Sister ship to Ventura and a popular choice for families looking to enjoy British-style cruising with P&O Cruises, this fantastic vessel has an incredible choice of bars, restaurants, sports facilities and entertainment. Offering a variety of restaurants, shops and bars, plus outdoor space where you can sit back, relax and watch the world go by, a cruise on Azura is guaranteed to be a holiday you look back on with fond memories. Whether you're looking for a trip to the sunny Caribbean, the blue skies of the Mediterranean or an adventure closer to home in Northern Europe, you're bound to find an itinerary which takes you to places you've always dreamed of visiting.
P&O Cruises have really raised the bar with Azura. With the Verona and Venezia restaurants, you'll find the flexibility of freedom dining, meaning you will always be able to sit and enjoy excellent cuisine throughout the day. The poolside grill is also available for an al fresco alternative, as is the poolside pizzeria. In the Sindhu fine dining restaurant, you'll find Indian cuisine with a modern twist and a creative menu which will both inspire and delight.
To help wash all these tasty treats down, TV's Olly Smith has helped put together the Glass House Wine bar and restaurant, where you'll be able to enjoy the signature menu, with a different specially-selected wine paired with each course. Whether you are new to wine drinking or a dedicated wine lover, you'll find that with Olly's guidance the world of fine wines is deliciously easy to navigate.
There are great kid's clubs catering for 5 different age groups, from under twos up to 17 year olds and even a baby listening service! There's plenty of outdoor deck space and Mr Bump & Noddy will also be onboard. Most exciting of all is the addition of three bungee trampolines, located on Deck 19 - great fun for anyone aged over 8! There's even a Wii Room with a whole host of different video games just waiting for you to battle it out!
Days onboard P&O Azura is just as exciting and fun-filled as the time you spend exploring the fantastic destinations. With so many activities to choose from, the only stress is deciding where to go next.
Seascreen- an open-air poolside cinema for all the latest blockbusters, enjoyed out in the fresh air.
Shopping Area- pick up a holiday treat (or that sun cream that you completely forgot to pack!)
Java Coffee Bar- order your favourite coffee, sit back and read the newspaper or watch people wandering past.
Art Gallery- browse the original artwork and see if any pieces catch your eye.
3 Different Pool Areas- find a sunlounger, grab a cocktail and soak up the atmosphere.
Spa and Fitness
Azura offers one of the most relaxing, innovative spas to be found at sea. With the Azura Spa Stateroom packages available as an add on to your cruise why not take full advantage of these fantastic facilities:
Oasis Spa & Treatment Rooms, including the Oasis Teen Spa - designed for 13-17 year olds
The Retreat (open-air spa terrace)
The Thermal Suite Spa
Technogypm & Sports Centre, If you ever find yourself feeling a little restless, head to the fully-equipped gym or the sports courts to get the sweat flowing and engage in a bit of friendly competition.
The dress code for Azura is a combination of informal and formal. For the informal evenings the dress code is jacket & trousers or country-club for gents and smart casual for the ladies. During formal nights, typically on two evenings during a 7-night cruise and up to four on a 14-night cruise, the dress code is black tie for gentlemen and elegant dresses for ladies. Meanwhile, the dress code for buffet dining on the Azura is casual, perfect for those who don’t feel like donning their glad rags.
We went for new year on Azura from Barbados, first cruise and won’t be my last, absolutely fantastic. The food was out of this world, entertainment a bit cheesy but isn’t it always now on holidays!? The staff were brilliant and the ship itself was lovely and clean. Our room was a superior deluxe balcony and absolutely perfect. Looking to book another already, I’m hooked!
I'm reading some of the reviews below. Cannot believe what I'm reading. Think I must have been on a different ship. My friend and I flew to Barbados on 1st. November. Visited 9islands. Our cabin on Australia deck was superb for the two of us. No complaints whatsoever. Our cabin steward Lourdes was excellent. Not only was the cabin spotless but she herself was too. Food excellent in all areas. All staff very pleasant asxwere the passengers. Except one couple at very beginning of cruise. Who ran the ship down and it's free and the Carribbean sad. We had a lovely 2 weeks. Thankyou Azura thankyou P and O.
Transatlantic to the Caribbean 28th October: Azura is looking tired now and to only 9 years old as well. Entertainment was the best I have seen and the food was excellent however there seemed a general low moral amongst the St app especially at the bars. I guess the auto tipping service being cancelled is having its effect.
I went on a mini cruise to Guernsey on the 31st August to 2nd Sept. but I was on a cruise to nowhere as no one set foot on the island and we returned to Southampton. After complaining to P&O they were not interested, they take your money and don't care about anything else. My cabin was shabby, stained and frayed carpet, grubby and stained curtains and paint on the balcony furniture. I will never again book a holiday with P&O ever.
The ship is in need of a refit, it's tired in places. We missed the sail away as we had to queue for over 2 hrs just to obtain the drinks packages - why can’t that be done online before you go? We then had to queue to register the children for the kid's clubs, and the children were bored and unhappy by this time. The kid's clubs did not meet the needs of my 3 children. Staff seemed tired and didn’t interact much as far as we could see - and we were not invited to anything the children had done.sadly. The swimming pools were great for good swimmers but there was nothing suitable for the 5 year old - this again caused upset. Why can’t mothers and young children use the spa pool occasionally if this is only a metre or so deep? The food in the restaurants and the service there was excellent. The buffet was chaotic at times and many people did not wash their hands - we have seen this compulsory on other ships - ie no one is allowed in without having their hands sprayed by a staff member. The shore trips were very good. The photographer had more queues and we couldn’t find any photos on the computer so we gave up and didn’t bother.
Azura is looking a little dated in places, but our cabin (Balcony) was comfortable and well designed. Food was OK in the main restaurants, same food in buffet but more casual and a bit canteen like. Speciality restaurants were excellent for a supplement. Drink prices very fair - no need to go for a drinks package unless you drink a lot! Entertainment was average. The Headliners cast were very good on the whole, but NCL had better shows. Excursions were very good but a little pricey. The layout of the ship was a little confusing at first, but we appreciated the quieter bars and adults only pool and sunbathing area. No shortage of sunbeds. Overall a good holiday to the Norwegian Fjords
We took the grandchildren on their first ever cruise and they really enjoyed themselves after they had settled in. They loved the Terrace Pool and spent many happy hours swimming. Once they had overcome their shyness they joined the kids clubs activities and had a good time.
For our first cruise it was everything we expected and more. The weather was perfect and seas calm. Staff onboard are fantastic, nothing was too much trouble. They referred to us by name and were polite and attentive. The onboard florist was very knowledgeable and helpful. Can't wait to book another one.