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11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Myself and my Husband have just returned from our cruise aboard the Azura. we returned on Sunday 17/12/2017. We had a fantastic time. we did not take any excursions that are supplied through P and O this is why I can not comment. ... Read More
Myself and my Husband have just returned from our cruise aboard the Azura. we returned on Sunday 17/12/2017. We had a fantastic time. we did not take any excursions that are supplied through P and O this is why I can not comment. when we docked we went a shore every time, the taxi drives can be a pain however once you have run the gauntlet and got through them it was great to explore each island we visited, we went to Antigua, St Kitts ( my favourite) Gaudoloupe, Grenada, (bit dodgy, make sure you have your wits about you exploring here) Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent and Barbados, Pay a visit to the Boat Yard it was a good chill out and a snorkle included in the price. . The food is absolutely superb, we ate on freedom dinning which suits us as we ate when it suited us. all staff on board appeared relaxed and very friendly nothing was too much trouble. the entairtainment was good some really good acts Mark Walker was so funny we saw him on 2 occasions. we mainly positioned ourselves around the terrace above the adults pool, a little comment would be that the loungers where a bit cramped however our cruise was not full so there was not that many people up there. I would recommend a voyage on Azura we had a great time and met some lovely people. Thank you P and O 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We are experienced P&O cruisers and this is our 3rd time on Azura. No problems with embarkation or disembarkation from Ocean Terminal. Azura did not disappoint us. she is getting a little tired but levels of cleanliness and ... Read More
We are experienced P&O cruisers and this is our 3rd time on Azura. No problems with embarkation or disembarkation from Ocean Terminal. Azura did not disappoint us. she is getting a little tired but levels of cleanliness and service were excellent. Just an observation - we were given an upgrade - yippee!!!! We were moved to a better grade sure, however, we were moved to Riviera Deck, deck 14, just under the pool. Very handy but hearing sunbeds being rearranged at 1.00 in the morning and then again at 7.00am took the gloss off the upgrade. You also have a overhang from deck 15 above your balcony which takes some sun off your cabin. All these things did not spoil our cruise - just beware when you are offered an upgrade. We were on Azura in June 16 and although the Headliners line up were different. the shows were the same. They were very good but I would have thought the offering might have changed. Other artists were very good. Already booked next P&O for next year on Arcadia. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise for our 50th Anniversary, we've been on the Azura before & enjoyed ourselves. Our cabin was lovely, food & entertainment fantastic, The Entertainments Team lead by Benne worked so hard, so much ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our 50th Anniversary, we've been on the Azura before & enjoyed ourselves. Our cabin was lovely, food & entertainment fantastic, The Entertainments Team lead by Benne worked so hard, so much energy. The Sail Aways were exciting & got people into the swing of things. Staff all very helpful & understanding. Great choice of food in the Buffet, so much. Varied menu in the Dining Room, always steak or chicken available if menu not to choice. We enjoyed getting off of the Ship & seeing the lovely places. We didn't go on any excursions this time & just did our own thing. We didn't manage to go ashore at Santorini as on that day we were very tired, w saw the donkey's waiting to take people up the steep trail to the top and the cable car but having read that Santorini isn't very suitable for wheelchairs, thought best not to attemp it. Went to Art Classes on the Ship on Sea Days which was fun. Steve Richards the Artist wad great & very willing to share his knowledge. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We decided on this cruise for the ports of call, and it was great choice. September can be dodgy with the sun/rain, but this was sunshine all the way, with temperatures around the mid 20's. This was our first time on Azura but we have ... Read More
We decided on this cruise for the ports of call, and it was great choice. September can be dodgy with the sun/rain, but this was sunshine all the way, with temperatures around the mid 20's. This was our first time on Azura but we have been on the sister ship Ventura, but we did find Azura a more happy place - not sure why but it might have something to do with the Captain - a great bloke. Yes if you look hard you can see the ship is showing some signs of age and work on maintenance is visible but no complaints. We decided on an inside cabin as we wanted no excuse to get involved (the balcony is a great excuse not to go anywhere) and we did - my wife joined the choir and I learned how to juggle... We were allocated the main dining room first sitting and a table of 8. It is a great way to get to know your table mates but it does depend where about's in the dining room your table is as to how much noise there is - which in turn can determine how much of a conversation you can have across the larger tables. On a longer trip, I think the waiters do get to know you better and give a better service for it - I always think there is not enough vegtables in the normal meal and always ask for more - only needed to do this a couple of times and the rest was automatic. The only small thing with the food is that we found it lacking in change, the same stuff (although nice) for most meals. The ports of call on this cruise were excellent - not just the wonderful sun be the places we visited. The greek islands are a bucket list tick off. We only took two organised trips (both included drinking wine - not sure where that came from...) and can't fault the organisation or the standard of the guides, we had a great time. Entertainment - most of the shows we had already seen (Ventura) so we didn't go twice, but the ones that we did go and see were not of the normal standard that we expect - not sure why but we didn't generally enjoy them. We did visit Shindu and The Glass House (both have an extra charge) but the food is really good - and of course the service. Both embarkation and getting off were great - in fact embarkation was the best that we have had. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Wanted to Try a cruise a thought a week would be enough for the first time. p and o have got it right from start to finnish. It was well organized at check in before you know it you are aboard this lovely ship. you do get a map and need it ... Read More
Wanted to Try a cruise a thought a week would be enough for the first time. p and o have got it right from start to finnish. It was well organized at check in before you know it you are aboard this lovely ship. you do get a map and need it for at least the 1st day,. cabins are lovely. our steward was the most polite person I have met. Savio you are brilliant. the cabins were kept amazingly clean. there is a really nice feel about the Azura, the comedians were brilliant. the Adele tribute was excellent. we chose to eat in the buffett a lot of the time as we could suit ourselves. T he skyscreen is a really good idea .We found it easy in the ports everything ran so smoothly We really enjoyed our first cruise Thank you to the Captain and all the crew. Well done p and o ( we booked another while onboard) Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We were blessed with wonderful weather considering it was September in Norway. In 2016 my husband and I sailed to the Med on the Brittania and I can say that we enjoyed our holiday on the Azura much more. Whilst the crew and the food ... Read More
We were blessed with wonderful weather considering it was September in Norway. In 2016 my husband and I sailed to the Med on the Brittania and I can say that we enjoyed our holiday on the Azura much more. Whilst the crew and the food were excellent on both ships, the Azura in my opinion is the better ship due to the central stairs and the promenade deck. The only slight downfall on the Azura was the relatively small buffet area which got very crowded especially at breakfast time. Our cabin was very good we had C609 which was a balcony cabin. My husband surprised me completely on the evening we departed from Bergen, which luckily had been a formal night (best bib and skirt) by arranging, completely without my knowledge for our wedding vows to be renewed by the captain on what was our 38th wedding anniversary. The crew and the lovely Captain Robert Camby made this a wonderful celebration, very well done to my husband and to patricia the events manager. I would happily sail on the Azura in the future Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Booked the trip as my mother in law wanted to celebrate her 50th on a Norwegian Fjords Cruise. P and O was reasonably priced. being in our 20's we were concerned it would be full of 'old' people. However was pleasantly ... Read More
Booked the trip as my mother in law wanted to celebrate her 50th on a Norwegian Fjords Cruise. P and O was reasonably priced. being in our 20's we were concerned it would be full of 'old' people. However was pleasantly surprised as we were not the youngest ones there. The ship itself is lovely, it's 7 years old and still looks quite up to date. easy to get around, not too big as to get lost. The shows in the evening were performed by a group called headliners, they started off good, but then got a bit screechy. not the best shows we've seen, but not the worst. The best nights out were the comedians, John Clegg and Mark Zany, great shows really funny and both had 2 different shows. On sea days, there is plenty to do, the entertainment team put on a hilarious radio show, and the sail aways were great fun. Especially the Olden, was so lovely to see everyone in Olden wave the ship off. With regards to the ports, we visited Stavenger, Flam, Olden and Bergan. Flam and Olden were by far the best ports. I recommend getting up early on the Flam day and going up to the top deck and watching as you sail through the Fjords, An experience i probably wont have again. Food was great, we had fixed dinning at 8.30 in the Oriental, There was something for everyone on there, Veggies may struggle but i'm pretty sure they would cook whatever you wanted. Dinner was 3 courses with a cheese board at the end and at the end of the cruise you get to keep all the menus. I'd avoid the buffet in the evening, food was no where near as good as the restaurants. We did pay extra to eat in the speciality restaurant, the beach house, £7.50 pp. Well worth it, amazing food!!! Drinks were not too expensive either, cocktails £6, Small Wine £4.50, Diet Coke £2.95. Would recommend Planet Bar for drinks, amazing view and lovely to sit and watch the world go by (literally). Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Me and the Mr's are in our early 20's although there was limited day time activities to do the night shows made up for it, Beer is expensive but we brought alcohol from each port and had a pre drink before we went out for the ... Read More
Me and the Mr's are in our early 20's although there was limited day time activities to do the night shows made up for it, Beer is expensive but we brought alcohol from each port and had a pre drink before we went out for the night. Food is amazing all cooked to high standards and if you like a midnight snack not a problem the buffet is open until half 1 every morning. We were looked after like you wouldnt believe, in the food outlets the waitiers get to know you and 3 days in we'd sit down for dinner and he would have our drinks on the way without having to ask. The sail away parties are mad and every one gets involved and has a dance. All in all P&O delivered and we have just got back from Western europe 02/09/17 - 09/09/17 and weather was brill. Thank you to everyone and we will be booking up in december again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Had a wonderful time yet again aboard Azura.Embarkation went very smoothly,when you choose a suite you get into the private lounge and get aboard very quickly,always makes for a good start to our holiday. Went straight to Sindhu for a ... Read More
Had a wonderful time yet again aboard Azura.Embarkation went very smoothly,when you choose a suite you get into the private lounge and get aboard very quickly,always makes for a good start to our holiday. Went straight to Sindhu for a champagne (er fizzy wine) lunch before getting to our room.What another great start,waiters are so friendly,don't believe some reviewers when they say waiters are surly and rude,we've been on many cruises with P&O and never have we had a grumpy waiter,they do deserve some civility and manners from you and I think some cruisers forget this,I have so much admiration for them,always smiling even when they are probably feeling low and missing their families,I would last 5 minutes in their job as I'd end up pouring a drink over some of the rude cruisers head,their patience is amazing,I've heard what they have to tolerate at times,they are a credit to P&O. Our room was lovely,a few niggles this time though,the balcony hadn't been cleaned and a dirty glass out there and peanuts on the floor,also check the armrests on your loungers and or chairs,ours were very grimy and we ended up getting some soapy water and the facecloth and cleaning them,also a semi repaired crack in the sink,not good for a suite,but we did tell our butler Rohit who had everything sorted asap. Food was fantastic as always,glass house is our favourite. Entertainment not to our liking but never has been really,piano players around the ship are a bit dated and singers are karaoke at best. Norway is a beautiful place and I wish everyone could see it,the only place that is a bit dull is Andalsnes,absolutely nothing to do if you don't do a trip,ship was quite packed,which is unusual for a port day. All in all a great trip and we have booked for next year already.Azura may not be the prettiest of ships but she is well maintained and very clean inside. Happy holidays : ) Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Two day trip to Guernsey ok so bad bits: Tender to Guernsey Pools very busy Epicurean restaurant - steak disgusting, food not tasty and cost £90 for the 3 of us - very disappointing Had to put suitcase out at night to go ... Read More
Two day trip to Guernsey ok so bad bits: Tender to Guernsey Pools very busy Epicurean restaurant - steak disgusting, food not tasty and cost £90 for the 3 of us - very disappointing Had to put suitcase out at night to go home Good bits: Room was very clean Lots of lovely touches like champagne sweets fruit canapés Lovely steward service William you were the best! The staff were excellent the food was good and things to do were very good Highly recommend well done PO Cruises , first cruise and i so enjoyed it Embankment and disembarkment was swift Very disappointed in the top restaurant and when i mentioned about the steak they were not overly customer friendly It is confusing the instructions PO give is minimal Lots of people but so many places to hide in and catered for all needs Some nice public areas and nice adult swim only pool Good buffet and the meridian restaurant was very good All staff were pleasant and helpful in the food areas CPS car parking very good Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We needed a last minute cruise and as we booked only 18 days in advance this was the only cruise we could find with a balcony. We had not travelled with P&O before, though had done a few ship visits at Southampton. We had no ... Read More
We needed a last minute cruise and as we booked only 18 days in advance this was the only cruise we could find with a balcony. We had not travelled with P&O before, though had done a few ship visits at Southampton. We had no problem with embarkation-within 40 minutes of arriving at the Terminal we were at our cabin. Our luggage followed within two hours. To be honest, we were a bit prejudiced as there are some bad P&O reviews on Cruise Critic. We had a marvellous time. The ship was great-looked the part and felt exciting to be in. There are some minor design problems, I feel. dead ends meaning to get from one end to the other meant going upstairs and then down again-but nothing really bad. We had our granddaughter with us and the bunk arrangement freaked her out at bed time-so we shared the Queen bed for the rest of the cruise. We got the impression from our ship tours that P&O frowned on children. We could not have been more wrong. The kids club was superb and all the waiters and stewards could not have been friendlier. We eat at the Meridian Main Dining Room on Freedom dining. good in theory, but unless you arrive dead on 6pm getting a table for just for us was impossible. We are used to being able to reserve a time in advance. When we did share, our fellow guests were really good and welcoming to our 4 year old. The food was really good-typical main dining room fare but tasty and varied for all that. We also had one meal in the Beach House. This was really quite an experience and we would certainly do it again, when next we sail with P&O. Thoroughly recommended. Wine is reasonably priced and good quality for the price; that was our main tipple. Breakfast in the two Italian themed buffets was not brilliant. The layout of the self service displays is linear and gets very crowded. It is difficult to go back for a forgotten item as it's really a one way system. The food was a typical ship buffet breakfast, with an English emphasis (included kippers and haddock). Seating was always a problem-I needed to reserve a seat whilst my wife and granddaughter got their meal. Still, not much different to any large ship, in my opinion. The Costa Coffee bar by the Atrium, is hopeless. They take ages to serve you and give priority to the waiter service. However, the coffee is good and you can buy a discount card. Entertainment was mixed, in that the Playhouse Theatre had very good shows-Runaround Kids were fantastic as were the Headliners in their music from the Theatres show. However, the new "Evolution" production left us cold. It showed off the new theatre electronic effects very well but we did not think the songs and, in some cases, the singing was particularly good. In fairness others thought it really good. The two smaller venues-Manhattan and Malabar were both very good-particularly Karl Lewis and Vernon Lewis are really good singers. The dance floor in Manhattan is good as well. Useful to have laundrettes on each deck plus a shop selling useful items, not just rubbish The ports were all very picturesque, but with a 4 year old, we did not do excursion, just walked around Stavanger, caught a little road train in Alesund and Olden. We did do a short tour in Bergen and went up the funicular railway. All in all the ports were very enjoyable, but the waether could have been better. So, and in our view surprisingly, if the itinerary was right we would happily sail with P&O again-we really enjoyed every minute Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Always been a bit negative toward the concept of cruising, particularly on larger ships but I really should have done it years ago. Talked to many passengers and crew on the Azura and got the impression it was one of the most loved in the ... Read More
Always been a bit negative toward the concept of cruising, particularly on larger ships but I really should have done it years ago. Talked to many passengers and crew on the Azura and got the impression it was one of the most loved in the P&O fleet. Embarkation was quick and easy and from there on, it only got better. Dining was amazing, from the many courses fine dining to pool side snacks, the food was faultless, as was the service. Entertainment was excellent from full stage productions to nightclub style singers. We went to Norway and the docking and facilities, plus the excursion options was again excellent. If you wanted to dress up for the Captain's Dinner or dress down and watch a film on the open deck, wrapped in a blanket and eating a snack, it was entirely up to you. The cabin choices and prices seemed very reasonable and the cabin service was impressive. We were so happy with the entire experience, we've booked two more cruises. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Had a great week on board the Azura last week to the Norwegian Fjords. I have Coeliac disease so require a gluten free diet. As instructed I'd called prior to the trip to register my special diet. On arrival in the cabin there was a ... Read More
Had a great week on board the Azura last week to the Norwegian Fjords. I have Coeliac disease so require a gluten free diet. As instructed I'd called prior to the trip to register my special diet. On arrival in the cabin there was a letter waiting for me to confirm that they knew about my requirements and that each evening someone would take my order ready for the next evening. The menus are varied and pre marked with GF so there was always a choice. I could then discuss my selection for the next evening and if I didn't like anything on the GF menu they made adaptations to the main menu to ensure it was GF. There was always a GF roll ready for me and they provide GF crackers if you have the cheese board. The best bit was afternoon tea, where you have a selection of sandwiches, cake and scones and cream. This was a pleasant surprise as afternoon tea is often hard to find if you are GF. You do have to wait a while for the staff to get the GF options and my only suggestion to P & O would be to take a platter of the GF selection in one go as it could be quite fragmented and erratic as to the order you got the options, often with the scone arriving long before any sandwiches came. Breakfast had a good choice and GF toast was available too. So if you are gluten free and are worried about taking a cruise, don't be as I was really well looked after. Our waiters Frankie and Melvin in the Oriental Resturant were great and anticipated our needs really well. If you decide to dine in the self service restaurants then there is a section for special diets where you can get bread, desserts and crackers, however we only went there once during the trip as we preferred the waiter service dining options. Well done to the special diet team on the Azura. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose P&O, and Azura in particular, because of our previous experiences. We have now sailed on Ventura twice, Brittania once and Azura twice. I am a very, very fussy person when it comes to standards of housekeeping, customer ... Read More
We chose P&O, and Azura in particular, because of our previous experiences. We have now sailed on Ventura twice, Brittania once and Azura twice. I am a very, very fussy person when it comes to standards of housekeeping, customer service and quality of food (40+ years of working at a senior level in a service industry made me that way!). The standard on each of the 4 cruises, before, had been almost without fault. Let's start at the beginning of our holiday for 2 adults and their two teenage (15 & 16) children: The parking service is faultless, turned up and waited for the polite and helpful porter to arrive and load our baggage onto their trolley. The Parking company staff were all polite, friendly and had smiles on their faces. So 5* performance so far. Enter the terminal, polite and cheerful staff handing out the check in colour coded and numbered cards that will determine your length of wait for check in. Plenty of seating, cafe with food and drinks, immaculate toilet facilities and plenty of free magazines and newspapers to read. Another 5* score. Checking in was very organised and virtually painless, and so much better than at an airport. The person that checked us in might have been a little more 'smiley' but they were not in any way surly or rude. The whole process from being called to the queue to check in to walking toward security took 10-15 minutes. 4* here then. Security was again smoother and less of a pain than at an airport, staff all friendly and the whole process again was over and done with in less than 10 minutes. 5* So now we are on the elevated gangway and walking toward the entrance to the ship. Smiles and friendly greetings from all the P&O team members welcoming us on board. Picture opportunity which you could take or leave with out an issue. So the first impressions are very positive. Everything looks immaculate and we are advised that we can expect our luggage to be, already, at our cabins. 5* for first impressions. Both cabins are perfectly clean and presented to the highest standard. Our Cabin Steward greets us with a warm and friendly smile (which stayed that way throughout the whole holiday so 5*+ for Ajay) and we set about unpacking. So we're still on 5* performance levels. We know there will be more than enough space (and believe me we bring a lot of stuff!). Well believe it or not we were unpacked with everything put away (including cases under the beds) and enjoying a glass of Champagne (a whole bottle courtesy of P&0) within less than 1 hour of being on board. The carpet in our cabin was brand new! And everything else was to a very high standard. We opted for Club dining at a fixed time and again were not disappointed in any way. The service level from our two waiters (Vijay and Aljon) and our wine waiter (Sunny) was just outstanding throughout the whole cruise. The quality and choice of food each evening was first class and the presentation was also excellent. You could, if you wished, have a starter (choice of 5) a soup or salad (choice of 4) Main course (choice of 10) dessert (choice of 8) followed by cheese (usually 4-6 cheeses) and biscuits and coffee or tea From the iced water to the bread rolls and everything in between there was nothing to fault. Portions are generous and we were even offered second helping!! The attention of the head waiter to ensure that our daughter had a good choice of vegetarian options was also first class. The entertainment was a mixed bag of some truly talented and awesome individuals and some that were not to our taste. From the positive reactions of our fellow passengers and the size of the audiences I would say that most evenings there was something for most people to enjoy and there were plenty of activities going on on board during the day if you wanted to join in. Service levels throughout the ship whether in the bars, the buffet, the Glass House (our favourite) the BBQ, reception and room service was faultless and every person we interacted with was polite, friendly and usually had a pleasant smile. We can't comment on the excursions as we like to do our own thing but loved the places that we visited and Rome, in particular, was our favourite place even though it was a reported 43 degrees C on the day of our visit. (Luckily we don't mind the heat!) Our Children love cruises and would wish to go every year. Would we go again? Without doubt! With P&O? Without doubt! Our only slight niggle was that frequency of staff trying to get us to book a table in one of the select dining venues became a bit of a pain. (But that said once you said no thanks that was it!) Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Second time with P&O. Went with my mother in June on Aurora. This time with my husband on Azura, what an amazing ship. Our cabin (although not reserved) was fantastic and very spacious, the queen size bed wonderful. We were in E603 ... Read More
Second time with P&O. Went with my mother in June on Aurora. This time with my husband on Azura, what an amazing ship. Our cabin (although not reserved) was fantastic and very spacious, the queen size bed wonderful. We were in E603 mid aft, no noise except the air con. Partially obstructed by lifeboat but that didnt bother us. The ship was very well maintained and our cabin steward excellent at keeping it clean and tidy (think she changed the sheets everyday). Although we were on the early sitting for dinner, we were still not out of the dining room in time for the early show (7.30) so ended up going to the 9pm one. Think P&O should move their show times to perhaps 8.30 and 10.30 to allow first sitting diners to go to early show. Unfortunately, we found the theatre shows by Headliners very disappointing. There were loud with light effects over used, and the last show Evolution was the worst, I believe there was supposed to be a story line, but really couldnt make sense of it all. The 4 Tunes and Comedian John Evans were brilliant and their expertise was reflected in the audience reaction. There was always lots to enjoy during the eveings and sea days on the ship, from quizzes to dance classes and movies on the seascreen. This was a a cruise to Norway in July and the weather was very kind to us. The scenery is amazing. We did all Tourist board trips as cheaper than P&O. You just need to make your way to the Tourist Board office in port and ask whats available. The waiters in the Oriental Restaurant were very attentive and the food was excellent with plenty of choice for all palettes. We had a bottle of wine every two nights which was £15.95 a bottle cheaper than the package on offer. Our car at Southampton was well looked after and was easy to find on our return. Would i cruise with P&O again - DEFINITELY. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Wanted a 7 night break somewhere different This certainly hit the spot, great ship, good weather and BRILLIANT scenery The boarding in Southampton went like clockwork, after a coach journey from West Yorkshire. From arriving in ... Read More
Wanted a 7 night break somewhere different This certainly hit the spot, great ship, good weather and BRILLIANT scenery The boarding in Southampton went like clockwork, after a coach journey from West Yorkshire. From arriving in Southampton to being in our cabin took less than 30 minutes We departed on-time and hit every port as scheduled. The cabin was nice and clean, even our cabin steward remembered us from our previous cruise, Transatlantic to the Caribbean last October/November. The food was good, how much can one person eat whilst on ship. The ports of call were nice, particularly enjoyed the railway from Flam, great views. the weather certainly helped, sunshine in the fjords certainly helps to view them at their best. Only complaint we had was the theatre last show had been moved from a late evening timing to earlier slot of 9pm. A rush to dine at a reasonable time and then go to see a show Disembarking on return to Southampton was well organised. For us its P&O next time Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We wanted to visit Norway in the summer to admire the scenery.our embarkation at Southampton was so organised took 20 minutes from arriving to go to our cabin,where our luggage was already there.We had a free pickup by coach from home and ... Read More
We wanted to visit Norway in the summer to admire the scenery.our embarkation at Southampton was so organised took 20 minutes from arriving to go to our cabin,where our luggage was already there.We had a free pickup by coach from home and the luggage was placed in our cabin immediately upon arrival.P&O very kindly upgraded our cabin from A deck to B deck midships balcony cabin,walk in shower,with a complimentary gift pack of champagne, flowers and chocolates,very much appreciated,!! Our cabin was spacious and kept spotless by our steward.I booked our dining sitting for 6-30 with waiter service.The menu choices were very good,food cooked to perfection.Entertainment in the different venues were most enjoyable,especially the comedian.All the staff were very polite and sociable and always ready to assist.Dis-embarkation again was so well organised we were on our coach homeward bound in 20 minutes.I would definitely recommend P&O cruises and hopefully will be returning with them on another cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
My first cruise with P and O UK. I usually cruise with Celebrity or HAL. I was very pleasantly surprised with the standard after reading some reviews. Arrived early, 13.00 instead of 15.30, at Southampton and was in my cabin in under 30 ... Read More
My first cruise with P and O UK. I usually cruise with Celebrity or HAL. I was very pleasantly surprised with the standard after reading some reviews. Arrived early, 13.00 instead of 15.30, at Southampton and was in my cabin in under 30 minutes. Amazing. Embarkation on my last cruise with Celebrity from Singapore was a disorganised mess and took over 90 minutes. I liked my cabin, especially the open style wardrobe and the tea and coffee making facilities which were great when I woke up at 0300 with jet lag. The laundromat was free but I did not realise I needed to bring my own soap powder. Not a problem really at 60p for 2 tablets from the shop. There never seemed to be a queue and fellow passengers were very helpful in explaining how things worked. The library had a good selection of books, unusual in this day and age when most people have Kindles or tablets. The person in charge was very helpful when I needed to print out an excursion voucher. Food was terribly British and not overly exciting. Potted this and potted that. Not bad but nothing exotic. Cerviche served one night which did not go over well with the people at my table. Likewise the seared tuna which I thought was great. Salt and vinegar icecream [really??] had everyone talking. Lunches were very hit and miss The moussaka was a disaster. I sent it back. Buffet did not seem to attract the feeding frenzy I have seen on other ships. I have yet to be impressed by cruise entertainment [except Cirque de Soleil on Celebrity] and this was no different. Shore excursions were OK. Shame the weather meant we missed Reykjavik but the other Iceland tours were very good. Torshavn in the Faroes was my favourite despite the guide. I did a private tour in Belfast which I suspect did a lot more than the P and O offering. Given an itinerary I liked, I would not hesitate to cruise with P and O UK again. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Always wanted to visit the Fjords and chose this as my first cruise, this being my partners 5th cruise with P&O. We chose the included CPS parking service which.was very good both on arrival and on collecting car at end. Cruise ship ... Read More
Always wanted to visit the Fjords and chose this as my first cruise, this being my partners 5th cruise with P&O. We chose the included CPS parking service which.was very good both on arrival and on collecting car at end. Cruise ship staff were very good as was the food, and plenty of it, (if you do not want to be tempted steer clear of the two buffet restaurants), also choose freedom dining instead of set times. There are several bars with different atmospheres. The shows and tribute acts we went to were very good but the fact that they only performed for 30 to 40 minutes was a bit disappointing. The ship itself was vast and it takes a while to find your way although there are plans near each set of lifts.Tours on shore are quite expensive but the one we did in Stavanger was good and people we talked to who had been on others said they were worth doing. Just remember that Norway is very expensive, (a large tin of Pringles £6!!). Weather not too warm and changeable, bit like home. All in all a very enjoyable 7 days. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We chose this cruise because following an English Winter we felt that some Mediterranean sun, plus an interesting itinerary would be an attractive proposition. The journey down to Southampton from NW England was undertaken by coach, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because following an English Winter we felt that some Mediterranean sun, plus an interesting itinerary would be an attractive proposition. The journey down to Southampton from NW England was undertaken by coach, arranged by intercruises, this went smoothly, we arrived in good time and embarkation was smooth. The other P and O ships we have travelled on are the Arcadia and the Britannia. Azura didn't disappoint in comparison, it is roughly mid way between the two in size but is more akin to the Britannia in character and amenities. If anything the balcony cabin was slightly bigger than the one we had on Britannia and was very well presented, as was the whole ship. As before, we opted for freedom dining, it is more enjoyable to meet and dine with different people from our perspective and it usually goes smoothly. During the two weeks, we used two of the specialist restaurants, the Sindhu (Indian cuisine) and the Epicurean. Both provided a very pleasant dining experience, the food excellent and the service exemplary. We are not too worried about entertainment, sometimes we attend the main show, at other times it is a drink in the bar with a piano/jazz singer. However two acts stood out namely, the male close harmony group the Brit Tones and the highly versatile shows/opera singer Roy Locke. On sea days, my wife took part on the Origami and napkin folding, I tended to read and wander, we were both however very impressed with the speaker Tony White, who gave 7 presentations on a subject that we didn't think would hold our interest but provided us with a better understanding of the history, science ,use and misuse of drugs, both legal and illegal.. In our experience the service was first rate. All the crew we encountered were invariably polite, friendly and helpful. Our cabin was kept in immaculate condition by our steward, Amelita ,who had been employed in this capacity for 15years! The shore excursions we preferred were Cádiz (we wandered on our own) and similarly Monte Carlo ( used the red hop on hop off bus) and Cartegena which has a superb museum and Roman Amphitheatre. The excursion to Rome from Civitavechia was less successful largely owing to a charity run being held in the city that made for some difficulties in walking about. Cagliari in Sardinia didn't impress, appearing quite run down and offering little. Gibraltar is quite quirky but is worthy of a visit to the Rock via the cable car, the caves and defensive works from the 18th. Century and WW2 similarly interesting and don't forget the apes! In summary, a most enjoyable cruise , the ship was certainly comfortable and well run, we like the rather traditional feel of P and O, we do not find it too formal or too casual, a good balance is achieved. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
My 5th cruise and second time on Azura for me. On the first cruise on her I found it very difficult to find my way around, but this time I managed to figure it all out very quickly. We had embarkation time of 3. 30 p.m and boarded ... Read More
My 5th cruise and second time on Azura for me. On the first cruise on her I found it very difficult to find my way around, but this time I managed to figure it all out very quickly. We had embarkation time of 3. 30 p.m and boarded accordingly... however, once on board it was utter chaos, with passengers trying to get down to muster and newly boarded passengers trying to find their cabins. I had my mother with me in a wheelchair and the amount of ' able bodied ' people shoving themselves into the lifts was mind boggling. Such rudeness! Muster was late and the same chaos ensued when muster had finished. By the time we reached our cabin, as we had first sitting for dinner, we had twenty minutes to get changed and attempt to get down again. My Mother found it all very stressful and it wasn't the best start to the cruise. Maybe P & O should board those in wheelchairs earlier ? Or have dedicated lifts for wheelchair users? Azura was as beautiful as I remembered, We had a balcony cabin on Rivera deck (14) right at the front so we could wave at the captain on the bridge :) Lovely cabin and very quiet, and with good access to the adults only pool on deck 16. We had club dining first sitting in the Oriental, fabulous food and wonderful, attentive, funny waiters. Entertainment was varied and I can't understand anyone who says they get bored on a cruise! Lots to do during the day and plenty of shows in the evenings. Found the Headliners a bit dull and screechy to be honest, but the other acts on board were brilliant, Managed to see 2 different shows every night, Ports of call were good, Did our own thing in Stavanger and Aldenses ,we went on a coach trip in Olden, very informative. I did the RIB ride in Bergen, great fun! Highly recommend it. Once again, service was outstanding overall. The weather was beautiful, and the scenery is to die for, Absolutely loved it and booking Azura again , and yes for the Fjords for next year, Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was a taster for my wife and I, especially me as not been known to be a good sailor, however the this was an absolute joy, the service and food was excellent and the entertainment was fabulous, the whole trip from start to finish is ... Read More
This was a taster for my wife and I, especially me as not been known to be a good sailor, however the this was an absolute joy, the service and food was excellent and the entertainment was fabulous, the whole trip from start to finish is highly recommended the cabin steward (Roy) B Room B514 was well looked after and nothing was a problem for him. We have decided to go on a longer cruise to the Fjords so are looking as we speak. We had to turn back an hour out of Bruge as a member of staff fell ill and had to be evacuated off ship (we hope he/she has made a full recovery). The docking at all ports was incredibly smooth for such a large ship. We would highly recommend this cruise to everyone it has a mixture on board that would suit every taste. Thank you all at P&O for a wonderful experience Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Only our third cruise and the second on Azura. Embarkation; We left Mansfield early as we had been warned about the Southampton marathon and the resulting delays. We arrived at the Ocean terminal three hours before our allotted time ... Read More
Only our third cruise and the second on Azura. Embarkation; We left Mansfield early as we had been warned about the Southampton marathon and the resulting delays. We arrived at the Ocean terminal three hours before our allotted time but boarded almost immediately with our luggage in the cabin shortly afterwards. We were both impressed with the ease and efficiency of the whole process. The ship is in fine fettle, the public areas are well looked after and we could see no signs of wear and tear. The balcony cabin (R630) was clean and airy and we were well looked after by our excellent cabin steward Suset. The only negative being the shower curtain which invariably allowed water onto the bathroom floor. The dining again was excellent. I cannot understand why some people compare mdr food to a pub two for £10. Outstanding meals in the Sindhu and Epicurean. The unexpected culinary highlight of the cruise however, came after the Galley tour. We booked this for £25 each and were only expecting canopies after the tour. A full a la carte four course meal with wine and champagne followed an excellent and informative tour. Would recommend this to everyone. The weather was poor for the first few days with lively seas but then improved for the second half of the cruise. We did our on thing on shore as we had visited most places before. Played table tennis most days with a great bunch of people. Only visited the playhouse once and that was to see the ventriloquist Gareth Oliver who was one of the funniest acts I've seen in years. The disembarkation ran smoothly and apart from a puncture on the M1, the journey home was uneventful. Azura, according to benne (the entertainments manager) is the friendly ship. I couldn't agree more. 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 3.1
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 4.0 3.8

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