Azura has been a firm favourite with families since her christening by ballet dancer, Darcey Bussell, in 2010. At 115,000 tons, Azura offers an abundance of space in which to relax, unwind, and have fun. With more than eight eateries, five entertainment venues, eight bars and lounges, a three-deck high atrium, and a plethora of sports and leisure amenities, you'll be spoilt for choice. Discover family fun in the age-specific children's clubs at The Reef or splash around at the paddling pool and two family-friendly swimming pools. Relax in a shaded cabana at The Retreat — an adult-only terrace, unwind with a massage at Oasis Spa, or show off your skills at a watercolour art class. Get active with Pilates, yoga and dance classes or test out the gym equipment. Catch a film at SeaScreen open-air cinema, or treat yourself to a designer perfume or handbag at the shopping gallery. Days in port open up a world of sightseeing, thrilling adventures, and cultural activities.
Azura offers casual and gourmet dining options. The ship has three main dining rooms, Peninsular, Oriental and Meridian, each offering an extensive five-course dinner menu. Peninsular and Oriental offer Flexible Dining or choose traditional Club Dining at either an early or late sitting at Meridian. The casual-style Verona offers Italian buffet-style breakfasts and lunches, while the main Venezia eatery is open for round-the-clock light bites and international dishes. There is also a grill, 'grab and go' counter, and pizzeria if you get peckish beside the pool. The speciality dining options include Sindhu Restaurant which offers a menu designed by celebrity chef, Atul Kochhar, fusing Indian and British flavours and exotic cocktails. Head to The Glass House and enjoy the signature menu, where every dish is paired with a glass of wine suggested by celebrity sommelier, Olly Smith. For that sense of occasion, Epicurean is the perfect choice and showcases a menu of mouth-watering, gourmet British food.
There are lots of places to drink and socialise on Azura. Relax with a freshly-brewed Costa cappuccino in Java coffee bar, or choose an exotic cocktail in The Glass House. Play pool and watch live sports with a beer in British pub-style Brodie's bar, or chat with friends over a glass of wine in Planet Bar. The Blue Bar offers a sophisticated ambience and is the perfect spot to unwind with a signature cocktail and music.
There is something for everyone on Azura in the evening. The Playhouse presents West End shows, stand-up comedy, interactive game shows, and dance performances on stage twice nightly. Enjoy the exotic vibe of Malabar with its piano recitals, bands, cabaret, and dancing shows. The New York themed Manhattan lounge showcases music from across the decades, as well as tribute acts and dance performances. Risk a few pennies in the slot machines at the casino or simply absorb the atmosphere from the sidelines with your favourite drink.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and embark on board P&O Azura and set sail for Cherbourg, France.
Day 2: Cherbourg, France
Dock at Cherbourg, on France's Normandy coast. Take a walk around the medieval harbour of Barfleur and the nearby Gatteville lighthouse. Visit the largest nuclear submarine open to the public and the Titanic exhibition at Cite de la Mer. Explore the town's World War II history at Museum of the Order of the Liberation. Admire the colourful flora and fauna at Parc Emmanuel Liais, make a pilgrimage to nearby UNESCO World Heritage site of Mont-St-Michel or visit the Contentin D-Day Landing Beaches.
Day 4: La Coruna, Spain
La Coruña overlooks the Bay of Coruña in the north-west corner of Spain. Step ashore and visit the Tower of Hercules, Castillo de San Anton, and Castillo de San Diego. Explore the Roman wall, historical buildings and the medieval Church of Santiago in Ciudad Vieja. Get a culture hit at the Museum of Sacred Art, Archaeological Museum and Military Museum. People-watch at La Marina and Plaza Maria Pita, or relax on the Playa Riazor and Playa del Orzan beaches. Enjoy some family fun at Aquarium Finisterrae, Science Museum and Domus — an interactive museum. Venture further afield to visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Santiago de Compostela, Betanzos and Ferrol.
Day 5: Santander, Spain
The vibrant port of Santander sits on Spain's north coast. Cantabria's capital city offers pristine urban beaches, lively shopping districts, a bustling bar and restaurant scene, and a list of enticing sights and attractions. Alameda de Oviedo Boulevard is lined with the best shops and bars. See the 20th-century Royal Palace of La Magdalena that sits on a peninsula, visit the Gothic-style Santander Cathedral with its octagonal roof, and wander the Paseo de Pereda with its elegant seafront gardens.
Day 7: St Peter Port, Guernsey
St Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey and also its main port. Stroll around the harbour to hear the Noon Day Gun at Castle Cornet and explore the Maritime Museum. Pay a visit to the idyllic Candie Gardens or get up close to tropical marine life at the Guernsey Aquarium. Follow the Esplanade into the town centre to indulge in retail therapy on the High Street and in the Old Town. Step back to wartime at La Vallette Underground Military Museum or trace 1000 years of island history on the Baliwick of Guernsey Millennium Tapestry. Take a tour around Victor Hugo House in Hauteville where the author wrote 'Les Miserables' or go to see the seashell and pebble encrusted The Little Chapel.
Day 8: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.