P&O Cruise Ship MS Azura
The Azura only has 3100 passengers, so with some ships now having over 6000 and the P&O flagship Britannia having approx 3640 passengers, maybe, the Azura will soon no longer be referred to as large. However, it is 2 metres too wide to go through the Panama Canal and is three sets of corridors long as opposed to the Arcadia’s two sets, so it is larger.
Azura is an easy ship to navigate round, as a passenger
It is an easy ship to navigate, it offers a lot in the way of dining and entertainment, so it has the best of both worlds. Take a look at the full film first, here is the Doris Visits tour of the Azura.
The Azura has a lot to offer, but most ships are the same. There is a whole body of entertainment and relaxing choices around the lower decks, the atrium and reception, and then another section of entertainment at the top on the Lido decks. Practically all ships follow that basic design with the cabins and suites in between.
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. There are more than enough areas to do that in and all you are paying for is your drinks.
But, you can choose to pamper yourself in the Retreat Spar and Tranquility area. Adults only can purchase a pass to the exclusive quiet Retreat pool area where there are wicker sunbeds, not plastic ones and waiters on hand to collect food as well as drinks. You can choose to ‘eat out’, by that we mean away from the free dining areas. On the Azura, you have a choice to be private or to roam the ship.
The Azura is a family ship, so one on which you see parties, 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.
Choose your cruise ship
It is important then that you chose your ship, then work out the cost of the customisation. Whilst some people prefer smaller ships, when they have been on the Azura with a lot more on offer, going back to the smaller ship may mean they miss the extra dining and entertainment facilities.
The Azura dwarfed by the Fjords. See, it is not that big! Whether on the Fjords or in the Caribbean, the Azura is a fun ship with so much to do, you will not do it all in two weeks.
Doris’ favourite areas on this ship are the Blue Bar and the Glass House. Fine dining in the Sindhu and the entertainment in the two-tier theatre where you never know who will surprise you as the entertainment on board.
The Azura has a Sunscreen on the middle top Lido deck for playing films outside and films are played in the theatre. 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). It is a ship for all the family and never a dull moment.
For a complete cruise on the Azura, take a look at the Canary Islands Cruise from Start to Finish, or as it is a regular down the Fjords, which is a very popular route for it. Take a look at the Fjords cruise it is very different. Another standard route is the Baltics. The ship will always be in the Caribbean in that season and we have many films of it there and will be joining it again for A732 bound for Amber Cove, Martinique, Grenada and St Vincent amongst many other islands. Expect films to follow.
If you are off on a cruise, you might like to check our packing list of what to take. If you have some good tips, please add them in the comments of this list. Click here to go to the P&O site for further description of other ships like the ARCADIA or the BRITANNIA and to book a cruise.