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Sail Date: August 2011
Allocated a cabin midships under open deck - noise intrusion from footfalls - chairs and tables being moved and also wheeled cabinets meant we could not use our balcony or get relaxing sleep at all. Noise intrusion was for some 20 ... Read More
Allocated a cabin midships under open deck - noise intrusion from footfalls - chairs and tables being moved and also wheeled cabinets meant we could not use our balcony or get relaxing sleep at all. Noise intrusion was for some 20 hours plus per day and despite formal complaints nothing was done to alleviate the problem which completely ruined our holiday. P&O have catered for the mass market with the design of this ship and regular cruisers looking for a quality holiday should avoid at all cost allowing P&O to allocate /select cabins for them . We made the best of it but will never book a cruise on this ship again. It sounds ridiculous but we actually prayed for bad weather to keep passengers off the open deck above us to allow a few hours to get some sleep. To add insult to injury on our return home we discovered our cases had been tampered with during embarkation and 2 expensive pairs of sunglasses stolen. P&O will just suggest claiming on insurance for the items instead of accepting they have a problem with security of our belongings has i found out a few years ago when a similar problem arose at Southampton after a Oriana cruise .. Be aware to not put easy to access expensive items in your luggage. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
As Newbies (new to cruising and new to dancing) we booked this cruise specifically to learn to improve our dancing with Warren Bullock and Jane Phillips of Zig Zag dance factory.We didn't expect to be able to dance with dance ... Read More
As Newbies (new to cruising and new to dancing) we booked this cruise specifically to learn to improve our dancing with Warren Bullock and Jane Phillips of Zig Zag dance factory.We didn't expect to be able to dance with dance instructors provided by the cruise line and even to learn line dancing with one of the entertainment team too. Each evening there was a chance to dance for at least two hours and on two occasions there was a ball , hosted by the cruise dance team which combined ballroom and Latin, sequence and some party and barn dances. although we had never danced sequence before, the hosts ensured that there were experienced dancers to lead and even some youngsters who would be more attuned to disco and club dancing joined in with the party Samba. It all meant that some days we danced for five hours (who said you put on weight on a cruise?).But on days in port, we could be totally chilled out and wander round the local area and relax in the sun. The choice really was ours to be active or relaxed as we wished. We opted for 'Freedom dining' which meant we could plan our days and not be tied to fixed meal times. It also meant we could join in with other people if we wished or spend time together on an intimate table for two. The choice of restaurants was just perfect for us as there was a specialist Indian restaurant (with lobster to die for) and an Italian trattoria. Would we cruise again? Certainly! The only decision to make is where and how soon can we go! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
The Azura seemed to be a large ship and at check in first impressions were it was going to be crowded. This wasn't the case, check in was prompt and efficient and ... Read More
The Azura seemed to be a large ship and at check in first impressions were it was going to be crowded. This wasn't the case, check in was prompt and efficient and staff were very helpful with my wife who was pregnant and 2 children. Cabins were found with ease and cases were waiting. Getting around the ship was easy and nothing too daunting for the kids, plenty of entertainment for all age groups and a nice relaxed atmosphere on board, with most people adhering to the dress codes. Accommodation: We had 2 outside cabins with balcony's which were spacious enough and had everything you needed. Nothing special imagine Travel lodge and you get the idea. They were fit for purpose nothing more to be said. Entertainment: A great selection which seemed very well put together and something for everyone. the night time shows were theater standard and the staff very talented. Good selection of speakers who hled an audience and entertained on a variety of subjects. No complaints at all. Food & Service: Food and service were reasonable and couldnt be faulted for the standard we were expecting, Restaurant 17 & Sandhu were exceptional and couldnt have been better. We were on the 8:30 2nd sitting for dinner which seemed quite relaxed and service was good as was drinks service. Daytime food was of a decent quality for salads, seafood, cold meats etc. Hot food seemed to match the setting which was a little bit motorway services. Some people seemed to have food as their only mission, it was like watching cows graze in a field. Pools & Loungers Decent quality and plenty of availability most of the time, some people tried to monopolise them but this soon calmed down apart from one group of Scouser's who looked like they'd been clipping couples and only aim was to eat and drink as much as they could while sat in the same spot from morning to night for 2 weeks.Port: Toulon Avoid this place at all costs I've given it a 1 star rating as the only plus point was the ship was able to sail away without been hindered. This was the Grimsby of the Cote D Azur Overall: Ive read lots of reviews saying service was bad, I am the perpetual moaner for bad service and have to say the service was excellent from beginning to end, food was good and some days was excellent (cant please all people all of the time), entertainment 1st class and overall rating would be 8 out of 10. Would have been 10 out of 10 if Toulon hadn't had been a stop off, avoid this cess pit of a place at all costs. Read Less
Azura Ratings
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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 3.1
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 4.0 3.8

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