Azura Cruise Review by Sarah D
- Sail Date: May 2018
- Destination: Europe
- Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
Drinks – P&O don’t do a drinks package other than a buy 20 soft drinks for the price of 19 so those who enjoy a drink run the risk of finding themselves with a high bar bill at the end of the cruise.
Swimming pools and recreation activities - P&O have the basics in the form of pools and hot tubs but not much else. The main pools are busy but the adults only one can be reasonable and is for 18 years and over.
We had an unfortunate incident in that a small piece of rust splashed up from the hot tub and embedded itself in my Husbands eye. We weren’t aware that was the problem but after his eye had been hurting for some time we went to see the on board medical staff where the receptionist informed us that just to get looked at would cost us around £80. My husband decided to try some eye wash from the on board shop however as it was getting worse we went to medical at around midnight to discover they were closed. The problem started on the penultimate day of our cruise and my husband decided to wait until we got home to see the optician who sent him off to the hospital to have it removed by a surgeon. We reported the issue to P&O and they offered a £250 refund. We were happy this was a freak accident however they should consider an option to have the medical staff look at the problem before charging as this was a problem caused by their ship and as such they should have helped with it on board rather than just telling us it was £80 just to get an opinion.
Quizzes and shows - you need to turn up between 30 and 45 minutes early to these things if you want a good seat (or in some cases any seat at all) the shows were all of excellent level, although they don’t do a full broadway show they do 1 hour shows that are very entertaining.
Photo's & other items to purchase - all your pictures £100 not bad we only got a couple of pictures and they were a good price also. Bathrobes £30 for 2 total bargain. Anything extra you may want to pay for was mostly reasonably priced.
Food - Breakfast
Breakfast in room good, big queues for buffets, sit down breakfast very good.
Food - lunch, snacks and late night food.
Buffet busy and staff miserable, good snack options and food available pretty much all night.
Food - dinner
Buffet at dinner time was horrific but main dining was really good including 'always available' options which were nice.
Food - room service
Food was nice and service was excellent.
Complimentary drinks – Water or Tea/Coffee with your meal, bit limited in options.
All around P&O was a good experience ignoring the unfortunate incident with the hot tub and we have booked another cruise with them this time to take our teenage kids as well.
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