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: Southampton, UK
Arrive at Southampton where you will board P&O Cruises Azura and sail onwards to Cadiz, Spain.
Day 4: Cadiz, Spain
The ancient port city of Cadiz lies on a peninsula on Spain's south-west coast. From its bustling harbour to its Moorish-style old town, Cadiz is awash with things to see and do. Explore Museo de Cadiz and Museo de las Cortes de Cadiz, or visit the cathedral to see more of the city from its Toree de Poniente. Soak up the sunshine on Playa de Caleta beach and escape to Parque Genoves. Relax with a plate of fried fish on Plaza de Flores, before shopping in the adjacent Mercado Central de Abastos. Venture further afield and experience flamenco and fiestas in the tree-lined streets of Seville or uncover the art of sherry making in Jerez.
Day 6: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is one of the most famous cities in the world. Located between the gleaming Mediterranean Sea and the Serra de Collserola hills, this cosmopolitan Spanish city is known for its diverse art and architecture. Walk the iconic Las Ramblas promenade and see quirky street entertainers or stop for a coffee at a pavement cafe. View some of Antoni Gaudi's most famous works including the Sagrada Família Church and the mosaic wall in Park Güell. Explore the winding streets of the Gothic quarter and sample tapas in a traditional bar or relax in the city's biggest green space — Park Ciutadel.
Day 8: Villefranche, France
Villefranche on France's Cote d'Azur is today's port of call. Located on a picturesque bay, with Cap de Nice to the right and Cap Ferrat to the left, this port town is the perfect place to spend the day. Meander around the harbour and sea front Quai Courbet, before stopping for morning coffee at Place Amelie Polonnais. Discover the pastel-coloured buildings of the Old Town and view the trompe l'oeil paintings on the facades of house on the main Rue de Poilu. The baroque Church of Saint-Michel, Chapelle St-Pierre, and La Citadelle are well worth a visit too. Villefranche is also gateway to the nearby popular resort of Nice, the inland medieval village of Eze, and Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on Cap Ferrat.
Day 9: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Spend the day exploring the charming port of Civitavecchia and Rome — an ancient city filled with famous landmarks, distinct architecture and influential art. Visit Civitavecchia's main public square — Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II — and see the Baroque cathedral dedicated to St. Francis, before taking a seat in a pavement cafe for a taste of the local seafood. In Rome, enjoy a gladiator experience at the grand Colosseum, view the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, and throw three coins in the Trevi Fountain. Pay a visit to the Vatican City — the home of the Catholic Church — and see St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's ceiling.
Day 11: Cartagena, Spain
Cartagena is a port city in the Murcia region of southeast Spain. Discover the Muralla del Mar, Palacio Consistoria and the Old Cathedral in the Old Quarter. Explore the city's Roman heritage at the Roman Theatre Museum and Casa de Fortuna. Pay a visit to ARQUA Marine Achaeology Museum and the Municipal Achaeology Museum. Take a stroll along the shop and cafe-lined Calle Mayor. Venture further afield to view Bateria de Castillitos at Cape Tinoso.
Day 12: Gibraltar
Gibraltar is a vibrant slice of Britain at the heart of the sunny Mediterranean. From its helmet-wearing policeman and fish and chips to familiar stores such as Marks & Spencer, this place truly feels like home. Take a cable car up to Europa Point to meet the famous Barbary macaque tailless monkeys and admire all of Gibraltar. Explore the labyrinth of the Great Siege Tunnels and St Michael's Cave inside The Rock. Enjoy a stroll to the Moorish Castle or discover the 100 Ton Gun at the Napier Magdala Battery beside Rosia Bay. Indulge in VAT-free shopping on Main Street and uncover local artisan shops and Gibraltar Crystal Factory on Casemates Square.
Day 15: Southampton, UK
The cruise comes to an end in Southampton, where you disembark the ship and make your way home.