From April 4 to 16, 2020, the ship is scheduled to undergo repairs and modernization at Navantia Ferrolane shipyard. The process will involve the movement of a total of 3,000 people: 1,000 correspond to cruise ship workers, who'll sleep onboard; 1,500 employees of companies that have been hired by the shipowner, most of them from the UK, and another 500 local workers, who work in mechanics, steel, and painting.
The flood of people caused an increase in reservations at the city's hotels. However, despite the good prospects, cruise industry sources fear that a hotel boat (flotel) would finally be prepared to accommodate a large number of people.
Launched in 2010, Azura is one of the Grand-class P&O UK ships, together with Ventura (sistership). The 115,055-ton, 3,100-passenger Azura is the second vessel of this size for P&O Cruises (the first was Ventura, 2008-launched). Azura was P&O fleet's first vessel with an outdoor cinema and 18 single cabins. The huge LED screen (called SeaScreen) is on Sun Deck and in front of the funnel.
Azura's last drydock refurbishment was in March 2015.