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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Not a moan but flight (tui) delayed at Manchester. Arrived Barbados almost on time and was transferred to the ship bypassing the airport, (great) arrived quayside as the computer system crashed but was kept up to date with progress and ... Read More
Not a moan but flight (tui) delayed at Manchester. Arrived Barbados almost on time and was transferred to the ship bypassing the airport, (great) arrived quayside as the computer system crashed but was kept up to date with progress and water given out and we were looked after, we were then booked in manually and boarded. First impression of the ship was very smart, the cabin was an outside with sea view, was small but big enough to sleep in and get changed. Our opinion is we will not be in there all day, it's only for changing and sleeping, Freddy the cabin boy was brilliant and looked after the room to a high standard, 3 times a day with turn down service. The entertainment team were fab Jo B, Liam, Caroline, Riccy, Ali, DJ Phil Wes and Giovanni were fabulous, kept us entertained. Sea days were a bit packed with sun loungers at a premium, we had to sit on chairs a couple of times, but understandable. The waiter service for drinks was fine though short wait on sea days again understandable with the capacity, yes the decks were chokka at times. The restaurants were very well laid out with the option to share with other guests which was great to meet other people and learn from their past experiences. Food was (as in previous reviews) repetitive but very nice, (i only had the same meal once) the waiters were very obliging and helpful, nothing seemed to much trouble for them. Breakfast in the self service on deck 15 was sometimes a struggle to find a table but most people shared anyway. I had one gripe which was the toast. Was cooked ok but the bread crust was solid i did mention it and was told to ask for fresh as they have someone doing the toast all the time. Drink prices were a bit more than pub price but not extremely over priced, the bar staff were a pleasure to deal with and entertainment of an evening was very good though could have been at times on the bigger theatre as Manhattan bar wasn't big enough for the better artists. In our opinion the overall state of the ship was not as bad as people say. We were very impressed with the ship, the crew, entertainment and food. The itinerary was great with the weather being fabulous with only one Caribbean shower in two weeks. If you want to go ashore just check the Horizon information to see if you need your passport or not and it gives most information you need. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Travel date 2nd November 2018-16 November 2018 We have travelled on P@O AZURA ship previously and had a great experienc. This time has been the worst time ever on any cruise ship we have been on with the standard of hygiene and the ... Read More
Travel date 2nd November 2018-16 November 2018 We have travelled on P@O AZURA ship previously and had a great experienc. This time has been the worst time ever on any cruise ship we have been on with the standard of hygiene and the worn out dowdy furniture .This time our cruise was for a 60th birthday let down by the cabin absolutely. Need a health inspection or . We seen lots of cleaning materials which were all on show but you never ever smelt the freshness in the bed room And the smell masked by the air condition if you used it. There is more but not to be too critical for this review as there are some people that attend to cabins do better. The carpet was worn out and a deep clean had to take place of the cabin aftter a complaint made.on arrival . The sihip atrium we feel is a very nice focal of the ship and that is still a main attraction of the ship compared with the bigger ship Britannia which we have also cruised.on. . Dinining was a little repetitive although you can have what you want generous portions if you want and waiters very friendly always ready to assist . Activities reaadlily available if you want them but not a lot of Caribbean activities unless you have tropical night and a band for evening disco.one thing that was impressive they do give a lot of history on the islands been visited which I felt good for first time people that were cruising. The island visited were for us usual as holidays taken in the Carib often and know how to get from A-B but would recommend first timers to book with excursions for getting the most out of your trip and then if you like when visiting again try your own thing Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Last minute booking. Flew out in Premium Economy from Glasgow with TUI on Dreamliner for 2 week cruise on Azura. Very comfortable and good service on the flight. Embarkation in Barbados excellent and smooth. Straight from plane to the ship ... Read More
Last minute booking. Flew out in Premium Economy from Glasgow with TUI on Dreamliner for 2 week cruise on Azura. Very comfortable and good service on the flight. Embarkation in Barbados excellent and smooth. Straight from plane to the ship and luggage delivered to cabin. These are probably the only plus points I can say about this cruise that were better than 3 previous Caribbean cruises we have done with Royal Caribbean, Princess and Celebrity. We are non smokers and hated the smell of smoke coming down the corridor from the vast smoking area on Stbd side of deck 15 & 16 near forward swimming pool. We were amazed at how much deck space was allocated to smokers on this ship. Entire starboard forward side was a no go area for us on deck 15 & 16. The toilet facilities leave a lot to be desired on Azura. The only toilet on pool deck was in the centre between 2 pools and you had to enter the smoking area to go there. The ladies toilet here was often in a disgusting state I was informed. Cubicles out of order and no soap. Many of the Ladies toilets were out of action and long queues formed outside below decks before and after shows. Ports of call average. We never did any overpriced excursions. Entertainment average. Some good acts. Adele, Mark Walker Etc. Background music diabolical at the pool and around the ship. Endless hours of meaningless mundane Latin music until the DJ appears at 5 o clock. Apparently the music is sent from head office and they have to play it all day. Maybe they should realise that people might like to listen to some popular songs for a change or will that rock the boat too much causing cardiac arrest for seasoned cruisers. !! Food and service was generally very good but no better than other cruise lines. The Venezia could get very congested sometimes with people trying to squeeze past with trays etc.The space is limited inside the Buffet. P&O are living in the past and cater mostly for stuffy elderly types. Not a lot to attract younger people. Some people look down on you if you have not done at least 20 cruises with P&O and reference is made quite often in the theatre by Entertainment Director. Who can remember Captain so and so from Canberra or Oriana in 1973 ?? Who has been on Adonia EtcEtc .Ha Ha. No interest to younger passengers. Disembarkation, A nightmare. Flight cancelled. P&O knew this the day before and never informed anyone until we had checked out of the cabin with minimum hand luggage.We never saw our luggage for 2 days. It was taken away on Thursday night and got it back at Glasgow on Saturday night. Overnight hotel was a dump. NO RUNNING WATER, for 2nd day in a row, NO TOILETS , Food disgusting, NO SANITATION. Sat in chair all night. Bed disgusting. Checked in next day to find we are downgraded to Economy on what appeared to be the oldest Jumbo Jet in he sky !!! Wamos Airlines. No inflight entertainment. Nothing. Crammed into middle row of 4 seats !! Even though 200 empty seats on plane. Did not pay Premium for this to arrive at 23,20 in Glasgow on a Saturday night 18,5 hours late.. This is the Life ?????????????? P&O should be ashamed. Elderly ladies were left wandering around Glasgow Airport at this time wondering what to do. No assistance at all. Many stranded and unable to get home. Our first and last Cruise with P&O is memorable for all the wrong reasons. American passengers would never stand for this type of treatment and neither should we. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our first cruise, and having been quite excited but also nervous about what to expect we certainly were not disappointed. We were surprised by the ease and speed once of the aircraft of actually getting onto the ship, all in all ... Read More
This was our first cruise, and having been quite excited but also nervous about what to expect we certainly were not disappointed. We were surprised by the ease and speed once of the aircraft of actually getting onto the ship, all in all very speedy and exciting albeit a bit mesmerising for the first time, be prepared if it is your first time it's a bit of a whirlwind! I was very impressed by the size of the cabin especially the walk in wardrobe - made it so easy to get ready in the evenings. Our steward Fransico was amazing and helpful but not all in the way, he cleaned our room and did everything as if by magic! The bars and restaurants were very good and the service in all excellent. I found the fish was overcooked but I presume they do this to avoid any possible illness maybe, i'm not sure? we did have a gastro flu type bug outbreak but it was handled incredibly well and didn't really impact on us at all. Entertainment was varied and New Year's eve was amazing we actually celebrated at 8pm (UK New Year) and again at midnight Caribbean time, the singers were fantastic, food delicious, staff efficient and the crowd on board was brilliant. Shore excursions got cancelled a few times which was a disappointment and slightly annoying as most the time when we asked why no one had an answer. But to finish off, if you have never cruised and are unsure, if you don't go you don't know and I found that most travellers on board had been on many cruises, it seems to be a bit of an addiction if you are not careful lol !!! Well done P&O we had a great time and booked again for next year !!!! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
The flight, we had booked seats in the premium at the front, previous years we had done the same and had a good experience and thought it was well worth it, last year we both thought the service wasn't like previous years, and the ... Read More
The flight, we had booked seats in the premium at the front, previous years we had done the same and had a good experience and thought it was well worth it, last year we both thought the service wasn't like previous years, and the drinks what was complimentary, the flight crew seem funny about giving them to you. You have a menu to chose you meal of, going out , no menu and we only have limited meals left, very poor. Going home, flight staff was different, very good service, menus, good meals, even wine with your meal!!! We have booked for next year and we are going to change from premium to premium leg room seats as they are a fair bit cheaper and you get the same. Embarking the ship was very good, fairly quick and easy, suitcases landed early evening. Would suggest to board on the 2rd day so you have a full day because of the muster meeting. Been on azura for the last five years at Christmas and it has a regular following of passengers, which we have meet some nice people and new friends. Ship itself in need of updating, renovating in the cabins and other areas of the boat, but it is always kept clean and tidy. Crew staff, found them as normal, very friendly and helpful, some aren't that interested. Bar waiters found most of them very good, and around asking if you would like a drink, even tea or coffee was t to much trouble for some. Found that very good. Food and resturants. We was on 2rd sitting in the oriental on table 42, our waiters was very good, and the wine waiter was good but his area was to large and he was a bit stretched, not his fault, more the maitre D's. Food was good and found it an enjoyable dining experience. We had booked into the Sindhu resturant on the 23rd of December but this turned out to be a black tie night. So I rang up to change the reservation for the 26th, Boxing Day night at 8.30pm. We turned up and they said that we had no reservation, when he had checked and looked into it, the booking for 8.30, they moved the reservation to 6.15pm without informing us, so we book again for the following night, the tropical night dress code, again turned up and was messed about, again we hadn't booked they had told us, the front of house waiter, who was telling me that we hadn't a booking, he was the person we had seen the night previous. Big joke!!! Food might be good but the organisation of the resturant has something to improve, found this very poor. The glass house was good, but most of the meals came in batter, but they was very tasty. Wines was nice to. The beach house was good, you can't book but if you go up at 6.30 on the day that you want to eat, they'll book a table for you. Ocean grill, pizza The burgers would have been very nice if they would stop putting lettuce on them, then wrapping them up, putting them on a hot plate, like macdonalds. But the lettuce goes soft and soggy. They have tubs of cabbage and carrot or lettuce tomato salad to dress the burgers yourself, which made a very nice burger. Fries good to. Chicken nuggets needed more taste in the breaded crump mix. Near every day the pizza's was burnt and passengers was complaining to the staff making the pizza's. In the end they sorted it, they was quite nice. Ice cream was nice, but you got to pay for it, which I thought at least they would offer a standard cone with one scoop of ice cream included in the full board booking. Shame. Grab and go was good at dinner. Buffet resturants found the food good but a small selection compared to other company's like princess and Royal Caribbean. Seating at peak times was very few and far between. Over all the dining experience, the food was good and the company to. Except the Sindhu mess up. Tender service St Kitts, we hadn't booked a trip, been an experienced cruiser in the carribean, we was getting a taxi to our nice little beach we got told about. But by the time they had finished the tender service for the trips it was nearly 11 o'clock, then the rest of the passengers could be tendered ashore. Really very poor and shown inexperience to what we had experienced before with po and other cruise company's. By the time we was ashore was 11.55, half the day had gone. Passengers was getting fed up as the young inexpericed senior office said to wait for ten more passengers when there was a tender boating waiting to take more passengers ashore. Some passengers was asking can we go, he just give them little insults, like take man up tablets or are you sea sick yet!! Entertainment we found ok, shows we went to was good and entertaining. Benne and her team did well, they worked hard. The in cabin tv, films was old some good, some well! They could do like other cruise companies screen them through to the cabins at tea time or other times of the day. Some of the port videos wouldn't play. Overall the cruise was good, even with the change of ports with st Martten and Tortola missing. The trips we had booked Do it yourselfs, from Amber cove to peuta plata town, guided tour guide Jeff 1, he was they good, told about all the history not just about Dominican Republic and Haiti but a lot more and how Dom rep was found and who fought to keep it, then he took us to the beach, where we was given beach four posted beach beds, very posh. Drinks wasn't expensive neither, for £17.00 this was a bargain. Enjoyed snuba in Antigua, seen lots of fish and coral. Trip on catermaran to beqelia island , unorganised, was a free for all for the food, trip staff had saved some to give more out to them and the locals. Where we had a chicken leg and a small peice of tuna. They had the beach feast we was promised. Champagne lobster dive and catermaran to a paradise island from Grenada was expensive but was worth every penny, fantastic day out again, we been on this twice before. The turtle swim, snorkelling and catermaran to a really nice beach in Barbados, was another fantastic day out, well run, safe and enjoyable. The deep sea fishing was cancelled, they said dur to no interest, but at some ports like amber cove, and other ports, the locals was offering half day trips and seem quite busy. All in all, fantastic cruise again, and look forward to next year. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We had previously been on Azura two years ago for Christmas in the Caribbean and it was wonderful. so it was easy to choose Azura again for another Caribbean Christmas,we wasn't disappointed. We flew out to Barbados on Thomas Cook, we ... Read More
We had previously been on Azura two years ago for Christmas in the Caribbean and it was wonderful. so it was easy to choose Azura again for another Caribbean Christmas,we wasn't disappointed. We flew out to Barbados on Thomas Cook, we had pre booked our economy seats as we didn't want to be spit up for 9 hours. Food was good, leg space was very good, the plane seat plan was 2 then 4 then 2 so there was no need for anyone climbing over you or you over them to get out. Embarkation was quick and we were onto the ship. The Christmas decorations were absolutely beautiful with the atrium looking a million dollars, Our cabin was great it was an inside but it was a larger inside with lots more wardrobe and cupboard space, one to remember, Our cabin steward was Basil who looked after us very well. We were flexible dining as we changed our plans most evenings to suit as there is so much to do and see. The foods taste and presentation was excellent, The staff were very attentive and polite, We always sat together on a table for two and just a little note to the passengers on the larger tables, please smile and say thank you to your waiter as we noticed most evenings that they were all talking away to each other and when food was put in front of them most never even made any acknowledgement to them. Formal nights were amazing, with all restaurants adhering to the dress code, It was nice to also see that the dress attire for the smart casual nights passengers still liked to be dressed up. Well done to Azura for keeping this ship a high standard for the dress code. The entertainment/shows were very good, we were incredibly luckily to have had Roy Walker on our cruise. he was so funny, Also the ventriloquist was so brilliant and funny, that I purchased his dvd. The Ports of call and shore excursions were excellent,, my favourite was Guadalupe we went to see where " Death in Paradise" is made, it is really is paradise but so are all the islands we went to. Christmas Eve was magical, Santa arrives! We have no children but the entertainment staff and also the Captain make it so wonderful, even for us "oldies" A was such a truly wonderful Christmas cruise that we booked up whilst on board for 2018 Caribbean Christmas Cruise Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We are a couple in our late 20’s early 30’s, this was our first cruise, we did the Caribbean cruise Transfer from airport and embarkment to ship was swift, no issues. We see a couple of people at reception moaning regarding the ... Read More
We are a couple in our late 20’s early 30’s, this was our first cruise, we did the Caribbean cruise Transfer from airport and embarkment to ship was swift, no issues. We see a couple of people at reception moaning regarding the automatic tipping, so if you wish get the form to opt out of this auto tipping and add tips as you see fair etc we did this as the bar staff were friendly and the cabin Steward Russell was a very lovely man couldn’t do enough for us. The food was lovely you have the main buffet if you go all inc, breakfast, Lunch, afternoon tea & dinner, only moan I would have is that the toast was always cold, would be nice if there was a way they could keep it a bit warmer. I read online a lot of moans about the buffet but overall I had no complaints. The other restaurant is the peninsula, great service, again great food. We also went to the Epicuran, although the food was not amazing the service was great and presentation etc, the Sindu however is 10/10 absolutely lovely, very fairly priced too. The entertainment was great, there is something for everyone! The sail aways are great fun! Black tie nights were also fun, queues were quite long to have professional pics taken but that’s up to you whether to have that done or not, we had one done in the atrium and then the others were taken at our sit down meal. Getting on and off the ship once visiting ports was a breeze, no issues at all no queues or delays. Overall we had such a lovely time, If my bank account would allow it we would go again in a heartbeat! Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
The original itinerary was changed by the hurricanes to substitute Guadeloupe for the destroyed Tortola in British Virgin Islands. As Hurricane Irma, Harvey, Maria and Katia barrelled their way round the Caribbean in the Autumn of ... Read More
The original itinerary was changed by the hurricanes to substitute Guadeloupe for the destroyed Tortola in British Virgin Islands. As Hurricane Irma, Harvey, Maria and Katia barrelled their way round the Caribbean in the Autumn of 2017, we became very worried about whether there would be enough left standing for us to enjoy. It was a needless concern, because we visiited nine islands and saw no damage. Boarding our P&O chartered Thomson's Dreamliner at Gatwick, we hopefully waved au revoir to our cases and settled in for eight hours of reading, announcements, meals to be eaten like a praying mantis and, of course, funny smells. It was a pleasant flight; the Dreamliner being what it is, we had to keep looking out the windows to make sure the engines were turned on because it was quiet enough to hear people scratching. Luckily, the driver found Barbados in the middle of nowhere and we duly landed to be greeted by a wall of heat and friendly faces. The forty minute coach trip to the P&O Azura was fascinating. Barbados is quite a flat island (the only one in the Caribbean that wasn’t made by a volcano) and so the loveliest scenery is mainly around the beaches. Our first trip to the Caribbean and the things we discovered. • Most places have taxi marshall's outside the welcome terminal. They will manage which taxi (minibus) you get in, leaving only when full (but at least they leave the AC on!). You pay at the end of your return journey after they pick you up at the appointed time. • Take US dollars and Euros. Don’t bother with Eastern Caribbean Dollars and be careful you know which “dollars” you are being asked for. Make sure your change is in US dollars. • Everywhere you go there is music. If you don’t like reggae, go somewhere else, because that is the theme running through most islands. • Rum Punch is often quite strong. Two will make you tipsy, and don’t mix it with their Carib beer at 5.2%, something I learned rather than heard. • Caribbean people are friendly, vibrant, kind, church-going Christians, happy and bring their children up really well. They seem to have proper family values and standards. They don't have drug problems - they have drug-trafficer problems because of their unfortunate geographic location between grower and user. • Wherever you stop, there is a terminal area with markets, shops, stalls, music and bars where you can buy duty free goods. These are invariably more expensive than in the town. Antigua (Pronounced “ANTEEGAH” - saying “ANTEEG YOU AH” singles you out as a “newbie”) A gorgeous and spectacular island, the inhabitants of which are 99% church-going Christians, and all of whom are lovely friendly souls. We went on the “Best of Antigua with Lobster Lunch” excursion for the best lobster I have ever had! Apparently another excursion with a lobster lunch was not nearly so good, so be careful which one you choose. This one visits Shirley Heights, Nelsons Dockyard (Lobster Lunch), the spectacularly beautiful rain forest and finally Mitties Bar by the beach. Verdict - Lovely island and people, safe as houses. Mitties Bar rum punches are stronger than you think. I know that now. St Kitts and Nevis A pretty little island with lovely laid back friendly people. We did the train journey round the island which had some lovely surprises, rattling and rolling it's way round that central mountain. Others did the beach and thoroughly enjoyed their day. The shops near the ship were great fun, as were the bars. Smashing friendly people. "Don't worry ...... be happy" Amber Cove - Dominican Republic This is a shopping and recreation centre built by Carnival Cruises as a clean safe oasis in the Dominican Republic. If you've been to Disney-World, it's a bit like Main Street USA. We didn’t find anyone who did the Puerto Plata (nearest town) excursion and enjoyed it on account of the fact that it seemed to be a tour through landfills. Nobody said they felt safe in the town and, outside Amber Cover, you can pay for a day at the hotel and beach next door. Those that did, didn't seem very happy with it. This Amber Cove “Carnival Cruises oasis” is clean, safe, ringed with steel fences and very well appointed. There are pools, loungers, bars, shops, water features and views, most of it being free. I loved it but others thought it was false and man-made. Which it was. I still liked it though. You don’t have to spend anything if you don’t want to. Unfortunately all telecoms were down so nobody could use the free WiFi or pay with cards. Rickshaws take you from the ship to the entrance.. It’s free, but a $2US tip per trip is gratefully received. Martinique (Actually, France, and therefore Europe) Much nicer than Guadeloupe. This was more up-market - the currency is Euros, very few take dollars. We did what most people do and took the boat from the dock to Pointe de Bout ($7 return per - person pay on board). From here you can walk to the right to a pretty, exclusive and expensive beach. Drinks here, especially on that little bar in the water, are shockingly expensive. Alternatively, walk straight on from the jetty through the lovely shops and bars (normal prices) to the big more popular beach. The boats also go to other nearby beaches which we didn’t visit. The people are lovely, friendly and helpful. And French. Yes I know. All the reviews about rudeness are unfounded. The boats are backwards and forwards from the dock every half hour. Some people walked round the town instead and reported it to be very pleasant, although a lot were closed because it was a Sunday. Guadeloupe (France again) Not our favourite stop. Use Euros and not dollars, try and speak some French if you can. We did the excursion called “Highlights of Guadeloupe” which might have been wishful thinking because some felt the highlight was getting back to the ship again. The waterfall was underwhelming, the botanical gardens a muddle and the plantation and distillery a health and safety nightmare. The rum shop was good though - every rum product you can imagine, so that made the trip worthwhile. People who did the excursion “St Anne’s Beach on your own” had a much nicer time and said it was quite safe and very pretty. Wish we'd done that! I’d like to be able to say all the people we met were friendly. Do not wear jewellery or use your mobile phone in the street. Some passengers didn’t take that advice, regrettably. Our tour guide advised us not to walk anywhere that has buildings above three storeys. Scary! The capital Point de Pitre is like downtown Marseilles. We wouldn’t walk round it, something the Captain advised over the ships tannoy before we docked. The reason that P&O haven’t been to this island for the last twenty years was no longer a mystery. Grenada Paradise. Take the water taxi from near the berth to the beach. $10pp return, $20 for a luxurious sunbed and very large brolly. A bucket of six beers, surrounded by ice costs $15 and is served by waiters who will come round to see if you need anything. Lovely beach for swimming and just chilling out. Water taxis are travelling backwards and forwards all the time. The island is safe and friendly, the people lovely, sand clean the landscape gorgeous. It used to be British. St Lucia Beautiful port, lovely friendly people. The terminal area is a chaotic mass of taxi drivers and tour sellers trying to sell you something. Just walk on, they have nowhere else to tout for business - it’s just not very well organised. People loved the beach trips and the kayaking. We found the people friendly and fun. The terminal building has shops on two levels. Whatever you do, make a point of going upstairs to Shirley's shop. She and her shop are wonderful! If you walk out of the terminal area, turn left and go to the local market a little way on the left. We had such a great time there laughing with the ladies and buying bits and pieces. If someone approaches you and hands you a handmade object or anything else, don’t take it because they will only accept money and will say you bought it by taking it. This isn’t dangerous, it’s just a nuisance. A couple went to Vigie Beach by bus. It cost $18 each return and everything they did was very expensive - umbrellas, chairs, drinks. They said they hadn’t expected to pay so much for a day at the beach and that facilities there were very basic. We were late leaving St Lucia and the Captain advised us not to venture into Castries after dark. It used to be French. St Vincent and the Grenadines A lovely friendly safe pretty island that’s almost more British than Britain. We went to the botanical gardens by taxi - $20 return. Very peaceful and beautiful place to spend an hour. Oddly, we spent two or three hours behind some beers in the terminal area which was totally the opposite of St Lucia - probably because of the people, the music and the beer! With reggae music in the background, and $3 for a local beer, why go anywhere else? Some people went to Bequie island by water taxi, where the beaches are beautiful, but there are no seats or umbrellas for non-residents. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our fourth Caribbean Cruise with P& O over the past six years and our second time on Azura. We were not intending to go this year as we are already booked on Azura in Jan 2018, with a group of friends. I saw a late deal and we ... Read More
This was our fourth Caribbean Cruise with P& O over the past six years and our second time on Azura. We were not intending to go this year as we are already booked on Azura in Jan 2018, with a group of friends. I saw a late deal and we decided to go for it and absolutely no regrets. We have previously sailed on Ventura and Britannia in the Caribbean and both enjoyable. We have always booked a balcony, but on this occasion the deal was for an inside cabin which would be a new experience for us. We flew from Manchester on the Dreamliner and had a very good flight both there and back. The embarkation at Barbados went of very smoothly and we were quickly on the ship. We proceeded to our cabin which was in a good location on B deck, near the forward lifts. We were very pleasantly surprised with our cabin, it was very clean and tidy, yes it was small in comparison to the balcony cabins, but in reality we don't send much time in the cabin, Our cabin steward Dency introduced himself and could not do enough for us, he was friendly, efficient and always had a smile on his face, nothing was too much trouble for him. This high level of service from Dency continued throughout the cruise. We walked around the ship on the first day and in general found it to be in a good condition considering the amount of sailings it undertakes. We had no complaint in this department. We were on Freedom dining, which we had requested which suits our style of holiday and we found the service and food to be of a good standard for the amount of people passing through on a nightly basis, compared to previous cruises on P&O. We tried the speciality restaurants, Sindhu, Epicurean, The Glass House and The Beach House. In all cases the food and service was excellent and in our opinion worth the additional cost apart from the Valentines Night meal in Epicurean, the cover charge was excessive albeit the meal was very nice. it appeared P&O were up to their old tricks of taking advantage of an occasion for additional profit. Usually before dinner we would go to the Planet Bar for a drink and met a very friendly and helpful bartender called Simpson, from the first night to the last he always made us feel welcome and would start serving preparing our drinks as we walked in. I have to say that throughout our cruise all the staff we encountered were smiling, friendly, and helpful even more than other P& O ships we have been on. This really did make the cruise. There is no doubt in our opinion that the Azura is a happy ship and this was reflected in the atmosphere around the ship. In relation to the entertainment, Jimmy James was up to his usual high standard and highly enjoyable, We3 were excellent. Both acts performing in the main theatre. The Freddie Mercury and Elton John tribute acts were good but have seen better performances by other tribute acts on previous cruises. Again in the main the entertainment was good. The activities on sea days are not our scene and we had no problems finding a sun beds at the front of the ship, spending the day relaxing. We booked three excursions, the river tubing in Jamaica which was great fun and well worth the experience. On St Lucia we booked the catamaran trip to the Pitons again another great trip and well worth doing. On our final port of call at Dominica, we booked the Rib Experience Adventure, with a snorkelling experience over Champagne Reef, unfortunately the sea was a running a bit rough near the coast and we had to forgo this experience, but still managed to snorkel further along the island. Again another enjoyable trip well worth experiencing. We have previously been to ports on this cruise, but being the Caribbean we enjoyed them all and explored new locations within the island. Tortola is our favourite, St Maarten is a good island to explore and this time we decided to go to Orient Beach for a change, magnificent, one of the best beaches we have been to, tried the Kon-Tiki bar, hired sun beds and enjoy some food and drink, excellent and highly recommended. Sorry if I have gone on a bit but this really was an excellent and enjoyable cruise, which exceeded our expectation.There was only my wife and I this time as we normally have a group of friends join us but it was nice to enjoy our own company. I appreciated this a personal opinion and other people may have had different experiences but for us this an excellent cruise and full credit to P&O and the staff of Azura for making it so. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Recently arrived back from Azura cruise 21 Jan-4 Feb 17. The cruise was generally fine but there is much that can be improved. The 65% reviewers approval rating is a fair assessment. We had a bad start to our holiday on the flight to ... Read More
Recently arrived back from Azura cruise 21 Jan-4 Feb 17. The cruise was generally fine but there is much that can be improved. The 65% reviewers approval rating is a fair assessment. We had a bad start to our holiday on the flight to Barbados. We paid a lot extra to be upgraded to Premium Economy which is not value for money. The Premium cabin is no different from the Economy cabin apart from a curtain to divide the two. A couple of free drinks does not compensate for the extra money paid. Legroom, seats, food etc is the same AND many of the TVs did not work for the flight duration. The cruise itinerary was fine but we could have done without Amber Cove which is not much more than a Carnival play park. The entertainment on board is below average. Using individuals from the on board team will only work if the individuals are good enough. An exception was Paul Rudd? the lead guitarist from Jet Set (the ships' resident band) who was very good. The food at breakfast/lunch was fine although the servery was a bit of a scrum.Food at dinner was, in my opinion, not up to standard. The chef seems to think that the British only eat warmish British food and bases his menus on this. Try other food, we can take it! The gym is very good. The variety of classes needs to be looked at. It was noted that classes that demanded a fee were a bit thin on the ground towards the end of the cruise. My wife liked the line dancing but not in the Atrium! A lot of other guests turned up there just to watch which made some participants who were still learning routines a little embarrassed. Other ships use the theatre. Trips organised by the ship are very expensive. Many passengers used the local taxi/mini buses which are not as comfortable but half the price. They all go to the same places! Drinks in the bars are not cheap. Spirit measures are minute! Buy a "double" to get more than one sip, that will cost around £8.00! BUT the wine list, quality and prices in the restaurants was very good. Well done. I had a stomach bug for 48 hours which was reported to the emergency number as instructed. I was told that I would get a call from one of the medical team ASAP but never did. I chased it up later and was told that the call receiver had written down the wrong cabin number so I could not be found. I can guarantee that no other person on the ship had the same surname as me so finding me should not have been a problem. This has to be sorted. Tips, as on other cruise ships are automatically taken from individual on board accounts. This practice should be stopped. I am still convinced that it is not legal. The weather was not great. Rained for a short time most days but still very warm. Lots of moaning here but all in all the cruise was mostly enjoyable. Well, we were on holiday! Read Less
30 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We cruised for the 1st time on Azura last year ( canaries) and loved every second so we were confident on booking with P&O and Azura again this time. Flight from Birmingham supposed to be a Dreamliner but wasn't . They tried ... Read More
We cruised for the 1st time on Azura last year ( canaries) and loved every second so we were confident on booking with P&O and Azura again this time. Flight from Birmingham supposed to be a Dreamliner but wasn't . They tried hard to compensate but it was not great. Transfers. To ship excellent, quick and efficient. Embarkation swift. Felt like coming home, Balcony cabin ready as soon as we arrived, clean and comfortable, complimentary water and tea and coffee . All great. Phew! But then we realised the Bon voyage package we booked hadn't been deliverd fully.....the champagne was there as were the flowers but no bathrobes or vouchers for spa or champagne breakfast or photoshop. the spa package also hadn't been delivered then we realised the mini bar wasn't fully stocked ( as in items hadnt been replaced from the last occupants usage) worse to come the air con wasn't working and the sink was blocked!! A quick and meaningful telephone call to reception had the maintance crew, the cabin steward and the spa manager rectifying their mistakes. (TIP: If anything is wrong get right on it, don't leave it to the end to complain, staff are always willing to help but you must not be backwards at coming forwards, a polite but firm insistence that you want something fixed right almost away always yield results!) You never know with your cabin steward how good they will be and they really can help make or break your holiday experience, Our last cabin steward was excellent and we never ever, not once had to ask him to redo anything he never forgot anything our cabin was always ready and clean when we needed it as he asked on the first day what we liked and he was always discreet. This time our steward was terrible! So unorganised and her standards of clean were NOT ours. Our cabin was often not ready when we returned during the day after excursions and even once when we came back from our evening meal 10.30pm!! (0/10). We often had stained of damaged 'new' towels hung up, but they were always changed when asked ( point is we shouldn't have had to) Once again we had freedom dining which we loved. All food was excellent, except The Glass House ( tough steak, cold food and snail pace service) and sadly this visit to the Epicuran ( still the same menu as last year) the food was poor, and luke warm, the staff were as bored serving it as we were eating it. We cancelled the pre booked second visit. However by comparison The Beach House was EXCELLENT. Food wonderful and varied, The staff were happy and the restaurant manager ran a very happy and efficient eating venue. We had excellent meals in the meridian and Peninsular main restaurants too. The buffet were all good if you managed to avoid busy the periods. The entertainment was very hit and miss, the sail aways were appalling, shrieking British compares, music more fitting to a kareoke pub.... fat somebody's vindaloo song... really painful. Get a grip P& O. There were some great acts and a very funny comedian but the 'entertainment' team by the pool were an embarrassment. ( except Accent the Caribbean vocal act, they were excellent) Sadly you coud not avoid the entertainment team even on our balcony you could hear their patronising comparing as they had their mikes up full. Hiring young adults to entertain 40-80 year olds is a daft idea, what do they have in common....very very little. Also, showing football matches on the sky screen was truly dispiriting. ( nothing against football, and why not show it in Brodie's a sports bar, rather than subject the entire mid ship to the noise). Excursions were great and good value for money we did 3 catermaran trips all excellent. All the others we did our own thing as taxis both car and boats, were cheap and plentiful. Oasis Spa Total, utter, shambles, the management of the spa on Azura are APPALLING. The girls and the treatments they give are exceptional, still too pricey but good, and thank goodness they are less pushy with the hard sell of aftercare products these days. We booked a spa package for both of us, we were so disappointed as stated previously the spa bathrobes were not delivered, the spa promice to contact you to before you cruise so you can prebook your treatments and retreat days never happend. Having to QUE in a line like school children to be given your bands to enter the retreat was an insult how hard an it Be to organise different colour bands for different days to be given to clients at the start of the cruise or another colour for those who have booked passes for the entire cruise? I use the spa a lot and love having the treatments but the billing is AWAYS wrong. P&O need to have a long hard look at the company they outsource the spa to. Standards are slipping very badly. I love cruising, I love Azura she is a beautiful ship, I love the wonder of opening the curtains each morning and being in a new place, I love being so well looked after, I love sea days and the formal nights. P&O are good value for money but I am becoming less enchanted with the mixed standards on the ship, it sounds awful and very snobby but there are more and more passengers these days who's manners, decorum and general politeness leave ALOT to be desired. In conclusion would I book with P&O again, maybe.but I'll be watching the reviews very closely. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Our 3rd cruise with 3 different cruise lines and it has to be said that the food and service was below standard, especially the waiter service in restaurants, making it the least desirable cruise we have been on. Not sure I will cruise ... Read More
Our 3rd cruise with 3 different cruise lines and it has to be said that the food and service was below standard, especially the waiter service in restaurants, making it the least desirable cruise we have been on. Not sure I will cruise with P & O again!! If you are employed to be a waiter, why don't you know how to wait on a table? Very poor service throughout the cruise, except for the odd one or two evenings/waiters. The food was average, some dishes were served barely warm, not great. Wine waiters had no idea about wine, let alone how to pour wine. Head waiters didn't seem to care, not interested in putting things right. The entertainment was very good, catering for all tastes. Roy Walker was superb, Rietta Austin was amazing, Victoria and Accent were energetic to the end, and a joy to behold. Some of the top deck entertainment was a little loud and tiring, bordering on school playground, which needs tailoring to the clientele a little more. The gala evenings were a big disappointment. Not much happening anywhere on the ship, following on from great performances in the theatre, it all felt a bit of a high became a crashing low!!! In summary. Sort the quality of the food. Throw the waiter staff overboard and replace with waiters who know how to wait on tables, know how to smile and know how to engage with customers. Until then, I think I would avoid P & O. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2015
Im sorry for the delay in posting my review, Ive been busy and I wanted the time (do we have the time anymore to really sit down and choose our words carefully) to write a balance and well thought out critique of our experience on the last ... Read More
Im sorry for the delay in posting my review, Ive been busy and I wanted the time (do we have the time anymore to really sit down and choose our words carefully) to write a balance and well thought out critique of our experience on the last PO Cruise that we undertook, which was 20th February 2015 to the 6th March 2015. This is the 3rd time of cruising with PO and the 5th for my partner and I have to say each year the standard gets worse and worse. We tend to cruise around the Caribbean at the end of February / early March, and we normally cruise on the Azura. And after reading this years reviews (prior to our cruise) we were genuinely taken aback by some of the comments, about the staff, their attitude, the service etc. And now looking back after reflecting upon those comments, they were indeed extremely accurate. What has happened PO? Your staff are so miserable and surly. How are they being interviewed? “Right, who has the longest face? You’re in, you can start Monday.” Anyway, as for this year, we thought or I thought that we would try some of their gifts/vouchers that are advertised prior to the cruise. First up, I ordered the “Embarkment Package” as a surprise, so upon arrival in our cabin there should have been waiting for us: a bottle of Champagne, flowers and Chocolate Package. Disaster. We entered the room to find the flowers and nothing else. We couldn’t find anything else. Checked everywhere. Nothing. So I then had to tell my partner why I was searching the fridge and why I was heading to reception. Surprise ruined. Thanks PO. So I went to reception and asked what had happened to the champagne and chocolates. They rang the appropriate area, and told me the champagne was in the fridge, which it wasn’t as we checked when entering the room, (plus we were expecting 2 champagne flutes and for our champagne to be in an ice bucket chilling). We then returned to the room to find a warm bottle champagne now in our fridge, “Abra ka draba”, Champagne for you! I then called reception again and asked for some glasses. So we then had to wait for them to arrive and once they did, I then asked the waiter if we could have an ice bucket for the champagne......(so much for my surprise to my partner, totally ruined by PO incompetency). After achieving 2 things out of 3, I became quite cockey and thought, hmmmm, lets try my hand at finding out where are the chocolates; so I called up reception and inquired as to the chocolates and where were they?. After several calls backwards and forwards (reception had to call catering, catering back to reception, reception back to me) I was told you get the chocolates on your first sea day! “Why?” I asked. You just do. So much for 3 gifts awaiting for you upon your arrival into your cabin. This surprise was now a complete joke. Its not advertised that you get the chocolates on the first sea day, which for us was two days away!!! Second Package – the disastrous wine package. This gets worse.....this episode is something out of Fawlty towers. So you are given (we bought the 12 bottle wine package) 12 little cards, and you are told when you buy this package, The Captains collection package, that you save money, and you can have your wine delivered to your room, the restaurant, the glass house, where ever you are; sounds great doesn’t it? Sounds as though its hassle free (which is right up my boat), but during the booking of this package, you are made aware a bottle can take up to 10/15min before the wine is delivered to you; fair enough, I have no qualms with that. I thought, well they have at least made you aware. So the first time we tried to get a bottle of wine it took over 55 minutes. You see, what you aren’t told, is the porter has to go to a certain restaurant, find the wine manager or bar manager, he then opens up the wine area, collects your wine and bring it back to you. 55 minutes! We did (past tense) have plans while we waited in our cabin, and yes we did call between room service and reception to find out what was going on? And neither of them had a clue. At one point they couldn’t even locate our porter. Not one to throw in the towel easily, I thought ok, we’ll have another go at this, it cant be that hard, we have the vouchers, you have the wine, lets do this!!! So on the second day, we tried again, (mainly because after the first time of trying we were told that we were unfortunate due to the time of day we had placed the order, the wine manager was away and thats why it had been delayed so long. So this was our second attempt......order placed.....in room ready and waiting.......10 min passed, 20 minutes passed, 50 minutes passed,,,,,,our wine turned up this time, 1hr and 35 minutes later. We had waited, called, were given no explanation at all. So we left the bottle in the room and proceeded to go to reception, they apologised and now assured us that this wouldn’t happen again, and they had now ironed out a few difficulties, so all issues were resolved and we could use our vouchers anywhere including in the Glass House. So off we went to the Glass House and tried to order a bottle of wine from our selection that we were entitled too. The waitress in the glass house now informed me, that we weren’t allowed a bottle of wine from our selection because the restaurant where our wine was stored was closed. I couldn’t take this anymore. How hard is this? It couldn’t be that difficult. I had vouchers they had the wine, why couldn’t I just get a bottle of wine from PO. What is wrong with you guys?!?!??! When I ordered this package Southmapton staff in the office seemed to think it was straight forward, let me assure you its far from that. This was becoming a sketch from laurel and hardy, everywhere I looked total incompetency. I now returned to reception explained the latest rules in trying to get a bottle of wine....”I cant” , and said you can have your two bottle of wines back, we’ll just take a refund. We had ordered two, received two, but hadn’t opened any. The receptionist was fine with this, he came to our cabin, took our two bottle of wines back, and the refund did eventually return to my account. Third package: We paid for a framed formal night photo. Upon deciding what picture we wanted, we were told it would take 24 hours for it to be in a frame and ready for collection; so as good customers as we are, we turned up the next day on time to collect our picture, only to find someone else at the desk who informed us, “what picture?, no its not been ordered, it takes 24hrs. I interrupted, “yes we know it takes 24 hours thats why we are here, we've been told it will be ready now”. The gentleman made a few phone calls and found it hadn’t been ordered. He asked if we could give him an extra 30 min, which we obliged, returned to find our chosen picture framed. I also bought two PO White Robes, and they are lovely and definitely worth the purchase, though they do take some room up in your case. So please be aware. As a surprise I also ordered the breakfast and champagne in bed.....and this was excellent, I tried to order another ½ bottle of champagne and through the lack of their English, I ended up with another Breakfast Basket, we didn’t touch that bar the champagne ad placed the other basket into the corridor. Dinner with PO is not now silver service, its comes prepared on your plate and they deliver it to you, there's no more: would you like some more veg? Potatoes? anymore bread rolls? I know PO are trying to save cost, but these little things matter, its about the service, you cut back on that and you are left with nothing. Bar staff are so miserable, and the drinks they are producing are fair to poor in terms of the cocktails that are being met. If this one guy behind the bar smiled on the ship his face would crack. I’m meant to be on holiday and to look at him, was like an extra out of a horror movie!!! And finally PO, PLEASE PLEASE get away from these sail away parties, horrendous, its embarrassing , it’s the blue winse brigade, Rule Britannia, et et; I’m probably doing an injustice to Butlins here, but its what you’d associate with them in the early 70’s, not now, not 2015. You even have the entertainment team jumping around the ship trying to get people on their feet, and probably half the passengers have had hip replacements and just want to have a drink in the sun and a chat, and be left alone. It was by far the worse cruise I’ve ever been on with PO. Im loyal to PO, they are my ship, my company, but you need to up your game with service and smiling staff and your packages are just a joke. Do the PO team in Southampton know how bad they are in reality. On the phone they promise you this that and other, it will all be taken (cash from my credit card.....Im guessing) care off, we’ll have everything organised for you and your partner. What a lie. Read Less
Azura Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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