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I have only sailed once with P&O and that was on Azura this summer.  As with everything in life it comes down to individual likes and dislikes.  Personally, I would never sail on Azura again but plenty of people seem to find it great.  The passenger handling regards embarking and disembarking for shore trips was chaotic and farsical.  Not just huge queues but backed up crowds over several staircases on the ship and when returning from shore trips there was the choice of two exceedingly long dockside queues.  When waiting aboard ship one morning, right infront of the midships disembarking desk that was not yet in operation and with time getting on, one passenger asked a crew member when would they be starting to let us through.  The short answer was "the other exit is open". 

The main restaurant served reasonable meals but I found the buffet selection for lunch and dinner repetative and boring compared with that on Celebrity cruises.  I used Freedom Dining and never found a problem getting a table straight away but service was unpredictable, some nights so slow I nearly gave up.  If you rate drinking, high on your priority list, then this ship will cover your needs well, there's never a bar far away however, they are all very ordinary and a bit akin to working men's club atmosphere.  There is no piano bar in which to enjoy a relaxing drink or specialist cocktail bar.

Another consideration is your intended use of the swimming pool; none of the pools are covered which means that on cooler/wet days, particulary coinciding with sea days, you cannot lounge around a pool or enjoy a swim unless you are of the hardy sort; and, for those hardy sorts there is no changing facilities on deck to enable a change back into dry clothes afterwards so a trek back to your cabin (in wet gear) is required.

The theatre is too small to seat the number of passengers wishing to use it and this may have been made worse by the ill chosen times of the twice nightly shows, the later show being so late that anyone needing to be up early next morning for a shore trip avoided it.  Hence, if there was something you particulary wanted to see you needed to be at the theatre entrance very early and join the queue - not my idea of how to spend a holiday.

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I have only sailed once with P&O and that was on Azura this summer.  As with everything in life it comes down to individual likes and dislikes.  Personally, I would never sail on Azura again but plenty of people seem to find it great.  The passenger handling regards embarking and disembarking for shore trips was chaotic and farsical.  Not just huge queues but backed up crowds over several staircases on the ship and when returning from shore trips there was the choice of two exceedingly long dockside queues.  When waiting aboard ship one morning, right infront of the midships disembarking desk that was not yet in operation and with time getting on, one passenger asked a crew member when would they be starting to let us through.  The short answer was "the other exit is open". 

The main restaurant served reasonable meals but I found the buffet selection for lunch and dinner repetative and boring compared with that on Celebrity cruises.  I used Freedom Dining and never found a problem getting a table straight away but service was unpredictable, some nights so slow I nearly gave up.  If you rate drinking, high on your priority list, then this ship will cover your needs well, there's never a bar far away however, they are all very ordinary and a bit akin to working men's club atmosphere.  There is no piano bar in which to enjoy a relaxing drink or specialist cocktail bar.

Another consideration is your intended use of the swimming pool; none of the pools are covered which means that on cooler/wet days, particulary coinciding with sea days, you cannot lounge around a pool or enjoy a swim unless you are of the hardy sort; and, for those hardy sorts there is no changing facilities on deck to enable a change back into dry clothes afterwards so a trek back to your cabin (in wet gear) is required.

The theatre is too small to seat the number of passengers wishing to use it and this may have been made worse by the ill chosen times of the twice nightly shows, the later show being so late that anyone needing to be up early next morning for a shore trip avoided it.  Hence, if there was something you particulary wanted to see you needed to be at the theatre entrance very early and join the queue - not my idea of how to spend a holiday.

 

The late show in the theatre is designed for those on fixed dining on second sitting if it was any earlier they would miss it due to dinner.

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I agree, nice ship and worth considering. Sindhu is lovely and Seventeen is also a very nice restaurant. I personally rate Azura as one of the best in the fleet.

 

Seventeen is a lovely restaurant but has been renamed Epicurean in line with Britannia and Ventura and the menu has changed to the same menu on Britannia.

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I agree with much of what candmat has said. I have only been on her once and my wife vowed never again. The ship seemed, to us, impersonal and very much like an average hotel rather than giving the cruise experience you get on smaller ships.

We compained whilst on board and to P&O when we got off as we found the ship to be dirty and in breach of H&S regulations. Service was poor and the food mediocre . Staff morale was not good and all this led to a very poor experience one which I have not encou tered on other P&O ships.

These are my personal observations and will no doubt be challenged by many others who will think, quite rightly, different.

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Oh dear oh dear, we booked the Azura yesterday for the Caribbean in February next year for my husbands birthday, it will be the first time we have been on a cruise, which he has always wanted to do, we have booked the best of everything and paid an arm & a leg but just having read your comments we feel absolutely deflated after previously being super excited-what have we done??!!

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Oh dear oh dear, we booked the Azura yesterday for the Caribbean in February next year for my husbands birthday, it will be the first time we have been on a cruise, which he has always wanted to do, we have booked the best of everything and paid an arm & a leg but just having read your comments we feel absolutely deflated after previously being super excited-what have we done??!!

 

Good morning Stella and welcome to the Forum.

 

Sorry I'm a little late in responding but I have been 'out of the country'.

 

Let me assure you that you are in for a great time on Azura. I have been on her twice, once in the Caribbean and once on a Black Sea cruise for over three weeks.

 

We had a wonderful time. Just go with the intention of enjoying yourself and you will...

 

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Oh dear oh dear, we booked the Azura yesterday for the Caribbean in February next year for my husbands birthday, it will be the first time we have been on a cruise, which he has always wanted to do, we have booked the best of everything and paid an arm & a leg but just having read your comments we feel absolutely deflated after previously being super excited-what have we done??!!

 

Hi Stella,

 

After reading some of the comments on here I feel a little put out by this ship too, but a holiday/cruise is what you make it and if you expect perfection from everything then get ready for disappointment as perfection can never be achieved! (IMO)

 

I feel some people are just the moaning types and will constantly pick fault even if there isn't fault! Just their nature!

 

I will be sailing on her in the Caribbean this December and I will be going excited as I always do!

I will let you know how it goes! I most certainly wouldn't be put off or feeling deflated as I have never had a 'bad' experience when sailing with P&O smile.png

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