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P&O Azura

Capacity
3100
Crew
1250
Tonnage
115,055
Length
290.0 m
First voyage
2010
Decks
19

MV Azura is a cruise ship operated by P&O Cruises and owned by Carnival plc. The ship was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. At over 115,000 tonnes, Azura is the third largest of eight ships currently in service with P&O Cruises. She is also the sister ship of MS Ventura. She officially entered service with the company in April 2010 and was named by Darcey Bussell.

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P&O Azura

Cruiseline: 
Capacity (DO): 
3100
Crew: 
1250
Tonnage: 
115,055
Length: 
290.0 m
Beam: 
36.00 m
First voyage: 
2010
Decks: 
19

MV Azura is a cruise ship operated by P&O Cruises and owned by Carnival plc. The ship was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. At over 115,000 tonnes, Azura is the third largest of eight ships currently in service with P&O Cruises. She is also the sister ship of MS Ventura. She officially entered service with the company in April 2010 and was named by Darcey Bussell.

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Azura is a Grand class ship, with a modified design which distinguishes her from early ships of the same class. Construction of Azura began in 2008 when her keel was officially laid on 27 October 2008. A ceremonial float out took place on Friday 26 June 2009, in which she was blessed by a priest, with Amanda Dowds, wife of the ship's captain, acting as her Godmother. The formal handover took place on 26 March 2010.

Maiden voyage

Azura's maiden voyage began on 31 March 2010, when she departed from the Fincantieri shipyard en route to Southampton. She arrived in the UK on 7 April 2010 at 9:12am. Azura's cruise with passengers began on 12 April 2010.

Christening

Azura was christened at 08:20 pm on 10 April 2010, by godmother Darcey Bussell. As well as performing the traditional bottle breaking ceremony, as a former principal dancer of the Royal Ballet, Bussell presented a dance performance by Royal Ballet School as part of the celebrations. Azura was originally registered in her homeport of Southampton, UK, but on November 2011 she was flagged-out to Hamilton, Bermuda, bringing her in line with her other P&O fleetmates and enabling wedding ceremonies to be conducted on board.

Design

Azura is designed to appeal more to P&O's traditional client base and returning customers, whereas sister ship Ventura is more family orientated, and attracts new, often younger clients. For the first time in the P&O Cruises fleet, Azura features eighteen single staterooms, however sister ship Ventura received this feature after her 2013 refit. There are 900 cabins with private balconies and a number of spa staterooms with access to the Oasis Spa. Azura is the only Grand Class ship to feature a Duck Tail stern.

The ship also features a dance floor in the atrium, a New York City styled show lounge and a modern interpretation on a London pub. For the first time in the P&O Cruises fleet, Azura features an open-air cinema screen similar to those found on Princess Cruises ships such as Caribbean Princess. The screen, known as the SeaScreen is situated in front of the funnel.

Facilities

Azura features many rooms and facilities common on other ships in the fleet. Following a company tradition, the English style pub is named Brodie's, in tribute to Brodie McGhie Wilcox, co-founder of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company. The ship's main dining rooms are also given the traditional names of the Peninsular, Oriental and Meridian restaurants.

In total, the ship has eleven restaurants and eating areas, twelve bars and places to drink, four pools, a gym, two spas, outdoor cinema, a theatre and two show lounges.

Select dining

In common with other ships in the fleet, Azura has 'select dining'; premium dining venues with passengers paying a cover charge to dine. Sindhu is an Indian restaurant with menu devised by Atul Kochhar. The Glass House is a restaurant and wine bar concept devised by television wine expert Olly Smith. Epicurean at Seventeen serves classic and modern British cuisine with traditional silver service.

Other

The ship's main entertainment is an 800-seat theatre known as the Playhouse Theatre. She also features The Retreat, an outdoor spa terrace exclusively for adults. Azura also has the Oasis Spa and Thermal Suite which has couple and balcony treatment rooms. Azura completed a minor refit in April 2015 at Blohm and Voss's shipyard in Hamburg. This included painting P&O's large Union flag design on to the bow, repainting the funnel in blue with P&O's "sunburst" logo plus other minor interior updates including replacing speciality restaurant Seventeen with The Epicurean at Seventeen".

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Attractions on P&O Azura


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Venezia

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At P&O Cruises, we believe great holidays should be all about choice and freedom. No matter what time of day it is, if you fancy a good meal you'll always get one on board Azura. Our main self-s...
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Sea Screen

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Imagine watching a film under a starry, night sky, while you're being magically transported to another new destination. SeaScreen is one of the most exciting features on board Azura because it's...
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The Meridian Restaurant

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Freedom Dining at the Meridian Restaurant. Like to escape the usual routine on holiday? Then you’ll love the flexibility of Freedom Dining. Opt for an early dinner one night and a late supper t...

Coral Bar

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Our pool bars offer a casual place to socialise and relax in throughout the day and into the evening. On a hot day nothing is better than lounging by one of our pools, sipping a cool drink, or two,...

Treatment Rooms

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Book yourself into one of the Oasis Spa treatment rooms for some well earned relaxation. Some of the treatments on offer are: A DIY scrub bar experience - The spa mixologist will create personalis...

Golf Nets

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Show what you're made of - it's your time!
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The Playhouse

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The Playhouse offers electrifying entertainment. As soon as you enter Azura's 800 seat, two tier theatre immediately your expectations begin to build. And rightly so. With multiple performances ...

Poolside Grill

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Enjoy self-service burgers, hot dogs, chicken, chips and salads.

Sauna

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Sauna for your pleasant treating yourself.
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Sports Court

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Head to Sky deck for some sporting action. From football or tennis in the sports court to golf in the nets, enjoy a variety of sporting activities on board Azura.