Azura May 2012 Med cruise
katie anderson | January 14, 2018 | P&O Cruises | Azura
We have just had a wonderful 13-night cruise aboard Azura to the Western Med. My husband, our 3 yr old son and I drove to Southampton and parked directly next to terminal where our luggage was taken for us and our car driven to a secure area. 30 mins later we were on the ship and in our beautiful superior balcony stateroom where champagne on ice and chocolates were awaiting our arrival. What a nice touch! We can definitely recommend this cabin for a family as there was so much more room, with the lounge area converting to a double sofa bed on an evening (done by our fabulous cabin steward Mariano who was always smiling!) This ship is impressive, with beautiful decor and spotlessly clean.
There were plenty of bars and restaurants and the Playhouse theatre was superb. We watched a couple of west-end style shows, a Freddie Mercury Tribute and celebrity guest speaker Bob Champion in here. The outdoor cinema Seascreen was fun to watch from the jacuzzi on a sea day (variety of recent blockbusters such as The Kings Speech and The Muppets), and there seemed to be plenty of activities around the ship such as quizzes, bingo, health seminars, dancing etc. Not really our taste but something for everyone.
Our son enjoyed the childrens club in The Beach Hut where they had themed days such as Pirate Day, soft play area and bikes in the outdoor section. It was a great place for him to run around and burn off some energy! There were lots of children on board and many families with three generations travelling together. As the kids facilities are all at the rear of the ship you still found it quiet in other areas of the ship and around the pools though, so I wouldnt be put off if I were travelling as a couple/single.
Although the food in the main restaurant was truly excellent, we want to shout about how fabulous the alternative restaurants Sindu and Seventeen were! For a small surcharge you can experience food that is out of this world for a fraction of the cost if you were to book the equivalent in the UK. Definitinely not to be missed if you enjoy fine dining. The buffet restaurants offered plenty of choice, although you needed elbow and knee pads to make your way around as people were desperately pushing in at breakfast and lunch times (even a helmet would be recommended when they serve the steamed puddings out!)
The ports we visited Gibraltar, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Barcelona were all fab, great weather, Monte Carlo was amazing as they’re setting up for the Grand Prix so had a walk round the pit lanes etc.
To summerise this was a fabulous family holiday, excellent ship and equally fabulous ports which has given us some wonderful memories. In comparison to what we paid for our all inclusive holiday to Turkey last year this was excellent value for money.
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