Dance fever!: Azura Cruise Review by Peter Keevil

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Peter Keevil

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Dance fever!

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Dover
As Newbies (new to cruising and new to dancing) we booked this cruise specifically to learn to improve our dancing with Warren Bullock and Jane Phillips of Zig Zag dance factory.We didn't expect to be able to dance with dance instructors provided by the cruise line and even to learn line dancing with one of the entertainment team too. Each evening there was a chance to dance for at least two hours and on two occasions there was a ball , hosted by the cruise dance team which combined ballroom and Latin, sequence and some party and barn dances. although we had never danced sequence before, the hosts ensured that there were experienced dancers to lead and even some youngsters who would be more attuned to disco and club dancing joined in with the party Samba. It all meant that some days we danced for five hours (who said you put on weight on a cruise?).But on days in port, we could be totally chilled out and wander round the local area and relax in the sun. The choice really was ours to More be active or relaxed as we wished.

We opted for 'Freedom dining' which meant we could plan our days and not be tied to fixed meal times. It also meant we could join in with other people if we wished or spend time together on an intimate table for two. The choice of restaurants was just perfect for us as there was a specialist Indian restaurant (with lobster to die for) and an Italian trattoria.

Would we cruise again? Certainly! The only decision to make is where and how soon can we go! Less

Published 09/05/11

Cabin review: JC Balcony Stateroom

Balcony cabin- not worth the extra money as it was too cold/wet to sit on it for seven days and too noisy for another two but there was no other real sitting space so we had to perch on the bed to do emails etc. Plenty of hanging space for clothes and the cases fitted neatly under the bed.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Sunday and it was very quiet but so easy to walk into the centre. There were not many places open but this meant plenty of space to stroll through the narrow streets and read the descriptions of the houses on multi-lingual plaques.We also popped into a church service and sat and enjoyed the atmosphere. It was very informal with people coming and going and greeting each other all the time the service was taking place.

From the port you get a good view of Funchal as it sprawls up the hill sides. Wandering round in the centre reveals flower filled balconies, quiet squares and relaxed pavement cafes.

I liked Vigo! It was raining hard all day, very little was open except the massive shopping centre by the port although it was ten in the morning-perhaps I should have left it till later. But I still liked the place. We headed up a steep side street and into what must have been the oldest part of the town as it was full of tall townhouses with iron balconies. The largest ones had carved heraldic signs and must have been owned by wealthy merchants at some time. There are some specialist shops here selling lace and embroidery. The shopping centre has an excellent wine shop and the assistant in the souvenir shop in the port wraps everything up beautifully if you say it is for a gift.

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