Where are the Golf Nets?: Azura Cruise Review by Gloria M Winfield

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Gloria M Winfield

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Where are the Golf Nets?

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton
Sailed on AZURA on her first cruise after her return from the Caribbean. We were delayed by 4 hours on departure by a computer failure, or was it deep cleaning!! We will never know. P&O excel at organisation compared to some other cruise lines so everything was well organised. Avoid cafe at terminal - too expensive and awful coffee.

We had a balcony stateroom on Riviera deck and never again. Our cabin was under the aqua deck and we could hear chairs being scraped on top of our ceiling at all times of the day and night. Surely for such a new ship someone could have thought of adequate sound proofing. Certainly price charged a bit too steep for these cabins.

Dining experience in Oriental,Sindhu, Glass House all excellent. Verona and Venezia self service buffets good food choices but there seemed at times to be too many chiefs directing staff and not watching when areas were running out of food.

Entertainment staff worked really hard and Cruise Director More Neil Oliver does very well. However, too many comedians one after the other left passengers sitting through one comedian telling 6 jokes we had heard the previous evening. Better scheduling required. The tribute acts were good but the in house company should act less and sing more, that was their strengths. Jet Set and Azura orchestra excellent. I have to comment on the last singer Ritchie Sampson. I think most people walking out the first evening during your act should have been a clue. The second time when the theatre was nearly empty should have been a wake up call. Telling an audience to applaud the orchestra and give ourselves a round of applause 3 times in 15 minutes is unprofessional and not what we expect. Motown and Soul are great sounds but you killed it. Awful.

Weaknesses were very little entertainment during the sea days.

Security staff particularly female staff should smile more, passengers have paid for the pleasure of cruising we are not criminals.

P&O should be very careful when not reacting to children running around decks and around lifts and corridors in the evening. If one goes overboard it won't be the parents who will be taking the blame.P & O excel at organisation compared to some of their sister companies. All entries at the various port of calls went smoothly.

I would certainly travel with them again but will try a smaller ship next time. Less

Published 05/02/12

Cabin review: JCR619 Balcony Stateroom

R619 JC Balcony Stateroom - Riviera deck Starboard Side, Great balcony, Close to Terrace Pool and Lifts Sits below AQUA deck which unfortunately has a fake wooden deck. All you hear are chairs being dragged back and forth at all times of the day and during the night. Very frustrating more so when you are trying to sleep. Good Storage.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Plenty of mini buses to hire. Price generally is the same from the port as it is within the Casements. I would suggest buying a taxi ticket £3 return from the port and then get a mini bus from inside the Casements who will take you around the sites then drop you back at the top of main street. You can then walk down do your duty free shopping and get your taxi bus back to the port. Great stop. watch the apes.

Loved it - super stop. Easy to get around. care
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