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.
The array of venues and facilities on Azura make it an ideal way to see the world.
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 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 in an authentic and relaxed environment. 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 1-2: Newcastle to Barbados
When you arrive at Newcastle Airport you will be met by our Hays Travel escort who will be travelling with you on this fabulous cruise. Then, board P&O Azura and stay overnight in Barbados.
Day 4: Tortola, B.V.I.
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 5: St Kitts
St. Kitts is renowned for its rainforest mountains and picturesque beaches with white, grey and black sands. Head to the Circus Square marketplace for a great selection of local produce and textiles, follow rainforest trekking trails up to a dormant volcano, or, why not simply relax one of the sun-drenched beaches that surround the island?
Day 6: St Johns, Antigua
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 8: Amber Cove
The Caribbean's newest cruise port - Amber Cove - overlooks the Bay of Maimon on Dominican Republic's northern coastline, just outside Puerto Plata. This 25-acre complex boasts a four-acre Aqua Zone, the unique 360-Degree Bar, plentiful designer shops, a 650-foot-long zipline, water sports, cabanas to rent, and hammocks alongside the water. Pay a visit to the Plastic Artists Art Galleries, Amber Museum, Brugal Rum Factory, San Felipe Fortress, and San Felipe Cathedral in Puerto Plata. Try your hand at windsurfing and kite boarding at Sosua and Cabarete, or swim with dolphins, stingrays and sharks at Ocean World Adventure Park.
Day 10: Philipsburg, St. Maarten
This minute island offers a cosmopolitan culture, first-class dining scenes, international shopping, and a laid-back Caribbean atmosphere. Savour delicious barbecued meats in street cafes and dance to calypso sounds at a barefoot beach bar. Head to the ruins of the French and Dutch forts which overlook the Caribbean Sea, or visit Philipsburg waterfront for duty-free shopping.
Day 11: Fort de France, Martinique
Today, the ship docks in Fort de France, the capital of Martinique. Gaze in awe at the stained-glass windows at St-Louis Cathedral, before visiting La Savane Park to admire the Empress Josephine statue and nearby Fort St-Louis. Shop for local handicrafts at Le Grand Marche or explore the designer perfume and fashion boutiques on Rue Victor Schoelcher. Spend some time at Habitation Clement - part plantation/part rum distillery/and part museum and heritage site! Travel to the south-west of the island to view the white stone effigies at Anse Cafard Slave Memorial.
Day 12: Castries, St Lucia
Arrive in St. Lucia and experience some of the Caribbean's most dramatic scenery. The island's natural landscape features the majestic Piton Mountains, pristine beaches lined with palm trees and miles of unspoiled rainforest. Shop for souvenirs at the colourful Central Market in Castries — the capital city, snorkel in the crystalline waters of Half-Moon Bay and enjoy a picnic on a lemon grass lawn at Pigeon Island National Park.
Day 13: 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 14: St. Vincent
St. Vincent is found between Grenada and St. Lucia in the Caribbean Sea. The island is famous for its white-sand beaches, clear water and colourful markets making it ideal for relaxation. Stroll through the oldest botanical gardens in the western hemisphere or enjoy exciting water sports as you explore the coastline. St. Vincent's capital city, Kingston, features a bustling harbour, Georgian architecture, cobbled streets, and friendly cafes. Head to Fort Charlotte, built in the 1800s, for great views and a collection of art; then travel to Mesopotamia Valley to see banana plantations. Visit the busy public market, before enjoying breadfruit, chicken, mahi mahi, lobster, sweet potatoes, hot peppers, and local rum for dinner.
Day 15: Barbados to Newcastle
Your cruise comes to an end in Bridgetown Barbados where you disembark the ship. Enjoy a coach transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.