Joined the ship in the morning, check in was fairly quick considering the number of people to process through. Went straight to our room on Deck 10 and our luggage was already outside in the passageway. We had an inside double but the beds were separate. We unpacked immediately - plenty of space for all our clothes with room to spare, don't think we could have carried much more on board anyway! Once unpacked we decided to go and explore and we then met our allocated cabin steward Shirley who was absolutely brilliant and once we mentioned our bed we went to 'reconnoiter' the ship. We returned about 45 mins later and the room had been transformed with the double bed joined etc.. Our room, although a basic inside had tea/coffee making facilities, a fridge and electronic safe. There were two small 500ml bottles of water in our fridge which cost to replace £2 each!! So we did not open them and they remained unopened for the whole trip!! More later on water........ Very easy to find your way around the ship if you have cruised before which we had, this made getting anywhere a whole lot easier and quicker, still a few lost souls wandering around though! Everyone is provided with a ship map and there are maps displayed near the lifts on each deck. Tip of the day - when you exit any lift you are always facing Forward! FOOD: Plenty of places to eat and good variety to suit most tastes. We used mainly the Verona and Venezia restaurants on deck 15 for breakfast and sometimes lunch. We also had an evening meal there on a couple of occasions when it was a themed night ie Asian... For the main though we attended the Peninsula Restaurant on deck 6 where we had the option of sharing a table or having our own. We opted for Freedom Dining which gave us much more flexibility. The Set Dining was the other option available but that restricted you to a set time and same table which didn't suit us. There were soft drink machines in the Verona and Venezia restaurants including - WATER Tip of the day - Re-supply your water from here but do not try and fill a bottle up directly as this is taboo for fear of transferring bugs to the outlet. Use a glass and refill that way There were other (Specialist) Restaurants but you had to pay an additional charge and we didn't manage to fit them in on our trip! During the day around the Coral pool area you could obtain hot or cold snacks if you didn't want to go to one of the restaurants and we used this facility a few times when we felt a bit lazy! Overall the food on board was very good and what you would expect when catering for the amount of people attending. What was slightly disappointing was food provided on two themed occasions by the poolside - An Haiwaian night and a BBQ ........food very bland and a shame. DRINK Water packages available to purchase...£10 got you x6 500ml bottles! Big tip of the day - take water with you and then buy it ashore and bring back onboard which was quite acceptable.......more later. Alcohol (Beer, Lager etc) was not particularly cheap, more like London prices. Cocktails around £5 - £6. ACTIVITIES There were numerous 'Non Hosted' events going on during the day......this seems to be as a direct result of staff cutbacks, which was a shame as on other cruises we never had this issue. There were two golf practice nets on the upper deck which, due to the wind made them both difficult to use as the entry netting kept blowing back inwards and tangling with the golf club!! The clubs provided all needed re-gripping as they were very 'slick' to hold. We attended numerous quizzes both inside and up by the pool which were good fun and a chance to meet other guests. There was a very well stocked Gym on deck 16 and a big thanks to MELISSA and EARL for encouraging us and helping us burn off those unwanted calories!! Hope EARL has got his sea legs now!! ENTERTAINMENT The Headliners Theatre Company were very good and we attended nearly all their shows in the evenings. Tip of the day - Don't sit in the very front row as you will get a sore neck looking up! We saw some brilliant guest acts especially Ben Makisi a Tenor from NZ...excellent and also Laura Broad (Semi Finalist of Britains Got Talent 2013)...brilliant singer.... TIPS FOR TRIPS ASHORE: 1. VIGO - Go ashore and there is an Information building about 200m along the road on the left. Pop in and ask where the nearest supermarket is. We walked for about 15 mins and were rewarded with 10 litres of water for less than €1 !! Take a small backpack if you have one or better still a mini wheeled shopping trolley bag. 2. LISBON - Straight out of the terminal and there is a bus stop where you catch the Yellow Tour Bus which takes you all around Lisbon and you will see far more than if you went on foot. Plus you can get on and off and numerous stops and catch the next one that comes along. 3. GIBRALTAR - There is a huge Morrisons Supermarket not far from the cruise terminal. On your way out of the terminal on the left is an Information desk where you can pick up a local map and ask the staff to point the store location to you - a ten minute walk...10L of water cost £3. 4. VILLEFRANCHE - Free Wifi in the town anywhere !! Don't need to go into any cafes etc.... 5. FLORENCE - If you do the prearranged tour you will probably all have to meet in the Piazza S.Croce next to the Santa Croce Church....as you look at the church - to your right is a street called Via Magliabechi which goes for about 250m then you turn right on to Corso del Tintori and about 100m down on the right hand side is a supermarket- 12L of water cost €3....very quirky supermarket...oh and Limoncello very cheap!! Overall a great little cruise made even better due to nice weather - enjoy!!

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Azura Cruise Review by Richie999

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Joined the ship in the morning, check in was fairly quick considering the number of people to process through. Went straight to our room on Deck 10 and our luggage was already outside in the passageway. We had an inside double but the beds were separate. We unpacked immediately - plenty of space for all our clothes with room to spare, don't think we could have carried much more on board anyway! Once unpacked we decided to go and explore and we then met our allocated cabin steward Shirley who was absolutely brilliant and once we mentioned our bed we went to 'reconnoiter' the ship. We returned about 45 mins later and the room had been transformed with the double bed joined etc..

Our room, although a basic inside had tea/coffee making facilities, a fridge and electronic safe. There were two small 500ml bottles of water in our fridge which cost to replace £2 each!! So we did not open them and they remained unopened for the whole trip!! More later on water........

Very easy to find your way around the ship if you have cruised before which we had, this made getting anywhere a whole lot easier and quicker, still a few lost souls wandering around though! Everyone is provided with a ship map and there are maps displayed near the lifts on each deck.

Tip of the day - when you exit any lift you are always facing Forward!

FOOD:

Plenty of places to eat and good variety to suit most tastes. We used mainly the Verona and Venezia restaurants on deck 15 for breakfast and sometimes lunch. We also had an evening meal there on a couple of occasions when it was a themed night ie Asian...

For the main though we attended the Peninsula Restaurant on deck 6 where we had the option of sharing a table or having our own. We opted for Freedom Dining which gave us much more flexibility. The Set Dining was the other option available but that restricted you to a set time and same table which didn't suit us.

There were soft drink machines in the Verona and Venezia restaurants including - WATER

Tip of the day - Re-supply your water from here but do not try and fill a bottle up directly as this is taboo for fear of transferring bugs to the outlet. Use a glass and refill that way

There were other (Specialist) Restaurants but you had to pay an additional charge and we didn't manage to fit them in on our trip!

During the day around the Coral pool area you could obtain hot or cold snacks if you didn't want to go to one of the restaurants and we used this facility a few times when we felt a bit lazy!

Overall the food on board was very good and what you would expect when catering for the amount of people attending.

What was slightly disappointing was food provided on two themed occasions by the poolside - An Haiwaian night and a BBQ ........food very bland and a shame.

DRINK

Water packages available to purchase...£10 got you x6 500ml bottles!

Big tip of the day - take water with you and then buy it ashore and bring back onboard which was quite acceptable.......more later.

Alcohol (Beer, Lager etc) was not particularly cheap, more like London prices. Cocktails around £5 - £6.

ACTIVITIES

There were numerous 'Non Hosted' events going on during the day......this seems to be as a direct result of staff cutbacks, which was a shame as on other cruises we never had this issue.

There were two golf practice nets on the upper deck which, due to the wind made them both difficult to use as the entry netting kept blowing back inwards and tangling with the golf club!! The clubs provided all needed re-gripping as they were very 'slick' to hold.

We attended numerous quizzes both inside and up by the pool which were good fun and a chance to meet other guests.

There was a very well stocked Gym on deck 16 and a big thanks to MELISSA and EARL for encouraging us and helping us burn off those unwanted calories!! Hope EARL has got his sea legs now!!

ENTERTAINMENT

The Headliners Theatre Company were very good and we attended nearly all their shows in the evenings. Tip of the day - Don't sit in the very front row as you will get a sore neck looking up!

We saw some brilliant guest acts especially Ben Makisi a Tenor from NZ...excellent and also Laura Broad (Semi Finalist of Britains Got Talent 2013)...brilliant singer....

TIPS FOR TRIPS ASHORE:

1. VIGO - Go ashore and there is an Information building about 200m along the road on the left. Pop in and ask where the nearest supermarket is. We walked for about 15 mins and were rewarded with 10 litres of water for less than €1 !! Take a small backpack if you have one or better still a mini wheeled shopping trolley bag.

2. LISBON - Straight out of the terminal and there is a bus stop where you catch the Yellow Tour Bus which takes you all around Lisbon and you will see far more than if you went on foot. Plus you can get on and off and numerous stops and catch the next one that comes along.

3. GIBRALTAR - There is a huge Morrisons Supermarket not far from the cruise terminal. On your way out of the terminal on the left is an Information desk where you can pick up a local map and ask the staff to point the store location to you - a ten minute walk...10L of water cost £3.

4. VILLEFRANCHE - Free Wifi in the town anywhere !! Don't need to go into any cafes etc....

5. FLORENCE - If you do the prearranged tour you will probably all have to meet in the Piazza S.Croce next to the Santa Croce Church....as you look at the church - to your right is a street called Via Magliabechi which goes for about 250m then you turn right on to Corso del Tintori and about 100m down on the right hand side is a supermarket- 12L of water cost €3....very quirky supermarket...oh and Limoncello very cheap!!

Overall a great little cruise made even better due to nice weather - enjoy!!
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