All About P and O Cruises Azura Deck Plan Difficulties
For the first P&O cruise we wanted to try out one of the largest ships in their fleet, and one that would be perfect for families. So you chose to review P&O’s Azura cruise ship, which has a larger range of restaurants, spas, sports, and makes a nice ship from the family perspective.
The heart of Azura has to be one of the nicest places on the ship, reminding us in part of the Celebrity Eclipse, with a couple of floors being in view as you look out from the class lift. This area of the cruise ship offers shops, a library, bookshop, art gallery, and cafes.
While you found this the best-looking place on Azura, it didn’t give the openness as found on Celebrity Eclipse, where you could be in a lift and see nearly every floor all the way to top deck. Families will want to spend time together while onboard, but if you’re happy to leave them in the kid’s clubs you can enjoy some “Me/Us” time in the alfresco spa terrace, which is perfect for adults only.
You really love food when on a cruise and you’ll be well taken care of by the staff on Azura, which has a nice selection of dining options. You tried the buffet on most nights, finding the main dining room not as enjoyable as those found on Independence of the Seas and Celebrity Eclipse, which was mainly due to the style of the restaurant on those ships.
They had a very open main dining room with the ability to overlook the floor below; this was great for the kids and us. Sadly it was not like this on Azura, but the buffet had an amazing selection of food and was quick to get what you wanted. The downside was dressing up for the evening and eating at a buffet, not everyone did and it felt a little less special.
If you want to look good and eat with class then you should always recommend paying a little extra for the specialty restaurants, these dining options were just as classy on Azura and really went the extra mile when taking care of you, although you understand not all families would like the extra expense after paying a lot for the cruise itself.
Select Dining venues include the Indian style restaurant called Sindhu, which was created by Atul Kochhar. Not every member of a family likes Indian food, but you would advise you to visit this specialty restaurant if possible, there is always Korma for those that do not like spicy food. They were accommodation and found food our little boy would like, and the food is presented on completely flat plates/mats. The presentation was amazing, and the taste was out of this world.
Other restaurants that charged a small fee included the Italian Verona, classic fine dining at Seventeen, and The Glass House that is found right in the middle of all the action. It was easy to have a few drinks and a quick bite at the Glass House (created in partnership with TVs Olli Smith), and while the seafood grill and steaks were great, it was the way food is presented that got us going back time after time.
You only paid a small fee and got more than enough for your money. The Glass House is food with a twist and reminded me a little of Qsine on Celebrity Cruises.
Those of you that like a little gamble and have children, especially if you have problems leaving them like with babies, will love the Casino on P&O’s Azura. It’s pretty obvious why children are not allowed to stay in casinos, although very annoying for those that have small children that cannot be left with someone and are not allowed bringing children into a casino even if with another adult, although I am sure some people will think this is right.
Unlike the Independence of the Seas (children can walk through the casino but not stay) and Celebrity Eclipse, the Azura has a smaller casino that has an area in the same room where children can be. This means that you can actually have your children under a meter or two away from you, where they can be with another family member or friend to enjoy the experience with you, but not actually in the casino.
Toddy was a nice touch for the children and little things like Palm trees made you feel much more relaxed at night when having a few drinks over a show. The British feel was another positive thing about P&O cruise ships, which is shown when sailing out of ports, great sail-away parties.