We flew from Manchester on 13 December to join Azura. We were in Premier seating and the cabin was only one third full. Excellent flight out and met at the plane by the coaches to whisk us off to the ship. No immigration, no cases to collect.
On the ship within 1 hour of landing and straight to our mid ships balcony cabin. When we booked this cruise 20 months ago we had opted for an outside obstructed view cabin but PO looked after us as loyal and regular passengers and upgraded us to this balcony cabin.
We ate in the Meridian restaurant on Freedom Dining which suites us. Same menu as both Peninsular and Oriental restaurants but we could eat when we wanted to rather than being dictated by times. The food was very good and the choices vast. This is not fine dining but better than pub grub. We also chose to eat in the select dining restaurants and also Verona the Italian Trattoria. I do not eat meat so registered as a fish eating vegetarian. The special diet waiter brought me the main menu and the vegetarian menu for the following evening round each night. He took my choices and these were specially prepared.