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Sail Date: May 2010
AZURA Baltic cruise, 26 May 2010 - Great people, but some real issues. First time cruisers though we did a "crossing" on the wonderful QM2 last year. I am a wheelchair user, my wife is a celiac, so some may find the feedback on ... Read More
AZURA Baltic cruise, 26 May 2010 - Great people, but some real issues. First time cruisers though we did a "crossing" on the wonderful QM2 last year. I am a wheelchair user, my wife is a celiac, so some may find the feedback on accessibility and food choice useful. What follows is we hope a balanced review which reflects a good holiday but equally suggests that P&O have not got everything right with Azura and some aspects will be very off putting for certain potential customers. Embarkation. We arrived early, had a 15 min wait in car park queue and 30 mins in the check-in hall at the bright and breezy Ocean Terminal. Disabled access is good here & you should go to the "mobility assist" area, it will pay off. We were onboard in 30 mins, were directed to deck 15 for lunch which was fine and in our superb (disabled) inside cabin by 2.30 as promised. All very smooth and well managed. Disabled stateroom L248 Lido Deck 15. Outstanding. Loads of room. One of the best designed disabled accessible bathrooms we have ever seen. Good wheelchair turning space, excellent wheel-in shower area with a very good large fold up seat and good access to wash basin. Toilet has grab rails on two sides but if you need three rails ask about this before booking. Cabin steward (Manoj) was excellent. All in all a very impressive accommodation. But....this is state of the art Azura, or that's what P&O tell you in the brochures. Two different people designed this ship. One did the disabled cabins, the other the rest of P&O's flagship. LIFTS. Appalling, simply appalling. After the absurdly poor safety briefing we waited 45 mins for a lift back to our cabin. It must have been a one off we thought....wrong. P&O have built a` ship the same size as Ventura but put 500 more passengers onboard. Most were 70+ and/or disabled. We were babies in our early fifties but we aged 10 years waiting for lifts on this cruise. It just doesn't work, too many people, and a lift service where only one lift seems able to stop on a deck at one time. Peak times it's a fiasco. You need to leave 30 mins before dinner to arrive on time. This is not OTT, the lifts are not able to cope and it can spoil your day, trust me, this is a serious problem and if you have no choice but to use the lift prepare for absurd waiting times. THE RETREAT. Again, appalling. We really wanted to use this innovative facility but on this brand new state of the art ship it is NOT accessible to wheelchair users or those who don't fancy climbing loads of steps. How P&O can justify this is beyond me but there is no lift inside the three-deck spa / retreat facility and access to the wonderful heated pool with its wave machine is up 3 steps, then 7 more, then down another 7. Crazy and hugely disappointing. And even the staff were embarrassed that this has been allowed to happen and spookily it isn't mentioned in the adverts.....indeed we had three calls before the cruise trying to sell us spa packages. THE FOOD. We were club diners in the Oriental, 1st sitting. We were so lucky to have a table of 6 superb companions. Great conversation and lots of laughter. Such superb company can and did make for some very enjoyable times. Food was generally good. A couple of ordinary meals but overall lots of good eating. Portions are a bit small at times but in truth there's always more if you ask. Service was good. We also tried "Seventeen" which is P&O's attempt at a celebrity restaurant without a celebrity and it is amazing. Really good and a steal at £20pp cover charge. "Sindhu" is fine dining Indian style and equally good. Subtle flavours and surprises between courses ! We loved our meal experience there and both this and 17 are worth the extra money. The Glass House was a favourite, great "taster" plates and really good turf and surf and very sweet wine ! Verona and Venetia were okish and we heard that the Italian trattoria was excellent. My wife is a coeliac and providing you make your meal choices the night before with the menu provided then you are pretty well catered for. Less well if you turn up unannounced at an alternative venue but even then they will try to sort things. ENTERTAINMENT. Very mixed. Headliners Company did 6 shows which were ok'ish but the lead vocalists lack "range" and the Playhouse gets absurdly crowded for the middle of three performances. Warning : there are just 6 disabled spaces in the Playhouse on deck 7 and 8 on deck 6. It's very poor this and given the huge numbers of less-than-mobile people on this cruise it's a real shame that P&O do not understand the issues this causes. The rest of the entertainment is made up of Tribute Acts and Comedy, and we thought much of this was disappointing. A couple of the singers were good and to be fair if some stopped describing the entertainment onboard as "west end" quality it would ease expectations. We got a bit bored on sea days in particular when there really isn't enough to do if the weather is poor. We mostly had great weather but try watching the disappointing "SeaScreen" in rain and a cold wind, it's not fun. TOURS. We did 5 disabled accessible tours. Very expensive but we found them to be outstanding vfm. Mostly it's just 4 of you and your professional guide. How good is that ? We enjoyed Tallin and loved St Petersburg and Copenhagen and Oslo were real highlights. P&O are the only company who can be bothered to help disabled customers in this way and they deserve great credit for so doing. If you need accessible transport then try these tours but note that in some ports like Stockholm there are free accessible shuttle buses. In a few like Oslo and Kristiansand you can walk in from the berth. OVERCROWDING. What can you say ? It's a mix of greed and poor planning added to inadequate design but for us Azura is simply not able to effectively cope with 3100 passengers. There is an extra deck of cabins and one lounge less than Ventura. It doesn't work, it's just too crowded in the public areas and the lounges (Manhatten and Malabar) are too full too often. And did we mention those LIFTS ? ! We met lots of very nice people, the staff were generally very good and the ship is pretty but flawed. We rested and appreciated the sun and the trips ashore and eat pretty well. Not a bad holiday by any measure but Azura is far from perfect and some of the problems are serious enough to surely impact on repeat bookings. If anyone wants more on the disabled access etc very happy to discuss ! Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2010
Parking at southampton: So swift and organised at CPS outside the Terminal, before we had stopped they had the bags out of the car and on their way to our cabin! CPS kept the car keys and parked the car for us Cabin: excellent cabin ... Read More
Parking at southampton: So swift and organised at CPS outside the Terminal, before we had stopped they had the bags out of the car and on their way to our cabin! CPS kept the car keys and parked the car for us Cabin: excellent cabin really modern refilled tea and coffee everyday, fresh towels and the cabin steward was excellent had ample space in the walk in wardrobe also. i would advise to have the beds in queen config as the cabin loses a lot of space if it is in twin formation Dining: The dining was excellent, great variety and always readily available. I can defiantely recommend Sindhu worth every penny!@ £15 per head it was fantastic! amazing food and service, We found Seventeen very nice and the terrace on the back is lovely if it is nice weather! We did find the menu to be a little plain compared to the Indian but i guess this is expected! Shore excursions: we found the port presentations particulaly informative as we did most of our exploring independantly, they were great to watch in the cabin whilst getting ready or to attend directly in the playhouse Entertainment: As the average age on our this cruise was late 60's we did find the entertainment to be geared more towards the older age group. There was a good selection of varied activities for this age group however. The Headliners Theatre company was spectacular very enjoyable and an excellent variety of performances from acrobatics to full stage productions! The Nightclub never really got into full swing as it was an older age group! we did find however that the English Pub Brodies again catered for all age groups , it had a fab atmosphere with plenty going on from quizzes to board games and a pool table! We did have a flutty in the Casino, the staff were excellent really friendly and gave you gaming lessons free of charge Some of the bands and musicians were a tad below par of what you would expect on a ship of this nature but they were enjoyable non the less! We found the Sea Screen fantastic! a brilliant new addition to the fleet, it attracted every age group and had a good selection of old and new films, they had films playing throughout the day and into the night at set times they even used it for a game of bowling on the wii! In the evening its fantastic to get wrapped up in the provided blankets and watch the film under the stars! I would however say that the films did tend to be a little repetative and by the 2nd week we had seen all the films on show, apart from that i believe it to be a brilliant addition to the ship Kids Facilities: On the aft of the ship overlooking the terrace pool there are the kids areas. Frontiers and The Beach Hut. these are partially outdoor play areas where the staff play games. Inside the teens have a great area to relax in and chill out with friends, there is plenty for them from an Air hockey game to play stations and more! for the little ones there is a large soft play area for them The staff were great with the kids really organised and we hardly saw any kids they were kept so busy! Tips: The staff were great really friendly and helpful always, we gave the tips directly to the staff on the final day of the cruise. the average tip is around £3.20 pp per day which can be split between waiters and cabin steward Impressions: My intial impressions were 'how's this going to float!' but no in all seriousness it was a wonderful ship. Right from the word go everything is so organised. The check in was swift and organised, the product of P&O is fantastic and even down to the keeping of the ship they were constantly cleaning and painting the ship inside and out! even though she is only a few weeks old! We found our cabin rather swiftly as the decks and cabins are well sign posted.Having a balcony was amazing, our own private space outside to enjoy a coffee in the morning and a glass of wine in the evening, it was great to have this as the journey into stockholm was amazing how they traversed through all the tiny little islands it was fantastic to watch All the different areas of the ship are in immaculate condition and very luxurious. i think the main thing that was impressive was the service and the food! oh the food! we belive you could eat round the clock 24 hours a day! and all for free! the main restaurant food was impressive with plenty of choice for all tastes, the waiters in the restaurant were fantastic they remembered all our names on the table and if they saw you walking about in other areas of they ship they would ask how we were and greet us by name! Target market: This ship can quite happily cater for all age groups and types. As mentioned the Itinerary seems to dictate what kind of market the cruise attracts. The Azura would suit Families As they do have excellent kids facilities but i would be careful what itinerary, the med or caribbean would probably suit families more as entertainment was geared for the older generation Singles it is fantastic. the single cabins were brilliant as we did have a look in one! The nice thing is there is plenty of space in the ship to have the single afternoon tea in another area Young couples - great again! the Sea Screen does appeal more to the younger market and we found it great to get away from all the bars and have a quiet night under the stars watching a film. Our Itinerary really applealed to the older generation and the ship seemed to please the majority of the older seniors. there were a few complaints from the seniors saying it was too large and they had far to walk from bar to show etc. . . Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
We (Cathy & Ian) were so looking forward to our 15 night Panama Canal cruise on the Coral Princess from Fort Lauderdale on 21 April but the Icelandic volcano stopped us travelling to the USA. We were very proactive and were able to get ... Read More
We (Cathy & Ian) were so looking forward to our 15 night Panama Canal cruise on the Coral Princess from Fort Lauderdale on 21 April but the Icelandic volcano stopped us travelling to the USA. We were very proactive and were able to get a transfer from Princess to P&O and almost the last cabin on Azura leaving Southampton on 28 April instead. We have only cruised twice before, both in the Med with RCI. We hope that our review will be an honest attempt to review the Azura and compare and contrast P&O and RCI. We have future cruises booked with both companies for later this year and 2011. We soon noticed a huge difference between the 'customers' on board Azura and those we had cruised with on RCI. The average age of the cruisers on P&O must have been 20 years older and there were many disabled people on the ship. The staff were fantastic and dealt with the elderly and disabled passengers with patience and understanding, so we would definitely recommend P&O for its service to these groups. We'll get the negatives out of the way first: 1. The promenade deck did not go all the way around the ship so had its limitations as a jogging track, especially when all the smokers congregated outside - why don't cruise ships restrict smoking more? 2. We thought that the buffet meals at breakfast and lunch were not as good as RCI - couldn't find a bagel or any cream cheese on the ship for instance, and the serving areas were very cramped. We didn't think the staff were very friendly either at these times. 3. The number of photographers who continually tried to take your photos became very annoying after a couple of days. 4. Don't expect to get a seat in any lounge area during the day if the weather isn't too good. We have never seen so many people drink so much tea over so long a period before! 5. The staff in bars were not as friendly as those on RCI, although we did appreciate the lower cost of most drinks (no added 15% to the bill). 6. Some of the P&O regulars (they think P&O stands for 'Posh and Offensive' and behave like that all the time) weren't friendly at all, especially over dinner so we tried not to share a table if we could avoid it. We also thought that, for us, there were too many formal nights (4) although we appreciate that this is very popular with many passengers (on this cruise they seemed to be P&O again, 'Pretentious & Overweight'.) 7. The Retreat spa: great idea but we didn't see many people using it and those who had paid a lot of money for it as a package seemed to regret the cost as there was little value for money. The problem as we see it is that if the weather is good then there are too few spa beds in the sunshine and if the weather is poor then the covered area is too cold. Time for some positives: 1. Gym was fantastic and had a great view if you were using the aerobic machines. 2. Open air cinema was excellent, even blankets if it was cold. 3. We chose Freedom Dining which meant we could turn up at any time for our evening meal. If we wanted a table for two (which we did most of the time) and it was busy you were given a pager. We didn't wait more than 20 minutes on any night for a table. However, Freedom Dining is a bit of a misnomer. Even though you are sat at a table for two you are always very close to tables either side of you and you are served in tandem with those table around you so you quickly realise that the pace of your meal will be determined by how many courses those tables near you order and how quickly (or on this cruise) how slowly your fellow diners eat! 4. The food in the main restaurant was excellent with a varied choice and a 'default' menu which always had a plain chicken or beef option. Puddings were exceptional. The Head Chef was very visible throughout the cruise and was paying great attention to the standards of service in all restaurants. 5. Speciality restaurants were superb and well worth the extra costs. We ate twice at Sindhu and thoroughly recommend it. Not a 'spicy' Indian restaurant but very subtle flavours, the Indian wine was good too. Our second night there was slightly spoilt by a very unfortunate P&O regular ('Prickly & Obnoxious') who was incredibly rude to the very helpful staff. '17' was also very good, we wish we had had a second night there as well. The Glasshouse was excellent, very different wines to try and a relaxed atmosphere, if you could get a seat when the tea drinkers went for a pee! 6. Entertainment: this obviously depends on your taste. A word of warning for you P&O regulars - you will have probably seen most of the comedians and tribute acts an another P&O cruise. However, we really enjoyed the tribute acts (Elton John, George Michael and Phil Collins) plus most of the other cabaret singers. Peter Piper was a terrific comic but some of the others were a throwback to the 1970's but not in a good way. Toyah Wilcox was also a guest speaker. The cruise singers/dancers were very professional and versatile. Jason the pianist is also worth a mention for his hard work in various bars and with the choir. 7. Cathy really enjoyed the cruise choir, which practiced 3/4 times during the cruise and performed on the last formal night and again at the talent show on the final night. 8. Neil the Cruise Director was a real star. However, we are split on the 'Sailaways' every evening at 5.30 ish whenever we left a port. Ian hated them but Cathy generally enjoyed them although the choice of music became very repetitive 9. Our steward Arlindo was a star. He was always there when we needed him and was incredibly efficient, we came back from breakfast one morning and the room had already been cleaned. 10. We did our own thing at most ports of call but did go on a wine tasting tour in Vigo. We thoroughly recommend this tour, it's only an hour's coach trip to the winery and the choice of drinks to sample is very good. You then go to a hotel for a tapas lunch and more (free) wine, great value for money. Overall we enjoyed our Canaries cruise and we would definitely cruise on the Azura again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
started with a drive to Southampton chronic traffic between the car park and ship the so called 10 min journey took over an hour. the check in was very efficient and fairly quick.Nothing on board to eat except tea/cakes until dinner. our ... Read More
started with a drive to Southampton chronic traffic between the car park and ship the so called 10 min journey took over an hour. the check in was very efficient and fairly quick.Nothing on board to eat except tea/cakes until dinner. our cabin was an inside on deck 12 well appointed but a little smaller than princess/celebrity. On the 1st night out a great deal of banging/clanging from midnight complained to the desk engineer sent up to listen they said they would come back to us. We had to go back to them to find out that there was indeed a problem that they were trying to resolve apparently one of the securing brackets had broken we were given a key to another inside cabin on deck 5 to enable us to sleep (apparently the only empty cabin on the ship). we were told that if it could not be fixed that they would move us to this cabin. this is what happened. We agreed with the chief of customer services suitable compensation. The ports of call were Madeira/la palma/grand canaria/tenerife/lisbon/vigo free shuttle buses were provided where necessary at all the ports which was a welcome change from some of the other cruise lines. we chose to do our own thing at all the destinations.there are tourist offices at all the stops and getting around and getting information is easy. The ship is brand new this was her second voyage after all the hype we found it disappointing in many ways. The central atrium is the smallest we have encountered on any ship (this was our 12th ship.)they use deck 5 as a dancing area for reasons only known to p&o. the library is small and doubles as an internet room the shops are ok but the whole area is congested with people who hang around watching the dancers below. The casino is very small and poorly equipped compared to other ships. there are 3 show areas the main theatre is excellent with no drinks tables or service. the other 2 however are badly thought out they are in reality bars with small stages and dancing areas the seating is organised in such a way that half the seats face away from the stage anything going on that attracts a crowd it is very difficult to find space to sit. there are 3 pools none are covered (BAD MISTAKE) an outside big screen showing films an adults only retreat(you pay extra 10 pounds on sea days) there are no decks at all that you can walk all the away around the ship. the pool areas are well equipped with sun loungers. Food: We opted for freedom dining there is one main restaurant allocated to you where the food is of excellent quality although the portions are very small you can of course ask for more. The buffets on deck 15 are great for breakfast although there is far fewer options compared to princess or celebrity but the lunchtime is abysmal not even up to the standard of a works canteen there is the option of pizza and hamburgers which are fine but it does involve a 50 yard trek if you wish to join your partner inside or to get tea /coffee /dessert. afternoon tea is served in one of the restaurants and is excellent. the speciality restaurants are sindu and seventeen we opted for seventeen which was exceptional and worth the 20 pound supplement. also at night one of the buffets is transformed into an Italian dining option which is very good quality.overall with the notable exception of lunch as good as any others and better than some. Entertainment: The main shows (5) performed by what they call the headliners theatre company were simply spectacular the best we have seen afloat they are as good as you will get in the west end of London. there were comedians all were very good as were the various singers pianists etc. We attended lectures that were interesting and well presented the only problem was the venue malibar with its lack of suitable seating. there were various other things throughout the day no lack of something to do. Notes: The usual problems of being pestered to buy drinks and pose for photographs got on our nerves the photos are expensive too. The crowd was very elderly indeed we are approaching 60 but were young compared to most on this cruise.The entertainment staff lead by director Neil Oliver were good.the weather was very mixed not much sunshine unfortunately the sea was however mainly calm.disembarkation was quick and efficient. Overall opinion: We feel that the ship has sacrificed a great deal of public space for cabins. as stated for such a big ship the central atrium is inadequate other cruise ships offer more and better facilities. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2010
After being shuffled like sheep in Southampton we went aboard the Azura. Excited and eager to enjoy ourselves we found our cabin inside stateroom. It was pleasant enough except the wardrobe was just a hanging rail. We went to get something ... Read More
After being shuffled like sheep in Southampton we went aboard the Azura. Excited and eager to enjoy ourselves we found our cabin inside stateroom. It was pleasant enough except the wardrobe was just a hanging rail. We went to get something to eat and found a cafe on level 5 serving tea/coffee and cakes at a cost. This was supposed to sustain us until dinner after missing lunch. The first night was ruined by banging and clanging so little sleep was had. We reported this to customer services several times for 10 days when they agreed to move us to another cabin. This was a lot quieter. The food was good although in the buffet areas it was difficult to find a seat and sometimes this would result in your food getting cold. The captain did not turn up to the welcome cocktail party until after we went to dinner. We did not get to our first port Malaga because he said it was too rough. The ship was not very stable as every little movement in the sea was felt. The shows were good - The theatre was a good venue but the other two venues were not suitable as the seating was arranged that people had their backs to the show. The big screen was a good idea but when the weather was bad you had to shiver to watch the films. The constant pestering of the staff trying to encourage you to buy drinks was annoying, there was no let up. We came to the conclusion that we would avoid P & O ships a this was a bad experience enough to put you off cruising. We had enough of queueing on this cruise and will go back to the smaller ships which we cruised on before. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
We booked with a local travel agent and as our holiday came within their criteria as to cost we were provided with a taxi both ways. The taxi turned up on time at our home in Park Gate Fareham Hants. As first time cruisers we were not sure ... Read More
We booked with a local travel agent and as our holiday came within their criteria as to cost we were provided with a taxi both ways. The taxi turned up on time at our home in Park Gate Fareham Hants. As first time cruisers we were not sure as to the amount of clothes to take so erred on generous amount as we were advised we would not have to carry it anywhere as it so transpired as we turned up in Ocean Terminal 20 mins later, the taxi driver said just leave it all on the ground by the car and the porters will pick it up, what a difference from airports. After waiting a while after being issued with letter cards we checked in and joined the queue for embarkation. Once on ship we were directed to our cabin. Jocelyn our cabin steward came and introduced herself. We had lifejacket demo then went for a wander around the ship as we had never seen anything like it, the Atrium was stunning as were the numerous bars,shops and restaurants etc. We had opted for freedom dining as we felt this would suit our needs best, also prior to cruising heard some horror stories of being lumbered with unsuitable companions for all evening meals! The freedom dining worked out extremely well for the whole cruise and we had different neighbours each night which was really good,all the dining staff really helpful.The food was a very high standard and all very enjoyable, I especially, opted to try many types of food which I had not previously had eaten. We went to a number of the Playhouse Theatre shows, the Headliners especially were excellent,most of the other acts also being of a good quality.Although the Theatre could hold 800+ we found that the 7.30 and 9pm shows had long queues so we opted for 11pm show and walked in easily. We had our breakfast most days up on 15 in self service of Venezia & Verona. Although there were a lot of people we never had any troule with seating as we shared on most days and met many interesting people. The Sea Screen was a novel idea, in fact on one evening we watched Mamma Mia! Although we walked around we didn't have a dip in any of the pools as the weather was not that brilliant to feel it was a good idea, maybe another time. In the evening we split our time between the Blue Bar where we could listen to relaxing music to Manhattan watching entertainment and even participating in The Weakest Link,great fun. We enjoyed the atmosphere of the Planet Bar, very interesting either watching the large interactive video screens or looking out to sea. It was great on Formal and semi-formal evenings to see that the majority of people involved themselves and we enjoyed this. The Atrium with its staircases and glass lifts never failed to please the eye. We listened to various talks in Malabar. The Photo Gallery was always a popular place to be at.Being first timers we had many photos taken, probably next time far fewer. We set the alarm early to get up to see our arrival in Madeira and had breakfast in cabin as we were off on early coach trip round island. We went on several of the trips and felt they were fairly reasonably priced although we quickly learned after watching points and talking to other experienced cruisers that in future we can easily do our own thing far cheaper. We also got up very early to see our entrance into Lisbon as we had been told this was spectaculay especially going under the bridge. This was well worth it, we went up to 16 and watched the sunrise from over the bows of the ship, we were amazed how few people were there with us. still our gain others loss. When disembarking it was a bit of a crush although there were timed disembarkation times, but finding our luggage was very easy with many luggage trolleys available, back out to waiting taxi and on to home within the hour. This is just a short review of our cruise but suffice to say we are hooked and looking forward to end of Aug on Ventura. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
It came to pass that the Mighty P&O did invite all Portunus Gold Tier Members to a Walkabout tour of the latest addition to their Family . The Azura. The Pilgramage led 1500 of this august band to the impressive Ocean Terminal. And ... Read More
It came to pass that the Mighty P&O did invite all Portunus Gold Tier Members to a Walkabout tour of the latest addition to their Family . The Azura. The Pilgramage led 1500 of this august band to the impressive Ocean Terminal. And there she was resplendent in the Southampton Sun.These lovers of The Crows Nest,Andersons,el et assembled two by two waiting for embarkation.Old friends from bygone Cruises renewed aquaintances as they waited.Wise men Shepherds and Masons waited patiently.We were kitted out with our Boarding Pass swinging jauntily from a natty Lanyard.Ours was Green.The wife did say that it it did not match her shoes or bag but I assured her that no one noticed. So.After much sercurity checks we finally got a first real look at Azura. First The Atrium . Where have I seen that before ? Up and Up and Up to Decks 15,16 and 17 and The Coral Pool and Bar.Nice enough I suppose but nothing special.Except those Sun Loungers.Blue and Brown even I could appreciate that it would be difficult to match accessories.Then The Oasis Spa and The Retreat.It looks an absolute picture.Wicker Sun Loungers,Cabbanas all sheltered under a Canopy similar to that at Goodwood Races.All well and good I hear you say but how much ? Well I heard figures of £10/20 pp per day bandied about and that was just for entrance to this exclusive area.So boys if 'They' insist it may mean only single G n Ts for the duration of your Cruise.Many of the pieces of Equipment in Spa area looked painful but I am reliably informed by one who knows that it was the latest.So what do I know . The Accomodation.Starting at the top . The Suites.If Camelot does its duty I'll have one of these.Well equipped furnished and appointed.I might have trouble negotiating a path to the Thunder box for my nocturnal calls of nature but must say I liked this.Smashing Bose Stereo tucked away.On to the head [naval jargon for bathroom] expensive looking Seperate Shower Enclosure Spa Bath. Could just imagine the good lady scrubbing my back as the Bose belts out a bit of Ole Blue Eyes.'Strangers In The Night' Dooby Dooby Do.Did have a bit of a problem with the Balcony.Why on earth did P&O choose to showcase a Luxury Suite with a balcony that has a steel pillar protruding floor to ceiling.Try again. Nearly forgot the Walk In Wardrobe doubt if even she could fill this but no doubt she would give it her best shot. Balcony/ Outside. Again Well furnished nicely appointed.Walkin Wardrobe of sorts but practical .Smallish Bathroom usual facillities.Room for Biscuits and Tea and Coffee makings.Reasonable Drawer Space for the smalls etc. Overall very good but on the small side. Inside: Its OK but it is Inside and on the small side . Appointments Furnishings and Fittings similar to the Outside cabins.Small Bathroom you would have to take turns for your ablutions . Bars Etc.Have you been on Vetura ? Do you remember,how could you forget The Havana Club. Well they have done it again and called it Manhattan this time with Blue Strip Lighting.Reminded me of a Tanning Studio.And those Partitions high enough to test Red Rum.Poor sight lines.Not for me. Just along from Tan U like there is an Oasis of Calm and Serenity The Sindhu Restaurant.Very tasteful and if the food is as good as the surroundings you could be in for a treat . Next door we are transported to Morroco and The Malabar Night Club and bar.She didn't like the chairs but I felt a bit like Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca but in colour.Room to cut a rug if you fancy a bit of Strictly.Just a pity about the constant flow of people passing through. Now The Glass House : A modern Wine Bar which I think also serves food.Will the P&O Grandees ,Dotties and old dears take to it?.I wonder. Then there is Brodies Pub Named after one of P&O Founders.Quite brash shares the area with The casino has a small stage big enough for say a Trio.I am not one for Pub Style Bars on ships but it is what it is . Certainly not the place for a quite drink.But I am more of an Andersons Man myself.It was a pity that we did not have time to see all of the Bars and facilities but I hope that I have given you a flavour of Azura. With our time running out we only had time to pop into The Playhouse Theatre.On three tiers similar to Ventura's Theatre.Looked to have good sight lines. The PA system announced that lunch was about tobe servered in The Meridian Restaurant. Like many of the features of Ventura Azura is very similar.The Meridian is no exception almost identical to The Cinnamon Restaurant on Ventura.Glass Partions tables for 2,4,6and 8.We were to be fine treated to a very meal so future Azurains you should have no complaints.The lady chose Atlantic Cod.No comment. I settled on a Smoked Salmon Platter followed by Lobster Scallops and King Prawns and just to be sociable a rather nice cheese board.To accompany this excellent fare we quoffed a couple of pleasant little wines.A Cheeky Chilean Shiraz[don't mention the Aussies] and a Saucy Pinot Grigo. During the course of this excellent lunch P&O's MD Carol Marlow gave a short speech. She explained that Azura had been designed with the Traditional P&O Passenger in mind and there would be Formal Semi Formal and a few Casual nights on all Cruises. Let us hope that that this is enforced. Although the speech was politely recieved I felt that most of the audience may have preferred a new Aurora or Oriana,but we do have The New Adomnia to look forward to and the jury are still counting the votes for Arcadia. But what of Azura. Overall she is very similar to Ventura perhaps the decorations are more subdued and I must say that the Carpetting throughout the ship is nothing short of spectacular particulary in the passenger corridors. The service in The Meridian was very good, not fast but unobtrusive and the waiters were excellent.Would I cruise on Azura Errrrr. One last point then I'll leave you to post your rude remarks.On our way from Azura we were presented with a Pen as a momento of our Visit.Think P&O must have bought them off the QVC shopping channel. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
Just returned from the caribbean on board the azura 8th-22nd.No negatives i am not the usual Brit!From east midlands airport and back it was a wonderful experience. Waiters excellent and polite, cabin boy superb nothing to much ... Read More
Just returned from the caribbean on board the azura 8th-22nd.No negatives i am not the usual Brit!From east midlands airport and back it was a wonderful experience. Waiters excellent and polite, cabin boy superb nothing to much trouble.Playhouse theatre, headliners were great, Tom Jones tribute fantastic. After dinner speakers very informative.Decor throughout the ship excellent.Food in venetia loads of choice and varied small queues did not bother us as we are patient people.Peninsular 4.00 tea very nice indeed,we were on Freedom dining waited no longer than 15 minutes any night, a great excuse for a drink while we waited.Cabins had hairdryers topped up shower gel.Twinings tea,egberts coffee,buiscuits replenished everyday.Drink prices cheaper than at home.Destinations all had something different. Yes it did rain on my trip to the RAIN FOREST!That made it all the more real.Went on the Rhum runner trip unforgettable party time.Did st kitts railway you will see how the locals live and are blissfully happy. We also did the snorkel sensation what a sensation it was. All other trips were done by local taxi, go anywhere you want at a reasonable cost, drivers are very informative,very funny as well, they all return you to the ship if you want to.I heard people moan about the food,I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THEY EAT AT HOME!One lady moaned about the ship that had just docked had blocked her window view. I could write more, but just to finish it was a holiday of a lifetime for us, we were so grateful to be able to afford this holiday and Azura and the Caribbean made our dream come true, thank you. Just enjoy, thats what holidays are all about! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
I've been meaning to write this review for ages, having read so many prior to departure!We had an absolutely amazing time on Azura. We travelled with my parents and my brother, his wife and our 4 year old niece in addition to our ... Read More
I've been meaning to write this review for ages, having read so many prior to departure!We had an absolutely amazing time on Azura. We travelled with my parents and my brother, his wife and our 4 year old niece in addition to our little girl who turned 7 months when on board.We opted for a balcony stateroom which had plenty of space, even with all the baby paraphernalia we had to take with us. P&O provided a travel cot and bottom sheet and we took our own blankets and a sleeping bag for the baby. We ended up moving the easy chair to the wardrobe space just to free up some more floor space for the cot but we didn't feel too cramped and of course having the balcony made all the difference. P&O also provided a baby bath and would have given us a steriliser too but we took our own.The ship is beautiful, all very modern with the classic touches you would expect from a British ship. Not as OTT as Royal Caribbean but lovely none the less. You can always find a quiet spot and as the weather wasn't so good when we were there there were no fights over sun loungers etc.The sail aways were great fun, a few of the usual moaners complaining that the music was too loud and the kids were having too much fun but you get them everywhere don't you...The food was brilliant. I read some reviews about it being disappointing before we left but its a damn sight better than most hotels I have been too and often better. The pizzeria is a really good idea for a quick snack and you could basically eat 24 hours a day if the mood took you and judging by some of the people we saw the mood definitely did!We ate twice in sindhu and once in Seventeen. Both were exceptional but we preferred Sindhu due to the uniqueness of the flavours and dishes. (tikka massala it ain't)! The main dining room was very good too, a couple of times things were a bit disappointing but certainly not inedible and you could always ask for something else.The staff were fantastic. They could not do enough for us and everyone took time to speak to us and our little girl. She had a great time being fussed over by all the staff, many of who have young families that they don't see for 10 months of the year. P&O provided baby food on board although there were often things on the buffet that we simply mushed up for her.We barely saw our 4 year old niece as she spent most of her time in the kids club; pirate day, mr bump day, spooky day etc were just some of the themes they had. She had a brilliant time and is already talking about going back on a big ship soon! There is also a playroom for the under 2's that you can use during the day and turns into the night nursery after 6pm. We did try to use the night nursery a couple of times and found plenty of spaces. However our little one didn't settle very well so for the rest of the cruise we used the baby listening on the phone, ringing up every 10 mins and doing a physical check every 45 mins. We just asked the cabin steward not to make up our room in the evening and he was happy not to!The ports of call we visited were good and we had plenty of time to look around. We went on a couple of trips but with a young child and being tied into meal times and naps etc we found it easier to do our own thing for the majority of the ports.The entertainment was mixed. It is generally an older clientele on board (60ish) and as such the acts etc were geared towards them. The shows were quite good with the exception of Foxwell Flax (spelling) who was an impressionist with a repertoire of 1960's and 1970's impressions. Not really our cup of tea. Martyn Daniels (pauls son) was very good as were the headliners group.I think P&O are really missing a trick when it comes to catering for the younger passengers on board (and by younger I mean those in their 30's and 40's). The talks during the day were dull; an ex policeman talking about his career (my husband is a policeman and he said half the stuff he was saying was a load of rubbish anyway) and a biologist who when we walked past was talking about micro organisms in slime!Brodies the pub had a couple of fun quizzes in the evening but the entertainment staff spend so long explaining the rules between every question as though you are 5 years old that what should be a 30 minute quiz turns into an hour and a half and the fun is somewhat lost.All in all we had a fantastic time. Don't listen to the moaners. It's a great ship with excellent facilities and the staff could not do enough for us. So credit where credit's due. 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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