restaurant and in Sindhus (thank you Yogesh). The Glass House wasn’t quite as good, but was not bad…. if that makes sense. Well done to all of them – they were a credit to the company. The cabin. On Ventura we had had cabin D114 – a superior cabin – and we really did not like it at all. At the recommendation of other Cruise Critic members we opted for aft cabin B749 on Azura – one of the aft balcony cabins that is on the ‘corner’ of the ship. Though the cabin décor was looking tired it was spotlessly clean and the balcony was wonderful. It was completely covered and private. As the cabin was at the end of a small corridor it was very quiet. It was next to a crew door but this never caused a problem. We did feel some vibration as we sailed and when docking there was sometimes a lot of vibration, but this has been the same on all other ships we have been on in aft cabins. We have booked a cruise on Ventura (to give her another try) and have booked this cabin again on her. The cabin steward, Karol was excellent. The food was a mixed bag. On our first night we ate at Sindhus and it was an excellent meal and wonderful way to start the cruise. Loved the ambience of this restaurant and we had a lovely table for 2. The food was very good and they catered well for me as I do not particularly like spicy food. We also ate at the Glass House. Funnily enough, though this had been the only part of Ventura we had really liked we did not find the quality of the food in the Glass House on Azura as good. It wasn’t bad, just didn’t seem to have the ‘wow’ factor and I am not sure we would have eaten there again. The food in the buffet area seemed good. We only ate there for breakfast once and it was good. Other times we had cabin service and this was always punctual and the orders correct. The food that came out at 3pm in the buffet was very good and to us there was a really good variety. We tended to go there after excursions and there were always a good selection of finger roll sandwiches, cakes, cold meats, salads and hot foods. We found the service in the Main Dining Room to be about the best we have had a for a number of cruises – including Celebrity. The Podium Manager, Amit, at our freedom dining restaurant, The Peninsular restaurant was brilliant and so accommodating. If we asked for a specific area he always accommodated this request, ok we had to wait but we were happy to do this and it helped us to develop a good relationship with the waiters in that area. There were some lovely tables for 2 in some parts of the restaurants and this made a massive difference to the horrid long padded seating area that we disliked so much on Ventura. Thanks go to our Waiter, Rupesh for excellent service. Our Wine waiter on this cruise was named D and I have to say we think he is probably about the best Wine Waiter we have ever had. Friendly, polite, knowledgeable and he always remembered what we wanted. Like our waiters he was always happy to take the time to ask about our day and show an interest in what we were doing. Thank you Dolreich. The quality of the wines we had was excellent and the price at an average of £20 per bottle was excellent. Anyone who complains about the cost of drinks on P&O probably hasn’t been on an American cruise line! On our last day we did a Wine Tasting with the lovely Maria and found that to be excellent value for money at £10 per person. We had the chance to taste 5 different wines and this was accompanied by a sizeable selection of canapes. Now the not so good bit re the food. In many ways the food in the Main Dining Room was good – an excellent choice, nice menus (excellent ones on the formal nights). Personally, we found that it lacked seasoning. Do they not use salt when cooking at all? I wouldn’t say it was bad, but not the best we have had on P&O by a long way. The ship itself. We much preferred the layout to that of Ventura, particularly the open decks. The 2nd outdoor pool area if MUCH better than the covered one on Ventura and for some reason we just loved walking around her decks. It really did not feel like the same ship at all ! I can imagine that it would be even busier in the Summer months, but nicely thought out. Surprisingly, we were impressed that the sea screen was not too intrusive, and we may have been converted to having one on a cruise ship! One thing we were disappointed about is that, unlike Ventura, passengers are not allowed to go on the promenade area right at the front of the ship. Before we went on the cruise we had read reports that there was a strange smell on the promenade deck mid ships. Just to confirm that these reports are right and we had no idea what it was. It didn’t spoil things too much though, but I would have expected them to look in to it. The musicians on the ship were of good quality. On the last night there was a duet – a young couple – who were excellent. Just a shame we had only discovered them then. Other vocalists were good and keyboard players etc of a high standard. The formal nights were well observed and to us they are always that extra bit special. Other major pluses for the cruise – the location and weather We had never been to the Fjords before and were expecting to take our snow boots, hats, gloves and scarves. How wrong we were! It was the Easter weekend and the weather was exceptionally warm. I think we left Southampton at 25 degrees and beautiful blue skies. Well this weather followed us up the North Sea and around Norway for more or less the whole week. Even our worst day had blue skies and apart from the last 5 hours of the cruise (as we approached Southampton) the sea was like a mill pond. The Fjords were just beautiful with the ports of call being Stavanger, Olden, Alesund and Bergen. Out of all of them we loved Olden and wished that there had been another port where we had sailed up a fjord rather than being a more coastal port. The excursions we did with P&O varied and ranged from good to outstanding. The scenery was stunning wherever we went and, yes the weather made a massive difference to the whole cruise experience. To be in Norway feeling like you were in the Mediterranean in June certainly brightens the mood and there were a lot of very happy cruisers enjoying every second of the sun and scenery. I suppose those who dislike Azura would say that with the sort of ‘fluke’ weather we had and the location anyone would have been happy in a rowing boat. I can see their point, but Azura was so much more, we loved our time on board and would return in a heartbeat before or after her refurbishment. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Wanted a relaxing,warm weather cruise, so chose the Caribbean as we had been before about 10 years ago. Azura was our 2nd P&O ship, Britannia was our first, and there was no comparison. Azura was infinitely better, and we were not ... Read More
Wanted a relaxing,warm weather cruise, so chose the Caribbean as we had been before about 10 years ago. Azura was our 2nd P&O ship, Britannia was our first, and there was no comparison. Azura was infinitely better, and we were not disappointed. Were upgraded to Superior deluxe Balcony Suite, which was the biggest cabin we have ever had in our 14 years of cruising. Food in the Meridian Freedom dining restaurant was very good, the lido was ok for breakfast and lunches and snacks, a pity we only tried our main dining room for breakfast on the last day as the breakfast there was excellent and everything was freshly served. We had pre booked Sindhu Indian Restaurant before we sailed and enjoyed our meal there. We also dined in the Epicurean for a special evening meal, which took a long time between courses and was a bit pricey. Our favourite, however, was The Beach House where the food consisted of sizzling steaks served on slate platters, great giant prawn skewers and the biggest strawberry, banana, cream and flambeed brandy deserts. We loved it so much we ate there twice! The evening entertainment, was very good every night, (unusually as on other ships we have been frequently disappointed with some of the acts). The resident band was excellent, the dancers were very good and again unusually the resident singers on the main stage all had great voices and sang in tune. We had no complaints about any of the acts!! Service was good in all areas, all in all no complaints about the ship at all! Weather was great, islands were interesting and we had a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Arrived at Southampton by taxi and unloaded are cases and for the first time in eleven cruises we were ignored by the porters and we eventually gave up and took the cases to the conveyor ourselves. Check in was busy but we were onboard ... Read More
Arrived at Southampton by taxi and unloaded are cases and for the first time in eleven cruises we were ignored by the porters and we eventually gave up and took the cases to the conveyor ourselves. Check in was busy but we were onboard within about thirty minutes. Our cabin on C deck was ready and Rubi our efficient and friendly cabin steward introduced herself. After the safety muster we unpacked with no problems for storage space and went to our evening meal, (freedom dining). Over the cruise we often shared but did have a table for two with no problems as well. We only used the MDR and found the food to be of a good variety and standard. The waiters have however declined often putting the wrong meal in front of people. The buffet was poor and much smaller in size than we remembered. The much used Italian Verona is no more and has been replaced by 'The Beach House' at an extra cost and they were continually trying to sell this venue throughout the cruise even when we eating in the main MDR. The entertainment team were good especially JoB and Alessandro with the usual Quizes, Games and Dancing etc. on offer. The Headliners were Ok although one show left us bemused. The main acts were excellent with Mike Doyle, IDA and Electric dreams standing out. There were two speakers, the first on Planets we had heard before and the second Terry Brown an ex policeman who talked about the history and changes to interviewing techniques. This was followed by a 'who done it' with twelve passengers as suspects and nineteen teams of detectives to solve the murder. All very well done and so much fun!. There is a variety of bars some quiet such as Planet bar and Glass house and others more lively , Malabar / Brodies. We did not use the casino this time but did manage to make a small profit on the horseracing. The table tennis has been reduced to one table and this caused over subscription with only doubles competitions which I found disappointing. The four black tie nights were well supported but of course there were a few who declined to enter into spirit and dress up. This being our first trip to the Caribbean we stuck to ship tours. Disembarkation was different as we booked a day cabin which gave us the chance to sample an inside cabin but also to have a base for the day until airport departure which went smoothly apart from the taxi being stopped by police for a traffic offence (let off). The flight to Bournemouth on a Thompson Dreamliner was delayed an hour after we boarded due to a mix up between ground staff over a missing passenger. Our per-arranged taxi was waiting for us and we were home in ten minutes. We enjoyed our cruise but not being sun worshippers found the Caribbean to be to hot and humid for us, proving that we are all different. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise because we have cruised with P and O A Couple of times before and found them to be great value for money and very well organised. The food on board Azura was in our opinion very good, plenty of choice and of decent ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have cruised with P and O A Couple of times before and found them to be great value for money and very well organised. The food on board Azura was in our opinion very good, plenty of choice and of decent quality. Some people moan about the quality but we found it to be what you would get in a good quality restaraunt or pub. The entertainment was first class with the headliners who do several shows absolutely brilliant and some good tribute acts and good comedians especially Mike Doyle. Excursions are quiet dear with P and O but you can book your own which we did on 4 occasions. Viator and very good and we booked a couple of independent ones as well. The two we did with P and O was the Azores witch was ok but we got very wet weather which spoilt it a bit, not P and Os fault though. The second was a trip by land and sea around St Lucia which was quiet expensive but would highly recommend it. The Tour did everything, the famous Pitons, Lovely litttle fishing villages, An active volcanoe, a tropical gardens and finally a boat ride back to the ship. 8 hours of pure joy. Getting on and off the ship was straight forward with hardly any wait at all including your first step and last step on the ship. Please don't be put off by any bad reviews you read unless you want 5 star Luxuary, then you need to spend a couple of thousand pounds more. If like us you want good food, grate entertainment and good service you cant go wrong with P and 0 Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We liked the ports of call Lisbon, Cadiz. Barcelona, Ibitha and Gibralter as some we had never been to before. Embarkation was fast and well organised, the ship was beautiful, very clean and staff very helpful. been on lots of other ... Read More
We liked the ports of call Lisbon, Cadiz. Barcelona, Ibitha and Gibralter as some we had never been to before. Embarkation was fast and well organised, the ship was beautiful, very clean and staff very helpful. been on lots of other cruises waiting staff good but never smiled, they were from india and pakistan area. Food good with plenty of choice, never had to queue at any meals. Shore excursions we thought were expensive, worst of all we had to pay for transfers from ship to towns and these were £4pp each way which we thought was a rip off!. Our room was always cold the air conditioning didn't seen to alter. Also the playhouse and the evening entertainment venues were also very cold. Entertainment was excellent except the group Pulse often sang off key and screeched a lot. Sorry the area for dancing was not bigger as this was done in the atrium and always too many people to dance in the small area. Overall we had a fantastic time and would certainly choose this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise as it looked like it would be relaxing with a some interesting ports and it did't disappoint, embarkation at Southampton was well organised and stress free, enjoyed the sea days relaxing and although the ship was ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it looked like it would be relaxing with a some interesting ports and it did't disappoint, embarkation at Southampton was well organised and stress free, enjoyed the sea days relaxing and although the ship was full we could always find a lounger, the ship is well laid out and easy to navigate and is well maintained with modern decor & furniture. We really enjoyed the evening entertainment with a great mix of artists and shows, particularly liked the comedian Micky Zany and the Annie Lennox tribute, the headliner shows were high quality and enjoyable. The food in the MDR was excellent, we didn't have one meal we didn't enjoy, the new vegetarian menu is great, so nice to have so much choice every night. The service was very good freindly and efficient, couldn't fault it in fact the service all over the ship was spot on. The food in the buffet was also good, especially liked having breakfast out on deck. We had an inside cabin on deck 8 which was kept spottlesly clean by our hard working steward, it was big enough and had everthing we needed with a very comfortable bed. Didn't do any excursions so can't comment. We have already booked another two cruises with P&O as we always feel well looked after and think they offer excellent value for money Funchal Madeira- lovley port, easy to do yourself, highlight was the cable car to Monte then back down in a wicker basket Santa Cruz de La Palma- small pretty port with historic centre and black sandy beach Santa Cruz de Tenerife- another easy to do port, good for shopping and we had tasty & cheap tapas in the old town, highlight was the Botanical Palm garden a bit of a walk from the ship Las Palmas de Gran Canaria- spent some time on the excellent beach a short walk through town, great for swimming Arrecife Lanarote- scruffy, run down with lots of graffiti, there is a beach within walking distance of the ship Lisbon- lovely city with beautiful architecture, used the hop on & off bus red line which was worth doing Vigo- pleasnt city to walk round, highlight was Samil beach a taxi ride away Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We are just back from one of the best cruises we have had on the beautiful Azura. Fantastic from the moment we pulled up in the car portside and had our bags efficiently whisked away to and the smiling check in ladies and gents. Our ... Read More
We are just back from one of the best cruises we have had on the beautiful Azura. Fantastic from the moment we pulled up in the car portside and had our bags efficiently whisked away to and the smiling check in ladies and gents. Our cabin was available immediately and our bags were there before we were, and it only took us 20 minutes to board! Our cabin was immaculate, and bright and well furnished, Irene our steward was there to greet us and inform us of where our muster station would be for the safety drill later and also to take those all important orders for drinks or ice etc. Champagne on the balcony and the excitement of a 7 day adventure awaited. Book. Don’t worry. Azura is fantastic, the staff are as nice as you are to them... First trip to Norway, itinerary was excellent, as were the trips we went on. But there is much to do under your own steam too. We have returned home relaxed and happy, totally pampered and with wonderful memories. Thank you P&O, the Staff and Crew of Azura We WILL book with P&O again, in fact, cant wait! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise for the 3 different ports on offer - we had never been to Hamburg or Le Havre and whilst we have been to Amsterdam, we had never visited via a cruise ship or stayed overnight in port. The weather was gorgeous and an ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the 3 different ports on offer - we had never been to Hamburg or Le Havre and whilst we have been to Amsterdam, we had never visited via a cruise ship or stayed overnight in port. The weather was gorgeous and an added bonus in Hamburg when the temperature reached 30c. Unfortunately on the 2nd day in Amsterdam we experienced a thunderstorm and heavy rain but it didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves as we went on a P&O coach tour. We love Azura as we were on her 4years ago when we did a 2 week Russian cruise and she did not disappoint this time. Everyone was friendly and the food phenomenal- we had the Eric Lanlard tea which was amazing and also ate in the Epicurean restaurant and the Sindu restaurant too. A small cover charge was applicable in these 3 restaurants but well worth it. Our balcony cabin was C325 and whilst a little small, it was adequate for the week. Next time though, we have booked a deluxe balcony cabin for the extra room. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Travelled as a family to Norway for the first time. Also first time on Azura. We arrived earlier than our embarkation time and did not have to wait long in departures to get on the ship. We chose a balcony cabin on deck C because of the ... Read More
Travelled as a family to Norway for the first time. Also first time on Azura. We arrived earlier than our embarkation time and did not have to wait long in departures to get on the ship. We chose a balcony cabin on deck C because of the larger balcony and it was brilliant. We found the cabin big enough for a week with a teenager in tow, lots of storage. Our cabin steward was lovely and very efficient - I think she has been named on here in a previous review in a bad way but we did not find this at all, she was lovely. We (adults) did have a problem navigating around the ship I think because we were midship - do we go left or right became a joke, and we had to rely on the teenager to get anywhere. Saying that there are lots of ships maps everywhere and it wasn't really a problem. Other passengers were a mixture of families like ours wishing to explore rather than just sunbathe like you get in the med, and older passengers, many with multi generational family groups. We felt it was a great mix. There were lots of activities, but we only attended quizzes and the Astonishing show as on sea days we chose to sunbathe on the balcony and we played our own card games in the evening. We liked the Blue Bar, and the Planet Bar. We were freedom dining which worked well and we never had to wait. Sometimes we shared, most of the time we sat on our own. We found the food in the main dining room great. If we had to moan I would have liked some kind of salad/pasta option as a main every day in case you don't like meat/fish, but we didn't go hungry! We only used the buffet twice, this was not because of the quality of food but the arrangement of the buffet on Azura. It is too small, and you feel you can't look around before you choose. So we mainly ate breakfast lunch (when on the ship) and dinner in the dining room. We used room service a couple of times which was efficient and good value. We had booked some ship excursions in the smaller ports and felt they were good value, but in the towns we chose to do our own thing (museums etc). Loved every port for different reasons but my favourite thing to do was to open the curtains about 6am and see the view. One thing I could not get over is the silence when you are in the fjords, even if you're on a huge ship. Saying that we didn't feel the ship overcrowded at all and my son who doesn't like crowds felt very comfortable all the time. The sea screen was a bit broken up on the screen but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting reading other reviews. Staff were all very happy and if you are courteous nice people I'm sure you'll get the same treatment. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I chose this cruise specifically for the destinations. I only found out after booking this cruise that it was a Strictly come dancing cruise. What a bonus! 11 of us travelled down in 3 cars. Upon arrival our luggage was taken from us by ... Read More
I chose this cruise specifically for the destinations. I only found out after booking this cruise that it was a Strictly come dancing cruise. What a bonus! 11 of us travelled down in 3 cars. Upon arrival our luggage was taken from us by efficient and friendly attendants who then drove away and parked the cars for the duration of the 2 weeks holiday. Easy and stress free and well worth the fee. All of our party was allowed to embark 2 hours early, despite having different times allocated to us.. This was very pleasing. Upon entering the ship we were very impressed with the Atrium which was attractive. Our cabins were ready and we were allowed to go to them immediately and luggage arrived just a few minutes later. Brilliant! We had 4 balcony cabins on A deck and a family balcony cabin on B deck. All were nicely furnished and no issues with wear and tear. The balcony was larger than Brittania. I don’t care if the TV was smaller than Brittania as I am not there to watch TV. I also wasn’t overly bothered about a shower curtain. The important things are that the bathroom was clean and towels changed twice daily.Sandip did a fantastic job of looking after the cabin and is a thoroughly nice and hard working guy. The ship has a lovely decor, nice art work throughout and a great flow. It is not showing any signs of wear and tear that were obvious and is clearly well looked after. Contrary to reviews the rear of the ship is very peaceful and the place to head to if you do not like noise. Certainly I have always avoided children’s pools and busy deck bar areas but I am not a party pooper. If you enjoy sail away parties, entertainment on deck etc then this ship is great. If you want quiet, peace and pleasant surroundings than this ship is great at the front or rear. I used the gym and spa both of which were good. The main dining room was very nicely decorated with a good menu, great food and excellent service. The food in the buffet despite the reviews was excellent. This ship caters for 3100 passengers from early in the morning until the early hours of the following day. You will not be disappointed with the quality or selection of food not even if you think you are Gordon Ramsay. We loved the Strictly come Dancing theme and the highlight was the very approachable and lovey Lisa Riley who had time for everyone. Also the fabulous Strictly dancers and the wonderful Craig Revel Hallwood. The ports of call were all good, the P&O trips enjoyable. Yes I know people say they are expensive but if you haven’t been somewhere before you want to be in good hands. In summary a lovely ship, excellent food, great service and something for everyone. I would score the ship ten out of ten but can only score it 9. I am not an anti smoker but was surprised how much space is occupied by smokers. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We have cruised twice before with Princess and Royal Caribbean and decided to give P&O a chance. We had heard that P&O were more formal than many other cruise lines but found that this was not the case. Apologies if this ... Read More
We have cruised twice before with Princess and Royal Caribbean and decided to give P&O a chance. We had heard that P&O were more formal than many other cruise lines but found that this was not the case. Apologies if this review isn't 'professional' as this is the first review I have written for anything. The motivation for this really stems from reading some negative reviews this year on P&O Azura. I'm guessing that many people who have not cruised before read these reviews and are put off by the whinging that goes on. Hence the title of this review. The food both in the formal dining restaurants and the buffet was excellent wit a wide choice that really should suit any taste . We never had to queue and ate at our chosen table every night. Fast food on deck was also of the highest quality. The entertainment was excellent with a wide choice on offer every single night. The ships crew were brilliant :polite and happy to accommodate all your needs. I honestly don't know what some people expect on a cruise and after reading some negative reviews can't help wondering if these people just enjoy moaning ! A final note to al those thinking about there first cruise: If you can afford it go ahead and book now you won't be disappointed !! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Baltic cruise review 9th - 23rd June 2018 Baltic Cruise on P & O Azura This was our 3rd cruise with P&O and the second on Azura, first was in 2017 on the return re-positioning cruise in the Caribbean. We are a retired couple ... Read More
Baltic cruise review 9th - 23rd June 2018 Baltic Cruise on P & O Azura This was our 3rd cruise with P&O and the second on Azura, first was in 2017 on the return re-positioning cruise in the Caribbean. We are a retired couple of 65 & 63 respectively. I am female. We live an hour from Southampton. This is a long review but I thought it is helpful to be thorough. June is the time of 'White Nights' which means that there is very little night time by the time St Petersburg is reached. Long, light evenings feel rather strange but make for lovely evenings sitting out if the weather is warm. We arrived by taxi at 2.15 for a boarding time of 3.30 (the M3 can be difficult at weekends in the Summer hence the early arrival time). Boarding was busy but well organised and we were into our cabin at 3.00 pm, cases arrived after around an hour. We were given a card with our dining arrangements as we checked in and were given freedom dining in the Meridien Restaurant. We went straight to Venezia, the cafeteria area on deck 15, where lunch and hot drinks were available. We could have selected salad or a hot meal or various snacks so all were catered for. When we returned to our cabin our cases were there and we unpacked. Cabin was C217 which is an inside cabin in the forward area of deck 10. A quiet area to be in but there was a small amount of noise from the Playhouse Theatre at night until the second show had ended. As always neat, beautifully clean and well equipped with plenty of hanging room in a dressing area outside the bathroom. There was soap, bath hat, shower wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion in the bathroom with plenty of good towels and face cloths. There is a tall shelved cupboard which also holds the safe, room for suitcases below the hanging (lots of wooden hangers but I usually take 15 wire hangers too) a long shelf above the hanging with the life jackets on part of it, then in the bed area two drawer bedside tables, a large dressing area with tea/coffee section and flat screen tv above. There are two cupboards under the dressing table, one is the fridge and the other has two shelves. Large mirrors make the cabin feel airy and we have always been happy to have inside cabins as it is a way of cruising without the very high costs. We had a queen bed and the bunks were folded away at each side, not too much of a problem but if you are happy to have twin beds then there would seem to be a lot more room in the cabin. Azura is an easy ship to navigate once you get your bearings. Use the map given at check in to start with then you will know the lay out quite quickly. We try to always use the stairs as a way of burning the calories and avoiding the lifts that often go one floor at a time on endless short trips. The average age on this cruise would be nearer 80 than 60 although there were apparently 30 young children on board too. The clientele on this cruise were in the main delightful, polite and cheerful but many had limited mobility which could be frustrating for all during busy times in the food service areas and corridors or in disembarking for trips. There were some unpleasant characters who were rude and abrasive but this is true in all areas of life and these could easily be avoided or ignored. The staff everywhere were outstanding and lovely to deal with, attentive and quick to anticipate a need without being over familiar. John and Marvin in the dining room made our cruise very enjoyable and Josef our cabin steward was brilliant. We are early birds and Josef was pleased to see our 'Make-up' the cabin card in the door as we left for breakfast often just after 7.00am and again around 5.30 pm so our cabin was always finished on our return. Most people seemed to use the card in this way which really helps the stewards to get on with the job. Two sea days provided endless opportunities to be lazy, eat whenever you wanted to, read quietly either on the outside areas, the Prom deck (7) or we liked the Planet Bar or Atrium so we could be people watching and settled to our books. We did attend some port talks but very little else although there was a huge selection of activities on offer. The weather was cool so sun bathing and swimming were out for the first few days. Travemunde, Germany. Small, pretty sea side town with a good selection of shops. Free shuttle bus for all to the edge of the town. We wandered along the front street where cafes were plenty and we did pick up wifi there. We continued to the very end of the sea walk and left round the corner to the beach area. If the weather was good a day on the beach would be a good way to enjoy the town but it was not a sunny day so we looked then walked back. We picked up excellent free wifi at the pilots station not far from the beach end of the promenade and we sat in a shelter and checked email and sent replies. Returning on an inside road there were more shops and quite near to the pretty church, on the right, we found a €1 shop with lots of great bargains to give as presents. We were back on board by 11.00 am and enjoyed a lazy afternoon. Helsinki, Finland. Weather was good and we left the ship early to walk into the city, an easy and flat trip of 45 minutes. Wifi is always our first hunt and we found it inside a small shopping mall so dealt quickly with any email and had several watsap exchanges with our sons. We wandered the smart and open city shops and streets spotting the sights along the way. We took a No3 tram that had been suggested on Tripadviser as a way of joining the locals assuming it was a round trip but after 15 minutes out into the suburbs it stopped and we were told to get off as it was the end of the line. Small panic but the driver pointed across the road and said 'Centrum' so we set off to find another No 3 back. About 100 yards down the road we found the tram stop. We are embarrassed to say we didn't pay for the rides as we didn't know how to and had assumed we would pay the driver but both times he didn't want to know so our tram ride was free. I have since found out that you get a ticket before boarding at €2.20 per journey. We enjoyed visiting Stocktons Department store and other shops then headed for the harbour where the market sold fruit and craft items. Boat trips left from here and seemed a good deal and were popular. From the harbour we set off on the coast edge path to go back to the ship which was a pretty and fairly flat pavement walk. St Petersburg, Russia Stunning city to visit with glorious architecture, wide roads and pretty vistas of the Neva river and canals. The World Cup didn't affect our visit. Queuing through immigration both out and back in dominated the first day and was frustrating. We had booked a half day tour of The Hermitage which was in the afternoon. This left a free morning when it was quiet on board so I took advantage and did some laundry. There is a laundrette on each deck which is free to use but you need to bring your own detergent. I always buy tablets with built in conditioner as they break up easily but won't leak. The machines are good and there are also tumble dryers and ironing boards with timed irons. The Hermitage was wonderful although busy and the tour guide led us on a good selection of rooms. The floors and ceilings are often as beautiful as the exhibits. Photographs are allowed without flash, there are toilets available and the shops at the end sell a wide variety of souvenirs at reasonable prices for Russian Roubles. The second day we had booked St Petersburg Explorer which is a 7 hour walking tour of the city. This takes you to three stops and you are dropped off by the bus and left to do your own thing for a few hours each time. There is a route suggested on your map and the guide on the bus gives you ideas of where to visit. This gives you a chance to go to shops, visit churches, enjoy the gardens (The Summer Garden is delightful) etc. The day was hot and sunny so it made a great trip and as long as you are comfortable walking for a good stretch this is an ideal trip to see lots of the city. Shops and stalls were happy to take Euros, Dollars or Roubles. Prices were reasonable and often cheaper than in the UK. Return through immigration the second day was very quick. There is a souvenir shop on the dock beside the ship which you can use without going through immigration. Ideal for Russian Dolls and other gifts to take his home. A good selection of items and prices ranged from around £4.00 for a simple doll with 3 inside each other right up to £100 for large and beautiful individual items. Prices here compared well with stalls and shops in the city centre. Food and drink on board The only way to pay for anything on board (except the collection after the Sunday Service) is your cruise card and this is used rather like a credit card where you sign a slip confirming your purchase or drink order. Breakfast can be self service on deck 15 or in one of the restaurants each morning. Lunch can be self service, deck 15 or pizza/burger type food near one of the pools or in the dining rooms. The evening meal is served in whichever restaurant you have been assigned to. We ate breakfast in both places but found the food a better quality in the dining room. Dinner was wonderful and lots of choice. Lots of variety in the menu and good quality and presentation of the food. If you are so inclined you could eat all day as there is always food available and hot drinks on deck 15. Fruit juice is only available till around 11.45 after which there is water or teas & coffee. Earl Grey tea and slices of lemon are always there as well as sachets of decaf coffee. Afternoon tea is served on deck 15 and is always enjoyable although not always a sensible choice if you dine early as it will spoil your appetite! Trays and dishes are cleared constantly. All over the ship and beside the entrance to any eating area there are stands with hand sanitizer available and the vast majority of people use this, helpful in preventing any spread of bacteria. We ate in Sindu one evening which has an extra charge and the food was excellent as was the ambience and service. Others we spoke to had eaten in Epucurian, The glass House and The Beach House and said all were very good and worth the extra charge. Tallin, Estonia Easy walk into the old town via 'Fat Margaret’s Gate'. We were into the town by 08.15 and were ahead of everyone so could get pictures without the irritation of the large man in an orange T shirt with a ‘selfie’ stick who always seems to be around! We walked uphill on cobbled roads to the top to the look-out points then down again into the town square where we had coffee and used the cafe internet. Such a delightful town, very quaint and pretty. Euros were used everywhere. We walked from the old town out to the newer town passed flower sellers and cafes. There was a small market at the end of the road, worth a look for knitwear. We didn't spend too long looking round the more modern area but found good free wifi inside the first shopping centre, near H&M. We found the walk back to the ship easy and flat and were back in time for lunch. The ship was very quiet and we enjoyed a swim and a sit out while watching a film on the sea screen. Stockholm, Sweden We enjoyed a wander round the old then the new Stockholm. Weather was promised to be warm but we were very cold as the wind was whistling up and down the alleys and streets. Layers is definitely the right approach. We caught the shuttle into the city then walked around the old town area, Gamla Stan, then walked under an arch into the shopping area which was good with lots of variety of shops. Some lovely home style shops with interesting items. We got 200 Krone out of a hole in the wall so we could buy coffee and anything else we saw and that was plenty for us. I used the Stockholm Public wifi on the dock whilst sitting on the Prom deck on the ship and it was very strong so I could browse the internet easily. Where we were docked in Stockholm it would be easily possible to get onto a boat that would take you around the area for a tour or hop on hop off. I think walking into the centre is a long way but it would be more direct on foot than in the shuttle bus but still a fair stretch Copenhagen, Denmark The ship docked close enough to walk into the city. The walk along the sea edge took us past the statue of The Little Mermaid, about 10 minutes from the ship, then on into the city. Smart and clean everywhere with lovely architecture. We enjoyed wandering the sights then into the shopping area. We used McDonalds for wifi as there wasn't any near the ship, we paid for our coffee etc in McDonalds by credit card. Great boat tours on offer in the city for 50 Krone per adult for 1 hour canal tour. Another time we would definitely take one of these but do wrap up as it is windy on the water. We walked back to the ship in the early afternoon having felt we had seen all we wanted to. Skagen, Denmark Pronounced ‘Skane’ by the people who live there. Easy walk into town, about ten minutes. Delightful town with good variety of shopping and cafes and the town band played during the morning. About 45 minutes at a fair pace takes you from the centre of town to the car park and sand dune from where you can see the meeting of the seas in the distance. Area is flat and a smooth path is shared by bikes. Bikes for hire were available on the dock area and would have been a good option to get to Grennen and other areas. Shops would take Euros but with a poor exchange rate, or credit cards could be used. We found wifi at 'Jacob's Cafe' in the centre of town where we had coffee. A lovely last destination for a gentle stroll and final shop. Weather was good but with a strong breeze and if walking to the point it may be worth packing a light woolly hat and thin gloves. Leaving Skagen and moving into the North Sea brought us into rough seas for the final sea day and spending time as low down in the ship as possible in the Atrium helped keep us feeling well. Travel tablets were available from the reception desk. Some activities were cancelled because of the poor weather but most continued. Details of disembarkation were given out with the on board daily paper and we packed the main cases and put them outside the cabin door by 9.00pm so they could be taken away. We planned to enjoy a dining room breakfast on the last morning which was available from 6.30am. We had to be out of the cabin by 8.00am at the latest but we left around 6.45 and took our time in the dining room then went to our designated disembarkation area to wait for directions to leave. Self disembarkation was from 7.30 when you could take your own luggage and get off the ship under your own steam if you wanted to and there were lots of people took this option. We left the ship about 45 minutes ahead of expected time and went to search for our luggage in the hall where they were set out by deck. We were one of the latest groups to disembark so there were very few cases left which made ours easy to find. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and the itinerary worked well. We will continue to book cruises with P&O as they are well run and suit us. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Chose to go on this cruise to determine wether or not we would enjoy it. The result was that we did, and we are looking forward to going on another in the near future. The crew were excellent and the service was worthy of any 5 star hotel ... Read More
Chose to go on this cruise to determine wether or not we would enjoy it. The result was that we did, and we are looking forward to going on another in the near future. The crew were excellent and the service was worthy of any 5 star hotel that I have stayed at. As for the quality of the food that was excellent as well we couldn't fault it. The portions were more than ample and some nights I found it difficult to completely clear my plate. We had freedom dining which suited us as we enjoy meeting new people, however it may not suit everybody, but you did have the option of a table for two if you didn't feel inclined to mix at any time. The entertainment on board was of a very high standard especially the shows in the theatre , plus as an added benefit the shows in the bars were of a very high professional standard, with particular emphasis on the Freddie Mercury Tribute act (class). The only criticism I have is the cost of the excursions seemed to me to be quite high and we only went on one, however no complains about that as the tour guide was very knowledgeable and approachable. The ports chosen were ideal and walking into the various town/city centres was quite easy. There were plenty of onboard activities taking place both while at sea and in port which we could have partaken in should we have wished however we just wanted to read and relax and that we were allowed to do, and at no time during our time on board did we have to put up with overattentive waiting-on staff, bonus. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
A808 CCD cruise , enjoyed the same trip last year so booked again Very lucky with weather , previous few weeks had been very wet and windy but as soon as we entered the Med the sun came out and it stayed that way until the final sea ... Read More
A808 CCD cruise , enjoyed the same trip last year so booked again Very lucky with weather , previous few weeks had been very wet and windy but as soon as we entered the Med the sun came out and it stayed that way until the final sea day. Select dining excellent , brilliant service all round. Quality of food pretty good considering the overall cost of the trip. Lido deck port side balcony cabin perfect , if a little bit bouncy in Biscay. Wind picked up in Cartagena and we had to have a tug push us against the berth all day which led to diesel fume issues in port side cabins , also a jammed tender hoist caused five hour delay departing , leading to shortened stay in Gib. However all dealt with by staff as best they could. Final cruise day we were in lock down for about ninety minutes due to an emergency airlift by French Navy helo [s] . Could have been handled a little better , but passenger health care a priority and it isn't that often a cruise ship has to handle an emergency winch medivac. Not seen any media coverage of the event but hopefully all went well .Not quite sure why we didn't divert into Brest , maybe situation was critical. As for entertainment . Azuras new Playhouse digital screen is overused and overpowering at times.The set pieces were somewhat jaded although the singers and dancers tried their best and worked extremely hard. One final note. On our return we read that our captain was "wanted" by the French for using low grade heavy oil . "Cruise-ship-captain-faces-one-year-imprisonment-and-200000-euros-fine" Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
If you were to read many of the recent reviews on here it may well put you off cruising for life but in my opinion a lot of what I've read isn't a balanced view based on my personal experiance. Plenty of good points with the ... Read More
If you were to read many of the recent reviews on here it may well put you off cruising for life but in my opinion a lot of what I've read isn't a balanced view based on my personal experiance. Plenty of good points with the odd disappointment but no dramas on the scale some are portraying recently. Good aspects for us were the professionalism of the cabin staff (Sharon) A319, waiting staff in Meradian, reception staff and 99% of employees on board. Embarkation and disembarkation were quite simple painless processes and past with zero problems. Entertainment was excellent in some pretty rough seas, particularly enjoyed the on board productions but must also give a special mention to the Runaround Kids, illusionist (his name escapes me) and the in house band Accent who provided a real positive energy. Food and service were superb particularly in our allocated restaurant Meridian. Weather was pretty grim but we can't blame P and O for that and we tried to enjoy our cruise the best we could despite the weather conditions, did our own thing and managed to keep ourselves entertained, highlight for me was the museum straight opposite the dock in Cherbourg where the nuclear submarine Redoubtable is displayed it also houses an Aquarium and a museum dedicated to the Titanic for 16€ adults and 13€ children it was exceptional value for money. One or two niggley problems, food and service in The Beach House was disappointing (we were relectant to pay any further surcharges) and a couple of the entertainment team grated on us (Matt & Aaron) but I'm sure others will find them enthralling, hardly third world problems but thought worthy of a mention. All in all a great holiday for our family of two forty somethings with a twelve years old son and we wouldn't hesitate to book again. After all a holiday is what you make of it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My wife and I found the Azura absolutely spotless and we could not fault anything whatsoever! We felt like VIP's nothing was too much trouble for any of the very hard working staff! The entertainment was second to none and so was ... Read More
My wife and I found the Azura absolutely spotless and we could not fault anything whatsoever! We felt like VIP's nothing was too much trouble for any of the very hard working staff! The entertainment was second to none and so was the food! There was always something to do on the ship! They even had an excellent gym to work off all the calories from the constant eating! We felt pampered and special all the way through our journey! You do get the odd snob who always try to pick fault with something and love bragging about how many cruises they've been on!! but we just ignored them! We had an inside cabin on L deck 15 (L232) and we never heard any noise whatsoever! Jorzey was our cabin steward and he was always very pleasant helpful and chatty! There was an incident at the port of Civitavecchia when a freak storm actually broke the ropes on the mooring and blew the Azura to the other side of the port! We were returning back to the ship via shuttle bus when this happened and one of the ship's staff greeted us with what had happened said that nothing like this has happened before! But they handled it with great integrity and experience which kept everyone concerned very calm! We were looked after superbly! Well done ALL the crew of the Azura! The whole experience was superb!! Will be booking with P&O again very soon! Mr.and Mrs Caldwell. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was not our first cruise with P.O. but definitely the worst, Cabin kept perfectly by Edward and were given all the attention needed. Entertainment mixed plenty to watch but the venues are stretched across the ship, and ... Read More
This was not our first cruise with P.O. but definitely the worst, Cabin kept perfectly by Edward and were given all the attention needed. Entertainment mixed plenty to watch but the venues are stretched across the ship, and people wanting to watch more than one programme per night had to traverse nearly the length of the ship. The theatre was very well built for the viewing of the shows/talks etc NOW the food, Having read the other reviews about the food being served I can qualify the remarks, I even saw the captain and commented about the uneatable FOOD being served and not a lot help was forthcoming, I then contacted the restaurant manager and arranged an appointment to speak about the matter, He was very polite and listened to the comments from myself and other cruisers, The sauces , custards gravies etc that were served was unbelievable just water and a colour of what it was supposed to be, Mint, Cranberry, Mornay, diners were refusing to have the sauce (water) put onto their plate. The creamed potatoes were at least 1/2 days old grey and when cut stood up like teeth.The manager said that the chef in charge had just come from another ship, he either needs retraining and the chefs beneath him need to be taught the correct way to make up the sauces, they forget that people will talk and comment about the food . The waiters in general were pleasant but some needed to retraining, some were leaning over another guest to retrieve the plate of another person who had finished his meal. We fortunately had two great ones, Garry and Ace, they attended their area with speed proficiency courteously.. Library was another nonentity with very little reading matter although a daily paper and crossword was published for the cruisers. Shopping was on three floors but expensive as usual. Our last time on the Azura after cruising on many other lines this was a complete let down. PattieJ Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first cruise and we didn't really know what to expect, but from the very first day the whole experience was something out of this world, from the fine dining and all of the wonderful restaurants to the live entertainment ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we didn't really know what to expect, but from the very first day the whole experience was something out of this world, from the fine dining and all of the wonderful restaurants to the live entertainment every single night, our cabin boy was incredible and kept our cabin spotless and it was lovely coming into the cabin to see the beds made so neatly and fresh towels, he even used to tidy the wires to my mobile phone and laptop, I loved having my chair pulled out for me every single meal time and the napkin placed on my knee, the whole cruise just made me feel very special and spoilt. The Caribbean islands we visited were amazing, the heat was lovely and I enjoyed lots of days of warm sandy white beaches, this holiday really was incredible and exceeded all of my expectations. All of the staff were friendly and said hello to you with a warm smile, and the reception desk were always there to help with any problem, there really isn't one thing I could say negatively about sailing on the Azura, only that I didn't want to leave as it was just totally fabulous. After three days on board ship we booked again to do the exact same trip next year and we can't wait to do it all again. We did 4 excursions and the rest of the time we went to the beach or to the local town on the island we were on. St Kitts we went on the railway and it was fabulous with lots of singing and the scenery was fabulous. Barbados we went on the submarine in the morning and its something we will do again as it was just incredible watching all the fish. Amber Cove we went on a Tradition & Flavours Excursion which was really good St Lucia we did a private tour with Cosal Tours,it was a seven hour tour and was totally fabulous including a mud bath and waterfall and lots of island food. It was enjoyable in between excursions having lots of time on different beaches and wandering the local towns. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We had previously been on Azura two years ago for Christmas in the Caribbean and it was wonderful. so it was easy to choose Azura again for another Caribbean Christmas,we wasn't disappointed. We flew out to Barbados on Thomas Cook, we ... Read More
We had previously been on Azura two years ago for Christmas in the Caribbean and it was wonderful. so it was easy to choose Azura again for another Caribbean Christmas,we wasn't disappointed. We flew out to Barbados on Thomas Cook, we had pre booked our economy seats as we didn't want to be spit up for 9 hours. Food was good, leg space was very good, the plane seat plan was 2 then 4 then 2 so there was no need for anyone climbing over you or you over them to get out. Embarkation was quick and we were onto the ship. The Christmas decorations were absolutely beautiful with the atrium looking a million dollars, Our cabin was great it was an inside but it was a larger inside with lots more wardrobe and cupboard space, one to remember, Our cabin steward was Basil who looked after us very well. We were flexible dining as we changed our plans most evenings to suit as there is so much to do and see. The foods taste and presentation was excellent, The staff were very attentive and polite, We always sat together on a table for two and just a little note to the passengers on the larger tables, please smile and say thank you to your waiter as we noticed most evenings that they were all talking away to each other and when food was put in front of them most never even made any acknowledgement to them. Formal nights were amazing, with all restaurants adhering to the dress code, It was nice to also see that the dress attire for the smart casual nights passengers still liked to be dressed up. Well done to Azura for keeping this ship a high standard for the dress code. The entertainment/shows were very good, we were incredibly luckily to have had Roy Walker on our cruise. he was so funny, Also the ventriloquist was so brilliant and funny, that I purchased his dvd. The Ports of call and shore excursions were excellent,, my favourite was Guadalupe we went to see where " Death in Paradise" is made, it is really is paradise but so are all the islands we went to. Christmas Eve was magical, Santa arrives! We have no children but the entertainment staff and also the Captain make it so wonderful, even for us "oldies" A was such a truly wonderful Christmas cruise that we booked up whilst on board for 2018 Caribbean Christmas Cruise Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
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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