Embarkation was very well organised and the new Ocean terminal was spacious with a pleasant atmosphere. Azura is a beautiful new ship. We opted for a balcony cabin which was very nice but a little smaller than other balcony cabins we have had in the past. The public areas are very stylish and sophisticated. One of our favourite aspects of cruising is the food, however the food in the main dining venue was not very good and a lot of the staff appeared very unhappy and miserable. Our waiters were quite rude; no introduction on the first evening and no greetings each evening on entering the section they were covering. Instead they actually walked away when we approached our table. Also rudely pushing closed menus at us and then shouting over other dining guests 'what do you want?' I also was told off by the waiter for leaving some food on my plate and for leaving a hot drink! This is not what we have experienced before with other P&O OR Princess cruises. It did spoil our dining experience so much that we decided to eat elsewhere. At night the buffet on one side turns into an Italian restaurant and we ate some lovely meals here. The food was delicious and the waiters all very polite with very good service. The food at linch time was also good both in the restaurant and buffet. The room service was very good and easy to order with interactive TV. Entertainment was very good. Ports Cobh very quiet and not much going on here perhaps it is better to go into Cork by train. The train station was right next to the ship. No shuttle was provided at this port. Dublin free shuttle took you to the heart of the city and dropped you at the bus stops for hop on and off buses and tours. However we walked the short distance to Grafton Street for main shopping area. Try Bewleys for delicious scones , cakes and coffees and hot chocolate! Bilbao again free shuttle stopped just around the corner from Guggenheim museum, lovely city, walked around the charming old quarter and explored the shopping area where there is El Cort de Inglis department store - the 7 th floor has a lovely cafe / restaurant and toilet facilities. 6th floor has a good supermarket. Brest free shuttle takes you to three places, the main shopping area was in chaos due to roadworks and lots of upgrading of seating area, etc but I think once this work is completed will be very nice. There was a La Redoute shop here which was good and a 1 - 2 euro shop which had alsorts! Great choice of chocolate shops here! A very good cruise just a pity about the evening meal experiences!

Azura is an amazing new ship

Azura Cruise Review by Daisy

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Embarkation was very well organised and the new Ocean terminal was spacious with a pleasant atmosphere.
Azura is a beautiful new ship. We opted for a balcony cabin which was very nice but a little smaller than other balcony cabins we have had in the past. The public areas are very stylish and sophisticated.
One of our favourite aspects of cruising is the food, however the food in the main dining venue was not very good and a lot of the staff appeared very unhappy and miserable. Our waiters were quite rude; no introduction on the first evening and no greetings each evening on entering the section they were covering. Instead they actually walked away when we approached our table. Also rudely pushing closed menus at us and then shouting over other dining guests 'what do you want?' I also was told off by the waiter for leaving some food on my plate and for leaving a hot drink! This is not what we have experienced before with other P&O OR Princess cruises. It did spoil our dining experience so much that we decided to eat elsewhere.
At night the buffet on one side turns into an Italian restaurant and we ate some lovely meals here. The food was delicious and the waiters all very polite with very good service.
The food at linch time was also good both in the restaurant and buffet. The room service was very good and easy to order with interactive TV.
Entertainment was very good.
Ports Cobh very quiet and not much going on here perhaps it is better to go into Cork by train. The train station was right next to the ship. No shuttle was provided at this port.
Dublin free shuttle took you to the heart of the city and dropped you at the bus stops for hop on and off buses and tours. However we walked the short distance to Grafton Street for main shopping area. Try Bewleys for delicious scones , cakes and coffees and hot chocolate!
Bilbao again free shuttle stopped just around the corner from Guggenheim museum, lovely city, walked around the charming old quarter and explored the shopping area where there is El Cort de Inglis department store - the 7 th floor has a lovely cafe / restaurant and toilet facilities. 6th floor has a good supermarket.
Brest free shuttle takes you to three places, the main shopping area was in chaos due to roadworks and lots of upgrading of seating area, etc but I think once this work is completed will be very nice. There was a La Redoute shop here which was good and a 1 - 2 euro shop which had alsorts! Great choice of chocolate shops here!
A very good cruise just a pity about the evening meal experiences!
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