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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
This was our first cruise so read reviews bit worried by some, well i'm convinced they written by rivals, how people can moan i am astounded,spotless clean cabin spotlesd cleaned 2 times a day cabin steward was joseph then leonard ... Read More
This was our first cruise so read reviews bit worried by some, well i'm convinced they written by rivals, how people can moan i am astounded,spotless clean cabin spotlesd cleaned 2 times a day cabin steward was joseph then leonard cant do enough for you,food was amazing buffets restaurants were amszing so much an so clean, staff were always clesning sweeping painting, how people wrote it was tired and dirty is just not true.ignore bad reviews some people are born to winge,as for moaning about staff perhaps they should treat them with respect,as we found every single member of staff great, you do see people clicking fingers at them dreadful. And you see some very greedy people got to get in front got to eat as much as possible coz they paid for it but that's life .but plesse p@o thank staff on azura amazing time can't praise it enough.now booking next cruise cant wait. There are hand sanitizer s. Everywhere unfortunately some people don't use them or wash hands after toilet majority do but minority refuse an that's how germs spread so that's NOTa fault of p@o there there to sanitizing hands when you board after going ashore but minority refuse to use them, Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
I had always wanted to try a cruise holiday but my wife was very nervous about the water so I had given up on ever having this type of holiday. I had had a rough couple of years medically and after getting the all clear Christmas came and ... Read More
I had always wanted to try a cruise holiday but my wife was very nervous about the water so I had given up on ever having this type of holiday. I had had a rough couple of years medically and after getting the all clear Christmas came and my wife presented me with a small box. A slip of paper was sticking out of it with the word "Pull" on it The first thing I saw was the word "Azura" This meant nothing to me then I saw the names of several Mediterranean ports and suddenly the penny dropped. The cruise was to be just after my 70th birthday. We drove from Ireland and went to Southampton and I was amazed to see the size of the ship but first of all was the efficiency of the embarkation. So speedy and everyone so cheerful On board the ship we had an inside cabin (I was a little apprehensive about this) but it was not cramped spotless and full of the little things not expected. The entertainment on board far exceeded our expectations to be honest I was expecting the "end of the pier show" but I needn't have worried as the resident "Headliners" were excellent with superb performances and the guest artists were super The service in the restaurants was again spot on and the food was fantastic as was the choices The crew throughout was brilliant, polite and helpful After the 14 nights on board we reluctantly had to leave and yet again I was surprised at the efficient disembarkation which was achieved in minutes. No mean feat with a full ship of passengers. All in all this was a holiday to remember. By the way, my wife is now converted and we both can't wait for the next cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
My wife and I travelled on the Azura mid September for 2 weeks to the western Mediterranean, this was our first cruise. We read all of the reviews beforehand, so knew roughly what to expect. The Azura surpassed our expectations. Boarding ... Read More
My wife and I travelled on the Azura mid September for 2 weeks to the western Mediterranean, this was our first cruise. We read all of the reviews beforehand, so knew roughly what to expect. The Azura surpassed our expectations. Boarding and check in was stress free, we dropped our bags off at a point outside the terminal and did not see them until again until we got to our cabin. The ship was very clean and modern, very well laid out and easy to navigate your way around. The assortment of bars and entertainment places were excellent as were the restaurants. We chose club dining in the Oriental restaurant and had great a la carte 5 course meals every evening. We shared our table each evening with 3 very nice couples and had a very enjoyable time with them each evening. The buffet restaurants were excellent with a great choice of great food, especially at breakfast time. All of the staff onboard were very polite and helpful especially in the Oriental. Our cabin on deck E was spacious, clean, very comfortable and well equipped, the cabin attendant looked after us very well and was always available if we needed him. The entertainment on board was fantastic, something for everyone, West End type shows in the theatre, excellent. Groups, singers, and comedians also on the theatre and in the bars. If you just want a quiet drink and to relax, there are a number of comfortable places where you can do just that. There are 2 cinemas onboard, 1 huge screen on the deck by the swimming pool. Bingo and dance classes are available if they are the sort of things you wish to do. We went on 2 excursions while berthed in Italy, we visited Florence and Pisa on one day and next day did a highlights tour of Rome, great days out but very fast paced and very tiring. At the other ports we just stayed in the area and strolled around, all were very beautiful places. Disembarkation went like clockwork, very well organised, stress free. My wife and I would highly recommend the Azura for your first cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2014
This was my and my husbands first ever cruise and chose P & O because people we play darts with recommended it. We chose the Azura as I am not good on small ships and chose early saver as this is what funds aloud at the time, we chose ... Read More
This was my and my husbands first ever cruise and chose P & O because people we play darts with recommended it. We chose the Azura as I am not good on small ships and chose early saver as this is what funds aloud at the time, we chose a inside cabin midships. We travelled to Southampton by train got a taxi to the port from the station which cost about £8 and only took about 10 minutes in the taxi. Embarkation was very stress less the taxi being met by a man with a trolley to unload our cases from the taxi and were directed up the escalator to be given a plastic card with a letter on it, we waited until our letter was called booked in, though security and onto the ship all within 20 minutes or so. We were directed to a lift and taken to Lido deck for lunch and to await the announcement when our cabins would be available. We found our cabin a good size and our stewardess very friendly as were all the staff. We had club dining first sitting and found the queues pretty long to go in and a lot of people moaning about the queue but it was well handled and we were in, in no time at taken to our table which we would have for the rest of the trip. I did find the food gave me wind but that's me and not P & O's fault but the food was very nice. The food in the buffet could have been warmer and during the day they should really have free drinking water. We can't comment on the children's clubs but the families on board with children were well behaved. We found the entertainment good, Brodies bar was a favourite, we took in two shows in the theatre and one movie, one bad point was the Sea Screen was out of action the whole cruise even though they were working on it, it still was out of action the day we disembarked. We took in 2 excursion one in Gib and on in Lisbon which were well run by P & O. Disembarkation was a bit of a wait but we were in no rush but people were pushing and shoving to get down the stairs one male was really shoving people including me shame on you sir. Our cases were waiting for us in the hanger type building when we left the ship. Now the problem at the end..... We only took our debit card where our wages are paid in to and all bills go out of but the day after we left the ship I noticed that money was being withheld on my account I enquired at my building society and they said it was P & O by the end of the week £460 was being withheld by them causing difficulty with direct debits to pay bills etc I did ring P & O and they said it would take 48 hours to release the money it took 2 weeks so bare this in mind if use the same account to pay your onboard account as well as your bills. But all in all a good cruise and will book again shortly for our next one. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2014
First 2 Days were rough, so in Buffett Restaurants (Venezia & Verona) it was very busy at most times as passenger tended to stay sat down after having completed their meals thereby taking up space required by other passengers requiring ... Read More
First 2 Days were rough, so in Buffett Restaurants (Venezia & Verona) it was very busy at most times as passenger tended to stay sat down after having completed their meals thereby taking up space required by other passengers requiring seating to partake of their meals. Noticed that as the weather was not so good so that passengers had nowhere else to go, apart back to their cabins as deck seating was not recommended!! Walking around the ship was not easy due to bad conditions. Not really any apologies from P & O (not their fault about the weather) but perhaps some films could have been put on to keep passengers occupied. Announcements on deck or communal areas were sometimes difficult to understand. If you were in your cabin at the time on an announcement by the time you turned to the TV channel to hear, the announcement was usually over. Dress code -: Is always strictly adhered to , so you tended to feel out of place at times if you are not similarly attired (i.e.in other places – such as the Playhouse Theatre on an evening for example)   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
My husband and I cruised to Bilbao, La Rochelle, Brest and Cherbourg on the Azura. We were at sea one day and night and had port stops the other days. Dropping the car went well and check in was ok, but not as quick as it could have been ... Read More
My husband and I cruised to Bilbao, La Rochelle, Brest and Cherbourg on the Azura. We were at sea one day and night and had port stops the other days. Dropping the car went well and check in was ok, but not as quick as it could have been as no one checked we had priority check in, once on board the buffet offered whilst waiting for our cabin was a nice touch. We were in the Orosnay suite C748 (back of the ship to the left of the middle) and we had a fabulous time. The suite was amazing, plenty of room with a double bed, sofa, desk, dressing table, walk in wardrobe, shower, seperate bath, two televisions and a huge balcony with 2 loungers, a table and 4 chairs. We had a steward and a butler who did all they could to make sure we had a great time. Arun, our butler was able to book a much better time for my massage, a 75 min hot stone massage which was amazing. We did not go in any of the pools, the weather was good for the time of year, but not warm enough to swim, plus we were too busy doing trips out. We did three organised trips, two of which were great, one was a complete disaster. We went on the shuttle buses twice, the first one was really really busy and not enough buses running, but the next time it was a bit easier even though they had announced only a limited service was running. P and O really do need to lay on enough buses for their passengers as the stories we heard were of horrible experiences. The food was lovely, we were able to go in XXIV for breakfast, which was table service, delicious and quiet. We ate in Oriental each evening bar one at 6.30, this was table service, again delicious with a good choice. We had the same waiters each night who were lovely. The other night we ate in XXIV which was fantastic. We went on to the theatre most evenings to watch the shows, most of which were West End quality, and then went onto one of the many bars, then crashed in bed! We had our photo taken on several occasions, the photographers are all over, but don't really badger you, we bought the digital album which was quite good quality. One thing we did not like was that the chats we went to on board all seemed to be big sales pitches. All in all though we had an amazing time and would love to go again, my one concern is that I've ended up on tablets as my balance has been put out by the movement. (not that there was a lot) I need to get that sorted so it does not happen again, then we'll be off again as soon as we can save up! The staff work incredibly hard with very little time off, I do feel they need to be able to go ashore during stops. We were not bothered by noise, but being at the back of the ship no one passed our cabin, although other cabins near us did have some problems, we did not. Disembarkation was ok, we were allowed off at a time of our choice, but I think most people just went when they wanted regardless of time given. Our luggage was waiting for us, which was great. The Azura is being refitted next year, she is a little tired in places, and this will just make her even more wonderful to sail in.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
We chose this cruise because of the places it visited, as never been before. Enjoyed all the ports and trips we went on. We thought the Azura crew handled the bomb scare at Gibraltar port very well. I hope the person/s responsible realised ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the places it visited, as never been before. Enjoyed all the ports and trips we went on. We thought the Azura crew handled the bomb scare at Gibraltar port very well. I hope the person/s responsible realised what delays and chaos they had caused though!!! We enjoyed the fantastic food and will miss the lovely scones at afternoon tea! The drinks were not too expensive either, compared to other hotels we have been to. It was also good to meet lots of different people on the ship. My tummy suffered a little, around the dreaded Bay Of Biscay area, but didn't put me off. Embarkation and disembarkation was very quick. A lot nicer then waiting around at airports! We will probably choose a smaller ship next time, just personal preference. Facilities were very good and we enjoyed the night time entertainment. We chose to opt out of the gratuity, to give the best share of tips personally to the most deserved staff. The amount added to the account each day is a reasonable amount, but our restaurant waiters were rather miserable and service was a bit slow. Our cabin steward was excellent and wine waiter so friendly and kind. Our outside cabin was big enough for us - P328 and we were near the Atrium, Costa coffee and shops on a deck above. All in all, we had a lovely time and will definitely cruise again some day! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2012
P&O Western Meditteranean Cruise. Azura. 6th -- 19th May 2012 This was our first cruise (my wife's been on at me for years and I ran out of excuses this time!) so I didn't really know what to expect. I'd read a ... Read More
P&O Western Meditteranean Cruise. Azura. 6th -- 19th May 2012 This was our first cruise (my wife's been on at me for years and I ran out of excuses this time!) so I didn't really know what to expect. I'd read a number of reviews but some were good and some bad. Overall experience -- hard to find fault with anything. P&O extremely professional and efficient, crew marvellous, food exceptional. So, in a little more detail. Embarkation very slick, we were on board within an hour or so of arriving. Our bags were taken out of our car for us and spirited away, the car parked by someone else and all we had to do was wait a short while on the terminal before being issued with our on-board charge card/cabin key. Couldn't quite see the reason for airport style security before boarding but can't blame P&O for that. We soon found our balcony cabin, which was bright & airy, and certainly big enough for the two of us. Nice to have a decent size fridge, handy for keeping the wine cool! Our cabin steward, Harak, was great -- nothing was too much trouble for him and he always had smile on his face. A nice touch was the individual chocolate on our pillows every night when went to bed. We found our way round Azura with ease, plenty of 'you are here' boards to help. Lots of lifts, some waiting at times for these but the ship was full and there were a lot of people in wheelchairs or on mobility scooters. So we used the stairs instead, which was good exercise and enabled us to see the wonderful artworks in every stairwell. The usual array of 'duty free' shops at the Atrium in the centre of the ship. Don't rush to buy though, as they had various half-price sales during the cruise. And cigarettes & spirits were a lot cheaper in Gibraltar and Spain. We'd been told beforehand that P&O don't let you take alcohol on board but they do. Also at the Atrium (3 levels) is the library, book shop and an inspiring art gallery. Lots of bars throughout the ship, with drinks at lower than UK pub prices (a pint of draught Boddingtons £2.70). Even though the ship was full, we could find a seat at one of them! As to the food . . . in a word, exceptional. We ate in the Meridian restaurant on Freedom Dining which was great because we sat with different people every night, and we weren't tied to a specific time. A five-course silver service dinner every night, and never more than 15 minutes from sitting down until the first course was served. Without exception the food was truly excellent -- one of our fellow passengers enjoyed his so much he had the main course twice, much to his wife's embarrassment. Breakfast and lunch we used self service in the Verona/ Venezia restaurants on deck 15 -- again, super food - lots of variety, always something different and never a problem finding a seat (you just have to accept that sometimes you might need to share a table, but our view was that meeting other people was part of this holiday). Afternoon tea was as good as we'd been told, my only regret is that I was too full to eat all of it! We ate in Sindhu one evening for an additional cost of £15, and the food was exquisite with exemplary service. Recommended. There's disinfectant hand-wash at every restaurant, which everyone appeared to use. The public toilets were very clean, with emphasis on hand washing and hygiene. There's plenty of room on the top outside decks -- we always found sun beds even though the ship was full. The swimming pools aren't huge but were never full anyway. Plenty to do on board, with shuffleboard, table tennis, the gym and some interesting talks & lectures. We enjoyed the Arts tours (Azura has 7,000+ pieces of art on board) and the tour of one of the spotlessly clean galleys -- 165 chefs aboard! My only gripe was showing films (eg Iron Lady, War Horse) in a bar that seated 100 maximum whilst the 700+ seat theatre was empty. Tours. Expensive for what you got, but we knew the prices before we booked. We went to: Gibraltar -- half day. Glad we've been, wouldn't worry if we didn't go again. Good for duty free wine & spirits etc Ajaccio (Corsica) -- disappointing. The only subject the guide spoke about was Napoleon, you'd have thought Nelson lost! Lack of public toilets. Wouldn't bother to go again. Rome -- all day. If you like being constantly pestered by men trying to sell you fake designer goods then this is the place for you. The Italian ice cream is good though, as is the coffee. Florence & Pisa -- all day. Lots to see in Florence, would go back. Pisa is just the tower and a big church, surrounded by market stalls selling the sort of gifts you give to people you don't like, plus the obligatory young men flogging fake designer rubbish (they really are persistent). Monaco/Monte Carlo -- all day. Very clean and very expensive looking -- how the other half live! But, we found that prices for souvenirs and coffee were reasonable. Barcelona -- all day. We'd come back here, too much to see in a day with lots of Gaudi inspired buildings, shops etc etc In general, knowing what we do now, we'd avoid the Guided tours and just use the P&O arranged transport to the cities/ towns and then do our own thing -- open top bus tours for examples. As long as there's some element of P&O in your shore trips then the ship will wait if their transport is late back. If you use your own transport and are late, the ship won't wait. I'd agree with other reviewers about the 'whisper-mic' that tour guides use. They speak into a lapel microphone, and we were given receivers and an earpiece to use. And even at just a few feet away we couldn't hear them as there's too much background noise and static. Our Barcelona guide had a small loudspeaker attached to his belt and that was much better. Ship's crew. Housekeeping, restaurant & bar staff all Indian. All very polite, cheerful, smart and eager to help. Whenever we walked past one of them, we were always greeted with a good morning/afternoon and a smile. Entertainment. The shows we saw were very well presented. Xtra factor was very entertaining! Individual acts eg Phil Collins Tribute again very good. Would have liked a little more variety as mainly singing acts -- a couple more comedians for example. Some of the 'sail away' events on the top deck were a bit like Butlins and a little jingoistic when leaving Barcelona, but the ship is so big you don't have to be bothered by it. Things we ran out of time for. We didn't discover until the last day that you could watch films on your cabin TV. Didn't have pizza by the pool, but told it was very good. Didn't have room for one of the the barbecue lunches but they looked good too. Didn't have time to eat at Seventeen. And I think we didn't get round to one or two of the bars either! Tipping. We liked the idea of a flat charge as we wanted out tips to be shared amongst all the crew. We though it a very reasonable amount for the service we received. Disembarking. P&O's usual slick operation. We were told 36 hours before where to be and at what time on our last morning. A slight delay due to the port, but we were told to start disembarking at 9.40 and were driving away in the car at 9.55. Beats the waiting around at airports! To sum up. As I said at the start of this review, it's difficult to find anything to criticise P&O for. We had a great time, and are saving up for the next one. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
my hubby and I did our first cruise on the Azura in sept 2011. my hubby was not keen on the idea although he did buy a tuxedo eventually before we went on hols. he is now totally converted and is now going to buy a white jacked tux for our ... Read More
my hubby and I did our first cruise on the Azura in sept 2011. my hubby was not keen on the idea although he did buy a tuxedo eventually before we went on hols. he is now totally converted and is now going to buy a white jacked tux for our next cruise already booked in august 2012. i was amazed at how quick we were on the ship we go to southampton by 1pm and was on the ship by 1.30pm even though we were given a 3pm boarding time. did not appreciate the size of the ship until we arrived in vigo on tuesday and got off and stepped back even my hubby was impressed by the size (he is ex royal marine so has served on big ships etc) but he was impress. the staff were great really friendly and happy to assist at all times the ship was spotlessly clean the food excellent we did freedom dining which thoroughly enjoyed as we always shared a table and met different people each night. the entertainment a little flat however tribute to elton john and cher was brilliant. bit disappointed with casablanca quite glad we chose not to get off to be honest and i have the feeling a fair few of the passengers were a little disappointed, not the captains fault just a poor country and due to costa being on the berth and us being so big we were put on a container berth which was very oily and dirty on the ground. this day azura proved how clean she was as because of the oil and dirt they clingfilmed all the walkways to keep the carpets clean. We had an outside cabin and it was ideal as to be honest you dont spend much time in it, our cabin steward was really helpful and friendly and a hard worker if i had to make one little moan I would of liked to spend longer in gibralter really liked that place. and the photographs on the ship got a little annoying lol kept pouncing and they were not cheap to buy however did buy the formal portraits as a memento. I am really keen to go on Azura again and plan on doing it in 2013 we have booked a two week italian med cruise in aug with the oposistion lol ind of the seas as the itinery was slightly better than P and O for next year and I dont want to go on anything smaller than Azura lol but trust me My hubby and I will be back on Azura for a cruise in 2013 I have told all my friends that they are never to fly again and go cruising so relaxing dont have to think about anything and totally hassle free. Well done Azura. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
Travelling down to Southampton on the Friday morning , we were rather excited and nervous , not being seasoned travellers, and we were wondering what was going to happen and what we would experience over the next 14 days ? . On arrival ... Read More
Travelling down to Southampton on the Friday morning , we were rather excited and nervous , not being seasoned travellers, and we were wondering what was going to happen and what we would experience over the next 14 days ? . On arrival at 11.30am we drove straight to the drop off point , a chap unloaded the cases as soon as the car stopped . A representative of the car parking company took the keys and off we went. A painless and quick start to the holiday . WOW, we were impressed . Checking in was seamless , with a photo being taken for the cruise card , bank details given and then to the lounge for about 30 Min's . Customer service given was great and all our expectations were exceeded . On the ship about 12.30 and directed and guided to the Venezia on deck 15 , for a buffet lunch . Cabin B258 had a balcony and was clean , spacious enough and functional . Milandra was the cabin steward and she was both helpful and friendly . The balcony was not overlooked from above and had two sun chairs , one footstool and small table that doubled up as another footstool . Food on the ship was to a good standard , we went freedom dining and it worked for us . We did not have to wait on any night , always had space in the Meridian restaurant On a couple of nights we opted for the themed evenings in the Venezia buffet restaurant and again had no issues at all . Always found a table and service was always good . We found the staff helpful , polite and courteous at all times . Entertainment provided was varied to meet the diverse passenger tastes and needs . If you wanted a piano recital or pub quiz you were catered for . My only gripe was that you could not walk round the whole ship from the prom deck , deck 7 and had to cut across the ship at the front by the Playhouse theatre entrance. Overall our expectations were met and exceeded , and we have booked again on the Ventura going out Saturday 20th August round the Western med again . Read Less
Azura Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.4
Enrichment 3.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 4.0 3.8

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