This was our fourth cruise with P & O and our first on the Azura, also our first trip to the Fjords. We were very lucky with the weather. The North Sea was very calm and we had blue skies throughout the cruise. This is apparently very unusual. Embarcation was smooth but quite lengthy, not helped by the pouring rain at Southampton. Our luggage was outside our cabin when we finally reached it and we received a warm welcome from our steward and the other staff. The cabin was as usual with P&O and with an extra large balcony being on C deck. The balconies below us were all totally overlooked whereas only half of ours was overlooked. Our first port of Stavanger was quite interesting, especially the old town and the Petroleum Museum which was more interesting than it sounds! We got up early for the sail up the fjord to Olden and it was worth it for the views. We did our own thing there but some people went to the glacier which apparently was impressive. At Flaam we had pre-booked the train up the mountain which was worth doing as it had sold out by 10 am. It's best to get a seat on the right for the views. We arrived in Bergen to more blue skies and temperatures in the 20s. We took a tour on the hop on hop off bus. The funicular railway is good but the queue was very long. We liked the Azura but found the layout of the self service restaurant confusing. It was always difficult to find a seat. The Britannia's is much better. The food was always good, with that in the Epicuren being excellent. The entertainment was very good. Roy Walker and Rudi West were the highlights for us.

Fantastic Fjords with Azura

Azura Cruise Review by Hensrus

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Norwegian Fjords
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
This was our fourth cruise with P & O and our first on the Azura, also our first trip to the Fjords.

We were very lucky with the weather. The North Sea was very calm and we had blue skies throughout the cruise. This is apparently very unusual.

Embarcation was smooth but quite lengthy, not helped by the pouring rain at Southampton.

Our luggage was outside our cabin when we finally reached it and we received a warm welcome from our steward and the other staff. The cabin was as usual with P&O and with an extra large balcony being on C deck. The balconies below us were all totally overlooked whereas only half of ours was overlooked.

Our first port of Stavanger was quite interesting, especially the old town and the Petroleum Museum which was more interesting than it sounds!

We got up early for the sail up the fjord to Olden and it was worth it for the views. We did our own thing there but some people went to the glacier which apparently was impressive.

At Flaam we had pre-booked the train up the mountain which was worth doing as it had sold out by 10 am. It's best to get a seat on the right for the views.

We arrived in Bergen to more blue skies and temperatures in the 20s. We took a tour on the hop on hop off bus. The funicular railway is good but the queue was very long.

We liked the Azura but found the layout of the self service restaurant confusing. It was always difficult to find a seat. The Britannia's is much better.

The food was always good, with that in the Epicuren being excellent.

The entertainment was very good. Roy Walker and Rudi West were the highlights for us.
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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin JG C602
The cabin was a reasonable size with an adequate bathroom. The balcony was extra large which meant that only,half of it was overlooked. It was quiet and comfortable
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Bergen
    We got on the hop on hop off bus for a tour of the city. We bought the tickets on the ship and were surprised to discover that they were more expensive on the bus. Apparently the trip on the funicular railway is good but we were put off by the length of the queue. We also visited the fish market and had a walk around the city. The tourist information office is next to the fish market and has free wifi and toilets for,which you need 10 kroner.
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  • Flam Railway
    We had booked the Flam train with P&O before we sailed and although this was more expensive than booking independently, it was worth it as all tickets sold out by 10 am and many people were disappointed. It is best to sit on the right of the train to get the best views. There is a stop at a waterfall to take pictures.
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  • Stavanger
    We had a wander around on our own. The cathedral and old town were lovely and the Petroleum Museum was interesting (it also has free wifi)
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