Azura

Azura Review and Specifications

Specifications of Azura

Year built2010  /  Age : 9
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassGrand
Building costUSD 680 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorP&O Cruises UK
Speed24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
Length (LOA)289 m / 948 ft
Beam (width)48 m / 157 ft
Gross Tonnage115055 gt
Passengers3096 - 3737
Crew1226
Passengers-to-space ratio31
Decks18
Cabins1557
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2015
Christened byDarcey Bussell

Current itinerary of Azura

Azura current cruise is 14 days, round-trip Spain, Monaco and Italy. The itinerary starts on 18 May, 2019 and ends on 01 Jun, 2019.

Date / TimePort
18 May    Departing from Southampton, England hotels
21 May    Cadiz, Spain
23 May    Barcelona, Spain
25 May    Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France Riviera
26 May    Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
28 May    Cartagena, Spain
29 May    Gibraltar, UK
01 Jun    Arriving in Southampton, England hotels

Review of Azura

Launched in 2010, Azura is one of the Grand-class PO cruise ships, together with ms Ventura.

History - construction and ownership

P&O Cruises is a subsidiary company and two brands owned by Carnival Corporation - P&O UK and P&O Australia. In 2000, P&O Cruises became subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, which merged with Carnival Corporation in 2003. PandO is the world's oldest cruise company, starting passenger shipping operations in 1822 on the routes connecting England with Iberia.

PO Azura cruise ship

The 115,055-ton, 3,100-passenger cruise ship Azura is the second vessel of this size for P&O Cruises (the first was sister ship Ventura, which was released in 2008). The design of the ship is orientated to the traditional passengers of the fleet. Azura was the first in the fleet to introduce an open-air cinema and 18 single staterooms. The wide cinema screen called SeaScreen is placed in front of the funnel.

Cruise itinerary program

Azura itinerary program is based on cruises from Southampton and Bridgetown, including Caribbean Islands voyages from Barbados; roundtrip sailings from Southampton to Baltic, Mediterranean and Canary Islands; "mini-cruises" to Belgium and Transatlantic repositioning crossings.

Cabins

Azura has a total number of 1557 cabins (of which 28 Suite, 882 Balcony, 440 Inside rooms, 18 single occupancy cabins) in 35 grades. Most Azura staterooms are 165-sq. foot Balcony rooms. The largest aboard Azura are the Suites (330 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Spanning two decks, Azura's Meridian is one of the main dining rooms, featuring pretty glass design and eye-catching central staircase. The restaurant serves good quality food in a sometimes pretty chaotic environment. Breakfast features everything one would expect, from light and healthy options to British fry-up. Lunch is a la carte, including soup, lighter dishes, and pies while afternoon tea serves tasty treats of sandwiches, scones, and cakes. At night the Meridian operates the usual dining system of two sittings, where guests dine each night at the same table. The upper tier is for those who have chosen Freedom Dining, which means you can turn up at any time.

Follows the complete list of Azura restaurants and food bars.

  • Meridian Restaurant (2-level aft Dining Room; for Breakfast 7:30-9:00 a.m., and Lunch 12:15-1:45 p.m./3-course menu; Your Time dining at dinner 6:00 - 9.30 p.m.)
  • The Oriental Restaurant (aft MDR, with fixed seating dining at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.)
  • The Peninsular Restaurant (forward MDR, with fixed seating dining at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., open seating breakfast and lunch; also serving Afternoon Tea 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.)
  • Sindhu (Indian specialty restaurant, by A. Kochhar)
  • The Glass House (steakhouse/seafood specialty restaurant and wine bar, by Olly Smith)
  • Verona Food Court (buffet-style; transformers into an Italian Trattoria restaurant in the evenings; complimentary)
  • Venezia Food Court (buffet-style restaurant; complimentary; also serving themed dinners)
  • Poolside Grill (fast food bar for burgers, baguettes, hotdogs; open 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. for casual lunch and dinner; complimentary)
  • Poolside Pizzas and Ice Creams Bar (11:00 a.m. - 8.30 p.m.)
  • Seventeen (dinner specialty restaurant; serves suite guests only for breakfast and dinner).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Azura is familiar to Princess Cruises' fans, as she definitely oozes P&O Cruises' classical style: complete dress codes, afternoon tea, deck games and ballroom dancing (dancing is very popular). Within twenty-four hours travelers can see passengers dancing together to a band in the atrium twice and dancing sessions featured prominently in the daily schedule. There is always something happening on one of the vessel's 3 dance floors, which include the wooden one in the atrium, that hosts regular dance evenings. Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi access, supervised kids programme, laundry/self-serve laundromats.

Follows the complete list of Azura lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Azura Atrium (3-decks central open floor area and social hub); Atrium Shops (Regalia - clothes, souvenirs, gifts; The Wardrobe - brand fashion, watches, bags, hats); Chic - fashion boutique; Emporium - candy shop; Eternity - jewelry, Essence - perfumes)
  • Java Coffee Bar (specialty teas and coffees, complimentary sweets and snacks)
  • Brodie’s Pub; Karmala Room (multi-purpose lounge); Malabar Lounge (Indian themed, live music); The Blue Bar; The Planet Bar; Breakers Bar (sports bar)
  • The Playhouse Theatre (800-seat, 2-decks, featuring grand scale productions, live performances, game shows)
  • Manhattan Lounge (live entertainment venue and disco)
  • Casino; Ivory Suite (vow renewal and wedding services)
  • Photo Gallery and Shop; Art Gallery; The Library (with Internet computers)
  • SeaScreen (outdoor LED screen for movies)
  • Terrace Pool (adults only area, served by Terrace Bar); Aqua Pool and Bar; Coral Pool and Bar; 6 jacuzzis
  • The Retreat (adults only area)
  • Oasis Spa and Health Club (Treatment Rooms, Thermal Suite, Beauty Salon); Oasis pool & bar
  • Gymnasium (complimentary equipment, Fitness classes; Yoga and Pilates at surcharge)
  • Kids Venues (The Beach Hut; Frontiers; The Hub; The Sea Bed)
  • Game On! (teen lounge with video games arcade); Apartment 16 (teen lounge)
  • Shuffleboard; Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis); Table Tennis; four Golf Net cages.

Azura wiki

Azura is one of P&O's largest vessels, and one of the largest passenger ships on the UK market - along with the fleetmates Ventura (sistership), Britannia (2015) and P&O's newest ship Iona (2020). Azura's Godmother was Darcey Bussell (Dame Darcey Andrea Bussell) - 1969-born British ballet dancer. Ship's Inaugural Cruise/maiden voyage started on March 31, 2010, from the shipyard Monfalcone (Italy) to Southampton England.

MS Azura was designed to appeal more to the line's mostly British passengers. The vessel offers a huge selection of balcony staterooms (almost 900 of them, divided into 10 different categories). The ship also features 18 single occupancy cabins, spa cabins (with direct access to the Spa complex), huge-size Atrium with a dance floor in it, open-air theater (large movie screen in front of her funnel), a total of 11 dining places.

During winter, the ship cruises in the Caribbean leaving roundtrip from homeport Bridgetown Barbados. Fly-cruise deals from UK (Southampton) to Bridgetown are also offered. P&O UK's "flight and cruise" deals to the Caribbean are additionally inclusive of discounted airfare to and from Barbados.

In August 2017, Azura became world's first cruise ship performing gay weddings at sea. P&O UK's wedding packages prices started from GBP 1200. For comparison, Cunard’s ship weddings cost from GBP 2570 (on RMS Queen Mary 2) and from GBP 2120 (on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth). On MS Azura, gay wedding ceremonies are carried out by ship’s Captain, while marriage licenses are issued by Bermuda's Government (as the vessel is flagged/registered in Hamilton Bermuda).

Among cruiseferries, boat's namesake is the GNV-owned MS Azzurra.

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Azura Itineraries

The below listed Azura cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip The Netherlands, Belgium and Guernsey Southampton
2019 May 04 7 days, round-trip France, Spain and Guernsey Southampton
2019 May 11 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2019 May 18 14 days, round-trip Spain, Monaco and Italy Southampton
2019 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2019 Jun 08 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia and Russia Southampton
2019 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2019 Jun 29 14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy Southampton
2019 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2019 Jul 20 14 days, round-trip Spain, Monaco and Italy Southampton
2019 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2019 Aug 10 14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy Southampton
2019 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2019 Aug 31 2 days, round-trip Guernsey Southampton
2019 Sep 02 19 days, round-trip Spain, Sicily and Greece Southampton
2019 Sep 21 14 days, round-trip Spain, France and Monaco Southampton
2019 Oct 05 13 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Portugal Southampton
2019 Oct 18 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown Southampton
2019 Oct 18 15 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown Southampton
2019 Nov 01 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2019 Nov 02 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2019 Nov 15 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2019 Nov 16 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2019 Nov 29 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2019 Nov 30 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2019 Dec 13 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2019 Dec 14 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2019 Dec 27 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2019 Dec 28 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Jan 10 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Jan 11 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Jan 24 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Jan 25 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Feb 07 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Feb 08 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Feb 21 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Feb 22 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Mar 06 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Mar 07 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Mar 20 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton Bridgetown
2020 Mar 21 13 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton Bridgetown
2020 Apr 19 14 days, round-trip Spain & Portugal Southampton
2020 May 03 14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy Southampton
2020 May 17 14 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton
2020 May 31 14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy Southampton
2020 Jun 14 14 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton
2020 Jun 28 14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy Southampton
2020 Jul 12 14 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton
2020 Jul 26 14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy Southampton
2020 Aug 09 14 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton
2020 Aug 23 14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy Southampton
2020 Sep 06 14 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton
2020 Sep 20 14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy Southampton
2020 Oct 04 12 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal & Canary Islands Southampton
2020 Oct 16 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown Southampton
2020 Oct 16 15 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown Southampton
2020 Oct 30 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Oct 31 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Nov 13 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Nov 14 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Nov 27 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Nov 28 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Dec 11 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Dec 12 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Dec 25 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2020 Dec 26 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2021 Jan 08 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2021 Jan 09 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2021 Jan 22 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2021 Jan 23 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2021 Feb 05 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2021 Feb 06 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2021 Feb 19 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2021 Feb 20 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown
2021 Mar 05 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown