Perfect for familes, P&O Cruises modern Azura cruises from Southampton to Europe and the Mediterranean during the summer months and the Caribbean from Barbados in winter
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It is generally accepted that P&O invented cruising following its founding in 1837. The company, then known as the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, placed an advert in a Scottish newspaper for a round-trip voyage using the company’s burgeoning fleet of merchant ships. The rest, as they say, is history.
Launched in 2010 by ‘Strictly’ judge Darcey Bussell, Azura offers a swanky vision of a traditional P&O Cruises’ ship. As a slightly newer sister to Ventura, this 3,100-passenger ship incorporates several innovations including the ‘SeaScreen’ above the Aqua Pool which shows recently released movies. However the core values of a classic voyage, where the ambiance is very social, helped by friendly British officers who mingle with passengers, have been upheld. The dress code is more relaxed which reflects the unstuffy vibe on board. There are no fewer than 35 cabin categories but in reality there are just five types of accommodation ranging from Inside cabins to Penthouse suites – plus two types of single-occupancy cabins.
Kids are in their element at the Aqua Pool and Coral Pool which are dedicated for families. In the Reef children's clubs there’s also a paddling pool and a ball pool at the Beach Hut (for two to four-year-olds). Despite its modernity, Azura is no floating theme park – there’s universal appeal for those putting their toe in the water for the first time and traditional cruisers alike.
With its sophisticated decor, the menu at Epicurean boasts the finest cuts of organically-reared meat, and the best seafood and fish from British shores. Michelin starred Chef Atul Kochhar has created the menu and trained the on-board chefs in the contemporary Indian restaurant Sindhu; and wine guru Olly Smith has created the relaxed concept of the Glass House with its eclectic wines and tasty small bites.
Amongst the bars on board, Brodie's offers a variety of entertainment including quizzes and football matches, as well as live music and karaoke in the evening. The Planet Bar, high up on Deck 18, is a stylish watering hole where each evening a plasma wall showcases the wonders of the world. Grown-ups love the adults-only enclave – The Retreat – while within the Oasis Spa; the Oasis Villa is an exclusive-use area with private whirlpool spa.
We can vouch for the ‘Food Heroes’ cruises which include cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, hosted dinners, book signings, Q&A sessions and food or wine related shore excursions with P&O’s celebrity chefs.
Food and Drink
Sabatini's Italian Trattoria
The Blue Bar
The Planet Bar
Ocean View Gymnasium
suiteFully air-conditioned suites enjoy two lower beds convertible to king-size bed. Bathrooms boast a whirlpool bath, shower and WC plus luxurious premier pamper pack, bathrobe & slippers. Additionally there is a useful walk-in dressing area with iron & ironing board, trouser press and a hairdryer. The lounge has a sofa & chairs plus dining table and chairs, with a mini stereo and a TV plus radio and telephone, writing desk, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. There is also a safe. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors lead to your balcony with loungers, chairs and table. Suites have an optional butler service, magazine and newspaper selection, atlas and binoculars, plus fruit bowl, mineral water, flowers, champagne and chocolates on arrival and daily canapés.
balconyFully air-conditioned superior deluxe balcony cabins enjoy two lower beds convertible to king-size bed. Bathrooms boast a full-sized bath, shower, sink, vanity unit and WC plus hairdryer, bathrobe & slippers. There is a sitting area with sofa, chair and coffee table, two flat screen interactive TVs, plus radio and telephone, writing desk, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. There is also a safe. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors lead to your balcony with recliner chairs and table. Superior deluxe balcony cabins have a magazine selection, atlas and binoculars, plus fruit basket, flowers, champagne, chocolates, mineral water and pamper pack on arrival and canapés once a week..
outsideAir-conditioned outside cabins have two lower beds that are convertible to a king-size bed with wardrobe and drawer space. The bathroom has a shower, or shower over bath, and WC plus a hairdryer. There is a vanity/writing desk, and a TV for your enjoyment, plus a radio, telephone, safe and tea and coffee making facilities. Outside cabins may have a window or portholes. On arrival you will be offered Mineral water and a pamper pack.
insideAir-conditioned, mirrored, inside cabins have two lower beds that are convertible to a king-size bed with wardrobe and drawer space. The bathroom has a shower, or shower over bath, and WC plus a hairdryer. There is a vanity/writing desk, anda TV for your enjoyment, plus a radio, telephone, safe and tea and coffee making facilities. On arrival you will be offered Mineral water and a pamper pack.
Year Entered Service 01/04/2010
Length 951 ft
Total Passengers 3574
Total Crew 1239
Ship Width 118 ft
Ship Depth 28 ft
Total Decks 14
Total Lifts 12
Cruising Speed 22