The Azura can have approx 3100 passengers but doesn’t feel like a big ship.It has a number of facilities and is now considered an entry level ship for new cruisers. In the recent transatlantic cruise, 3 days at sea to Madeira, then 5 days to the Caribbean there were 665 new (to Carnival brand P&O certainly) cruisers on board. It has its fans and might be said to have the highest number of cruisers on board who use the areas that are more relaxed about dress code. Certainly other P&O ships will be found to be more dressy, if that is a word.
The Azura and Britannia can now take more than the 3100 when busy as officers and entertainers cabins on E deck get re-shuffled. Some bigger ships have over 6800 on board and the P&O flagship Britannia has approx 3640 passengers. Carnival as a brand have already got two of the eight ordered larger ships, the Iona due next year will be their third mega ship and the first under their P&O brand. Maybe the Azura can no longer be referred to as large. It no longer makes the top 30 biggest cruise ships. However, it is three lengths of corridors long as opposed to the Arcadia‘s or the even slightly smaller but spacious Aurora‘s two sets, it is larger than those more formal ships.
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The Azura loves the Caribbean in the winter whereas its sister ship, the Ventura, loves the Canaries.Take a look at our November 2019 film of all passenger areas first. Please subscribe to us on YouTube Channel and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
To see the rest of the P&O fleet click here. The Azura is big enough to allow you to customise your cruise. By this we mean you can utilise the cost of the cruise and take free dining and free entertainment and have a ball or pamper yourself in the Retreat Spa and purchase the Retreat, a more private area to avoid the main decks during the day, and dine in fine dining restaurants at night like the Glass House and Sindhu which has very mild Indian type food. The Azura is a family ship, so one on which you see parties, many weddings, groups or families of multi-generations. The children, parents and grandparents. Each can meet in areas, or separate and have their own totally different experiences. This is what the larger ships offer. For other guests, with such great kid’s clubs and youth clubs in specific areas, we rarely saw children on any trip on the Azura we have taken.
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It is important then that you chose your ship, then work out the cost of your extras and customisation. Whilst some people might prefer a smaller ship after having been on the Azura there must obviously be less variety and the dress code is likely to be stricter in practice. Go bigger, the Britannia has the speakeasy nightclub, and the Limelight which has proved so popular it will be on all P&O / Carnival’s new ships. Or smaller adult only Aurora or Arcadia.
If you started cruising in the Caribbean, then the Azura is dwarfed by the Fjords, a very different cruise all together. The Baltics, again a very different cruise to the Caribbean. The large two-tier theatre with 800 seats presents the best acts and top shows, you never know who will surprise you as the entertainment on board.
The Azura has a Sea-screen on the middle top Lido deck for playing films outside and films are played in the theatre or the Malabar when new dance troops are rehearsing. The plasma video wall in the Planet bar draws your attention as much as the view out to sea which looks backwards. (as opposed to the Arcadia’s Crows Nest which looks forwards). The gym looks forward. It is a ship for all the family and never a dull moment.
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