Azura, P&O Cruises

Brought to life by Darcey Bussell in April 2010 in a wonderfully set naming ceremony, Azura is the latest apple of the P&O eye.

Effervescent in beauty, the aesthetics of this latest P&O super liner really do bring about a new meaning to the phrase ‘wow factor’.

Stunning in size and presence, Azura will have you breath-taken from the moment you walk alongside her.  At 115,000 tons, the sister ship to the Ventura, Azura has over 900 balcony cabins onboard with maximum passenger occupancy at 3,100.

When it comes to ship design, P&O really have raised the bar with Azura.  No expense has been spared to ensure this super liner moves straight into number one position in the hearts and minds of her many guests.  With 14 decks filled with endless accommodation, entertainment and innovative facilities, it really is the pinnacle of the P&O cruising experience.

Azura is set apart from the rest of the P&O fleet by her signature features.  The Glass House onboard, designed and created by none other than Olly Smith offer passengers a unique experience and is a key highlight to anyone sailing aboard her.  Wines served by bottle or by glass with speciality recommendations will have you longing for more.  Not just content with a wine bar experience, the Glass House also boasts it’s signature dish menu, combined with specially selected wines, making each dish and wine accompaniment easy to navigate your way through under the guidance of Olly himself.

 

 

Entertainment and Recreation

Entertainment at sea does not get much greater than that offered on Azura.  One major highlight is the introduction to the P&O fleet of sea screen.  An ingenious, innovative creation allowing passengers to view films al fresco, from British Classics to present day Hollywood blockbusters.  Guests are able to take in movies under the stars with blankets, popcorn and refreshments throughout, giving a true unique cinema experience.  Ample deck space allows for comfort and the freedom to relax and simply enjoy.

Working our way down the ship decks, the fun does not stop here.  Azura offers over 11 restaurant choices along with two show lounges and a stunning three tiered theatre.  The Playhouse serves up a real West End treat for passengers to enjoy shows every night onboard.  To make sure you don’t miss out, the same show will be presented three times per evening to ensure all guests get to enjoy and join in the fun of the theatre.  Shows contain everything from incredible acrobatics to interactive adventures, all at your fingertips on a P&o sailing.

Malabar boasts a wide selection of musical entertainment from cabaret to recitals as well as being a fantastic location to catch all the latest port talks to plan your next adventure ashore.

There is also Manhattan, Azura’s New York inspired show lounge providing a venue for passengers of all ages to dance the night away.

Next on this extravagant entertainment list comes the outstanding Planet Bar.  This incredible innovation features a full, feature wall plasma screen, showcasing some of the worlds most recognised and iconic locations.

Looking to do a little bit of pampering?  Look no further than The Retreat, designed exclusively for adults, this al fresco spa terrace really does give passengers that deserved treat you’ve been looking for and so deserve.  This combined with one of the most advance and innovative spa packages at sea give guests a unique relaxation experience.  Why not even take advantage of an Azura spa stateroom package that includes exclusive benefits such as; priority embarkation, private spa tour, welcome ‘under the stars’ Retreat event, concierge for your personal service and a private departure lounge when travelling from Southampton.  All this and much, much more starting from as little as £249pp.

 

Family Features

As for travelling as a family, your children could not be in better hands.  Azura portrays a fantastic array of facilities for the children with The Reef available to them at all time to entertain them all day long.  Reef Ranger will divide children into age appropriate groups allowing them to make friends their own age and enjoy innovative activities onboard.  As if that wasn’t enough, Mr Bump and Noddy will always be at hand to give the little ones that extra spark.  There’s even a wii room now onboard, hosting a whole range of video game heaven for children of all ages. 

The most exciting innovation onboard is located on deck 19.  There are now three bungee trampolines for anyone over the age of 8.  Even adults will be desperate for a go by the end of the cruise, why should the kids have all the fun?

 

Dining

Dining really does take centre stage on Azura and in addition to the aforementioned Select dining venues, Club Dining and Freedom dining options are available.  The Oriental and Peninsular restaurants offer passengers the choice for 6.30pm or 8.30pm club dining choices at the same table each night, at a size of your choice. Freedom dining aboard Azura is represented by the Meridian Restaurant allowing passengers to dine anytime between 6pm and 9.30pm.

The signature highlights continue in the shape of Sindhu, a revelation for passengers on board and the first ever restaurant at sea by Michelin starred Chef Atul Kotchar.  A wonderful contemporary array of Indian Cuisine accompanied by marvellous sea views from a delightfully refined setting.

 

Dress Code

The Dress code aboard Azura is a combination of Formal and Informal.  Elegant casual evenings are set in place for the majority of the cruise, however, there will be a usual amount of 2 formal evenings per week onboard, requiring black tie for the main dining room.  There is always the informal option available though at the 24 hour buffet service restaurant Trattoria, located on the lido deck.  This restaurant will be transformed in the evening to create a sensational atmosphere for passengers to enjoy a whole range of culinary delights from around the globe.

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