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Review: Azura

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

Eat, drink but not merry on Azura (one of three mini cruises)

  • By SilverTraveller Stevew07

    26 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • Apr 2013
  • Wife
  • Regular holiday
  • Balcony

131 people found this review helpful

We have been lucky to have taken nearly 30 cruises but are always keen to try something different so this was the first of three 2 day mini cruises that we are doing over three months to try 3 new ships.

Arriving at Ocean terminal was easy and we only had about half an hour wait to check in and board Azura. We found a lovely sunny spot behind the buffet for a very enjoyable bottle of wine and lunch.

We found the wine list to be varied, if not extensive, but also very well priced, possibly the best value wine of any cruise so far.

Cabins were ready at 2.00 so we found our balcony cabin on Lido deck. We booked a guaranteed balcony so understood that we took our chances with the location. L311 was just ahead of the pool with open deck above. This meant a lot of noise from the music by the pool, especially on sail away, and from those walking above. Fine for 2 nights but we could not have done a full cruise in that cabin. The cabin was fine, if rather compact. We do not like the open wardrobe arrangement and the shower with a clingy curtain was very disappointing for a modern ship.

We were allocated a table in the Peninsula restaurant which is located just below the Malaba show lounge. This meant that we had to put up with heavy music thumping away above throughout our second sitting dinner. Not at all relaxing or enjoyable. The menu was varied and everything we selected was very tasty and hot food was good and hot. The portion sizes were however very minimalistic and show signs of cost cutting.

The real disappointment was the crew. We have never experienced such a miserable, unfriendly and at times plain rude group of staff before and hope we do not again. With a couple of notable exceptions, restaurant, bar and tender staff were all surly and uncommunicative with guests.

I have to say that we found Azura to be dark and claustrophobic in some areas and it lacks any really spectacular areas. We have experienced much older ships that are much more light and spacious.

We were glad that we tried the mini cruise as it was a good opportunity to find out that we do not want to experience P & O for a full cruise.

We are looking forward to trying Independence of the Seas next week when she returns from re-fit and then Queen Elizabeth a couple of weeks later to see how they compare.

We chose these three mini cruises on cruise companies who offer a good choice of cruises from the UK to do a bit of compare and contrast before booking longer cruises from the UK. All are 2 nights, were the same type of cabin for the same price.

Look out for the reviews of Independence of the Seas and Queen Elizabeth to hear how we got on.

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