Azura, P&O Cruises
Stunning in both size and presence, Azura brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘wow factor’. With a capacity for 3,100 passengers, Azura is one of the largest ships in the P&O Cruises fleet, her 14 decks brimming with endless opportunities for activity, entertainment and relaxation.
Azura is a family friendly ship and the range of activities and kid’s clubs on board will keep the whole family entertained, however her innovative facilities also make her the ideal choice for adults in search of adventures and experiences amid stylish surroundings.
Azura’s vast atrium is the gilded heart of the ship. A gathering place for friends both old and new, the contemporary space will set the scene from the moment you first step aboard this grand vessel. Lose yourself amongst the atrium’s three magnificent decks, whiling away the hours between the café, luxury shops, art gallery and library.
The entertainment highlight on board Azura is undoubtedly ‘SeaScreen’. An ingenious innovation recently introduced to the P&O Cruises fleet, SeaScreen allows passengers to view films al fresco and with an ocean backdrop. Guests can get comfy beneath the stars, wrapped in blankets and with buckets of popcorn in hand for a true cinema experience.
The Playhouse serves up a West End inspired treat, with shows throughout each cruise. Shows contain everything from incredible acrobatics to interactive adventures and to make sure you don’t miss out, the same show will be presented three times per evening, ensuring all guests get to enjoy and experience the entertainment of the theatre.
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. The multipurpose entertainment venue has something for everyone, with fun quiz shows, tribute acts and family shows.
The Planet Bar combines elegance with innovation and features a unique audio-visual plasma wall, showcasing some of the worlds most recognised and iconic locations. This venue is perfect for a pre-dinner drink or to round the night off in style; sip champagne in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower or enjoy an exotic cocktail against a backdrop of the Serengeti.
Looking to do a little bit of pampering? Look no further than The Retreat, designed exclusively for adults, this al fresco spa area really does give passengers a well-deserved treat. This combined with one of the most advance and innovative spa packages at sea gives 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 sailing from Southampton.
The kids are in great hands on board Azura and the ship boasts a fantastic array of facilities to entertain them all day long. The Reef kid’s club is divided into four different sections - Splashers, Surfers, Scubas, and H20 - with each area offering age-appropriate activities.
For the younger children in the Splashers and Surfers groups, there’s a wide range of toys, creative activities, and games to take part in, while the older kids in the Scubas and H20 groups will enjoy treasure hunts around the ship, trips to the buffet restaurant for treats, and a few games in the sporting nets. Teenagers have their own separate spaces including their own nightclubs and video game centres.
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 sitting choices at the same table each night, at a size of your request. 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 Kochhar. Sindhu offers a contemporary array of Indian Cuisine accompanied by marvellous sea views from a delightfully refined setting. This venue was the first Sindhu restaurant in the fleet but proved so popular that P&O Cruises decided to introduce the dining venue to both Ventura and Britannia.
Seventeen is another Speciality Restaurant on board with a sense of occasion permanently on the menu. Here you’ll find a great selection of classic dishes and soon to be discovered secrets. The ingredients are the star of the show, P&O Cruises only use the finest British ingredients; fresh, seasonal and all carefully sourced by the on board team of executive chefs. Expect superb grill dishes, seafood specialities and contemporary twists.
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 on board, 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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When it comes to food, guests aboard the P&O Azura will be spoilt for choice. The principle dining rooms all serve the same menu of top-quality food with The Oriental and The Peninsular offer Club Dining – the same table at the same time each evening and for guests on Freedom Dining there is the Meridian restaurant. There are also two reservation-only a la carte restaurants on board: Indian fusion restaurant Sindhu and fine-dining eatery Seventeen, while the Glass House is perfect for those who love seafood and grilled food.
The Azura also has plenty of less formal dining options for those more relaxed times during cruise holidays. These include Verona and Venezia which are both self-serve buffets, as well as a poolside grill and a poolside pizzeria for fast-food items.
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