I can’t believe I have been home a week already from my family cruise on Azura – which saw me and Nick, my mum and dad, and my sister, brother-in-law and my 2 and a half year old niece all off for the week – and for a P&O embarkation, it was one of the smoothest I have ever encountered upon arrival at 12:45pm we were told to head straight to check-in despite our check-in time being a later time and once clearing security we were onboard within 15 minutes of arrival. I have been on Azura many times and nothing had changed so was like returning home. or putting on a comfy pair of slippers. Our departure was delayed until 21:30 so the winds from storm Hannah could die down but muster drill was still at the same time.
My balcony cabin was located on C deck and I highly recommend anyone having a balcony on this deck as you are able to lie out rather than sit.
As P&O cruises go the onboard entertainment was the normal – quizzes, bingo, guest speakers, dance classes,comedians, their headliner shows and for the first time I got to see the Stephen Mulhern show astonishing – and whilst some of the tricks were obvious, the card trick the audience does is very clever and will leave you wondering how did that work.
We also took part in trek the deck which was 10 times around the top deck for teenage cancer trust – £10 minimum donation and you got given a t-shirt to wear, my little niece of 2 and a half managed 6 laps before being enticed away with an apple a seat with nana.
We were lucky with the weather at all ports of call and with the sea conditions as very calm, and even got to tender across to the island of Guernsey – which not many ships or sailings get to do. There were free shuttle buses to Rotterdam (shared with Holland America and was very disorganised) and Blankenberge (Zeebrugge), a payable shuttle of £4 pp each way in Cherbourg and then Guernsey was the tender across.
There was no real push to buy a drinks package like there is on the American ships – and was just a table on the top deck and one by the Malabar detailing the packages but no hard sell and I don’t think there was much uptake on them.
We had a lovely week away but already feels like we didn’t have a break so we decided we are going back on Azura in July to see the Norwegian Fjords.
Have a great couple of weeks