Azura was the second P&O ship we cruised on and enjoyed a seven night cruise along the Norwegian fjords. It was a truly beautiful cruise and one I would happily do again as the scenery was so tranquil. Azura was a great ship to cruise along the fjords on as it had plenty to offer during sea days, comfortable rooms, great food and just made our time aboard very pleasant.
We opted for a Balcony Cabin again on Azura but this time located closer to the front of the ship. Our balcony offered spectacular views throughout the whole cruise especially along the Geirangerfjord which allowed us to quietly enjoy mountains and waterfalls.
Azura is a larger ship in the P&O fleet and sister ship to Ventura. It has plenty of places to eat, drink and socialise including some select dining venues. The entertainment on board was fantastic and we saw a few singing comedians during our time aboard as well as the usual dance show productions. It was a really fun cruise and we ate and drank plenty, relaxed, slept in, enjoyed the company of the other cruises and generally had a lovely time. We particularly enjoyed the poolside outside cinema during one of the sea days despite it being a little overcast. I loved cuddling up under one of the soft blankets with a drink and a film.
Despite being a summer holidays cruise and being family friendly Azura did seem to appeal to older cruises more than families although there are kids clubs on board. Kids were having fun in the pools and I imagine the kids club as we didn’t really see many families. The decor on board is quite classic cruise style and I think this is something that would appeal to adult cruises more than a younger market. I think cruises are a great option for families but I think it does come down to choosing the right ship at the right time for keeping the younger ones entertained.
We enjoyed a meal at The Glass House during our cruise and I wish we had gone to one of the speciality dining restaurants to experience some other cuisines however I was very happy with the food we were served – including room service! I did feel however that afternoon tea was a little rushed, although very nice so we only went once during our week abroad.
I would have liked to take advantage of the Spa facilities and something I plan to do on our next cruise as we will be cruising with the kids I think time in the spa to relax, refresh and recharge will be absolutely worth the extra spending.
Overall Azura is a nice ship to cruise on and it was perfect for spending our week along the Norwegian fjords. Have you cruised on Azura? What were your highlights for the trip?