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All aboard Azura

13/02/2018

Azura is a fleet favourite, and for good reason. We explore what makes her special and where she’s heading in 2018

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Family-friendly Azura has something for everyone

Azura truly has something for everyone. The family-friendly ship entered service in 2010, and for the past eight years has sailed all over the world, from the sunny Caribbean to Norway’s majestic fjords.

 

Here, we put the spotlight on Azura and discover what sets her apart and where she’s off to next.

 

Azura at a glance

  • At 115,055 tons and with space for 3,100 guests and 1,250 crew, Azura is one of the largest ships in the P&O Cruises fleet
  • She offers five entertainment venues, over eight places to dine and more than eight bars or places to socialise
  • The Retreat, Azura’s alfresco spa terrace, offers spa treatments with a sea breeze
  • Unique to the fleet is SeaScreen, Azura’s open-air cinema set above the swimming pool, where guests can watch a film under the stars

Wine and dine

Foodies are well catered for on Azura, with three main restaurants and a number of casual dining options. The ship also boasts four Select Dining restaurants: Sindhu where Indian cuisine is showcased in spectacular style; The Epicurean celebrates fine dining traditions, combining them with contemporary presentation and the best ingredients; The Glass House is a chic wine bar/restaurant created in partnership with wine expert Olly Smith; and The Beach House is fun, informal and full of fantastic flavours from across the globe.

 

While wine lovers are certainly spoilt for choice at The Glass House, there are plenty more places to socialise over a drink or two. For great cocktails, try the chic Planet Bar, with its unique audio-visual plasma wall screen showcasing iconic world wonders; or the Blue Bar at the top of the Atrium, offering a mix of classic and contemporary cocktails made by our expert bartenders. For pub lovers, Brodie’s is a classic London-inspired pub with a contemporary twist. Additionally, a range of drinks packages can be purchased on board, including wine packages.

 

Be entertained

When it comes to entertainment, there’s never a dull moment on Azura. For fun nights out, you’re spoilt for choice: catch a cabaret show in Manhattan, Azura’s New York-inspired lounge, or music and dance in The Playhouse theatre. And for a unique experience, cosy up on deck, grab some snacks and take in a film on the SeaScreen – Azura’s open-air cinema that sits above the swimming pool – as the stars shine above you. 

 

Relax and unwind…

For even more outdoor enjoyment, spoil yourself with an alfresco spa treatment at The Retreat, Azura’s outdoor spa terrace. Sit back and relax on one of the inviting shaded cabanas. The experience comes complete with personal wait service, luxurious robes and towels and more.

 

For a more traditional spa experience, bliss out in the Oasis Spa and Salon, which offers everything from massages and facials to The Thermal Suite and its therapeutic steam rooms, tropical shower and heated ceramic benches.

Azura’s Coral pool

Azura’s Coral pool

Shop around

Azura’s on-board shops are stocked with everything you could want or need, from designer fashion to souvenirs and the holiday essentials you forgot to pack. The ship also houses an impressive art collection at Whitewall Galleries in the Atrium. Browse works by a phenomenal portfolio of fine artists and exceptional new talents from the international contemporary art scene.

 

Fun for all ages

Azura offers an abundance of fun activities for all age groups. Sign up for dance or art classes, learn something new from a guest speaker and challenge your fellow guests to deck games on sea days. Sporty types can partake in football, table tennis and more. Azura also boasts four swimming pools: two exclusively for adults and two for families, plus splash and paddling pools for little ones.

 

Children can enjoy a programme of events created just for them. There are fully supervised discos and karaoke, or for something a little more chilled, they can sink into a beanbag and watch a film. This is in addition to the children’s club – the place to be on board for under-18s. The club is split into age-specific groups and run by our enthusiastic Reef rangers, who keep children and teens entertained with a whole host of exciting activities throughout the day and evening, giving them a chance to make friends their own age. There’s also a night nursery for wee ones, meaning mum and dad can enjoy a night out.

 

See the world

Azura visits a fabulous range of destinations. From November to March, she ditches the grey British weather for a spell in the Caribbean sunshine. There’s no better cure for the winter blues than stretching out on a sunny patch of sand in places such as Grenada, Grand Turk and Antigua. You can visit these and other exotic islands on Azura’s 14-night Caribbean cruise in February and March.

 

For the rest of the year Azura is based in Europe and covers a huge range of destinations. In the spring she’ll visit the Mediterranean, the Norwegian Fjords and the Canary Islands. In April, for example, she’ll soak up the Mediterranean sun on a cruise to Spain, France and Italy, visiting the likes of Barcelona, Toulon and Rome. This cruise also happens to be a Strictly Come Dancing themed cruise, on which you can immerse yourself in all things Strictly.

 

In the summer, Azura covers classic European sun destinations – think Cadiz, Cartagena and Monte Carlo. She also ventures to places that are further off summer’s beaten path, such as Iceland, the Baltic and the Norwegian Fjords. Imagine the thrill of sailing through the dramatic Sognefjord – Norway’s longest and deepest fjord – on a Norwegian Fjords cruise, or enjoying the White Nights on an overnight stop in beautiful St Petersburg on a Scandinavia and Russia cruise

 

In autumn, Azura makes the most of the remaining warm weather in Europe. A September cruise to the Canary Islands, Portugal and Spain visits the likes of Madeira, Lisbon and Tenerife. She’ll also embark on a Short Break to beautiful Belgium, where you can get a taste of on-board life and explore the medieval city of Bruges. As soon as the colder weather sets in, Azura sails back across the Atlantic for another season in the Caribbean.

 

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