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7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I chose this cruise specifically for the destinations. I only found out after booking this cruise that it was a Strictly come dancing cruise. What a bonus! 11 of us travelled down in 3 cars. Upon arrival our luggage was taken from us by ... Read More
I chose this cruise specifically for the destinations. I only found out after booking this cruise that it was a Strictly come dancing cruise. What a bonus! 11 of us travelled down in 3 cars. Upon arrival our luggage was taken from us by efficient and friendly attendants who then drove away and parked the cars for the duration of the 2 weeks holiday. Easy and stress free and well worth the fee. All of our party was allowed to embark 2 hours early, despite having different times allocated to us.. This was very pleasing. Upon entering the ship we were very impressed with the Atrium which was attractive. Our cabins were ready and we were allowed to go to them immediately and luggage arrived just a few minutes later. Brilliant! We had 4 balcony cabins on A deck and a family balcony cabin on B deck. All were nicely furnished and no issues with wear and tear. The balcony was larger than Brittania. I don’t care if the TV was smaller than Brittania as I am not there to watch TV. I also wasn’t overly bothered about a shower curtain. The important things are that the bathroom was clean and towels changed twice daily.Sandip did a fantastic job of looking after the cabin and is a thoroughly nice and hard working guy. The ship has a lovely decor, nice art work throughout and a great flow. It is not showing any signs of wear and tear that were obvious and is clearly well looked after. Contrary to reviews the rear of the ship is very peaceful and the place to head to if you do not like noise. Certainly I have always avoided children’s pools and busy deck bar areas but I am not a party pooper. If you enjoy sail away parties, entertainment on deck etc then this ship is great. If you want quiet, peace and pleasant surroundings than this ship is great at the front or rear. I used the gym and spa both of which were good. The main dining room was very nicely decorated with a good menu, great food and excellent service. The food in the buffet despite the reviews was excellent. This ship caters for 3100 passengers from early in the morning until the early hours of the following day. You will not be disappointed with the quality or selection of food not even if you think you are Gordon Ramsay. We loved the Strictly come Dancing theme and the highlight was the very approachable and lovey Lisa Riley who had time for everyone. Also the fabulous Strictly dancers and the wonderful Craig Revel Hallwood. The ports of call were all good, the P&O trips enjoyable. Yes I know people say they are expensive but if you haven’t been somewhere before you want to be in good hands. In summary a lovely ship, excellent food, great service and something for everyone. I would score the ship ten out of ten but can only score it 9. I am not an anti smoker but was surprised how much space is occupied by smokers. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We have cruised twice before with Princess and Royal Caribbean and decided to give P&O a chance. We had heard that P&O were more formal than many other cruise lines but found that this was not the case. Apologies if this ... Read More
We have cruised twice before with Princess and Royal Caribbean and decided to give P&O a chance. We had heard that P&O were more formal than many other cruise lines but found that this was not the case. Apologies if this review isn't 'professional' as this is the first review I have written for anything. The motivation for this really stems from reading some negative reviews this year on P&O Azura. I'm guessing that many people who have not cruised before read these reviews and are put off by the whinging that goes on. Hence the title of this review. The food both in the formal dining restaurants and the buffet was excellent wit a wide choice that really should suit any taste . We never had to queue and ate at our chosen table every night. Fast food on deck was also of the highest quality. The entertainment was excellent with a wide choice on offer every single night. The ships crew were brilliant :polite and happy to accommodate all your needs. I honestly don't know what some people expect on a cruise and after reading some negative reviews can't help wondering if these people just enjoy moaning ! A final note to al those thinking about there first cruise: If you can afford it go ahead and book now you won't be disappointed !! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Baltic cruise review 9th - 23rd June 2018 Baltic Cruise on P & O Azura This was our 3rd cruise with P&O and the second on Azura, first was in 2017 on the return re-positioning cruise in the Caribbean. We are a retired couple ... Read More
Baltic cruise review 9th - 23rd June 2018 Baltic Cruise on P & O Azura This was our 3rd cruise with P&O and the second on Azura, first was in 2017 on the return re-positioning cruise in the Caribbean. We are a retired couple of 65 & 63 respectively. I am female. We live an hour from Southampton. This is a long review but I thought it is helpful to be thorough. June is the time of 'White Nights' which means that there is very little night time by the time St Petersburg is reached. Long, light evenings feel rather strange but make for lovely evenings sitting out if the weather is warm. We arrived by taxi at 2.15 for a boarding time of 3.30 (the M3 can be difficult at weekends in the Summer hence the early arrival time). Boarding was busy but well organised and we were into our cabin at 3.00 pm, cases arrived after around an hour. We were given a card with our dining arrangements as we checked in and were given freedom dining in the Meridien Restaurant. We went straight to Venezia, the cafeteria area on deck 15, where lunch and hot drinks were available. We could have selected salad or a hot meal or various snacks so all were catered for. When we returned to our cabin our cases were there and we unpacked. Cabin was C217 which is an inside cabin in the forward area of deck 10. A quiet area to be in but there was a small amount of noise from the Playhouse Theatre at night until the second show had ended. As always neat, beautifully clean and well equipped with plenty of hanging room in a dressing area outside the bathroom. There was soap, bath hat, shower wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion in the bathroom with plenty of good towels and face cloths. There is a tall shelved cupboard which also holds the safe, room for suitcases below the hanging (lots of wooden hangers but I usually take 15 wire hangers too) a long shelf above the hanging with the life jackets on part of it, then in the bed area two drawer bedside tables, a large dressing area with tea/coffee section and flat screen tv above. There are two cupboards under the dressing table, one is the fridge and the other has two shelves. Large mirrors make the cabin feel airy and we have always been happy to have inside cabins as it is a way of cruising without the very high costs. We had a queen bed and the bunks were folded away at each side, not too much of a problem but if you are happy to have twin beds then there would seem to be a lot more room in the cabin. Azura is an easy ship to navigate once you get your bearings. Use the map given at check in to start with then you will know the lay out quite quickly. We try to always use the stairs as a way of burning the calories and avoiding the lifts that often go one floor at a time on endless short trips. The average age on this cruise would be nearer 80 than 60 although there were apparently 30 young children on board too. The clientele on this cruise were in the main delightful, polite and cheerful but many had limited mobility which could be frustrating for all during busy times in the food service areas and corridors or in disembarking for trips. There were some unpleasant characters who were rude and abrasive but this is true in all areas of life and these could easily be avoided or ignored. The staff everywhere were outstanding and lovely to deal with, attentive and quick to anticipate a need without being over familiar. John and Marvin in the dining room made our cruise very enjoyable and Josef our cabin steward was brilliant. We are early birds and Josef was pleased to see our 'Make-up' the cabin card in the door as we left for breakfast often just after 7.00am and again around 5.30 pm so our cabin was always finished on our return. Most people seemed to use the card in this way which really helps the stewards to get on with the job. Two sea days provided endless opportunities to be lazy, eat whenever you wanted to, read quietly either on the outside areas, the Prom deck (7) or we liked the Planet Bar or Atrium so we could be people watching and settled to our books. We did attend some port talks but very little else although there was a huge selection of activities on offer. The weather was cool so sun bathing and swimming were out for the first few days. Travemunde, Germany. Small, pretty sea side town with a good selection of shops. Free shuttle bus for all to the edge of the town. We wandered along the front street where cafes were plenty and we did pick up wifi there. We continued to the very end of the sea walk and left round the corner to the beach area. If the weather was good a day on the beach would be a good way to enjoy the town but it was not a sunny day so we looked then walked back. We picked up excellent free wifi at the pilots station not far from the beach end of the promenade and we sat in a shelter and checked email and sent replies. Returning on an inside road there were more shops and quite near to the pretty church, on the right, we found a €1 shop with lots of great bargains to give as presents. We were back on board by 11.00 am and enjoyed a lazy afternoon. Helsinki, Finland. Weather was good and we left the ship early to walk into the city, an easy and flat trip of 45 minutes. Wifi is always our first hunt and we found it inside a small shopping mall so dealt quickly with any email and had several watsap exchanges with our sons. We wandered the smart and open city shops and streets spotting the sights along the way. We took a No3 tram that had been suggested on Tripadviser as a way of joining the locals assuming it was a round trip but after 15 minutes out into the suburbs it stopped and we were told to get off as it was the end of the line. Small panic but the driver pointed across the road and said 'Centrum' so we set off to find another No 3 back. About 100 yards down the road we found the tram stop. We are embarrassed to say we didn't pay for the rides as we didn't know how to and had assumed we would pay the driver but both times he didn't want to know so our tram ride was free. I have since found out that you get a ticket before boarding at €2.20 per journey. We enjoyed visiting Stocktons Department store and other shops then headed for the harbour where the market sold fruit and craft items. Boat trips left from here and seemed a good deal and were popular. From the harbour we set off on the coast edge path to go back to the ship which was a pretty and fairly flat pavement walk. St Petersburg, Russia Stunning city to visit with glorious architecture, wide roads and pretty vistas of the Neva river and canals. The World Cup didn't affect our visit. Queuing through immigration both out and back in dominated the first day and was frustrating. We had booked a half day tour of The Hermitage which was in the afternoon. This left a free morning when it was quiet on board so I took advantage and did some laundry. There is a laundrette on each deck which is free to use but you need to bring your own detergent. I always buy tablets with built in conditioner as they break up easily but won't leak. The machines are good and there are also tumble dryers and ironing boards with timed irons. The Hermitage was wonderful although busy and the tour guide led us on a good selection of rooms. The floors and ceilings are often as beautiful as the exhibits. Photographs are allowed without flash, there are toilets available and the shops at the end sell a wide variety of souvenirs at reasonable prices for Russian Roubles. The second day we had booked St Petersburg Explorer which is a 7 hour walking tour of the city. This takes you to three stops and you are dropped off by the bus and left to do your own thing for a few hours each time. There is a route suggested on your map and the guide on the bus gives you ideas of where to visit. This gives you a chance to go to shops, visit churches, enjoy the gardens (The Summer Garden is delightful) etc. The day was hot and sunny so it made a great trip and as long as you are comfortable walking for a good stretch this is an ideal trip to see lots of the city. Shops and stalls were happy to take Euros, Dollars or Roubles. Prices were reasonable and often cheaper than in the UK. Return through immigration the second day was very quick. There is a souvenir shop on the dock beside the ship which you can use without going through immigration. Ideal for Russian Dolls and other gifts to take his home. A good selection of items and prices ranged from around £4.00 for a simple doll with 3 inside each other right up to £100 for large and beautiful individual items. Prices here compared well with stalls and shops in the city centre. Food and drink on board The only way to pay for anything on board (except the collection after the Sunday Service) is your cruise card and this is used rather like a credit card where you sign a slip confirming your purchase or drink order. Breakfast can be self service on deck 15 or in one of the restaurants each morning. Lunch can be self service, deck 15 or pizza/burger type food near one of the pools or in the dining rooms. The evening meal is served in whichever restaurant you have been assigned to. We ate breakfast in both places but found the food a better quality in the dining room. Dinner was wonderful and lots of choice. Lots of variety in the menu and good quality and presentation of the food. If you are so inclined you could eat all day as there is always food available and hot drinks on deck 15. Fruit juice is only available till around 11.45 after which there is water or teas & coffee. Earl Grey tea and slices of lemon are always there as well as sachets of decaf coffee. Afternoon tea is served on deck 15 and is always enjoyable although not always a sensible choice if you dine early as it will spoil your appetite! Trays and dishes are cleared constantly. All over the ship and beside the entrance to any eating area there are stands with hand sanitizer available and the vast majority of people use this, helpful in preventing any spread of bacteria. We ate in Sindu one evening which has an extra charge and the food was excellent as was the ambience and service. Others we spoke to had eaten in Epucurian, The glass House and The Beach House and said all were very good and worth the extra charge. Tallin, Estonia Easy walk into the old town via 'Fat Margaret’s Gate'. We were into the town by 08.15 and were ahead of everyone so could get pictures without the irritation of the large man in an orange T shirt with a ‘selfie’ stick who always seems to be around! We walked uphill on cobbled roads to the top to the look-out points then down again into the town square where we had coffee and used the cafe internet. Such a delightful town, very quaint and pretty. Euros were used everywhere. We walked from the old town out to the newer town passed flower sellers and cafes. There was a small market at the end of the road, worth a look for knitwear. We didn't spend too long looking round the more modern area but found good free wifi inside the first shopping centre, near H&M. We found the walk back to the ship easy and flat and were back in time for lunch. The ship was very quiet and we enjoyed a swim and a sit out while watching a film on the sea screen. Stockholm, Sweden We enjoyed a wander round the old then the new Stockholm. Weather was promised to be warm but we were very cold as the wind was whistling up and down the alleys and streets. Layers is definitely the right approach. We caught the shuttle into the city then walked around the old town area, Gamla Stan, then walked under an arch into the shopping area which was good with lots of variety of shops. Some lovely home style shops with interesting items. We got 200 Krone out of a hole in the wall so we could buy coffee and anything else we saw and that was plenty for us. I used the Stockholm Public wifi on the dock whilst sitting on the Prom deck on the ship and it was very strong so I could browse the internet easily. Where we were docked in Stockholm it would be easily possible to get onto a boat that would take you around the area for a tour or hop on hop off. I think walking into the centre is a long way but it would be more direct on foot than in the shuttle bus but still a fair stretch Copenhagen, Denmark The ship docked close enough to walk into the city. The walk along the sea edge took us past the statue of The Little Mermaid, about 10 minutes from the ship, then on into the city. Smart and clean everywhere with lovely architecture. We enjoyed wandering the sights then into the shopping area. We used McDonalds for wifi as there wasn't any near the ship, we paid for our coffee etc in McDonalds by credit card. Great boat tours on offer in the city for 50 Krone per adult for 1 hour canal tour. Another time we would definitely take one of these but do wrap up as it is windy on the water. We walked back to the ship in the early afternoon having felt we had seen all we wanted to. Skagen, Denmark Pronounced ‘Skane’ by the people who live there. Easy walk into town, about ten minutes. Delightful town with good variety of shopping and cafes and the town band played during the morning. About 45 minutes at a fair pace takes you from the centre of town to the car park and sand dune from where you can see the meeting of the seas in the distance. Area is flat and a smooth path is shared by bikes. Bikes for hire were available on the dock area and would have been a good option to get to Grennen and other areas. Shops would take Euros but with a poor exchange rate, or credit cards could be used. We found wifi at 'Jacob's Cafe' in the centre of town where we had coffee. A lovely last destination for a gentle stroll and final shop. Weather was good but with a strong breeze and if walking to the point it may be worth packing a light woolly hat and thin gloves. Leaving Skagen and moving into the North Sea brought us into rough seas for the final sea day and spending time as low down in the ship as possible in the Atrium helped keep us feeling well. Travel tablets were available from the reception desk. Some activities were cancelled because of the poor weather but most continued. Details of disembarkation were given out with the on board daily paper and we packed the main cases and put them outside the cabin door by 9.00pm so they could be taken away. We planned to enjoy a dining room breakfast on the last morning which was available from 6.30am. We had to be out of the cabin by 8.00am at the latest but we left around 6.45 and took our time in the dining room then went to our designated disembarkation area to wait for directions to leave. Self disembarkation was from 7.30 when you could take your own luggage and get off the ship under your own steam if you wanted to and there were lots of people took this option. We left the ship about 45 minutes ahead of expected time and went to search for our luggage in the hall where they were set out by deck. We were one of the latest groups to disembark so there were very few cases left which made ours easy to find. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and the itinerary worked well. We will continue to book cruises with P&O as they are well run and suit us. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Chose to go on this cruise to determine wether or not we would enjoy it. The result was that we did, and we are looking forward to going on another in the near future. The crew were excellent and the service was worthy of any 5 star hotel ... Read More
Chose to go on this cruise to determine wether or not we would enjoy it. The result was that we did, and we are looking forward to going on another in the near future. The crew were excellent and the service was worthy of any 5 star hotel that I have stayed at. As for the quality of the food that was excellent as well we couldn't fault it. The portions were more than ample and some nights I found it difficult to completely clear my plate. We had freedom dining which suited us as we enjoy meeting new people, however it may not suit everybody, but you did have the option of a table for two if you didn't feel inclined to mix at any time. The entertainment on board was of a very high standard especially the shows in the theatre , plus as an added benefit the shows in the bars were of a very high professional standard, with particular emphasis on the Freddie Mercury Tribute act (class). The only criticism I have is the cost of the excursions seemed to me to be quite high and we only went on one, however no complains about that as the tour guide was very knowledgeable and approachable. The ports chosen were ideal and walking into the various town/city centres was quite easy. There were plenty of onboard activities taking place both while at sea and in port which we could have partaken in should we have wished however we just wanted to read and relax and that we were allowed to do, and at no time during our time on board did we have to put up with overattentive waiting-on staff, bonus. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
A808 CCD cruise , enjoyed the same trip last year so booked again Very lucky with weather , previous few weeks had been very wet and windy but as soon as we entered the Med the sun came out and it stayed that way until the final sea ... Read More
A808 CCD cruise , enjoyed the same trip last year so booked again Very lucky with weather , previous few weeks had been very wet and windy but as soon as we entered the Med the sun came out and it stayed that way until the final sea day. Select dining excellent , brilliant service all round. Quality of food pretty good considering the overall cost of the trip. Lido deck port side balcony cabin perfect , if a little bit bouncy in Biscay. Wind picked up in Cartagena and we had to have a tug push us against the berth all day which led to diesel fume issues in port side cabins , also a jammed tender hoist caused five hour delay departing , leading to shortened stay in Gib. However all dealt with by staff as best they could. Final cruise day we were in lock down for about ninety minutes due to an emergency airlift by French Navy helo [s] . Could have been handled a little better , but passenger health care a priority and it isn't that often a cruise ship has to handle an emergency winch medivac. Not seen any media coverage of the event but hopefully all went well .Not quite sure why we didn't divert into Brest , maybe situation was critical. As for entertainment . Azuras new Playhouse digital screen is overused and overpowering at times.The set pieces were somewhat jaded although the singers and dancers tried their best and worked extremely hard. One final note. On our return we read that our captain was "wanted" by the French for using low grade heavy oil . "Cruise-ship-captain-faces-one-year-imprisonment-and-200000-euros-fine" Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
If you were to read many of the recent reviews on here it may well put you off cruising for life but in my opinion a lot of what I've read isn't a balanced view based on my personal experiance. Plenty of good points with the ... Read More
If you were to read many of the recent reviews on here it may well put you off cruising for life but in my opinion a lot of what I've read isn't a balanced view based on my personal experiance. Plenty of good points with the odd disappointment but no dramas on the scale some are portraying recently. Good aspects for us were the professionalism of the cabin staff (Sharon) A319, waiting staff in Meradian, reception staff and 99% of employees on board. Embarkation and disembarkation were quite simple painless processes and past with zero problems. Entertainment was excellent in some pretty rough seas, particularly enjoyed the on board productions but must also give a special mention to the Runaround Kids, illusionist (his name escapes me) and the in house band Accent who provided a real positive energy. Food and service were superb particularly in our allocated restaurant Meridian. Weather was pretty grim but we can't blame P and O for that and we tried to enjoy our cruise the best we could despite the weather conditions, did our own thing and managed to keep ourselves entertained, highlight for me was the museum straight opposite the dock in Cherbourg where the nuclear submarine Redoubtable is displayed it also houses an Aquarium and a museum dedicated to the Titanic for 16€ adults and 13€ children it was exceptional value for money. One or two niggley problems, food and service in The Beach House was disappointing (we were relectant to pay any further surcharges) and a couple of the entertainment team grated on us (Matt & Aaron) but I'm sure others will find them enthralling, hardly third world problems but thought worthy of a mention. All in all a great holiday for our family of two forty somethings with a twelve years old son and we wouldn't hesitate to book again. After all a holiday is what you make of it. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
My wife and I found the Azura absolutely spotless and we could not fault anything whatsoever! We felt like VIP's nothing was too much trouble for any of the very hard working staff! The entertainment was second to none and so was ... Read More
My wife and I found the Azura absolutely spotless and we could not fault anything whatsoever! We felt like VIP's nothing was too much trouble for any of the very hard working staff! The entertainment was second to none and so was the food! There was always something to do on the ship! They even had an excellent gym to work off all the calories from the constant eating! We felt pampered and special all the way through our journey! You do get the odd snob who always try to pick fault with something and love bragging about how many cruises they've been on!! but we just ignored them! We had an inside cabin on L deck 15 (L232) and we never heard any noise whatsoever! Jorzey was our cabin steward and he was always very pleasant helpful and chatty! There was an incident at the port of Civitavecchia when a freak storm actually broke the ropes on the mooring and blew the Azura to the other side of the port! We were returning back to the ship via shuttle bus when this happened and one of the ship's staff greeted us with what had happened said that nothing like this has happened before! But they handled it with great integrity and experience which kept everyone concerned very calm! We were looked after superbly! Well done ALL the crew of the Azura! The whole experience was superb!! Will be booking with P&O again very soon! Mr.and Mrs Caldwell. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This was not our first cruise with P.O. but definitely the worst, Cabin kept perfectly by Edward and were given all the attention needed. Entertainment mixed plenty to watch but the venues are stretched across the ship, and ... Read More
This was not our first cruise with P.O. but definitely the worst, Cabin kept perfectly by Edward and were given all the attention needed. Entertainment mixed plenty to watch but the venues are stretched across the ship, and people wanting to watch more than one programme per night had to traverse nearly the length of the ship. The theatre was very well built for the viewing of the shows/talks etc NOW the food, Having read the other reviews about the food being served I can qualify the remarks, I even saw the captain and commented about the uneatable FOOD being served and not a lot help was forthcoming, I then contacted the restaurant manager and arranged an appointment to speak about the matter, He was very polite and listened to the comments from myself and other cruisers, The sauces , custards gravies etc that were served was unbelievable just water and a colour of what it was supposed to be, Mint, Cranberry, Mornay, diners were refusing to have the sauce (water) put onto their plate. The creamed potatoes were at least 1/2 days old grey and when cut stood up like teeth.The manager said that the chef in charge had just come from another ship, he either needs retraining and the chefs beneath him need to be taught the correct way to make up the sauces, they forget that people will talk and comment about the food . The waiters in general were pleasant but some needed to retraining, some were leaning over another guest to retrieve the plate of another person who had finished his meal. We fortunately had two great ones, Garry and Ace, they attended their area with speed proficiency courteously.. Library was another nonentity with very little reading matter although a daily paper and crossword was published for the cruisers. Shopping was on three floors but expensive as usual. Our last time on the Azura after cruising on many other lines this was a complete let down. PattieJ Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our first cruise and we didn't really know what to expect, but from the very first day the whole experience was something out of this world, from the fine dining and all of the wonderful restaurants to the live entertainment ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we didn't really know what to expect, but from the very first day the whole experience was something out of this world, from the fine dining and all of the wonderful restaurants to the live entertainment every single night, our cabin boy was incredible and kept our cabin spotless and it was lovely coming into the cabin to see the beds made so neatly and fresh towels, he even used to tidy the wires to my mobile phone and laptop, I loved having my chair pulled out for me every single meal time and the napkin placed on my knee, the whole cruise just made me feel very special and spoilt. The Caribbean islands we visited were amazing, the heat was lovely and I enjoyed lots of days of warm sandy white beaches, this holiday really was incredible and exceeded all of my expectations. All of the staff were friendly and said hello to you with a warm smile, and the reception desk were always there to help with any problem, there really isn't one thing I could say negatively about sailing on the Azura, only that I didn't want to leave as it was just totally fabulous. After three days on board ship we booked again to do the exact same trip next year and we can't wait to do it all again. We did 4 excursions and the rest of the time we went to the beach or to the local town on the island we were on. St Kitts we went on the railway and it was fabulous with lots of singing and the scenery was fabulous. Barbados we went on the submarine in the morning and its something we will do again as it was just incredible watching all the fish. Amber Cove we went on a Tradition & Flavours Excursion which was really good St Lucia we did a private tour with Cosal Tours,it was a seven hour tour and was totally fabulous including a mud bath and waterfall and lots of island food. It was enjoyable in between excursions having lots of time on different beaches and wandering the local towns. 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
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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