Azura Cruise Review by PAULA CONSTABLE
- Sail Date: November 2011
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom
It started by having to pay Â£50 just to get seats together on the plane!!!!.
We arrived in Barbados in rain but no problem, it was still a fab 30+ degrees.
Ship is massive and very difficult to get around and with the amount of passengers on board can feel very closed in.
The cabin was nice and kept very clean by Rowena.We were right at the front of the ship and it tended to get very noisy when arriving at ports etc.
The air conditioning is constant and tends to cause a lot of passengers to get chest problems and dry coughs etc. Also the corridors are so staggeringly long.
Best view in the house is also best kept secret. End of deck 8 at the front (of course) passenger access to the bow.
Room service awful, food was dreadful and we are still trying to work out the flavour of soup that we had. Buffets.....don't get me started. Repetitive and boring. Un-attractive and no imagination involved whatsoever. The amount of passengers NOT washing hands on entering buffet was disgusting. Cattle market mentality pushing and shoving. Lack of tables, usually occupied with people who had finished eating but wanted to admire the view. Lack of cutlery and cups. Free juice only available at breakfast.Cooked breakfast swimming in fat.
We dined in Oriental. Food of school diner quality, in fact kids probably get batter. Tried 3 times. Received a comment card which we filled in truthfully. Following day we were approached and improvements were attempted. Tried to book Sindu and 17 at the end of first week but told no tables left for the rest of the cruise. Tried to book Verona and told the same.
Shore trips....don't book with P&O they are very over priced. There are plenty of trips available on the key side. Ship photographers....bloody nuisance. In your face even when eating.
Passengers....miserable po-faced idiots that have no manners and treat staff like slaves, who by the way were extremely helpful and happy. Sunbed re-servers....pack it in. Its petty and ruins holidays. There are plenty to go around. Same with lift stampedes....let people out before you barge in.
Entertainment....should be prosecuted under the trades description act. Totally awful. Shore-leave parties, when you have done 1, you have done them all. Repetitive again. No free soft drinks, unlike Royal Caribbean whom P&O really need to take a close look at.
Islands visited. Aruba, Antigua and Grand Turks are stunning. Jamaica, st Martin Barbados and Bonaire horrid. St Lucia felt really un-safe and quite scary. Rum bar karaoke at the duty-free saved it.
In summing up......No would never travel with this company again. Poor value for money. Still cannot understand why the ship was filled with Primark loyalty customers from Butlins.
Ship is too big for staff to cope with. Passengers rude and bored. Sorry but truth hurts.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
AntiguaFab, again do the shore trip booked at the key side. Island tour is best and make sure they take you to the Sandals resort.View All 1,278 Antigua Cruise Port Reviews
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ArubaDo the island tour, lighthouse, rocks and church.View All 1,365 Aruba Cruise Port Reviews
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BarbadosTo far from anything and feels un-safe.View All 1,285 Barbados Cruise Port Reviews
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BonaireLots of construction, nothing to do. Glass bottom boat trip booked on the key-side was lovely.View All 483 Bonaire Cruise Port Reviews
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Dominicalovely and lush. Again do the island trip booked at the key side. Emerald pool and rain forest.View All 669 Dominica Cruise Port Reviews
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Grand TurkBeautiful. Did the sting ray swim, great day out. Walk down the beach away from Margaritaville. Drinks are cheaper.View All 1,747 Grand Turk Cruise Port Reviews
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Ocho RiosDreadful. We did bod sleigh ride. You only get 1 go. Duty free place horrid. Hassled constantly and again felt unsafe.View All 856 Ocho Rios Cruise Port Reviews
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St. MartinOne word....HORRIDView All 343 St. Martin Cruise Port Reviews
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