Chose this cruise as its the only practical way to see the Caribbean. Azura is an eight year old ship showing some signs of wear. The colour scheme is brown and more brown... not the most exciting colour. Embarkation was trouble free as was delivery of luggage. Cabin was excellent with a large balcony. Clive, our cabin attendant was excellent, a really hard and conscientious worker Nicely appointed bars and public rooms with the Atrium being the centre of attraction. Staff were excellent, friendly and hardworking, mainly Indian and Asian nationalities Entertainment was good, although a bit working mens club ish. Venues were clean and well presented Food was of a good standard, always available. The food in the Meridien dining room was a bit samey with most of the choices being fish. Drinks on board were very reasonable, comparable to a pub or restaurant in the UK So far so good....... but now it starts to go downhill. This is not a reflection on P&O but when you offer inside cabins at £999 including flights it is a bit of a bargain. I suppose these cabins need to be filled. This may sound a bit snobbish, but a good part of the ship was like Butlins on sea, Huge people shovelling impossible amounts of food down from morning until night, Children with no discipline running, shouting and screaming around the pools. Many arrays of tattoos always on display. The trips sold on board are very expensive, apart from a small number similar trips are available on the quayside at half or less. Some of the islands visited were dumps, namely Grand Turk, Tortola and St Vincent. One final point, attributable to all cruises, is the sheer amount of fuel used, say 12 planes from the UK using 50000 gallons each plus the ship cruising 3000 miles at 100 gallons per mile, adds up to a colossal 900000 gallons for your 2 weeks cruise. For the above reasons I probably will not cruise the Caribbean again.

Great ship and crew. As can not be said for some of the passengers

Azura Cruise Review by AntonyH1952

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
Chose this cruise as its the only practical way to see the Caribbean. Azura is an eight year old ship showing some signs of wear. The colour scheme is brown and more brown... not the most exciting colour.

Embarkation was trouble free as was delivery of luggage. Cabin was excellent with a large balcony. Clive, our cabin attendant was excellent, a really hard and conscientious worker

Nicely appointed bars and public rooms with the Atrium being the centre of attraction.

Staff were excellent, friendly and hardworking, mainly Indian and Asian nationalities

Entertainment was good, although a bit working mens club ish. Venues were clean and well presented

Food was of a good standard, always available. The food in the Meridien dining room was a bit samey with most of the choices being fish.

Drinks on board were very reasonable, comparable to a pub or restaurant in the UK

So far so good....... but now it starts to go downhill. This is not a reflection on P&O but when you offer inside cabins at £999 including flights it is a bit of a bargain. I suppose these cabins need to be filled. This may sound a bit snobbish, but a good part of the ship was like Butlins on sea, Huge people shovelling impossible amounts of food down from morning until night, Children with no discipline running, shouting and screaming around the pools. Many arrays of tattoos always on display.

The trips sold on board are very expensive, apart from a small number similar trips are available on the quayside at half or less. Some of the islands visited were dumps, namely Grand Turk, Tortola and St Vincent.

One final point, attributable to all cruises, is the sheer amount of fuel used, say 12 planes from the UK using 50000 gallons each plus the ship cruising 3000 miles at 100 gallons per mile, adds up to a colossal 900000 gallons for your 2 weeks cruise.

For the above reasons I probably will not cruise the Caribbean again.
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Balcony Stateroom
Cabin JC c742
Excellent cabin although right at the stern it involved a fair bit of walking. No a problem for us. huge balcony with great views. Bed very comfortable. Aircon excellent, controlled the temp very well even though outside was hot and humid. As other reviews state the cabin could do with a bit of a makeover... Brown is not a good colour. The shower base is a little soft but everything worked ok
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