Azura

Azura Review and Specifications

Specifications of Azura

Year built2010  /  Age : 8
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 13 days, round-trip Canary Islands, Portugal and Spain. Prices start from USD 1499 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 15 Sep, 2018 and ends on 28 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
15 Sep      Departing from Southampton, England   
19 Sep     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
20 Sep     Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands   
21 Sep     Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
22 Sep     Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands   
23 Sep     Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands   
25 Sep     Lisbon, Portugal   
26 Sep     Vigo, Spain   
28 Sep      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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 in 2003 merged with Carnival Corporation. 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 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; roudtrip sailings from Southampton to Baltic, Mediterranean and Canary Islands; "mini cruises" to Belgium and Transatlantic repositioning crossings.

Cabins

Most Azura staterooms are 165-sq.foot Balcony rooms (532). There are a total of 1557 staterooms in 35 categories. 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 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)
  • The Glass House (steakhouse/seafood specialty restaurant and wine bar)
  • 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.

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, gameshows)
  • 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
  • The Retreat (adults only area)
  • Oasis Spa and Health Club (Treatment Rooms, Thermal Suite, Beauty Salon)
  • 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)
  • Shufflleboard; Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis); Table Tennis; Golf Nets.

Azura wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 35
  • Total number of cabins: 1557 (of which 28 Suite, 882 Balcony, 440 Inside rooms, 18 single occupancy cabins)
  • Dining Rooms: Meridian Restaurant, Oriental Restaurant, Peninsular Restaurant
  • Restaurants and food bars: Verona Food Court (buffet & Italian Trattoria), Seventeen (specialty), Sindhu (Indian, by A. Kochhar), Glass House (wine bar & specialty, by Olly Smith), Poolside Grill & Pizza.
  • Lounges & Bars: Playhouse (theater), Malabar (& piano), Java Coffee (patisserie), Manhattan (NYC-themed nightclub), Casino, Breakers Bar (sports), Blue Bar (wine), Terrace Bar, Planet Bar (observation), Brodie’s Pub, Karmala Room (meeting room, enrichment), Ivory Suite (chapel).
  • Amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi access, supervised kids programme, laundry/self-serve laundromats.
  • Entertainment - Retreat (adults-only area), Oasis Spa & Fitness, 4 swimming pools with poolside bars (Terrace /adults-only, Aqua, Coral, Oasis), 6 jacuzzis, SeaScreen (outdoor cinema), duty-free shops, combined sports court, four Golf Net cages, deck games, teens/kids venues (Game On /arcade, Apartment 16, Beach Hut, Frontiers, The Hub, Sea Bed).
  • ms Azura P&O cruise ship is one of the line's largest vessels, and one of the largest cruise ships on the UK market, along with the fleetmates Ventura and the P&O's newest ship Britannia. Azura is in the Grand-class (with only one sister - Ventura). The ship's godmother is Darcey Bussell, a ballet dancer. Azura'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.
  • Azura ship during winter offers Caribbean cruises from Bridgetown Barbados, also operated with fly cruise deals from UK (Southampton, England). P&O UK's "flight and cruise" deals to Caribbean are additionally inclusive of discounted airfare to and from Barbados.
  • In August 2017, Azura became the world's first cruise ship performing gay weddings at sea. P&O UK's wedding packages prices start from GBP 1200. For comparison, Cunard’s ship weddings cost from GBP 2,570 (on Queen Mary 2) and from GBP 2,120 (on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth). On MS Azura, gay wedding ceremonies are carried out by the ship’s Captain, while marriage licenses are issued by Bermuda's Government (as the vessel is registered in Hamilton Bermuda).
  • Among cruise ferries, the 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
2018 May 26 7 days, round-trip Germany, The Netherlands and France Southampton
2018 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2018 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2018 Aug 11 14 days, round-trip Spain, Monaco and Italy Southampton
2018 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$879
2018 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Germany, The Netherlands and France Southampton$679
2018 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$999
2018 Sep 15 13 days, round-trip Canary Islands, Portugal and Spain Southampton$1499
2018 Sep 28 2 days, round-trip Belgium Southampton$269
2018 Sep 30 12 days, round-trip Portugal and Spain Southampton$999
2018 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal and France Southampton$629
2018 Oct 19 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown Southampton$999
2018 Oct 19 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown Southampton$999
2018 Nov 02 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1299
2018 Nov 03 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1299
2018 Nov 16 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1199
2018 Nov 17 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1199
2018 Nov 30 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1199
2018 Dec 01 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1099
2018 Dec 14 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1549
2018 Dec 15 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1889
2018 Dec 28 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1599
2018 Dec 29 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1765
2019 Jan 11 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1299
2019 Jan 12 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1339
2019 Jan 25 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1349
2019 Jan 26 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1299
2019 Feb 08 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1299
2019 Feb 09 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1349
2019 Feb 22 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1349
2019 Feb 23 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1349
2019 Mar 08 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton Bridgetown$1049
2019 Mar 09 13 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton Bridgetown$929
2019 Mar 22 4 days, round-trip The Netherlands Southampton$339
2019 Mar 26 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Portugal Southampton$807
2019 Apr 07 13 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar Southampton$1129
2019 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$749
2019 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip The Netherlands, Belgium and Guernsey Southampton$479
2019 May 04 7 days, round-trip France, Spain and Guernsey Southampton$529
2019 May 11 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$649
2019 May 18 14 days, round-trip Spain, Monaco and Italy Southampton$1099
2019 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$699
2019 Jun 08 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia and Russia Southampton$1229
2019 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$699
2019 Jun 29 14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy Southampton$1329
2019 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$699
2019 Jul 20 14 days, round-trip Spain, Monaco and Italy Southampton$1514
2019 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$849
2019 Aug 10 14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy Southampton$1342
2019 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$869
2019 Aug 31 2 days, round-trip Guernsey Southampton$229
2019 Sep 02 19 days, round-trip Spain, Sicily and Greece Southampton$2099
2019 Sep 21 14 days, round-trip Spain, France and Monaco Southampton$1299
2019 Oct 05 13 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Portugal Southampton$1379
2019 Oct 18 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown Southampton$1199
2019 Oct 18 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown Southampton$1122
2019 Nov 01 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1319
2019 Nov 02 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1289
2019 Nov 15 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1399
2019 Nov 16 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1399
2019 Nov 29 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1349
2019 Nov 30 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1249
2019 Dec 13 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1549
2019 Dec 14 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1549
2019 Dec 27 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1599
2019 Dec 28 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1619
2020 Jan 10 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1449
2020 Jan 11 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1449
2020 Jan 24 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1479
2020 Jan 25 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1479
2020 Feb 07 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1529
2020 Feb 08 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1529
2020 Feb 21 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1529
2020 Feb 22 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1529
2020 Mar 06 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1529
2020 Mar 07 13 days, round-trip Caribbean Bridgetown$1529
2020 Mar 20 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton Bridgetown$1079
2020 Mar 21 13 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton Bridgetown$979