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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I needed a break so short notice I booked the week prior to leaving. The whole process effortless and on arrival at Southampton this was further established as a very well run operation. I was a little concerned over travelling solo but ... Read More
I needed a break so short notice I booked the week prior to leaving. The whole process effortless and on arrival at Southampton this was further established as a very well run operation. I was a little concerned over travelling solo but apart from paying the extra to travel alone there honestly was nothing to worry about. My balcony cabin was perfect 9 steps from the terrace pool bar and restaurant from Riviera deck with easy access to Lido and above. Why kickstart well this cruise is the first real break in 2 years, have thrown myself in to work and given little back. So I purchased the drinks package in my case great value, great brands Tarquins Gin and Doom Bar Ale are a pre requisite for fun. The food excellent, Peninsula Restaurant and the waiting team Emmanuel Table 44 too good to be forgotten. Entertainment well hence the four from five rating it was enhanced by the presence of the Osmond's but the headliners although talented seemed to lack the soul they were trying to portray. Back to travelling solo I made some great friends and we all certainly were men not without hats! Itenary six days of great weather, only one wet day it would have been great if more entertainment were available on wet days. The Gym pool sauna and steams in the Oasis were fantastic and being surrounded by genuinely lovey people made the recipe for a great week. Book again? Yes Recommend? Yes Sparrowhawk on my Balcony? Yes Thank you Azura Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Overall the ship was excellent value and the menus were fine dining. I never experienced one poor meal. The only negative I can speak of is that solo travellers are not catered for at meal times ie constantly asking for a large table with ... Read More
Overall the ship was excellent value and the menus were fine dining. I never experienced one poor meal. The only negative I can speak of is that solo travellers are not catered for at meal times ie constantly asking for a large table with other singles and getting couples or a couple was daunting.As lovely as the people were, it wasn't ideal until I went to afternoon tea for singles and befriended a group who we finally got to dine together. So if P&O say they cannot accommodate diners then surely if the afternoon tea works what is the difference. There were about thirty singles so not an odd one or two. The first excursion I thought was really poor, driving us to a deserted beach for a ten-minute photo opportunity was a total waste of money ie £35,00. The second excursion you could have done yourself by just walking up to the railway. If you wanted to see the Glaciers it would have cost you over £75 to £95.Entertainment was excellent with good singers and shows. The comedians were ok. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
This was our third visit to Azura, we flew from Manchestr to join the ship with Thompson airlines. We found the check in at Manchester very easy, we were through in just under 20 minutes. The flight went fairly quickly adn we felt not at ... Read More
This was our third visit to Azura, we flew from Manchestr to join the ship with Thompson airlines. We found the check in at Manchester very easy, we were through in just under 20 minutes. The flight went fairly quickly adn we felt not at all crowed, even though we had not booked into Premium. We would rather spend that amount of money on the ship than having to pay the extramoney for Premium seats. We soon landed at Barbados and as usual the busses were waiting to take us to the ship. This time the traffic was not as heavy as on previous Barbados trun arounds. We were soon on the ship. After visiting Azura before we soon found our way around again, we were allocated Freedom Dining which we like. Unfortuantley we felt that sisnce the last time on the ship things had taken a downward spiral. The cutback were really noticable to us, but not to others we spojke to. We found the meals in the MDR were not "Fine Dining" as P&O would seem to think. In fact one night we had the usual pager and after three quarters of an hour it had not gone off. We went to investigate why and we were very abrutly told by the lady officer that they had been looking for us for over half and hour. We explained that the pager had not gone off, but she just said we were late. I then asked for the pager to be tested and sure enough the battery was flat, and no appoligy from the officer for her abrut attitude. We eat in Sindu, twice and this we felt was still worth the money, it was nice to see that Kristina was now the head waitress. Also we love the Verona in the evening, this turns into a Italian Trattoria with waiter service, well worth a try if you can get in. Go early and you shouldget a table. We visited all the usual Caribbean Islands, with some of our favourites, Aruba and Curacao. Overall a good cruise and some of the staff we exceptional, others had a could not care less attitude, especially the waiters around the pools. In fact we very often had to go and find someone or go to the bar to get a drink. Whether this is P&O cutting back on staff, I do not know. Perhaps we will give P&O a miss for a few years and try some other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
I had a fabulous time as a single traveller on board Azura. I found all staff to be friendly and helpful. I think if you are polite and well mannered and treat them how you would expect to be treated then that's what you get. I ... Read More
I had a fabulous time as a single traveller on board Azura. I found all staff to be friendly and helpful. I think if you are polite and well mannered and treat them how you would expect to be treated then that's what you get. I found the cabin to be spacious, clean and well decorated. I was at the front of the ship which does mean though you get the pitch and the swing when you are in storms. We did encounter a force 11 and 2 force 8 which weren't mentioned in the captains log and perhaps should have been. You are better off in mid-ship if you are seasick. I was fine during all storms. I was awake during the force 11 but having previously been in a force 10 felt I was safe although yes at times it was a tad scary. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring all aspects of the ship and used the Horizon guide as my bible to pick my own entertainment throughout the days. This Horizon was a god send to me. The entertainment was fabulous. I thought this of the entertainment:- Peter Piper -Hillarious The Four Tops -the best act of the whole cruise by a mile. Steve Larkin - was absolutely fantastic as Freddie Mercury. The theatre group - the Headliners -were awesome -to put on the amount of variety of shows during the cruise must have took some doing!!! Fabulous! Elton John, Peter Cutler and other comedians were poor for my taste. I agree I couldn't get into the pools due to the children but it is the Summer holidays so I expected that anyhow! I was a little disappointed also that as a strong swimmer there is no shallow end in the pools. The pools however were well maintained -every morning I saw them being thoroughly cleaned out! The food -I was on club dining. The waiters were superb and couldn't do enough for you! If there was nothing you liked on the menu he would sort something else for you - and the quality was of a fantastic standard! The room stewardess was superb and very friendly and we had several good conversations! Malaga! Malaga was pretty disappointing -more of a building site and I found the tour boring -fell asleep on the coach -oops! Kefalonia Superb -did natural wonders and an amazing trip in cave and on a boat!Korcula -did the Riviera cruise and a beautiful island! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
I decide to go on Azura because I thought it would be a good choice as I was travelling by myself and the ship looked really nice. I was not disapointed - there is nothing not to like about this ship. It is big so it takes a little while ... Read More
I decide to go on Azura because I thought it would be a good choice as I was travelling by myself and the ship looked really nice. I was not disapointed - there is nothing not to like about this ship. It is big so it takes a little while to get used to the many facilities but from the (inside) pleasantly spacious and nicely fitted cabin to the cleaniness everywhere to the totally delightful staff the whole thing was great. One aspect which is often overlooked and which impressed was the seamless transpot arrangements whereby once you have checked into the airport the next time you see your baggage is in your cabin, also there is no customs line at the other end and the embarkation check in was conducted effectiently and cheerily. All the facilities were nice - I am a really picky eater but can honestly say I never had a poor meal - the choice and standard was excellent - the speciality restaurants were nice although service lagged a little in the glass house so you need to be prompt in ordering your food. as its a big ship at times of course the eating gets crowed but if you just walked to the next section you were fine The retreat is lovely and worth the extra cost although it did cause resentment that availibility was so restricted. The gym equipment and facilities were excellent however some of the extras for some classes were a little over the top and they charged for some which should have been standard. I am not a great one for broadway shows but have to say in general they were presented really well and at 3 different times across the evening so whatever dining you were on you could catch them. The tribute acts were generally good although you have to accept they may not be to your tast (John Denver - Dusty Springfield)but this is a little pot luck. All in all (and for the price)an excellent ship and the team have really got their act together. Rob Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
Booked this cruise on impulse as the one I had booked in April was cancelled due to the Ash Cloud so was looking forward to it. Flew down to Southampton from Edinburgh this may have been my first mistake as the planes engine broke down so ... Read More
Booked this cruise on impulse as the one I had booked in April was cancelled due to the Ash Cloud so was looking forward to it. Flew down to Southampton from Edinburgh this may have been my first mistake as the planes engine broke down so spent an hour onboard waiting to get on another plane. Reached Southampton with no further delays and got a taxi to the port easy and painless.On board the ship by 12.15 this was great. Once on board had a wander around and was very disappointed I thought there was going to be a wow factor with this ship but for me it just wasn't there. The Atrium was so disappointing and so small. The Theatre was quite latge which was a plus and I also liked the idea there was three times for the shows as I was on second seating for dining it meant I did not miss out on any of the shows. I was in the Oriental dining room which was quite easy to get there but was very crowded outside as we were waiting to go in at 8.30pm.Service was very slow and we waited quite a while in between courses to be served. There was very little to do during the day and I found it very boring I have been on Transatlantic cruises before and this was not the case then. I am not into the Spa keep fit etc or listening to lectures or arts and crafts. I expected fun games bands anything around the pool area but this was very quiet apart from the sunbathers. It was always easy to get a sun lounger at any time but ther did not appear to be a lot of people in the swimming pools at any one time. The cinema screen was a bounus but would be better if they did not keep repeating the same films and had a greater variety. This was where I spent a few evenings after dinner when I did not like the shows that were on elsewhere. The shops have the usual items but did not have great sales on. My cabin an inside single was quite large with plenty of storage space and although next to the Atrium and Casino did not hear any noise once the door was shut. Meals were okay but nothing special apart from the Glass House which was superb. Due to the bad weather we did not leave until the Saturday but I am a good sailor and this did not bother me.We had to miss out Tenerife and go to Ponta Delgado instead. Embarkation was fine and as I had been in Barbados quite a few times just got off and had a wander round the shops to kill time. Would I book another Transatlantic cruise with P & O yes but not on the Azura. As Ponta Delgado is not one of the ports listed I will give my impressions here. I booked to go and see the mountains and fire lakes which was really special but it was a very cold and windy day which spoilt it slightly. Read Less
Azura Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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