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just back from caribbean cruise aboard Azura what a wonderful experience great ship and crew loads to see and do and the ports of call were great as were the tours thankyou for a great holiday.
Just back from a fabulous 2 week cruise from Southampton and sailing to Maderia, Antigua, St. Maarten, St Kitts and St Lucia and Barbados for the flight home. Well it was our first cruise and surely wont be our last! We simply could not fault anything. From boarding the coach at Manchester airport to take us to Southampton to Barbados immigration being completed onboard Azura - it was all smoothly done. We had a balcony cabin (the pot luck but guaranteed grade type) which was on Lido deck close to the bars/pool/lifts but it didnt bother us at all. The cabin was spotless and our steward, Morris, was really nice. Towels were changed twice a day! There was a fridge in the room which was handy as we took a bottle of bubbly with us and a couple of bottles of win. P&O seem to be okay with passengers taking a small amount onboard... in fact there is a duty free shop with really great prices (they sold out of the best bargains very early on) which you were allowed to take to your cabin. The facilities were superb - from the shops to the library to the gym to the talks, quizzes, seminars, demonstrations etc - a huge list of things to occupy yourself, which was good as we had a couple of days where the weather wasnt too good. The food was really good, even as vegetarians we had a good choice esp in the main and buffet restaurants The Headliners theatre company was super , they did a show every second night - all different and all brilliant. In fact all the evening entertainers were top class; the orchestra, the various bands and singers and comedians. A cruise may seem more expensive than other holidays we've had but when you realise what youre getting for your money its well worth it. We really want to do another cruise! Also P&O being British, you pay for your extras in £s. I consider myself fairly well travelled and have had some fantastic trips abroad, this cruise counts as one of the best Ive evere done .
The Azura is a very nice ship, although there were 3,000 passengers on board it was very spacious, the catering was superb and catered for all persons regardless of their dietary needs. For those passengers with restricted or limited mobilities, access to all areas could be achieved by either lift or ramp, there were many battery powered vehicles in use. Our balcony suite was excellent, we had a Queen bed for 2 (room enough for three) we particularly liked the storage of clothes (open wardrobe), the balcony was great, but remember regardless which side you are on, port or starboard, you will not get the sun all the time. What made our organized excursion good (Florence) was the excellent guide who traveled with us on the coach.
My husband and I went to Ireland, Iceland and Norway in June on the Azura. We have a basic inside cabin which we find adequate for our needs as we do not intend to spend our holiday in the cabin. Facilities are fine as long as you have tea and coffee facilities what else do you need? The cabin crew were very inobtrusive, although if I had any requests they were dealt with efficiently. I only like skimmed milk and she procured a jug of fresh skimmed milk whenever I asked for some. The restaurant was lovely as were the waiters, they just could not do enough and also were blessed with a sense of humour which certainly adds to your whole experience. The entertainment was equal to any West End Show when it came to the group. I was less impressed with some of the comedians as they were rather dated!! I don't have objections to age but at least their material needs to be up to date. I did express this to the Entertainment director as this really let the side down. The tribute acts were particularly good as were the night club singers. Overall excellent and would reccommmend this cruise ship to others.
This is a fantastic ship, the staff and service is excellent. We went to the Western Meditteranean including Barcelona, Cannes, Pisa, Rome back to Alicante, and finally Gibralter. The itinerary was first class as was the entertainment, except for one very unfunny comedian, he should know who he was. Cruise director Neal is the best cruise director we have experienced yet on P&O, he really gets involved with the guests aboard ship anyone who say's otherwise can't be enjoying themselves. The only downside was the excessive number of electric scooters some of whom are driven far to fast for the constrained space of a ship. We appreciate that people need to be mobile but consideration should go both ways. Overall though everything was brilliant.
The Azura is just lovely. We have cruised several times with other cruise lines and found the ship very comfortable and well presented. Staff were very pleasant and the entertainment programme had something for everyone. We particularly enjoyed the quiet small swimming pool at the stern of the ship, although we found several areas on the ship for passengers wanting to be away from the hubbub. Our cabin was the largest inside cabin I have ever seen, it was double the usual size and so comfortable. Our steward was really helpful and efficient. Dining was Fixed and the menus on our 16 night Eastern Med cruise were varied and well presented. Port arrangements with regard to tendering and disembarkation was very slick and not a lot of queuing in the heat. The cruise content in terms of destinations was varied and had something for everyone culminating in a visit to Venice, yet again we never cease to marvel at the approach through the lagoon.
We did the P&O Iceland and the Fjords cruise at the end of June on the Azura, the first time we'd been on one of P&O's large ships. The Azura was all we expected, tastefully decorated with excellent facilities. While we were aboard, you would never have imagined there were around 3000 passengers among us. We had an inside cabin which was plenty big enough for the two of us, it was clean with everything you could have wanted for the cruise. Our cabin was kept well cleaned throughout the two weeks. We chose freedom dining, which worked well for us, the restaurant staff were helpful and attentive. Unfortunately the weather was not kind and so we did not get to use the outside pools or the sea screen.
This was my first experience of cruising so cannot compare it to other cruises, only other holidays that I have taken. Sailing out of and into Southampton made this a very nice way to travel. No airports, no lengthy queues and no restrictions on baggage. It was also very pleasant to arrive back in the UK after a good night's sleep onboard in a bed - as opposed to being in an uncomfortable aircraft seat. So onto the cruise. The ship was well appointed and the staff were all friendly and helpful. The food was fantastic with excellent variability over the 2 week cruise. We especially enjoyed afternoon tea. The drinks were reasonably priced - typically £3 for a beer and wine was around £15 per bottle upwards. There was a good variety of entertainment onboard and the facilities were large enough to cope with the demand. The only downside to the experience was the excursions. These were fiercely expensive and only worth doing if you are an under-confident traveller or want everything done for you and have pots of money. For everyone else, you are better off doing a little research before you go and hiring a car, using public transport etc. P&O were very good in providing coach transfers into the cities where the port was beyond walking distance.
We cruised on the Azura in June 2011 on the Iceland & Norway itinerary. We have previously travelled with P&O on a number of occasions; albeit three/four years ago. We decided to take this cruise for two reasons, firstly we wanted to see Iceland and Norway and secondly, we managed to pick the cruise up at a very competitive price. We choose an inside stateroom which was a good size, had a comfortable bed, as well as ample room for all the clothes necessary to cater for the potential variable climates we were likely to encounter. Our cabin steward was friendly and efficient, as were all the staff we encountered throughout the ship. There were a number of bars/lounges, including a coffee lounge on the ship, each with adequate numbers of comfortable chairs. Regarding the price of drinks, not that we ran up a huge bar bill, but we thought the price of drinks were good, certainly comparable with UK bar prices. We chose “Freedom Dining”, which provided us with the maximum flexibility in arranging entertainment for the evening. The Meridian Restaurant was quite spacious and whilst the meals were certainly not up to the standard they were a few years ago (quality and quantity), on most nights they were fine. However on “black tie” nights, the food served was excellent. We dined in the Sindhu Restaurant twice, where on both occasions the food was extraordinarily good; definitely recommend a visit. We also tried the Verona Trattoria, again both food and service were excellent (particularly the “sizzling steak”). Entertainment on board was very variable. The main shows were provided by the Headliners Theatre Company. (This was their last performance before going their separate ways). They started out giving a couple of very disappointing performances, but for some reason, something clicked and their remaining performances were very good. Whilst none of the company had exceptional voices; they were all competent singers. The dancers were fine, albeit they were severely restricted by the small stage. This was particularly noticeable when the band was on stage; they seemed to be dancing in a corridor. The bands and pianists that worked the bars and lounges were very good, particularly Jet Set and Lyn MacKay. However the same can’t be said for the “entertainment” served up by the various comedians that arrived and departed at various times during the cruise. Apart from Jeff Stevenson, the other three comedians were nothing short of appalling. They were embarrassingly poor; very dated material, poor delivery (one even had notes written on a table which he referred to on a regular basis), they were like rejects from seventies working man’s clubs. There were also a number of “big band singers”, one would have been fine, but three were stretching things. The same can be said for the tribute acts. Danny Roman as Tom Jones was fine, but George Michael, Freddie Mercury, Lulu and Dusty Springfield were all a bit too much. Overall it was a good cruise, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Belgium on one itinerary was superb. The size of the ship was certainly a contributory factor in the enjoyment we had from the cruise.
This is the first time we have sailed with P&O. We were really pleased with the way our baggage was taken stright from the taxi without us having to lug it about. The cruise was very well organised and the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpfull. The buffet area was a bit cramped and sometimes it was a bit hard to get by others with their trays etc. The food was good and it was nice that antibacterial gel was available for us to use. The cabin was very nice and quite roomy with plenty of hanging space for clothes. The formal dining in the evening was nice and all run so smoothly. We were really pleased to find in all the ports we visited P&O had transport laid on to ferry us in to the main town. We thought the excusrsions were very expens Overall we had a lovely time and the whole holiday was very enjoyable.