Fab flight : Azura Cruise Review by Helen Watson

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Helen Watson

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Fab flight

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Barbados
We booked this cruise last minute & had to fly from Gatwick which is a 4 hr drive from us, if we went again to the Carribean i would book earlier to get a more local flight. the journey is long but it wasn't a problem the chartered flight was great, the service brilliant & not having to collect cases at the airport was very nice.

Our cabin was brill,we were a bit disappointed with the ship as it is a carbon copy of Ventura & the Grand Princess why they build them all the same I don't know even the carpets were identical. we have travelled with P&O 3 times and sadly we think that the service & food is not as good as it was on the other 2 trips. they are cutting corners & its a shame as it is so petty its irritating. You can no longer automatically have prawn cocktails & steaks if you don't fancy anything on the evening menu. At the 6.30 time slot there was a lot of empty tables, we were on a table for 6 & no-one joined us so we asked to be moved after 4 nights. The choice of More lunchtime food in the buffet was very repetitive & I thought there salad was limp & unappealing. I found that the waiters in the buffet were surly & unhelpful . I completed a survey that was left in my cabin and rated the service in the restaurant as ok. the next evening the deputy manager/headwaiter came to our table and interrograted me in an aggressive manner about my comments, he was hacked off that i didn't put a higher rating for the service. my fellow diners were "gobsmacked" as we say up north at the way he spoke to me.I think he was totally out of line & had no right to query my comments in public. it wasn't that i had said service was bad its just acceptable. Our main waiter wasn't chatty he looked grumpy most nights, he did his job ok, I think we saw a difference as the waiter on the first empty table we had was a really happy guy & it was lovely to see him each night.

The ports we called at were smashing except for 2 of them.

The entertainment on board is one of the main reasons we cruise & we weren't disappointed its really good. Some fab dance shows & great comedians Martin Martinez from Cuba was the highlight of cruise.

We had a lovely holiday with plenty to do & see & some lovely meals, but standards of service on this ship are nowhere near as good as on the Princess line...but then drink is more expensive on Princess with a very irritating 15% service charge. So its swings & roundabouts isnt it. We had a problem a couple of days before the end of the cruise and it was dealt with swiftly & by insisting on speaking to the passenger services manager it had a satisfactory outcome. We will deffo cruise with P&O again as despite my gripes its a brilliant way to holiday.There is one thing I'd like to suggest that ships have a hireshop on board for wheelchairs & gents tuxedos...just incase you forget the jacket!& please consider cheaper trips they really are expensive. Less

Published 03/14/12

Cabin review: OFP340 Inside Stateroom

Our Cabin was the best we have ever had it was spacious very well equipped, a good location in the centre of the ship with easy access to lifts etc. it had a couple of strange noises at night but then all cabins seem to creak or something it didnt disturb us.even tho it was next to the Atrium we didnt hear noise. I would request the cabin should i go on this ship again. It had a wet room which was absolutly brilliant & made my trip so easy I have a disbility & everything in this bathroom was just erfect for me.

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Port and Shore Excursions

we went by mini bus to the nearest beach which was just stunning it was what you imagine a Caribbean beach to be, it wasn't busy but there was a small bar & toilets, the cruise ship charges £22 to take you here, provide a sunbed & a drink it was $3 each way in the minibus $5 for a sunbed & a beer $4 so you do the maths! total relaxation..it feels as tho the world has stopped ...bliss. taxi back was funny with our driver singing to us all the way back.
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There are shops & beaches within a 10minute taxi ride, prices are mostly shown in barbadian dollars which are 2 to one american dollar, beware that change for american dollars will often be given in local currency.
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I didn't like this island the ship was berthed near a fish market. it didnt help that it rained when we were here, if i came here again i would either stay on the ship or take a trip.
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loved it the beach is right by the ships berth, rather dilapidated sun beds are free, theres plenty of fish to see if you snorkel & an anchor & cannon. the purpose built cruise centre has lovely swimming pools a livley bar & a selection of duty free shops. you can look forward to very relaxing beach day here.
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beaches easy to access by taxi, it was very windy so the sea was too rough but it would be lovely on a good day.
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One of my favourite stops as the beach is right by the water taxi stop. you can take a water taxi from the ships berth to the town centre/beach where you will find crystal clear water to swim in glorious sandy beaches & the best selection of shops & bars. If you are going to buy pressies or duty free you won't find things any cheaper on other islands, we got a litre bottle of Baileys for $12 here. the water taxi cost $6 return in 2012.

horrible.... the walk to the town is thru a very rough looking area the type of place you would never set foot in at home. I don't know why the ships dock here. i wouldnt go on shore here ever again unless it was a trip.there was a small tourist boat to the beach which may have been nice but again it was raining so not a beach day. he wanted $15 for a return visit to the beach

We went on a local island tour with a 1 hr beach stop , there is lots of these converted 4 wheel drive vehicles at the port its $20 each but if you walk out of the port the guys parked along the rd will do the trip for £15, it was a good trip a bit scary at times on the steep hills, the beach was lovely with loads of pelicans fishing there. at the port itself theres a few market stalls
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