Azura Cruise Review by beckyterry
- Sail Date: February 2013
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom
Our flight out to Barbados was with Thomas cook from Manchester we had a good flight good service and lots of very good food on arrival in Barbados's we had a short wait on plane as there were no coaches on hand to take us to ship it was a little strange not going through airport.Our Transfer to the ship took around an hour,and,it was about 6.30 by the time we boarded so only had 2 hours to eat 1st night is open seating and get to lifeboat drill thought it was all a bit rushed.
Our cabin was very well thought out design split into bedroom and sort of dressing area and the the bathroom our room attendant Caroline kept it clean and tidy for us
Azura is a lovely ship elegant but no wow factor, I don't know why they have 3 main restaurants instead of one on 2 or 3 levels,there are some nice bars Malabar and Manhattan were both very nice the playhouse theatre was not great for views of the stage in places we thought it needed another level as it was a bit flat, the planet bar was a nice place at night,the atrium was a nice place for a drink before tea.If you want a sunbed on sea days you need to get sorted early but there did seem to be plenty in the afternoon.
We had chosen 2nd seating for dinner which was in the Peninsular which was a nice room we had nice people on our table, the waiters were very good and friendly and liked a laugh with you.We thought the choice and quality of the food was very good although my wife had pork twice and it was not good,don't miss the chicken Makenwaler best dish of the cruise if you like curry,some of the puddings were excellent both in taste and presentation overall no complaints although it was all a bit English.
We treated ourselves to the small plates one day at sea in Sindhu excellent,and another day i had a steak at the glasshouse my wife had the small plates that day and thought it well worth the Â£10 extra cost.
There was always entertainment on deck at night which was good as I think most ships don't use the deck space enough,we saw most of the shows some were very good some not so good,the Freddie Mercury show was very good,there were some good singers in the bars most nights and a very good comedian.
St Maarten our 3rd time here stayed local day on beach lunch at the Honky Tonk Bar we always eat there at St Maarten
Tortola went to Cane Garden Bay had a good day at the beach
Antigua got a tour in town to Nelsons boat yard & Shirley heights then drop off at beach for 3 hours,the driver came back to pick us up and we paid him back in town $20 each
St Lucia got a tour in town to the Pitons,Volcano,waterfall,Marigot bay & Banana plantations
Barbados took the little reggae bus to Mullins bay for the day
Curacao stayed local walked around town which is very nice
Aruba Got a tour in town with a beach drop off there's not much to see but the beach was good then had a walk around Oranjestad
St Vincent We were told not a very safe place and a bit rough,so we took a taxi to villa beach for half a day had a good time the guy we had our beach chairs off was a wealth of knowledge and also ran around taking people beer and tidying up the beach,after lunch I went a walk around town while my wife lay on deck,and I was surprised how friendly everyone was
Grenada Again got a tour in Town $20 tour was very good and the driver drop us at Grand Anise Beach to Finnish our day off then took a water taxi back to ship, we thought Grenada was fantastic
Back at Barbados our transfer to airport was not until 4pm so we took a taxi to the boatyard cost $5 each we paid $12 each to get in which was for 2 beach chairs umbrella a drink each and a free ride back to ship
Overall we had a good holiday and would go on P&O again if the itinerary was right
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
AntiguaWe took a tour in town To Nelsons Dock yard which is well worth a visit then up to the lookout and Shirley Heights the view of the dockyard and English harbour are worth the trip alone,we the drove along the coast road and were dropped at Church Valley Beach our driver then came back to pick us up and dropped us in town Cost us $20 but did have to pay entrance fee at dockyardView All 1,278 Antigua Cruise Port Reviews
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ArubaWe got a tour in town,went to see the rock formations interesting but was a little difficult to climb if your not good on you feet.we the drove to the north of the island where the sea is very rough and saw the remains of the gold mining area, and then off to the lighthouse, we then drove through palm beach area and were dropped at eagle beach where we could not get a beach chair,we had a couple of hours on the beach and then picked up by our driver and dropped back in town which was closed as it was a Sunday we had a walk around and a beer guess if all was open it would be a very good placeView All 1,365 Aruba Cruise Port Reviews
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Curacaowe Had a walk around town took some pictures not as much to do as we thought we should have done a tourView All 994 Curacao Cruise Port Reviews
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GrenadaWe took a tour in town $20,our driver took us up to a view point where we could see back down the valley to the town and ship in the distance,we then traveled up to Grand Etang park and saw the crater pool,then on to Anandale falls very pretty area you can see some crazy locals jumping off the cliffs for you for a dollar,on our way back down we went to fort Frederick view point to see our ship.Our driver then offered to drop us at Grand Anse Beach Where we spent a few hours.We then took a water taxi back to the ship $4eachView All 556 Grenada Cruise Port Reviews
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St. Luciawe got a tour in town cost $40 each. We drove out of town to a view point where you could seethe town and the ship,the to a banana plantation and sampled banana rum and other products,we then made our way to view the pitons passing through some fishing villages,we then visited the drive in volcano not that impressedView All 1,195 St. Lucia Cruise Port Reviews
on our way back we stopped to view Marigot bay.In hindsight we should have taken boat trip to the Pitons for $70
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St. MaartenAs this was our third time here we had already been over to the french side and to orient bay we stayed in town spent half a day on the beach we had 2 beach chairs,umbrella and 6 beers for $20.Then we had our lunch at the Honky Tonk Bar this is our usual when in St MaartenView All 4,132 St. Maarten Cruise Port Reviews
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St. VincentWell we told this was not a good port 3rd world,rough and unfriendly people,so we got a taxi to villa beach for half a day had a couple of chairs off a very friendly and knowledgeable guy our got my beer for me and kept the beach very tidy.After lunch while my wife lay on deck I went a walk around no there's not much to see in Kingston its a working town but everyone was very friendlyView All 86 St. Vincent Cruise Port Reviews
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TortolaWe got a shared safari taxi over to Cane Garden Bay had a couple of chairs and spent a few hours on the beach then took a taxi back to the ship,I do wish we had done a tour though as people at tea was saying the island was beautifulView All 1,244 Tortola Cruise Port Reviews
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