A221 - Good first time cruise on Azura: Azura Cruise Review by TrudeDC

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A221 - Good first time cruise on Azura

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
We chose this cruise because of the places it visited, as never been before. Enjoyed all the ports and trips we went on. We thought the Azura crew handled the bomb scare at Gibraltar port very well. I hope the person/s responsible realised what delays and chaos they had caused though!!!
We enjoyed the fantastic food and will miss the lovely scones at afternoon tea! The drinks were not too expensive either, compared to other hotels we have been to. It was also good to meet lots of different people on the ship. My tummy suffered a little, around the dreaded Bay Of Biscay area, but didn't put me off.
Embarkation and disembarkation was very quick. A lot nicer then waiting around at airports! We will probably choose a smaller ship next time, just personal preference. Facilities were very good and we enjoyed the night time entertainment.
We chose to opt out of the gratuity, to give the best share of tips personally to the most deserved staff. The amount added to the account More each day is a reasonable amount, but our restaurant waiters were rather miserable and service was a bit slow. Our cabin steward was excellent and wine waiter so friendly and kind.
Our outside cabin was big enough for us - P328 and we were near the Atrium, Costa coffee and shops on a deck above.
All in all, we had a lovely time and will definitely cruise again some day! Less

Published 09/17/12

Cabin review: LBP328 Outside Stateroom

Cabin P328 Outside cabin - big enough for us. Large window. Moved bed to make a double. Shower room a little small but had a a nice area to dress with plenty of hanging space. Cabin steward was brilliant.

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Port and Shore Excursions

City Tour

Barcelona is a nice city but you must beware of pickpockets!! Tour was not worth the money. Showed main Cathedral and Gaudi Cathedral and other Gaudi buildings which were pretty ugly in our opinion. Spanish model village was quite good. If we went back to Barcelona we would go to the harbour on our own.

CARTAGENA IN SPAIN is the 2nd port we called at, but there is no option to tick this port - We didn't to a tour but went ashore and walked into the town, which was very nice.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Tour guide and trip very good. Loved going up the leaning tower of Pisa. extraordinary how its still standing! Beautiful area.

Rock of Gibraltar

Guide excellent. Went up the cable car to rock. Enjoyed the caves and tunnels too.

Monte Carlo Walking Tour

Loved Monaco and areas within. Went to the old town, watched the changing of the guard and had lunch. Went into the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo and drank two very expensive G&T's! Also walked around the area. Lovely views and very safe to go anywhere, as hardly any crime! Tour guide very informative.

City Tour

Cant remember the name of the tour but is showed highlights of Rome. From Trevi Fountain, other ruins, Colosseum, lunch, Vatican City & Basilica. Very good and well worth the money.
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