Brilliant!!: Azura Cruise Review by vicky307

Azura 5

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Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Barbados
We booked our cruise in May 2010 as it was our Honeymoon and we always tend to book our cruises well in advance so having much longer to look forward to them. We decided on a Superior Balcony Deluxe cabin as it was our honeymoon and we were not disappointed (we have only ever had an inside cabin previously).

We were extremely impressed with our chartered flight from Birmingham, we checked our bags in and then didn't see them again until around 10pm on the first night of our cruise. When the plane landed in Barbados we were whisked away straight to the ship and embarkation took around 30mins.

Our cabin was large with a very comfortable queen size bed! Our bathroom had a bath however the shower head was quite low, which was ok for me and my husband but if you are over 6foot you may have to stoop! The 'lounge' area in our cabin was nice for a bit of extra room. The balcony is looked over by the balconies from above however this didn't bother us. The champagne and More chocolates were a nice touch too. Our cabin steward was very good and always friendly.

We opted for the Freedom dining and on the first night we did sit on a table for 8 however every other night we did sit on a table for 2. We tended to eat around 6:30 to 7pm so we didn't have to wait for a table. Food was excellent with a good choice, e.g fish, beef and veggie offered. Staff were always happy to help and service was top noch! A couple of nights we ate in the buffet which was good however I always felt we couldn't take our time.

Sindhu was excellent (£15 each), we love curry anyway but this was far better than any takeaway! We got extras such as mini poppadoms (delicious) and a sorbet course and the meal was finished off with handmade biscuits so really worth the money! (We ate there twice). The Glass House was also excellent, I had the 3 small dishes for £4.95 and my husband always opted for the larger meals for around £7. Service was slightly slower but that was because it was freshly made to order. Puddings were also lovely, I would recommend the lemon cheesecake!

Entertainment was good with always something on somewhere. The theatre was never extremely busy however the tribute acts in Manhattan did get busy so best to get there early. There were a lot of quizzes, interesting talks and films on offer. We opted to watch films in Malabar on a few afternoons.

On sea days there were always people saving sunbeds which was a little annoying but if they had been saved too long their things would get moved by other passengers.

A few last things to note, drinks were reasonable and your onboard account could always been seen on the tv in your cabin. We did quite a few trips which were all very good, but were quite expensive. In St. Kitts we did the railway tour and we got most our money back as the carriage we were in the speakers were intermittent so couldn't hear the tour guide. We were impressed with P and O's response to this. Less

Published 01/11/12

Cabin review: CCD225 Superior Deluxe Balcony Stateroom

D225 Deck 9 superior delux cabin - spacious, very clean and a comfortable bed. Tea and coffee facilities were refreshed regularly. Good choice films and sitcoms on the tv. Our cabin steward was superb and extremely friendly. We had little noise. We were very close to the front lifts so accessible to all parts of the ship. Because we were nearer the front we did feel the movement of the ship every so often. Lovely to have champagne and chocs as it was our honeymoon! We had a information leaflet on every port. Some mornings we had breakfast in the cabin which was never late.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Beautiful island, one side is the Caribbean sea so the sea a turquoise blue colour and the beaches are golden. The other side is the Atlantic sea so it is a much darker blue with a rugged coastline. The trip we took was the semi sub which was very interesting. On the trip we also saw a lot of the island so worth the money. We then also looked around the port town, it is very affluent with high end shops.

Champagne sunset cruise trip - its lasted around 1.5 hours, with free alcohol that was free flowing! We has a small buffet which was good. Barbados is a nice port with plenty of shops and bars to sit and have a well earned drink!

Lovely cruise port with shops such as Tiffany! The town itself is lovely with a floating bridge. The buildings are very pretty as they are all beautiful colours! It is around a 15 minute walk to the centre from the ship.
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A very different island to the others, it was very dry and sandy however the beach was beautiful! The trip we did was a lot of fun and our driver was very good. We went all over the island in a jeep and got off around 4 times at various locations. Off road driving was always more fun the road driving! The beach by the ship was gorgeous however by the time we got there there were no sunbeds left but the pool on the ship was very quiet that day!

The railway journey lasted around 2.5 hours all round the island. The scenery was gorgeous and the locals were always so pleased to see us go by! We were on the carriage with poor speakers, which they did everything to try and fix which included getting a electrician onboard! We didn't mind however but there were quite a few people that complained and we got most of our money back so was impressed with that! We got drinks included in the package and then singers on board. Good value for money!

We did the helicopter trip in St Lucia which was excellent! (However my husband did not enjoy it!) It was quite a windy day so if you are not a great flyer I wouldn't recommend. It is a white knuckle ride but if you like that kind of things it is perfect for you! Once we got back to the port we decided to walk into town. The port shops were nice however there wasn't really a town centre. The taxi drivers we also a bit more persistent than on the other islands and we heard stories about them charging double to get back from anywhere they had taken you. So perhaps best to do a excursion from the ship.
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We had heard so many good things about St. Maarten so we had high expectations! It was lovely and very clean but full of jewellery shops! The beach was very pretty and clean. It was around a 25 minute walk from the port to the town centre.

We did our own trip on Tortola which was excellent value for money! It cost $20 each and we were in a open sided mini bus. Our driver 'Danny' was funny and stopped at lots of interesting places including a rum distillery which was fascinating! The island is beautiful, probably the best one we visited. We were on the trip around 2.5 hours with a half an hour stop at the beach.
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