Azura comes into her own with the sun on her decks or the stars overhead, her outdoor ‘SeaScreen’ stealing the attention of kids with movie classics and adults with attention grabbing blockbusters that look even better with a sea view. Grab a blanket and huge bucket of popcorn, get comfy and let Azura entertain you. The cinema at home will never seem quite the same…
SeaScreen might be a highlight but it’s by no means all Azura has to offer. Her atrium is the heart of the ship, as is so often the case with P&O Cruises, a bubbling ambience created by its combination of live music, bustling cafes and boutiques. Conversation comes easy here, whether it’s with the friends you arrived with or new ones made since. Stretching three decks high, it’s where you’ll find yourself whiling away the hours.
Azura brings the excitement to family cruise holidays, her entertainment ranging from aerial acrobatics (often when you least expect it!) to theatre shows that leave you wondering why you don’t make the trip to the West End more often. The Playhouse is P&O’s own West End inspired treat, its stage shows repeated three times a night to give everyone on board a chance to experience the action. Manhattan is your New York inspired nighttime destination, with the show lounge offering everything from quiz shows to tribute acts and a place to dance the night away a la Studio 54. And The Planet Bar will take you around the world in an evening, its audio-visual plasma wall showcasing some of the most iconic sights on the globe against your pre-dinner drinks. So, what will it be? An Aperol in Rome or champagne in Paris?
Azura is P&O’s fun ship, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to indulge in a little R&R. Rest and relaxation comes easy at The Retreat; an adult-only hideaway, the al fresco spa area promises the treat day you deserve and the one you’ve been so desperate for. Add to this some of the most advanced spa packages at sea in the Oasis Spa and you’re guaranteed to reemerge on dry landing looking and feeling like a brand new you. And if you’re really going for it, or just conscious that food tasting this good can’t be low on calories too, the gym on Azura is up there with those at home; restorative yoga, invigorating dance classes and good old weights and cardio machines encouraging you to work up a sweat, if you’re that way inclined.
P&O Cruises are known across the industry for some of the best kids clubs at sea and Azura doesn’t buck the trend. In fact, Azura is one of the most child friendly ships at sea, her many kiddie-friendly features guaranteed to entertain yours for hours. The Reef is the kid’s club, its huge area divided into age-appropriate areas: Splashers, Surfers, Scuba
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.
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