Azura Cruise Review by esetest
- Sail Date: July 2018
- Destination: Europe
- Cabin Type: Suite with Balcony
The embarkation was efficient and the staff were helpful , we were able to go to our cabin straightaway and were met by our cabin steward who was very helpful .
On our way to the safety induction , my wife was stopped by a member of staff form going to our designated muster station and when i questioned this i was shouted at in a dismissive manner by the staff member with a sly grin on his face and told to go to another muster station as this one was full up .
After the safety briefing , we went to reception to complain , and the receptionist rolled his eyes and clearly wasn't interested in tracking down the individual , although he did apologise , this did get my back up and did spoil the first couple of days.
On our third night , we went to our first captains dinner , which was in the Meridian restaurant , that night i came down with sickness and diarhea which i believe was down to the food .
I was confined to my cabin for 24 hours by the ships doctor because of this i was not allowed to get off at Cadiz .
We used the Peninsular buffet restaurant from then on , plenty of choice , although food hygiene was poor , a member of the kitchen staff picked up meat with his gloved hand instead of using a utensil , and he wasn't the one cutting the meat . I also saw members of kitchen staff putting chips into serving trays after emptying bins without changing their gloves .
The entertainment was excellent , and we enjoyed the strictly theme , and watching the master classes with the strictly stars .
I found quite a lot of the waiting staff to be rude , bordering on hostile , especially in the Manhattan and Malabar , i would always say please and thank you and think manners cost nothing , but this generally wasn' t reciprocated .
The ports of call were excellent , we did one shore excursion to Tuscany , half an hour is not enough time to explore .
I expected the guests in the main to be professional , and was worried about it being snooty this was far from the case as a lot of the guests wouldn't have been out of place on the Jeremy Kyle show , with guests fighting over sun loungers and wearing shorts and t shirts on formal nights .
We paid over £ 4000 with the gratuity and found the cruise to be very poor value .
I will not be rushing off to book my next cruise , but if we go again it will not be with P&O.
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