We were on the Azura for a month over Christmas and New Year 2018-19, in a deluxe balcony cabin. The furniture is now old and a bit tatty, told due for a refit in 2021. The other parts of the ship are holding up well, overall, the ship is ... Read More
We were on the Azura for a month over Christmas and New Year 2018-19, in a deluxe balcony cabin. The furniture is now old and a bit tatty, told due for a refit in 2021. The other parts of the ship are holding up well, overall, the ship is tidy and in good shape with some nice touches by way of decorations. The entertainment of an evening was fairly good, not outstanding but, better than the year previous on Britannia. However, for us after 21years of sailing on P&O UK with over 60 cruises under our belts, this will be our last cruise with them as their standards of service now, apart from the cabin steward, was pretty low grade.
The food in the buffet of a lunchtime was both repetitive and cheapness all-around, with the same offerings everyday and the hot plates were of an extremely low grade cuts and poor quality. No doubt about it, even the bread offered was not fresh, indeed the rolls were clearly from what had been left over from the previous day from all of the other dining options of the previous evening. Not once at lunchtime was there sliced bread available to make a simple sandwich, you are forced in the buffet to eat a plate of food or a hot low grade meal. The excuses are, we offer on deck a pre made sandwich for you, they too were low grade and the same every day, no choice and no options.
Of an evening, the food was a little better but not outstanding and not worth remembering, again well written menus with creative writing but the quality of the food was poor. Even the waiters did not know what some of the items describe actually were. If you are looking for a quality dining experience and have not been on P&O for a few years, you will be bitterly disappointed with what is being offered now. Everyone I spoke to, said they were disappointed with the food. Only a few of the cheapie last minute bookings who had never cruised previously, thought that the food was anything other than disappointing.
They even stopped asking you for your opinion now after the cruise, we never received a questionnaire whether in paper form or via the internet. The ships officers are nowhere to be seen, only 1 bar Indian head waiter´s around the ship. The front desk were never welcoming, I guess because of the level of complaints. Never will we step foot on a P&O ship again, after this very bad and month long experience.
It also seems that P&O UK have adopted the P&O Australia method of attracting drunken idiots, to drink beer and alcohol all-day, stopped the allowable bring your own spirits to your cabin onboard, now saying as all do, we will save your prized duty free purchases safely in our store room that you buy ashore until you disembark. It is evidently clear, by the number of people being ejected from this ship, that alcohol plays a large part in how the ships now operate and how they sell so much of the stuff from 10 am in the morning to 4 am in the morning.
Remember if you want a quality cruise and not a booze cruise don´t choose P&O UK. Read Less