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Well a few of you asked me to post on here even though this cruise is not in Australia or New Zealand.

I'm on this p&o Azura cruise from Malta to Athens, Kusadasi, Rhodes and Santorini for 7 nights. Flying in from Gatwick return on a package deal. I'm cruising with my son and a cousin and her partner. 

May I start by saying P&O UK is much better and alot different to p&o Australia. This ship is the same class as the grand princess but much newer. 12 years newer. It has a very similar  layout to the grand and identical rooms.

I have attached a few daily schedules and menus and spa menus.

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3 minutes ago, MicCanberra said:

Enjoy your cruise. I look forward to your postings.

I have been on the Azura, it is a nice ship.

we like this ship too. although the Vista lounge/Manhattan  is poorly laid out.

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I don't really like to compare cruise lines too much as they all have good and bad points.

But to put it briefly, the service is pretty  poor. It almost feels understaffed  in the dining room and barely any staff smile.

The food is good.

P&O enforce the dress code. no suit jacket, no dining room or 2 of the paid extra restaurants on formal nights. I like to dress up, but our travel mates don't so we have been eating elsewhere on formal  nights.

I still dress up.

English people in general  dress up much nicer than Americans or Australians and I like that. They are also very good at queueing.

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We booked this cruise at fairly short notice. I  think it was less than 3 weeks prior. There was no inside rooms available and our travel mates managed to get a balcony room (it became available whilst going thru the booking details), we only got an outside view room. P&O require proof of travel insurance on confirmation of booking which I haven't come across before.

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Lots of food.

My cruise on her was pre covid, and service was great but then service across most lines is poorer since covid. This may because of lack of trained staff wanting to come back, staff shortages and also cut backs by the cruiselines.

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Just now, MicCanberra said:

Lots of food.

My cruise on her was pre covid, and service was great but then service across most lines is poorer since covid. This may because of lack of trained staff wanting to come back, staff shortages and also cut backs by the cruiselines.

Service on Coral at the moment has been very good, except in the Wheelhouse Bar for some odd reason.

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2 hours ago, Belmont Babe said:

Hope that food tasted as good as it looks! Its lunchtime and my mouth is watering.

It's lovely to see British food that looks like what I eat instead of watermelon soup etc which gets served on Princess.

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6 hours ago, MicCanberra said:

Lots of food.

My cruise on her was pre covid, and service was great but then service across most lines is poorer since covid. This may because of lack of trained staff wanting to come back, staff shortages and also cut backs by the cruiselines.

I agree. There are not enough bar staff anywhere. 

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3 hours ago, Belmont Babe said:

Hope that food tasted as good as it looks! Its lunchtime and my mouth is watering.

most dishes are very good. desserts can be a bit bland now and again. but the puddings don't disappoint 

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had dinner last night at the beach house, which has an 11 pounds door charge. it has a lot of Mexican stuff.

the crab tostadas were very good. the filled steak on the hot stone was 7 pounds extra, it was lovely, the king prawns that came with it were average. the dulce de Leche was average, apple pie was good

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