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Azura Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Caribbean Sunshine

Azura Cruise Review by Floflegs

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2017
  • Destination: the Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

The main reason we chose this cruise was that we could fly direct to the Caribbean from our local airport. Certainly this comes at a cost of £100 extra for economy seats plus this is doubled if you want to book your seats. The flight out and back was in a Thomson Dreamliner and had plenty of legroom.

Transfer to the ship was quick and easy as was embarkation.

Our balcony cabin was midship on A deck. Cabins were above and below. This was an upgrade from aft on C deck which to us was not really as we no longer had the bigger balcony. The cabin itself was fine and similar in layout to most other balcony cabins. We hAd no water on first formal night. Guest services were decidedly offhand about it. I had to shower at the spa.

We had club dining, first sitting at a table for 6. Everyone got on really well and we had a great time. The food was good with plenty of choice and we had excellent service from Salvador and Jerome. I was surprised to see not all tables were in use. We are breakfast in the dining room. Service was slow but plenty of choice. The buffet at lunchtime was boring with the same items often repeated. We only ever had salad. Afternoontea was available in the dining room of you could help yourself to same items at the buffet. Grab and Go was handy on sea days as it was a nightmare to get a seat I the buffet.

The coffee shop was busy.cakes available in the afternoon if you asked. I feel they could have some small food items available all day.

We are once in Sindhu, the Indian restaurant. It was excellent. We did not try the other pay eating places.

The Weather was fantastic. There were plenty of sun beds but many had towels on them for hours and were never used. The pools were busy.

The visiting entertainers were good especially the comedians. The shows in the theatre were not as good as ones we had seen before. We enjoyed watching a film on the Seascreen at night though the screen itself needs an overhaul. The venues were often

underutilised as sometimes only taped music being played. The entertainment staff worked hard.

First port and embarkation was Barbados. Due to itinerary change we had an extra day here. It was a Sunday so most places closed.

Antigua was very busy with several ships in port. We took a taxi to Jolly Beach. Great.

St Kitts we did an island tour. Very good.

Amber Cove we did the P and O Traditions and Culture. This was good and included lunch.

Martinique was mainly closed as Sunday again. Walked round town.

Guadeloupe we did P and O Botanical Gardens and Death in Paradise. Very disappointing as we saw nothing about the tv programme. Gardens were good. Very short time in village.

Grenada private tour of the island. Excellent. Great spices to buy.

St Lucia another private tour of island with great beach stop.

St Vincent not much to see in town. Tour or beach best.

Barbados walked to town and visited places of note.

Final day stayed on ship until transfer to airport.

Bumpy flight home.

Overall we enjoyed the cruise and had a great time.

However I feel that P and O are looking to charge you extra for as much as they can. It was annoying to find the prices had been vastly reduced and flight supplement cancelled for people booking late. Loyalty means nothing to the company.

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Balcony Stateroom
Cabin JD A514

Good. Plenty of storage space.

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