Azura 25th January Caribbean cruise
Tony Westgate | September 29, 2017 | P&O Cruises | Azura
This is our third Caribbean cruise on Azura. Not the best of the three, they certainly seem to be economising in all areas. The ship however seemed to be being looked after, the decoration and exterior is excellent, however, we did suffer a major “electrical fault” which caused the main propulsion engines to be out of action for two and a half hours and we drifted about in the open sea. We were given no updates or explanation or assurance that the problems had been sorted on a permanent basis.
Cabin steward ‘Manfred’ was first class, very professional. Bar staff friendly if you got a drink. Reception staff indifferent, we had a minor issue and tried to report it to reception and was told “tell someone else it’s not their problem”. Restaurant (Meridian) staff very good some excellent, but the food was average to poor. I was served a steak which was just a lump of fat. It was changed without a fuss but why did it leave the kitchen in the first place. I was also served a rotten (black) potato, again why did it leave the kitchen.
The ships PA system could not be heard in all parts of the ship. This needs to be looked at. We passed several islands during the cruise and it would have made an interesting point if the PA was used to tell us which islands they were.
The weather was quite windy and showery for most of the two weeks. It didn’t spoil the holiday as we managed to get on the beaches and tours without getting too wet.
Don’t think we will be going on Azura again, I think we would like to try a smaller ship. We seemed to struggle to get into the shows and entertainment in Malabar and Manhatten. If you didn’t get there an hour before the shows stared you didn’t get a seat. The ‘Headliner’ shows were the same as the previous year with a few tweaks, also the permanent pianist Frankie Glicksman was still there glowering at anyone who dare talk when he’s playing.
I doubt if adding bigger ships will enhance the cruising experience. We put off cruising for many years thinking it was just “Butlins at sea”, if they are not careful!!!!!!!
The dress code was not adhered to in the Main bars on ‘black tie evenings’. There was one person in baggy track suit bottoms and tea shirt in Manhatten on one occasion if there’s a code why was he served a drink. Same with reserving sunbeds on deck, it still goes on despite a message saying “towels would be removed”. If there are rules they need to be enforced, not difficult.
We like cruising and will definitely cruise again, however I think we will look a little closer to the reviews available before we make our choice .
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