Azura is a big ship, so it should NOT come as a surprise to find that it actually IS a big ship! With 3,000 people on board you will experience a level of crowding this should not be a surprise either. Having said this it was near impossible to find a space on deck on sea days unless you wanted to go to the very top decks, we didn't bother. Theatre too small even with three shows, Headliners were excellent as were most of the tribute acts, especially 'Annie Lennox' & 'Elton John', Tom O'Connor was a good act, as was Fogwell Flax. Martin Daniels should give up, did we like him? "not a lot" Pity the weather was variable & there was a 'Flu epidemic. A strange mix of people for such a long expensive cruise, quite a few that had never cruised before & some I suspect had never been on holiday before. Dress codes were mostly well observed but you always get the odd one or three who either don't realise, don't understand,or just plain refuse.Some very ignorant & rude passengers, mostly of the older generation, some who were a stranger to the shower. The "semi-formal" nights were a waste of time & the wearing of a jacket was not enforced. We wanted to book the retreat but were told it was fully booked for sea days, we consider this a disgrace as, like 17, no pre-booking was allowed so how? 'Who you know' more like it!!
Aft balconies have a great view but suffer from cooking smells, most unpleasant at times.