Azura - Jewel in P&O's Crown: Azura Cruise Review by Alex Griffin

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Alex Griffin

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Azura - Jewel in P&O's Crown

Sail Date: July 2010
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Southampton
I sailed on this voyaage with my mum, being that im 23 and at the time had no partner who could travel we decided we'd both go for a well earned weeks break.

Upon arriving at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton we were greated by the Great White Beauty Azura, sitting there basking in sunlight, she was HUGE!!

Check-in was really smooth and quick and before we knew it we were up in Verona having a cocktail and some lunch. Staff from the word go were attentive and smiling and happy to help. Staterooms were available from 2pm and we made our way up there about 3 after first looking around the ship and getting ourselves aquainted with the lay out.

Sailaway from Southampton was brilliant and as we passed Calshot we knew we were on holiday! Sailaways seemed to be 45 minutes of pure madness but we liked this, gave us a giggle and some great people watching opportunities.

We did the 7 nights Spain, France and Ireland trip all places that we hadnt really visited More before, Dublin was an insight, Cobh was brilliant with Blarney Castle and the Titanic heritage, Bilbao was intruiging and Brest was interesting. More to follow below.

Dinner was always hot and very tasty, only time my tuxedo has ever gotten too tight to comfortably wear lmao we had 2nd sitting with a table for 8, allocated The Oriental Restaurant at the Aft of Deck 6 (in the corner by the window) service was again attentive and nothing was too much trouble for the waiters. we used Verona/Venezia for Breakfast and lunch with food always readily available with choice for various palets and the full english breakie being my favourite.

All other areas onboard where imaculatly presented and we tried to utilise all areas where possible. Our fabvourite area however was the Manhattan night club/bar.. we always ended up here at the end of the night. Glass House was a second as we felt all upmarket in the surroundings haha

Overall Azura and P&O went well beyond our expected limits with this cruise, when it came to the end we didnt want to get off but sadly we did. Azura is a real Jewell to P&O's crown as far as we are concerned, the atmosphere the service and the show was brilliant, we will sail again and most definatly back on Azura soon....... Less

Published 06/22/11

Cabin review: OFC745 Inside Stateroom

Cabin was well proportined and in a very quiet area, not alot of movement towards aft just a nice rocking that sent you to sleep as opposed to round the bend. Bathrooms small but perfectly servicable.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Interesting port of call, lots of lovely building and intersting side streets, had my first guiness here and felt very irish lmao.. Visited Tinity College and did the walk of Dublins Fair City tour, was a quick walk around but very informative with the option of either going back to the ship or doing your own thing for a bit longer.
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