This was my and my husbands first ever cruise and chose P & O because people we play darts with recommended it. We chose the Azura as I am not good on small ships and chose early saver as this is what funds aloud at the time, we chose a inside cabin midships. We travelled to Southampton by train got a taxi to the port from the station which cost about £8 and only took about 10 minutes in the taxi. Embarkation was very stress less the taxi being met by a man with a trolley to unload our cases from the taxi and were directed up the escalator to be given a plastic card with a letter on it, we waited until our letter was called booked in, though security and onto the ship all within 20 minutes or so. We were directed to a lift and taken to Lido deck for lunch and to await the announcement when our cabins would be available. We found our cabin a good size and our stewardess very friendly as were all the staff. We had club dining first sitting and found the queues pretty long to go in and a lot of people moaning about the queue but it was well handled and we were in, in no time at taken to our table which we would have for the rest of the trip. I did find the food gave me wind but that's me and not P & O's fault but the food was very nice. The food in the buffet could have been warmer and during the day they should really have free drinking water. We can't comment on the children's clubs but the families on board with children were well behaved. We found the entertainment good, Brodies bar was a favourite, we took in two shows in the theatre and one movie, one bad point was the Sea Screen was out of action the whole cruise even though they were working on it, it still was out of action the day we disembarked. We took in 2 excursion one in Gib and on in Lisbon which were well run by P & O. Disembarkation was a bit of a wait but we were in no rush but people were pushing and shoving to get down the stairs one male was really shoving people including me shame on you sir. Our cases were waiting for us in the hanger type building when we left the ship. Now the problem at the end..... We only took our debit card where our wages are paid in to and all bills go out of but the day after we left the ship I noticed that money was being withheld on my account I enquired at my building society and they said it was P & O by the end of the week £460 was being withheld by them causing difficulty with direct debits to pay bills etc I did ring P & O and they said it would take 48 hours to release the money it took 2 weeks so bare this in mind if use the same account to pay your onboard account as well as your bills. But all in all a good cruise and will book again shortly for our next one.

Excellent First Ever Cruise, but Left With a Problem

Azura Cruise Review by weylady

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This was my and my husbands first ever cruise and chose P & O because people we play darts with recommended it. We chose the Azura as I am not good on small ships and chose early saver as this is what funds aloud at the time, we chose a inside cabin midships. We travelled to Southampton by train got a taxi to the port from the station which cost about £8 and only took about 10 minutes in the taxi.

Embarkation was very stress less the taxi being met by a man with a trolley to unload our cases from the taxi and were directed up the escalator to be given a plastic card with a letter on it, we waited until our letter was called booked in, though security and onto the ship all within 20 minutes or so. We were directed to a lift and taken to Lido deck for lunch and to await the announcement when our cabins would be available.

We found our cabin a good size and our stewardess very friendly as were all the staff. We had club dining first sitting and found the queues pretty long to go in and a lot of people moaning about the queue but it was well handled and we were in, in no time at taken to our table which we would have for the rest of the trip. I did find the food gave me wind but that's me and not P & O's fault but the food was very nice. The food in the buffet could have been warmer and during the day they should really have free drinking water. We can't comment on the children's clubs but the families on board with children were well behaved. We found the entertainment good, Brodies bar was a favourite, we took in two shows in the theatre and one movie, one bad point was the Sea Screen was out of action the whole cruise even though they were working on it, it still was out of action the day we disembarked.

We took in 2 excursion one in Gib and on in Lisbon which were well run by P & O.

Disembarkation was a bit of a wait but we were in no rush but people were pushing and shoving to get down the stairs one male was really shoving people including me shame on you sir. Our cases were waiting for us in the hanger type building when we left the ship.

Now the problem at the end..... We only took our debit card where our wages are paid in to and all bills go out of but the day after we left the ship I noticed that money was being withheld on my account I enquired at my building society and they said it was P & O by the end of the week £460 was being withheld by them causing difficulty with direct debits to pay bills etc I did ring P & O and they said it would take 48 hours to release the money it took 2 weeks so bare this in mind if use the same account to pay your onboard account as well as your bills.

But all in all a good cruise and will book again shortly for our next one.
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