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Pam | January 21, 2020 | P&O Cruises | Azura
Went on the Azura end of May which was a strictly come dancing cruise. It was marvellous and great seeing all the strictly dresses around the atrium. The strictly team did a show on the last 2 nights of the cruise and everyone got a ticket for the shows.
Our cabin steward was marvellous, everything we asked for we got, he was a nice pleasant person, always ready to help nothing too much trouble and always with a smile. He made us feel that we were the only ones on board he was looking after, as he was always there when we needed to speak to him. He made great animal shapes with the towels most evenings loved them.
The food in the peninsular restaurant was great. We received an excellent service from our waiter. On a couple of occasions we didn’t like the options on the starters and he got prawn cocktail for us instead. Our waiter and his assistant always put themselves out to make sure we were happy with everything.
The service in seventeen was also excellent so was the food, and a nice touch was when we got back to the cabin to find truffles and a thank you card for eating in seventeen. The cover charge was ?30pp and well worth it for the experience.
We also loved the Sindhu, again service faultless and food wonderful. The cover charge was ?15pp.
We saw 2 of the production shows and they were really very good indeed the best I have seen. Benny the cruise director worked really hard around the ship and did a fantastic job.
Cabaret acts good we saw Steve Tandy comedian, we have seen him before on the cruises and always enjoy his act. We also saw twins singing motown stuff and they were excellent and had brought in a little bit of comedy into the act as well. We also saw a classical singer, again enjoyable and the orchestra was excellent.
Azura rides the waves well. It was cold on the crossing over the bay but it was reasonably smooth and on the return. Because of the amount of balconies on board, this makes Azura and Ventura the best ships for this area. Azura docked in all ports, even Corfu for a couple of hours which was a benefit for the disabled pax.
My first impression of Azura was how good the d??cor looked. All the venues were maintained with a very clean feel to everything. And it has a good atmosphere about it and makes you feel lucky to be cruising on her. Love the size of Azura, like Ventura there are more venues to visit and we looked forward to sailing on her.
The product is good all for all age groups. Our cruise being 17 nights and out of school holidays had attracted pax mostly being 40 upwards. There was only 39 children on board and we possibly only ever saw 2 of them at any one time.
But Azura is good for all ages; disabled people as well it??s brilliant. As always it depends on the length and departure date as to what the majority age group is going to be.
For children the club is great, managed to speak to a couple who said they were over the moon with the facilities. The afternoon kid??s tea is very popular.
Disabled people are accommodated for by way of special seating at the back of the theatre, disabled toilets on all decks and the size of the ship means that the gangway is good for getting on and off for the majority of the time. All venues are easy to access by wheelchair.
Single pax, have a special table which they can use at afternoon tea if they wish. As always most pax are friendly and outgoing on board, making it nice and easy to make new friends.
Senior pax again good, on board Azura (possibly because it was a strictly cruise) but loads of dance classes which the older generation enjoy participating in. Lots of quiet spots in and around the ship where pax can relax over a book or just sit and relax.
Any customer who normally takes a Queens grill and looking for an alternative cruise company might be interested in taking a suite with P&O and using seventeen for meals at ?30pp per night. As the service and food menu’s appeared to be comparable. Seventeen also has a deck outside for pax to use whilst eating in seventeen.
The retreat is also interesting and very popular. It costs ?20pp per day and they get breakfast and lunch served in the retreat. It??s a great quiet spot with comfy sun loungers and swimming pool. Has to be booked on board. Anyone wanting to use this needs to book as soon as they arrive on board, it has to be done as soon as you walk onto the ship as it sells out quick. We left it too late and missed the opportunity.
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