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: Bournemouth, UK to Bridgetown, Barbados
Fly from Bournemouth and arrive in Barbados. Transfer to the port and board P&O Azura for your overnight stay on board in port.
Day 2: Bridgetown, Barbados
It's easy to see why Barbados is known as 'Little England' with its Georgian houses, Lord Nelson Statue and Parliament Square. Indulge in retail therapy on Broad Street, admire stunning views and rugged island landscapes on a jeep island safari, or visit the dramatic stalactites and stalagmites of Harrison's Cave. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience - sail on a catamaran to swim with once-endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles.
Day 3: Kingstown, St Vincent
Kingstown is the capital and main commercial centre of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The city has a vibrant buzz of car horns, street vendors and music which can be heard throughout the narrow streets. Kingstown is surrounded by steep hills and natural beauty. Palm trees line the streets and Fort Charlotte is the perfect spot the gaze at the stunning views of the city. Escape to the tranquil surroundings of St Vincent Botanical Gardens, the oldest in the West Indies. A trip to St George's Anglican Cathedral shouldn't be missed; the stained glass will take your breath away.
Day 5: Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis
Basseterre is the capital city of St Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies. Explore the shops and bars of The Circus or pay a visit to the cathedral, courthouse, and fountain of Independence Square. On the outskirts of the city, you'll discover Fairview Great House and Botanical Gardens and to the northwest are Romney Manor and the Wingfield Estate. Take a ride on the St Kitts Scenic Railway to discover deep ravines, black-sand beaches, and Mount Liamuiga volcano. Admire the views over sugarcane fields from the 17th-century Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park
Day 6: Philipsburg, St Maarten
The ship drops anchor today at St Maarten's Dutch capital city - Philipsburg. Stroll along the shops on bustling Front Street or enjoy a couple of hours’ beach time on Great Bay beach. Fly through the trees at the Fly Zone at Loterie Farm or explore the island by quad bike. See local plant and animal life at St Maarten Zoological and Botanical Garden, and caterpillars and butterflies at the Butterfly Farm. You can also swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery Anguilla or admire heart-stopping views in the Pic du Paradis hills.
Day 8: Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos
Grand Turk is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos and the place where Christopher Columbus first made landfall on his initial voyage to the New World in 1492. Find many Colonial-style buildings and ruins and explore the Turks and Caicos National Museum to discover the islands' history. Try snorkelling and diving off the reefs or whale watch for humpback whales off the coast. Cockburn Town is the centre piece of the island; discover a wonderful selection of historical buildings and an unforgettable rustic charm.
Day 10: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Tortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands. Powder-white sands, azure seas and verdant green mountains set the scene; equally matched by tasty culinary experiences, luxurious holiday resorts, and a wealth of famous attractions. Explore the eclectic mix of shops in Road Town or escape to the tranquillity of J R O'Neal Botanic Gardens. Get up close to nature at Sage Mountain National Park or visit the giant boulders and rock formations at The Baths on Virgin Gorda. Go surfing at Cane Garden Bay or snorkel amongst tropical fish and coral at Smuggler's Cove. Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery or sample locally-made rum at Callwood's Rum Distillery.
Day 11: St John's, Antigua & Barbuda
St. John's on Antigua is your next stop. This pretty capital city not only gives you access to Antigua's 365 stunning beaches, but is also packed with attractions including English Harbour and the historic Nelson's Dockyard. A visit to the colourful St. John's street market is a must, and you also find great shopping and dining in Heritage Quay. Travel to Shirley Heights Lookout for superb views of English and Falmouth Harbours. A 90-minute ferry ride from Bryson Wharf takes you to Antigua's sister island, Barbuda, to explore the Arawak Caves and Frigate Bird Sanctuary.
Day 12: Castries, St Lucia
Arrive in Castries, the capital city of St Lucia. Step ashore and shop for bargains at La Place Carenage Shopping Plaza in downtown Castries, or venture to the heart of the city to the vibrant Central Market. Pay a visit to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Derek Walcott Square and the Government House; before climbing to the top of Morne Fortune to view Fort Charlotte. Spend a few hours at Vigie Beach or head south to Marigot Bay. Take an island tour and admire the majestic Piton Mountains, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Half-Moon Bay, or enjoy a picnic on a lemon grass lawn at Pigeon Island National Park.
Day 13: St George's, Grenada
Stop at St. George's on the 'Spice Island' of Grenada. Nestling alongside horseshoe-shaped Carenage harbour, the cobbled streets of St. George's are lined with pretty pastel-coloured heritage buildings. Step back in time at Grenada National Museum or explore Fort George and Fort Frederick. Head to the golden sand of Grand Anse Beach for a morning of sunbathing. The submerged gallery at Underwater Sculpture Park is a unique sight, or you can discover how the island's spices are grown and processed at Dougalston Spice Estate. Venture further to view local wildlife at Grand Etang National Park and cascading waters at Annandale Falls.
Day 15: Bridgetown, Barbados to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Bournemouth.