Azura Cruise Review by winterblues2
- Sail Date: January 2016
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Outside Stateroom
My first observation was how much had changed in the two years. There were a lot of niggling things, to of the lifts were not working throughout the cruise, if there is one thing to get the backs up of passengers its waiting for lifts. The ship looked worn, our cabin E416 was allocated and was scruffy, cigarette burn on the basin. It just looked a lot older than 6 years.
The policy on alcohol had changed , now being allowed to bring your own on board, the spirit measure in all bars is 25 ml and 35 ml for fortified wines. For a decent drink of spirits a double is the order of the day which becomes ultra expensive.
The breakfasts were as before and no problems, the lunches in the self service were without choice over a 14 day period. A lot was said about the the loss of silver service in the main evening restaurants and I agree , if there was any detrimental change I would say it was in the quality of food , there was little choice and minute portions.
We were chartered out to Barbados by Thomas Cook the plane was uncomfortable and the crew were sullen. Having booked direct with P and O I asked for Premium Economy and was told it was full but I would be put on a waiting list , to shorten the story there was no Premium Economy available to book. The seats were narrow and the window seats were happened by the curve in the body of the plane.
One area that was enjoyable was the entertainment especially the guest acts. Unfortunately the Headliners were same old and not of a decent standard.
I understand that the Cruise market is extremely competitive and with a large new ship in the fleet to fill, savings have to be made, but I believe that the too many areas have been diluted , cost savings first passengers second.
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