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4.9

Amazing by DragonGran

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Azura / Destination: Scandinavia

this was a wonderful relaxing cruise with magnificent scenery. Excursions are well worth the little extra to see Norway in all its beauty.

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4.0

P&O Azura has always been... by Gordon1310

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Ship: Azura

P&O Azura has always been one of our favourite ships. Despite being a frequent sufferer of sea sickness, I wanted to experience a Norwegian Fjords cruise and knew the risks of days sailing in the North Sea. We found the ship to be very stable despite a couple of fairly choppy seas and even eating in Epicurean on 17 during one such evening didn’t prevent me from enjoying a wonderful meal. Our Cabin Steward was excellent, polite, unobtrusive and understood most of our needs. Waiters, sommeliers and staff in the peninsular restaurant were all excellent as were those in Epicurean, Sindu, The Beach House and The Glass House. In fact all staff across the ship seemed to be very friendly and helpful, acknowledging passengers as they passed by. We didn’t get to speak to any of the officers on board though, and from what I observed, nor did the officers appear to speak to many passengers, apart from those they clearly knew or were related to! We were disappointed to see some aspects of the ship showing its age, and in places a lack of care and attention. For example our stateroom windows and balcony glass were dirty and remained dirty throughout the whole cruise. Windows in restaurants and lounges were also dirty with no sign of recent cleaning. Some of the chairs in Java and the piano bar on 7 were in dire need of refurbishment and cleaning, some were so loose on their bases that we couldn’t sit in them. Despite advising staff, they were still in use (but not safe) the next evening. Each time we passed Malabar, there was a distinct sewage smell. We heard from other passengers that it had been an issue for some time but fortunately did seem to be confined to quite a small area. Our stateroom was clean, but again looking old and uncared. For example, the Sofa(bed) was uncomfortable to sit on a needed cleaning, a picture on the wall needed to be repaired/replaced as it was delaminating/ripped from its backing. Embellishments on the tv/fridge unit were loose. Mould in the shower was being painted over one day when we returned to our cabin. The Balcony was unnecessarily cramped with 2 Sunbeds, 2 footstools (why?) and a small table, despite asking if the sun beds could be replaced with usable chairs, this did not happen. Quite a lot of rust was evident where painting maintenance had not been done. The TV system in our stateroom has small screens and lacked connectivity and choice especially in today’s world of modern technology. USB access or Screen mirroring isn’t difficult to achieve, but was either disabled or impossible in our stateroom, (probably the latter due to the age of the TVs) Internet access in the stateroom and generally around the ship, despite the cost was appalling, inconsistent and slow. On most days there was not enough room/seating around Java, and very limited seating in the atrium which always appeared busy. Other public areas seemed to have good space and seating availability. Although the theatre was busy we always got a seat. Entertainment was good, we didn’t get to see it all though, a couple of shows in the main theatre, a talk on The Northern Lights and listened to some music in Manhattan bar Food on board Azura was quite variable, excellent in the speciality dining such as Epicurean, Sindu, the Beach House and even in the Peninsular restaurant but pretty basic and lacking in some healthier options in the buffets which were always busy and often overcrowded. Attention to food hygiene needs to be addressed, I saw one steward telling people to use the hand sanitiser on the first day, thereafter it didn’t seem to happen. I do think staff in buffet area really do need to be more vigilant around the food! On many occasions I witnessed fellow passengers using their hands to pick up food from display or using the same tongs from seafood to shellfish and meat thus contaminating food and seriously risking the health of other passengers. Staff just stood by and did nothing! One senior uniformed member of staff was reluctant to take away a salad bowl after I watched a woman rummage around in it with her hands! For that reason alone we stopped eating in the buffet. P & O really need to improve the quality and range of their room service menu, which had limited healthy choices. It seems that they have introduced a cynical charging policy for items ordered instead of a standard (reasonable) tray charge. For example the prices being charged for a basic wrap were not that different from any UK high street and certainly not a ‘minimal charge’ for what is an underwhelming service. It seems passengers are being penalised for not wanting to go to an overcrowded buffet where seating was rarely available. It was great to be on ship and not be hounded by staff to purchase a drinks package! As always, there was an eclectic mix of passengers on board. Sadly we witnessed some incredibly rude (and unnecessary) behaviour towards staff, unhygienic behaviour (as mentioned) and an inconsistency in following the ‘dress code’. This latter point is purely my subjective view but find it bizarre to be sitting at dinner near to others in jeans and a tee-shirts/day-wear, when everyone at our table and around had ‘made the effort’. Not quite the image P&O tries to portray in its advertising and promotional media. Getting on and off the ship at ports was easy. We were docked at each one, so we didn’t have to test their tender procedures. There were short queues at the point of disembarkation and likewise on return. Yes there were queues for the lifts but even they didn’t take long to clear. Final disembarkation was well organised and a fairly painless experience. Without feeling rushed and unwelcome we were still off the ship 20 minutes ahead of schedule and cases were fairly easy to find.. The tours all. seemed to be well organised and reasonably priced, although in most ports we chose to explore independently. Not such a risk, when everything we wanted to do was in close proximity (walking distance) to the ship. We did however pay to travel to Flam railway as part of an official P&O organised tour. So all in all, was this a good cruise? On balance, yes it was! Azura is a great ship and has lots of positives. The itinerary was very good, the scenery was stunning and it was a great opportunity to see a new part of the world we will undoubtedly return to. Maybe we were just unfortunate that on this cruise the standards we’ve come to expect from P&O appear to have dropped slightly as other cruises on this ship have been brilliant.

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3.8

Caribbean cruise by bigal0910

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Azura

This is our 3rd Caribbean cruise. You cannot beat P&O for the ease of travel and itineraries. Just a shame the entertainment let it down.

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5.0

This was our first cruise... by peter65

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Ship: Azura

This was our first cruise with P and O and have already booked for Brittania for next July. Only ever having cruised with Royal Caribbean in the past we were a little unsure of what to expect, we shouldn't have worried as we had a wonderful time and being a Strictly Cruise made it even more enjoyable

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4.8

Exceptional Cruise by karenbirr

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Azura / Destination: Caribbean

Wonderful cruise, loved it so much booking another one.

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4.3

An adventure and a half! by Donna2Banks

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Azura

I have nothing but complete admiration and support for Captain Stephen Howarth as our 2 week med cruise turned into a magical mystery tour. With the Algerian Migrants, a very poorly passenger who needed removing from the ship and unforeseen weather changes that made a day at shore an overnight stay in Monte Carlo! He was informative and kept us in the know alongside his excellent Teams onboard. Azura is still my favourite ship and it has been quite an adventure!

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4.5

Norway in the sun by angelikavienna

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Azura

We’ve just disembarked from the Azura and here are a few thoughts. We loved every minute on our Norway cruise. Cabins .... beautiful and ample space , we had a balcony on deck 14 near a pool. Very quiet! Kids on the ship.... lovely and well behaved, a pleasure to be around them, they all seem to love the kids club even the teenagers. Food.... we only ate in the Oriental and peninsular restaurants . Lovely food mostly, Cunard food was nicer, but plenty of choice and good quality. The buffet is busy. Drinks... we had a wine package, that was good value for money, other drinks cost about £ 7 Pools... yes we had gorgeous weather, the oasis pool is quietest. Plenty of sun beds, the retreat, which you have to pay for uses that pool and in my opinion is probably only worth it on a cruise to a very hot climate as there isn’t much shade about. Entertainment.... headliners theatre group were fantastic, west end style shows, other highlights were silk and beats, the one comedian wasn’t so funny Shore excursions.... for some people and some places they might be the best thing to do. In Norway and for us, reasonably able bodied I did think they were a rip-off. For example the Flåm train. £ 98 each with a booked P&O excursion, £ 90 for two people booked directly on the train. There was a lot of scaremongering about missing the ship. Well you are on exactly the same train as the excursion. It’s literally two minutes walk from the ship that’s towering over that tiny village. How could one miss it? Service.... everybody worked so hard and all the waiters and stewards made you feel special. The dress code... we like to dress to impress on a cruise, but you didn’t have to. On the two formal nights everyone did wear evening dresses and dinner suits. I even saw a little boy in one. Those people, who didn’t fancy that, just ate in the buffet. The infamous smell... yes around deck 7 by the Malabar and Sindhu restaurant it was bad. We called it the smellybar. We couldn’t smell it anywhere else and it didn’t bother us, just walked a bit faster through this area. The decor .... some people on this chat claimed the Azura was in desperate need of refurbishment. We didn’t feel that, she’s a beautiful ship ! Embarkation and disembarkation.... very well organised! To sum it up, we had a great time, as we cruised on Cunard before, we weren’t disappointed, but I suppose everything is maybe just one notch up on the QM2. I must emphasise though how much we enjoyed ourselves and as we’re leaving, we are already looking for the next cruise adventure.

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4.2

Azura - our first cruise in the Caribbean by Coopsterdude

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Azura / Destination: Caribbean

We booked again whilst on board - tells you all you need know.

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5.0

First cruise by sadvam2010

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Azura

Our first cruise and definitely not our last,the Azura was first class from beginning to end,no complaints about the ship at all,booked our return visit for next year and looking forward to seeing the Azura again after its refit,can definitely recommend The Glass House for the Wine and Food taster evening

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3.9

Fabulous Caribbean Cruise by BillyPincher

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Azura / Destination: Caribbean

The deal that P&O offer. 9 islands in 14 days is untouchable and the whole thing will be repeated in 2021 without question. Fabulous holiday

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4.7

Azura cruise by anoceanlife

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Azura

Relaxing more traditional cruise. No rock walls flow riders or dodgems. Weather was perfect and seas like a boating lake.

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4.6

Wonderful, relaxing, amazing. by lisanewlands

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Azura / Destination: Europe

This was our first cruise and we had a wonderful time. We will definitely be back !

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4.7

Excellent cruising! by kate80

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Azura

First proper cruise, but not our last! A bit late to the party as cruise was last August but only just downloaded app! Haven’t got a bad word to say about the cruise or the ship, we absolutely loved it and have booked another P&O cruise for 2021.

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5.0

Fantastic Cruise on P&O Azura by Bathurst

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Azura

We had 19 days onboard Azura, there was a slight change to the itinerary, so we did not get to Mykonos but got to go to Crete instead. Not a disappointment at all.

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4.4

Hot Western med cruise by cheston

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Azura / Destination: Europe

P&O give you really a good cruising experience. Entertainment for all types of cruisers. Our daughter, husband and grandson first time cruisers loved it. All the ports had something to offer. Restaurants, bars all offer a different experience. Everything you needed could be found on board.

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4.9

First ever cruise by PhilPering

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Azura

This was our first cruise. I think we're were both a little nervous and didn't know what to expect. Embarkation was so easy we were in Azura before we even realized and sat on deck drinking cocktails. I would sail on this fine lady again without a moments hesitation. Beautiful ship.

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4.4

Great Caribbean cruise by Albertkaren

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Azura / Destination: Caribbean

Been on this ship twice now and have not been disappointed only thing wrong this time was not enough bar staff so had to wait along time for your drinks the entertainment was great and food was lovely a must is the afternoon tea

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4.4

All in all a great cruise by DarrenJM

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Azura / Destination: Caribbean

A great cruise with some lovely islands. Azura is a lovely ship may need a bit of TLC but in the main, we had a fantastic time. A would have thought new years eve would have been a bit more razzamataz but apart from that no complaints.

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4.4

Another delight! by Sid61

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Azura / Destination: Caribbean

Very relaxing, just what is needed after the bedlum of Christmas and a wet, cold January.

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4.0

A truly unforgetable trip by robandjo

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Azura / Destination: Caribbean

Great trip. Would recommend, and do it again. Relaxing and total stress free.

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