Azura, P&O Cruises

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Christened by Darcey Bussell in April 2010 in a wonderfully set naming ceremony, Azura is a fantastic ship with something for all ages.  Azura is outstanding for family cruising but also makes the ideal choice for couples looking for a romantic getaway. 

The aesthetics Azura 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 on board with a maximum passenger occupancy at 3,100.

When it comes to ship design, P&O really raised the bar with Azura.  With 14 decks filled with endless accommodation, entertainment and innovative facilities, it really is an exceptional cruising experience on board.

Azura is set apart from the rest of the P&O Cruises fleet by her signature features.  The Glass House on board, designed and created by none other than Television presenter and wine connoisseur Olly Smith offer passengers a unique experience and is a key highlight to anyone sailing aboard her, in fact this venue proved so popular, it has since been re-created on board Ventura and Olly Smith has also re-imagined The Glasshouse venue on board Britannia.  Here you can enjoy wines served by bottle or by glass with specialist recommendations. 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 under the guidance of Olly himself.

 

Entertainment and Recreation

One major highlight on board Azura is introduction to the P&O Cruises 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. 

The Playhouse serves up a West End inspired treat for passengers to enjoy, with shows throughout each cruise.  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 experience the entertainment of the theatre.  Shows contain everything from incredible acrobatics to interactive adventures, all at your fingertips on a P&O cruise holiday.

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.

Planet Bar features a feature wall plasma screen, 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.  A relaxing location on board, The Planet Bar combines elegance with innovation and is set right at the very top of the ship towards the stern.

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 travelling from Southampton

 

Family Features

Your children could not be in better hands.  Azura boasts a fantastic array of facilities for the children with The Reef available to entertain them all day long.  The Reef 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

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 Kotchar.  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.   

 

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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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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