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Well this is more of a diary that I wrote whilst on the cruise than a review.
Its very long, but I'm sure you can pick out some interesting & informative bits out of it :-)
I think it gives more of a 'real' idea of cruising aboard Azura than a short review would.

Mon May 10th
Here I am sat in Malabar at Goldie drinkies :-)
We are being well plyed with drinks. In fact maybe too many actually (did I just say that?).
Gemma greeted us, who is now Portunus Rep as well as Future Cruise, although they now share the two jobs don't they?
Juliet & Penfold have already been up to their respective cabins to check out the dining arrangements & they are fine.

Later....
Been for a wander around & seen some familiar, friendly faces crew wise :-)
Good to see Al Clinton in the Glass House. He must think we're stalking him (lol)
Also Dave Ents who is such a nice bloke.
Because Champagne was on special offer at sail-away, Juliet & Penfold (maybe I should really call him by his real name of Tony. Its just that I think he looks like Penfold off Danger Mouse), bought a couple of bottles. Well it was half price, then you get another 10% discount for PG don't you? ;-)
Azura is obviously the same lay-out as Ventura, but we all think Azura is 'nicer' for some reason, but at the moment can't put a finger on that reason.
Me & Jules had a lovely Pizza at the Poolside Grill, just to 'put us on' of course before dinner ;-)
Talking of dinner, we had a wander down to the Oriental Restaurant to have a look at our table (35) which is in a nice location we think.
Had a pleasant drink in the Planet Bar as we sailed passed the I.O.W. then had a look in the Spa area where we were both treated to a 'sampler' hot stone massage which was very nice :-)
So now I shall get dressed & wander up/down not sure at this stage, to The Glass House to see Al for pre-dinner drinks.
Looking forward to dinner as it seems like minutes since I ate that Pizza (lol)
After dinner.... who knows :-o

Tue May 11th
Good morning from the Bay of Biscay.
We enjoyed a bottle of Albarino in The Glass House last night before dinner. We like The Glass House. If you've been on Ventura, its where Ramblas is, only The Glass House is totally different. In fact, you wouldn't recognise the space at all.
We are going to have lunch in there today actually. Talking of which, that will only be a couple of hours away as we didn't get up until 10:15
It wasn't as if we'd had a late night either. Although everywhere was busy around the ship after dinner (2nd) we just felt so tired. We lost an hour as well last night as the ship's clock was put on an hour.
Dinner last night was nice. Just as expected really, but what was quite funny was that Juliet knocked a full glass of water over & it went all over Irene. It was one of those slow motion things :-)
Irene was soaked but didn't want to get up to go & get changed as it would look like she'd just wet herself (lol).
I was going to go to Deck Quoits this morning, but with getting up so late I've missed it. We checked the Courts out yesterday & Tony seemed pleased with the playing surface :-) He'll be up there now trying to win again.
Well, it looks quite nice outside, & the temperature on our balcony isn't too cold, so I think I'll have a wander up on deck & see what's happening up there. Then off for a nice long leisurely lunch ;-)
Catch you later.
... Its later.... Sat in The Glass House & drinking a glass of wine recommended by our sommelier Al :-) Just waiting for our nine 'small plates' (similar to Tapas) to arrive.
... WOW! That was good. Very tasty food. A must try I'd say. We will definitely be having lunch in there again :-)
You can do a similar thing in Sindhu which we will try as well.
You could even pop into Sindhu for a pre-dinner snack called 'Nashta' or something. Its like a Tapas style Indian equivalent.
Anyway, after our very tasty lunch & wine I ventured up to deck 42 or somewhere to play Quoits. Well it maybe not exactly 42 but its a long way up. Its Deck 19 actually.
I got through the first round but got knocked out in the second :-( Not enough wine at lunch I think ;-)
Had a lie out in the sun but not for long as it was a little to warm for me & I was starting to burn. Not bad for the middle of the Bay.
Its the welcome On Board Gala Reception this evening. For us its being held in Manhattan. That will be followed of course by the Gala Dinner. You can view the evenings dinner menu on your cabin TV aboard Azura, as well as order your wine etc.
I shall be having the Maple Glazed Duck Breast for my main :-)
The wine has already been ordered & will be waiting for us at our dinner table.
OK, fresh coffee & something chocolaty now & then maybe a lie on my balcony listening to some music before meeting the others for late afternoon drinks at the Terrace Bar.
Oh Jane, you will have another 3 cruises to sort out as we booked one & T&I booked two this morning with Gemma :-)

Wed May 12th
Good morning, & thanks for the comment Lisa. Wish you were here :-)
Another lie in this morning. Jules rang from above at 10:30 with my 'not so early' wake up call. I think I could sleep all day when I'm onboard a ship :-)
Just made a fresh coffee & having some P&O Honey & Oat biscuits for my breakfast while I type this.
There was a medical emergency yesterday evening during 2nd sitting dinner. We diverted towards the Spanish coast, then stopped for a little while as a Helicopter lifted someone off the ship.
Now I don't know if it was a coincidence or not, but there was an announcement earlier from Benne (CD) that the planned performance of Jimmy Love (as Elton John) was cancelled due to illness. Maybe these two things were connected, I don't know at this stage for sure, but whoever it was I hope they are OK.
Before we attended the Gala Reception yesterday, we had a pre-Gala Reception drink in The Glass House which was very civilized. After dinner we weren't sure what to do, so we went to see Al in The Glass House. You may have noticed that we seem to be spending quite a lot of time in there :-) There really are some nice wines to try. All 41 wines are different from any elsewhere onboard this ship, or any other ship in the P&O fleet. Well done Olly :-)
After that we wandered down a deck to Brodies to see the Karaoke. After that we wandered to the stern to have a look in Manhattan which completed our first full day at sea :-)

Its been a hot afternoon. I’ve definitely ’caught the sun’ as they say.
I had a nice swim in the Coral Pool & a good soak in one of the Jacuzzis there. The water in them is really hot. Actually hotter than I’d have my bath water :-o
Got a Hot Dog & chips from ‘Poolside Grill’ for lunch & took it up to Breakers Bar to eat with my liquid refreshment. Seen Susie up there who I‘d communicated with online in P&O‘s Community & we had a good chat. She’s actually booked George the Greek Taxi driver after us in Katakolon for our respective trips to Olympia.
Just sat here in the cabin having a coffee & listening to my chill-out music whilst Juliet reads her book on the balcony.
It will soon be time to venture out to the Terrace Bar for late afternoon drinkies :-)
I’ve already made my choice for dinner tonight. I shall be having…
Caesar Salad for a starter, followed by Deep-Fried Battered Calamari with a soft Romesco dip & Lemon as a Fish course. I don’t think I’ll bother with a soup course tonight. So after the Calamari I’ll have the Free Range Venison Saddle with Bashed Neeps, Haggis Cake & Game Jus, followed by the New York Baked Cheesecake :-)
Well I’ll need to have some energy for our 4 hour Malaga Bike Tour tomorrow which I’m really looking forward to.
It will be an early start as well because we are meeting Kay, or one of the other Malaga Bike Tour Guides, at 10am near where the ship berths. I'll be taking my camcorder with me of course, so there will probably be lots of wobbly footage :-)

Just got the balcony door open as we get ready (Semi-Formal) & because we are on Staboard side, the sun is on our balcony & its gorgeous :-)
Jack Johnson is playing through mini speakers connected to Sammy (Samsung NC10 Netbook) & all is well with the world :-)

I suppose technically its tomorrow, but I'll post this now anyway.
Had a lovely dinner, preceded by pre-dinner drinks in The Planet Bar where it was Australia night. It was good sipping Ozzy Chardonnay whilst glancing at the long screen showing clips of Oz thinking that we'll be there in 5 months time on our cruise aboard Oriana :-)
After dinner, we picked up a nice glass of wine each from... yes, you've guessed it, The Glass House, before taking our front row seats for the show in The Playhouse. Now, some of you who know me, know that I don't really 'do' shows, but I thought I'd take a look at this one (Destination Dance), & I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was on another level to any other shows that I've seen on any other ships. On the way out we bumped into Benny (CD) who recognised us & so we arranged to meet up for drinks. I commented on how thin she was since last time I seen her. It must take fantastic will power to stay that thin on a cruise ship :-o
Oh. look. its nearly 1am & as previously mentioned, we have a 4 hour Bike Tour in the morning, so I'll drink my coffee & get some sleep.
Goodnight/Good morning people :-)

Oh, BTW, I've started to upload a few pics in my 'Photo Gallery' on my 'Profile'. Not that we've taken many yet.

Thu May 13th
Malaga
Its Juliet’s birthday & our wedding anniversary today.
We had breakfast in the cabin this morning as we had to meet at 10AM by the Tourist Office in town for our Malaga Bike Tour.
We’d pre-ordered our breakfast the day before via our cabin TV :-)
After breakfast we took the shuttle bus the short distance to just outside the Dock Area. After a short walk from there we found Kevin our Malaga Bike Tour Guide waiting for us. We waited a few minutes for a few others to join us then headed the short distance to the Bike Shop where we picked up our bikes.
Kevin was great. He told us loads of info on Malaga & at the numerous stops gave us info on the sites etc.
We stopped at a bar on the beach for a beer as well which was included in the price of just 23 Euros. Not bad for a four hour tour.
I’d definitely recommend it. Its really easy going. The hardest thing was avoiding the pedestrians as we peddled down pavements & pedestrianised streets. We had very little cycling to do on the roads. In fact, I think we only cycled on the roads to cross them at pedestrian crossings.
So, straight back to the ship after our bike tour of Malaga for some Pizza & wine. The Poolside Pizzeria does some tasty Pizzas ;-)
Now here’s a first for me…. Anything purchased from the bars onboard including wine with meals & select dining surcharges were subject to a 7% Spanish VAT
This applies to all Spanish ports of call apparently, & may spread to other counties in the future :-(
I’m just back in the cabin now after being up on deck watching the sail-away party. There were quite a few folk up there enjoying the Ents team performing on a stage around the Coral Pool area. There must have been about eight of them at least (that's Ents not Pax). The only one that I think was missing was Cornish Rich, who must have been hosting a quiz or something elsewhere.
Just having a coffee now before getting ready for the evening. Tonight we will be eating in Seventeen. I didn’t realise until the second day onboard why the Restaurant is called Seventeen (lol)
Pre-dinner drinks will be in The Glass House & Al will be there to have a sip of Champagne with us to help celebrate.
We have two days at sea now before our call at Katakolon. So no need to get up early tomorrow morning or the morning after :-)
Adios for now.

Fri May 14th
We had a lovely meal in XVII yesterday evening. The food & service were very good, & for £20 per head I’d say its well worth it.
I took some photos & video of the various dishes we had & will post them sometime.
My Pink Welsh Salt Marsh Lamb was gorgeous. So tender & more importantly full of flavour.
Jules is the real mad foodie type, & so she’s going to revue our meal later.
It was a nice surprise when the bill arrived that someone had covered the charge for our two bottles of wine that we had selected & drank. We asked the waitress who had done this for us but she said she didn’t know & the Restaurant Manager wasn’t there just then. So on our way out we asked the Manager & he told us.
We hadn’t guessed who it had been, but it was a lovely girl onboard the ship. I wont say who, but I’ll give her a big hug later to say thanks :-)
So, after dinner in XVII me & Jules went down nine decks to Manhattan where Ann Robinson had turned into a man & was hosting ‘The Weakest Link”. It was quite funny & entertaining as we watched it from the bar. There were a group of girls from the Headliners Theatre Company stood near us which made the experience even better for me ;-) God they make me feel old (lol).
Right, just got a call from Juliet to say that they are off down to Brodies for a Doctor Who quiz (she’s mad on the program). So I’m off down there to give moral support. WOW! & its only 10:20 :-o
I’ll carry on later with what I was going to write.

I’m back :-)
Guess what? She won the Doctor Who Quiz. How sad is that? (lol)
She got 14 out of 15 & the one she got wrong was only because of a spelling mistake. I did help on a couple of answers though, which surprised me. Another team also got 14 out of 15, so Jules actually won it on a tie-breaker.
There’s quite a lot going on in Brodies today as the weather is slightly inclement, as they say. In fact we had a little bit of Thunder & Lightening earlier, with some heavy rain. I was still in bed at the time so it didn’t effect me. Its overcast at the moment which seems odd when you’re in the Med in the middle of May. We’ve always been lucky with the weather at this time of year. it’s a nice break from the sun though. Give my skin a rest :-)
There’s a 70’s music quiz in Brodies later today, so I think we’ll go & have a go at that as well. I’ll be ready for a drink by then, unlike this morning when we were planned to go to The Glass House for a wine tasting session at 10:30
Oh, the thought of drinking wine that early in the morning made me feel sick. We must try & get Al to do one a bit later in the day.
Its another Formal evening tonight. There will be a girl performing called Laura Miles who will be ‘doing’ Cher. She also ‘does’ Amy Winehouse which she will be doing on another night.
Tomorrow is the Portunus GOLD Luncheon. We’re hoping Gemma will be hosting our table. Her Auntie & Uncle are in the cabin next door to us.
Then in the evening we will be dining in Sindhu. We’ve heard some very good reports from Pax onboard about Atul’s place. So tomorrow will be a day of feasting I suspect ;-)
OK, as its overcast, I think I’ll go & plonk myself in one of those hot bubbly Jacuzzis around the Coral Pool area where the others are currently sitting.

Jacuzzi was good. So hot though, which isn’t too bad when its overcast as it was & still is.
I’m not a fan of any self service restaurant to be honest, & on an overcast day when the open decks are a lot quieter than normal, I think a lot of Pax head to places like The Venezia & The Verona. So that makes them even busier than they would be. So I’m pleased places like The Glass House exist. We ate lunch there again today :-)
Oh, its so nice to sit & have a lovely lunch without any hustle & bustle of other Pax running around trying to find food & seats.
Also, you can have a nice glass of wine or beer or whatever takes your fancy in a proper glass & appreciate it much better.
Three of us had the fish & chips. This wasn’t your ‘normal’ fish & chips. This was restaurant standard fish & chips. The chips came in a little newspaper cone on the plate & the newspaper was ‘Horizon’ :-)
Jules had the Spatchcock Chicken which she said was lovely. She doesn’t half smell of Garlic now mind you.
I washed my lunch down with a couple of pints of draught Boddingtons. They don’t just serve wine in there.
(Oh, just heard a ‘Code Alfa’ message over the tannoy :-o )
We had a good chat with the lads in there again. What a friendly happy bunch they are.
I’ve mentioned Al a few times, but Nesta is also a nice bloke as is Ronson one of the waiters in there. Cherry also waits in there & remembered our drinks order from when we used to order off her in the Crows Nest aboard Aurora/Oriana. Amazing memory!
Ronson makes me laugh. They are having a slight problem at the moment of Pax using The Glass House as a sort of short-cut to & from the Theatre. It wouldn’t be too bad if folk were just in there for a drink, but in the evenings some tables have diners & its not nice having lots of people wandering past you. This hasn’t affected us at all & I think it mainly happened on the two previous cruises, but when we were in there the other night, Theatre goers started marching through past the bar & Ronson took the opportunity to grab a pile of Glass House Bar & Restaurant business type cards, & hand them out to the people walking past. They were all taking them as well. We had a good laugh about that & when we left I went & handed one of the cards to Ronson (lol)
They have put signs up now pointing the way to the Theatre which bypasses The Glass House & Al & Nesta ‘do the doors’ so to speak at the offending times. So future Azura cruises, have some consideration for your fellow Pax & please don’t use The Glass House as a short-cut to & from the Theatre.
Anyway, after lunch we dropped down a deck to Brodie’s where we took part in the 70’s music quiz. Lets just say we didn’t do as well at that as the Doctor Who quiz.
After the quiz, Jules went to the tap dance thing, but she’s back now claiming you can’t do it properly without proper tap shoes & that there were a lot of old men there who hadn’t a clue (lol)
OK, coffee time :-)

I've just uploaded some more photos into my Image Gallery on my Profile Page.


Juliet's Review of XVII

When we went up on the first day to book, we noticed a table for 4 in the corner by the window and requested “if at all possible could we sit at that one please“, and that request was met no problem at all.
Our waitress was very friendly and seemed really pleased to have been selected to work in XVII.
The pre starter was a poached lemon king prawn with pea puree served on a roof tile, which always makes me laugh, this could have had a bit more lemon flavour as I could not detect it at all but it was nice enough.
My starter of scallops with garden pea risotto was full of flavour and the scallops where cooked just enough.
For the main course I had Dover sole, which our waitress hand filleted at the table, she seemed a little nervous but with half the restaurant watching I am not surprised. The fish was cooked to perfection and served a la Meuniere with baby veg. I tasted David’s lamb dish and have to say the flavours where fantastic and this is the dish I would recommend out of all the very good food we ate this night.
Every course on the menu has dishes to be cooked, carved or filleted at the table and the whole menu has a retro feel to it but done in a contemporary way.
Therefore I had to try the crepe suzette for dessert even though by now I was full.
A pre desert of pear crumble with very alcoholic custard was served first followed by the crepe being cooked at the table again with half the restaurant watching.
By not I was full to bursting but they brought me out a chocolate mousse with a candle in it and sung happy birthday which was unexpected as I didn’t thing they would do that in here.
I would recommend anyone to go to XVII it was a lovely evening and not at all stuffy like some of the P&O select dining rooms can be, the staff are lovely and all seem happy to be there.
I have been to most of the restaurants on the other ships and this one is up there as one of the best, now lets just hope it stays that way as in the past we have had great meals within the first months of a new ship just to be very disappointed on future cruises
(Arcadian Rhodes I am looking at you).
We will be at Sindhu next so will report back on that after our visit.
~Jules~


Sat May 15th
Good morning from the Canale di Sicilia. This is where we go from the Western Med into the Eastern Med.
The Internet connection is down at the moment, so I’m just writing this now to post later. Its just gone 11am & I only got up 5 mins ago. Well the ship’s clock went on an hour again last night. So I’m here enjoying my usual breakfast of a fresh coffee & two P&O Honey & Oat biscuits. Did I tell you about our Cabin Steward Melwel? He was leaving us Shortbread Rings & Lemon & Orange flavoured biscuits, so I asked if possible could he leave us Honey & Oat biscuits instead. 5 mins later he turns up with a tray full of Honey & Oat biscuits & apologised because that’s all he could find at that time (lol) So now our cabin is well stocked with Honey & Oat biscuits :-) He's looking after us well & is very jolly in his work.
We had quite a late night. We ended up in Brodie’s where Dave was hosting a Race Night. The place was full, but two ladies said we could sit with them. Well, they were the entertainment for me (lol) Dave was giving a free drink to the loudest shouter as they urged their horse to win the race, & Lola certainly could shout. She was like a female Town Crier. If the fog horn breaks onboard we’ll be OK ;-)
We didn’t win any money at the races, but Jules won a free drink for shouting & I won a prize for handing in a Joke. Then we sat & had drinks with a couple who were sat on the next table to us at the 70’s music Quiz earlier that day. They are cruise virgins but seem to be enjoying the cruise & the ship so far.
Ok look, its 11:15 now & it’s the Portunus Gold Luncheon at Noon :-o
I’ll have to get showered & changed ready for it. As if I need any food & drink right now (lol) As my friend Louise would say; “my eyes look like two fried eggs in a bucket of blood” :-)
Oh, we’re at Sindhu tonight as well aren’t we? I think I may just burst before we reach Katakolon tomorrow morning :-o
Looking out of my window now, the weather looks a lot better than yesterday. There are quite a few ‘white horses’ though, so its probably windy up on deck, unless the wind is behind us of course. I suppose I’ll find out if I venture out there :-)

Although I wasn’t hungry at all & didn’t need a drink, I still enjoyed Gold Luncheon. It would be better having it on a day when the clocks went back an hour rather than forward I think. Or even start it at 1pm instead of Noon.
I had my fair share of wine anyway, & Penfold certainly had his share. I think he’s still half cut now.
We were on a table for nine which was hosted by Gemma. I think there were around 250 Gold members at the meal which isn’t that many nowadays, especially on such a large ship.
Me & Penfold went & played in the quoits tournament shortly after lunch but both of us got knocked out in the first round. I’m surprised Penfold could focus on the target to be honest. Oh he’s hard work when he’s that drunk. It was very pleasant up there & although you could, & still can, see that its windy, the wind is behind us so it actually seems quite still onboard.
Now Penfold & Jules are doing their daily walk on Prom Deck. I can’t say ‘around’ because you can’t walk all the way around. You can on Ventura of course if you use the stairs on Prom deck, but you can’t on Azura.
I suppose by the time they get back it will be time for our late afternoon drinks at the Terrace Bar. It should be nice there as the sun is at our stern of course as we sail East.
I think it will have to be an early night tonight as we dock in Katakolon at 9am tomorrow morning & are meeting George our Taxi driver as soon as we can for our little trip to Olympia. I’m looking forward to getting back to a nice Taverna in Katakolon for lunch after that. Oh I can smell that Greek Salad already & taste the crisp sharpness of that Retsina ;-)

My forehead hurts :-(
I was only up on deck this afternoon while I played & then watched the quoits competition, but I’ve burnt my forehead. It looks rather red :-o
Anyway, Sindhu was nice. Service & food were good just as they were in XVII, only different as you’d expect.
I think I enjoyed the meal more than the other three who aren’t really into Indian cuisine. Juliet can’t stand coriander for instance which rules out most Indian & Thai dishes really.
I’ve heard people say that Sindhu isn’t really Indian cuisine at all, but I’d say that flavour wise it is. OK, posh Indian food, but non the less Indian in style & flavours. You don’t get a gloupy mass on your plate like some Indian Restaurants at home. You get a very well presented plate of food that has all the flavours & more of a ‘standard’ Indian restaurant at home.
Well worth the £15 per head in my opinion. Just like XVII, Sindhu is so different from the ‘main’ restaurants onboard.
So, as mentioned earlier, an early night for us tonight as we need to be up at 8am in the morning, which is 6am UK time.
Its only half past eleven & I’m already in my cabin. Amazing! Its good in a way though because it stops me drinking so much & so I shouldn’t feel groggy in the morning.
Next stop George the Greek Taxi Driver :-)
Oh, & Gemma told us that we will be tendering into the old town of Dubrovnik when we call there in a few days time & that Azura will be one of five ships in there :-o I think we’ll give the walls a miss. I fancy getting the boat to Cavtat for a little wander around there for a change.
OK, I think I’ll get ready for bed now & look forward to waking up in Greece in the morning.


Sun May 16th
Hello from Katakolon.
I’m a bit merry with local wine at the moment, so thank goodness for spell checker.
Woke up (very early) to a gorgeous morning.
Got off the ship just after 9am & George was there waiting for us :-)
He’s a nice bloke & gave us a great trip to Olympia & more. Basically, he will take you anywhere you want in the amount of time you wish.
While we were on our trip, he received an email on his phone for Julie for Aug 26th. So I guess you decided to book George before he got booked up Julie. He said he’d get back in touch with you soon & that he was free that day.
After George’s Taxi Tour (Taxi Katakolon) we had lunch at Restaurant Mouragio which is owned by the local Pilot who ‘parks’ our ships :-)
We washed down our lovely lunch with two Litres of local white wine. Bearing in mind Irene doesn’t drink, me, Jules & Penfold had a good share ;-)
The ‘Pilot’ then provided us with a glass of Oozo each. Unfortunately non of us like Oozo (can’t spell) so most of it got left :-(
We do like Katakolon though, & even though we haven’t left here yet, we are looking forward to calling here next year. There are a couple of nice beaches nearby as well if you don’t fancy the tour to Olympia.
Its 60’s & 70’s night tonight & we have brought ‘costumes’. I’m a bit worried about my velour flares as they are very ‘clingy’ & don’t leave much to the imagination. Because of that, I have brought a pair of tight swimming trunks to wear underneath the flares.
Right, off up to Breakers now for more ‘refreshment’ ;-)

70’s Sail-Away from Breakers was good. Met the Monkey Hangers up there.
I’m in the party mood now. Playing The Monkeys loud in the cabin.
Off to The Glass House for pre-dinner drinks soon with Penfold. Jules & Irene have gone to the early show in the Theatre. After dinner it’s a change into silly clothes for 60’s & 70’s in Malabar. You will see how silly I look from the photos & Video. it’s the trousers I’m worried about :-o
Should be a good night, followed by Corfu in the morning.
Don’t you just love cruising? ;-)

Mon May 17th
My head hurts & its not the sun to blame this time. Its mixing copious amounts of wine & Caffreys I think. Oh, & Carona :-o
I'll post about last night's 60's & 70's later (if my memory of it returns).
Off into Corfu Town now.

No, its no good, I can’t remember much about last night at all. I’ve spoke to a few people today who said they talked to me last night in my 70’s fancy dress gear, but I couldn’t remember talking to them :-o
I do remember seeing & talking to a young couple who were the only other Pax onboard who had made a real effort to dress up in 'fancy dress'.
After our two Litres of wine at lunch time, I just carried on drinking when I got back onboard & never stopped until around 01:30 I did feel a tad rough this morning though.
It was a bit cloudy this morning in Corfu, but the sun got out & it became hot.
We ate at a restaurant called REX where we’ve eaten twice before when visiting this island. I think Corfu Town is a little scruffy & tacky to be honest, but its OK for a little wander around & to have lunch. Its not cheap here either, unless you want to buy a cheap pair of fake sunglasses (which I did).
Food & drink aren’t cheap either. For instance our lunch for four of us cost 140 Euros. That did include two bottles of Wine though at 22 Euros a bottle.
The sail-away party is just starting on deck, but I’ve come back to the cabin for a coffee & to get out of the sun. I might just have a power nap as well if I get time :-)
Benne just came over the tannoy informing us that two of tonight’s artists wont be performing. She said that the airports in the UK are closed again. I haven’t a clue as I don’t watch the TV when I’m on a cruise. Especially the News. I don’t even watch it at home really.
Talking of TV’s. The massive screen in the Aqua Pool area just seems odd to me. Why would you want to watch TV on deck? You see people lying on sun loungers in towels just staring at the screen as if they’ve been hypnotised.
Then again, I don’t go to the cinema or watch watch Films at home anyway.
I think that pool area would be better off with a sliding roof like Ventura for if & when the weather gets bad rather than the big TV screen. Far too ‘American’ for me, but I suppose quite a few Pax enjoy it.
Oh, I just remembered something from last night. It was quite wobbly last night in dinner. I thought it was just me at first but other people were commenting as well. it’s the first movement I’ve noticed, so the sea must have been quite rough.
Dubrovnik tomorrow. We must remember to take our passports ashore with us as apparently the Croatian Authorities can stop you & if you don’t have any Government authorised ID on you they can fine you on the spot :-o
Oh, another announcement. Two Pax names being read out, so they must not be onboard yet (or missed scanning back onboard) & we sail in just 5 mins.

Tue May 18th
Good morning from Dubrovnik.
Its an early start this morning. The ships tenders have just started to operate & its 8am here. I’m not sure what we are going to do today. It depends when we get ashore I suppose & how busy Dubrovnik is.
I’ll let you know later.

Just got back onboard & writing this as my coffee brews.
So, we picked up our tender tickets from Malibar at about 08:45 & were sent straight down to tender No. 16 We were shocked that there was no queue at all.
Once ashore I looked at the times for the boats to Cavtat & the first one was not until 10:30 so as it was relatively quiet around the town, we decided to walk around the City walls (again). We’ve done that three times now, but it is a pleasant walk. It cost 70 Kuna each which is around 10 Eurors each.
We didn’t take any Kuna ashore with us. We just used Euros & credit cards.
After our walk around the walls, we met up with T&I & had lunch in a restaurant called Arsenal. I’m guessing the likes of Norman & Katie would never eat in a restaurant with that name (Spurs fans).
Lunch was very nice as was the local white wine.
The queues for the tenders back to the ship were very long, but were moving quite quickly, but me & Jules decided to have another wander around the town, up & down the very narrow, steep alleys. Jules bought herself a very loud dress from one of the small Boutiques on one of the alleys & she’s planning on wearing it on Island night, or whatever they call it nowadays.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet, but I like the new Cruise Cards. You only have one now that acts as your cruise card & cabin key. They are colour coded as well in your Portunus status colour with Green for Newbies. I said a while ago now that this would be a good idea :-)
Well I suppose it will be yet another relatively early night tonight as we have Venice tomorrow.
We have already bought the £14 all day Vaperato ticket which makes it easier to get into the likes of St Marks Square rather than walking from the shuttle bus drop off point which we have done in the past. I had our Venice restaurant picked out before we even came on the cruise. So we will be eating lunch tomorrow in “A Beccafico”
Its an early sailing of 4pm from Dubrovnik today, so I better go up on deck & see what’s happening.
Oh, just heard an announcement from the Ents team to say that it’s a ‘fun in the sun’ sail-away party in & around the Coral Pool with games etc.
Its just a pity there is no sun at the moment (lol)


Wed May 19th
Buon Giorno from Venice
We’ve just sailed in & I watched us doing so from our balcony. It was very warm out there for that time of morning. I think its going to be a hot day today.
We’re not going ashore until 10am
The plan is to use our all day Motor Launch ticket & go straight from the ship to St Marks Square. From there we are going to walk towards & over the Academia Bridge to our restaurant of choice for lunch which is called A Beccafico. We will ‘check it out’ & probably book a table for later. Then its off towards & over the Rialto Bridge & then onto St Marks Square where will sit for a while outside Florians & enjoy a bottle of wine & a listen to the string quartet :-)
Then we will slowly make our way back to A Beccafico for some lunch. Oh & some Vino of course ;-)
We’ve received an invite to the Captain’s, the Chief Engineer’s & the Executive Purser’s drinks party tomorrow night which will be held at Breakers Bar. Its Tropical night as well :-)
Ciao.
Oh, just a point that I've noticed. I know the Ents team, Bar Staff, Waiters, Cabin Stewards have always been very friendly & good at their jobs, but this lot aboard Azura seem exceptionally good & that's what makes a cruise holiday special I think. OK, we know some of them from previous cruises, but not all. They all really seem to be making a big effort.

Just a quickie...
Quick change before dinner... very drunk... perfect weather today & I mean perfect... so lucky.... Chosen restaurant was also perfect. Best we've had in Venice. So if you like fabulous food, wine & service, choose 'A Beccafico'
More later because I'm late for everything (not to mention very drunk. Oh I think I did mention that actually).
Just don't remind me of how much we've spent today :-o
My God I’m going to struggle at dinner.


Thu May 20th
What no Korcula? :-(
Captain Dowds announced early this morning that our call at Korcula was cancelled. It was too windy to use the tenders safely. Always a risk of a cancelled tender port.
So we are heading straight for Gib. So that will be three days at sea now.
I’m guessing that we might stay in Gib all day rather than the planned afternoon, but we don’t know yet.

Its cloudy this morning. Not that I’ve been on the open deck yet, I’ve just looked outside through the balcony doors. A contrast to yesterday in Venice which was gorgeous.
I don’t know if its because I’ve visited Venice a few times now, but its lost a lot of its magic for me. Its definitely a lot more expensive than it used to be, & why don’t they clean up all the graffiti all over the place. Are they not proud of this city, or are they just to intent on making money? Also, I know Venice is supposed to be sinking & all that, but there’s building work all over the place. Well I say building work, but I didn’t see any work being done, just lots of buildings & spaces covered up & cordoned off. They are also building something similar to the Thames Barrier.
I think I mentioned earlier that we just about did what we planned to do there. Lunch at' A Beccafico' was fabulous. You’ll have to watch the video :-)
OK, it wasn’t cheap, but you just have to do it don’t you? & somehow Venice seemed a lot nicer after a few glasses of wine.
Oh I just remembered, After the meal Mauro our waiter at 'A Beccafico' brought us a bottle (like a large Grolsh type one) of sweet wine on the house. He then said if you want more just let me know. He then came along with a small bottle of Limoncello. Tony & Irene had gone back to the ship at this point, but me & Jules tackled the bottle. I went to use the toilet inside the restaurant, which were very nice BTW, & when I came back Mauro had topped our glasses to the brim with Limoncello which had emptied the bottle. No wonder I was so drunk by the end of the day. But I can say it was partly Mauro's fault & not all mine. I surprisingly feel fine this morning mind you.
Florians in St Mark’s Square was in the shade when we called there for our pre-lunch drinks, plus there was a kid screaming at the top of its voice at the pigeons, so we went across the square to Quadri which was in the sun & whose String Quintet consisted of five girls ;-)
The prices were the same there but they didn’t charge us for just sitting down which Florians do.
A bottle of ‘standard’ wine is around 46 Euros there. Expensive I know, but if you want to have that experience you pay the price. Plenty of people were doing so anyway.
On our way back to the Motor boat shuttle we bumped into Gavin & Nicola (Gavin is Ann’s son) who were thinking of going into Harry’s Bar for a Bellini.
We’ve been in there & done that in the past a couple of times, but decided to join them. It was very quiet in there. I wonder why? (lol)
We knew the prices in there are extortionate but with what we’d just spent that day we said ah what the hell.
You know how small a Bellini is? Yes, very small. They were tasty & refreshing though, but maybe not worth the 70 Euros for four of them (lol)
So, back to the ship on the Motor Boat Shuttle which was nice, & then straight up on deck. There were four Venetian blokes performing by the Aqua Pool area. Singing & playing instruments. They were quite good actually.
When they finished we went up to Breakers Bar where we met up with Kevin & Jacquie & some others where we all had a laugh & a few drinks. I was a bit late getting back to the cabin to get washed & changed for dinner, but I made it in time.
By the end of dinner I don’t think I could talk properly (lol)
Juliet had already gone back to the cabin half way through dinner, so after dinner I went back to the cabin to see if she was coming out to do something. I just laid on the bed to rest my eyelids for a minute, but the next thing I knew Juliet woke me up asking if I was going to sleep fully clothed :-o
So its Tropical night tonight & we have that drinks party up at Breakers at 8pm. I wonder if they’ll change the venue if its windy up there? If so, they’ll have to go round & give out new invitations.
It’s a shame we’re not calling at Korcula as it’s a nice little town. I have been there before but it was a Sunday & everything was closed.
So as I said earlier, another day at sea, so that makes five days at sea now until we reach Southampton. Gib is in the middle of those five sea days though.
Right what should I do now? Go up on deck & find the others I suppose.
Drink Sir? Oh not at the moment thank you (lol)

Well the Jacuzzi was nice up at the Coral Pool area. Still hot. it’s a bit quiet up there because of the cloud cover at the moment.
We were going to have lunch ashore in Korcula today, but obviously we can’t now because we’re not there. So as we haven’t yet tried the Nashta in Sindhu yet, I think we’ll go & sample that :-)
There’s nine items to chose from & if I cam persuade Tony & Irene to come with us we can try the lot. The trouble is T&I don’t like Indian food. I can’t understand why because I just love the tastes of all the herbs & spices :-)
Suddenly I feel hungry now. How can that be with the amount I’ve shovelled in over the last ten days :-o

Our Nashta lunch was nice in Sindhu.
We had 6 of the 9 dishes on offer to share between 2 of us. Well, I say 6 but we actually got 7 as the 'Mirchi Makali' (chilli fried Calamari with passion fruit dressing) was a bit chewy & the piece I tried still had its skin on. So they brought us a different dish to try in its place. Jules reckoned the oil wasn't hot enough to quickly cook them, hence the Calamari had to sit in the oil for longer than it really should have. Plus they must have forgotten or missed peeling the one piece I did try. It made the Calamari in our starter platter yesterday at 'A Beccafico' seem even better :-)
Apart from the 'Mirchi Makali' the lunch was lovely. Its nice to try so many different dishes at lunch time, & at price of £4.95 for three plates I think its well worth it. The small charge keeps it 'nice' (if you know what I mean) in the likes of Sindhu & the Glass House as well I think.
I feel quite sleepy now, so may just have forty winks :-)

The Officer's party has been moved from Breakers Bar down a deck to Starboard side of The Coral Pool area which is under cover as there's been a few showers. I thought they would move it even if it hadn't rained.
So I'll be off up there shortly for a few free drinks & a mingle. Well, a few free drinks anyway :-)
There was a pigeon on our balcony rail just now & a tiny little bird was jumping around on the balcony floor so we must be relatively close to land.


Fri May 21st
The time is Twelve O’clock Noon ding ding,
We went to the Race Night again last night in Brodie’s in our Tropical wear of course :-)
We won on a few races, but ended up 25% down on our original stake, but it was fun.
After that we went to Malabar to catch the last half an hour of the Tropical party then off to bed around 01:30 as it was quite quiet around the place.
I was up early this morning to see us sail through the Messina Straights. It was a bit windy up on deck especially on the ‘secret’ bit right at the front. When I say front, I mean front, after this point there is just sea :-o
Seeing as I was up so early, I went to breakfast for the first time this cruise. I had the big fry up in the self service place. I put far to much on my plate, but ate it all :-o No lunch for me today.
I also went up & played quoits & guess what? I won :-) Well, me & my partner Dawn won. I won another pen.
So here I am sat in the shade around the Coral Pool. There was an ice carving earlier & now there’s a BBQ on the go so its getting quite busy. it’s a lovely day, but I think the sun is a bit strong at the moment to lie out in it (for me anyway).
There’s also a due performing.
I might have a sit in the Jacuzzi soon if one of them is in a bit of shade.
Then there’s the 80’s music quiz down in Brodie’s at 14:30 so me & Jules are going to have a go at that with Kevin & Jacquie.
The Captain announced earlier that we will be berthing in Gib slightly earlier than planned. I thought we would. So we are now scheduled to call there at 10:30 instead of 13:00
The sea state is looking a lot nicer now. No white horses :-)

Oh, forgot to mention the Officer's party last night. Its a shame it wasn't at Breaker's Bar, it would have been lovely up there. We still enjoyed it though & I managed three large glasses of red wine. I'd only have had two, but Tom ordered me a third. He's got a good job. He told me that he used to be Chief Technical Officer, but now goes around new ships & looks for snags, then the ship builders & their contractors come onboard & fix the problems. We noticed quite a few get on in Venice. I haven't seen them since mind & they must still be onboard.
We also talked to an Officer for quite some time called Michael who seemed a nice chap. He is one of three guys onboard who have a new title of Technical Stores Officer.

We did very well in the 80’s music quiz with 42 out of 44. It should have been 43 out of 44 but we forgot to put a bonus answer down although we did know it.
You don’t know if you’ve won or not as its one of those rolling quizzes.
We had drinks in there & so were sitting around finishing them when Cornish Rich came in & so we asked what he was doing. Killer Darts he said. What’s that we said, & an old lady on a nearby table took us through the rules. There was only her & her mate who were going to take part in the competition, so me & Kevin’s mother decided to join in. It must be my lucky day because I won that completion as well as the Quoits this morning. I gave my prize to Kevin’s mother though who seemed happy with that :-)
So for lunch today I’ve only had Stella. I feel a bit giddy now, so I’m back in my cabin & have just ordered a Baked Ham Baguette off the TV :-)
Kettle’s on for a cup of tea to go with it, then I think I’ll pop up for a Jacuzzi.
Its Black & White night tonight, so I’ll have to get the old white jacket out.
Oh, its also the Portunus Party as well :-o
I feel ready for bed now as I’ve been up since around 8am (not like me).


Sat May 22nd
Good morning from our position of: latitude 37 degrees N, longitude 5 degrees E.
I didn’t feel too good yesterday evening :-(
I didn’t even have an alcoholic drink at the Portunus Party :-o
I just had a Tomato Juice. I felt as if I had mild Cold & Flu symptoms, not hungry at all & tired.
Although I did keep out of the sun yesterday, I suppose I was exposed to it while I was playing Quoits in the morning, & as I made the final & won, I was up there for quite some time. I wasn’t wearing a hat either.
I didn’t eat a lot at dinner & didn’t drink my usual amount of wine. We had a little wander around after dinner but then just went to bed. I feel a lot better this morning though & will be taking my hat up on deck with me :-)
How some of these people can just lie out in the sun all day & bake I don’t know. Its obviously bad for you, but then again so is alcohol I suppose (lol)
Oh Julie, I popped into the ‘Wardrobe’ last night just before the Portunus Party & said hello to Kirstie. She seemed to know about me & ‘We Love Cruising’ :-)
I promised that I’d tell everyone that the goods are of a top quality standard & reasonably priced, not to mention the lovely staff in there. I must admit that all the girls in there are very pretty ;-)
We tried to book XVII again but unfortunately for us it is now fully booked up for the rest of the cruise. It certainly seems very popular & I haven’t heard a bad word about it yet. As Juliet said, lets hope it stays that way.
So its our third day at sea now before we reach Gib. I think we’re just going to walk to the ‘Ocean Village’ complex & have lunch at Pusser’s Bar.
The music quiz continues today in Brodie’s & it’s the 90’s this time so that should be OK for me. it’s a good way of getting out of the sun for an hour or so. I might hang around after the Quiz & have a go at the darts again seeing as I won yesterday :-)
Oh, I’ve uploaded a few more pics into my image gallery on my Profile page.
OK, lets slap that sun-block on.

Well I must be on form. I played Quoits yesterday morning & won & played again this morning & won :-) So I’ve added a second P&O wash bag to my prize tally.
After the quiz this afternoon in Brodie’s, me Jules, Jacquie & Kevin joined a few more in the killer darts comp. I ended up in the final with Jacquie, me having all three lives left & her only one, but she managed to beat me. Her new nick name is Bully.
We then passed by the Chocoholics buffet on our way to introduce Kevin & Jacquie to the game of Quoits as they’ve never played before. it’s a wonder they could bend down to pick a Quoit up after what they ate, but they seemed to get the hang of it. They will soon be addicted.
Its nearly Terrace Bar time now & then I think I’ll have a Jacuzzi before returning to the cabin to get washed & changed for dinner. Its our last Semi-Formal night tonight, but I’m tempted to go up to the Indian Buffet as the restaurant dinner menu isn’t that inspiring to me. It seems to have gone all ‘traditional’ again, you know mainly roast meats etc. which I personally find a bit boring. Maybe they’ve done this because of all the other eating venues & therefore choices aboard Azura.
Tomorrow night we are going for an Italian meal up in Verona with Al. I’ve heard some good reports about the place. I might have the steak that you cook yourself, which in my case wont be very much :-)
So, land tomorrow & the weather forecast is as good as today’s weather so that’s nice.

Another early night then. After dinner we went to Brodie’s which was very busy. Had a few drinks & partook in the fun quiz. Met up with Benne for a drink. She hadn’t much time spare as she was comparing the show, but we are meeting up again in a couple of nights for pre-dinner drinks. She’s such a lovely girl, which we knew already of course & makes a fantastic CD. She will be up there as one of the best with Neil IMHO.
We did wander into Manhattan after leaving Brodie’s but there wasn’t many folks in there, & it being such a large room it felt empty. So we just wandered back to the cabin. Its now 1am
I can’t remember a cruise that I’ve had such early nights. Oh yes I can, my Honeymoon in 1989 aboard Canberra ;-)
Not that I’m complaining. Every cruise is different, yet all enjoyable.
Goodnight/Good morning


Sun May 23rd
Gibraltar is just passing our balcony window. We will soon be there, & its another lovely day :-)

It was a bit chaotic getting off the ship this morning. We were half an hour late docking, so I think everyone was ready to get off at 10:30 & not 11:00 Plus the cruise card swipe machines were working really slowly.
The big disaster though was that Pussers Landing was closed :-o
I asked one of the guys who was selling the Dolphin Watch Tours why it was closed, & he said that the guy who had the franchise on it did a midnight flit & took off in his motor boat with all the money to somewhere I haven’t heard of.
So no more Pussers in Gib. That didn’t last long then did it?
So wandered around looking for somewhere else, but Gib’s a bit tatty really isn’t it? Its OK if you want fish & chips or an all day full English Breakfast.
Anyway, we ended up sat outside the Gibraltar Arms & had Nachos, Potato wedges, Garlic Bread & some dips. Well it’s a change from the food onboard.
Queen Victoria is berthed beside us now. Azura makes QV look small.
Its very hot outside, so I’m just going to sit in my cabin for a little while to cool down, then go up on deck.
Jules has just rang the spa to see if they could fit her in for a hot stone massage, & they said yes, in 20 mins, so she’s just having a shower & then popping up there.
Her massage lasts an hour & a half, so she’ll just be finished for the sail-away party.

01:45 (Mon)
Had a good night out with Al tonight. Plenty to drink that’s for sure.
We ate up at Verona, the Trattoria. We didn’t sit down to eat until about 21:45 so we were well oiled by then anyway.
I’d heard good reports about this place but to be honest we weren’t that impressed.
I went for the “COOK YOUR OWN STEAK ON A STONE AT THE TABLE” for my main course, but for me the steak was over cooked when it arrived at our table. I must point out that I do like my steak cooked very rare. I took the steak off the ‘Lava Stone’ & placed it on my side plate to stop it from cooking anymore, but for me it was to late. I noticed that the steak had ‘griddle’ markings on it already, so that meant that it had already been party cooked before being placed on the stone. I expected a raw steak presented to me to cook to my choice. So I wont be going for that option again.
We then went down to Brodie’s for a couple of drinks before the Midnight hour when Al isn’t allowed in the Pax areas anymore, so he had to leave. So a drink with Kev & Jacquie before bedtime, which is now 01:50
A sea day tomorrow, so no need to get up at all really :-)
Oh & Bonus, it’s a Monday ;-)


Mon May 24th
I expected to wake up with a hang over this morning, but I feel OK actually.
My fresh coffee is brewing as I type & my stash of Honey & Oat biscuits rose again last night thanks to Melwel our cabin steward. He’s been great, as have our table waiters 'Jimmy A' & Walter.
I’ve had a quick peep out on the balcony & its another glorious day. I’ve had to close the curtains though as it’s a bit warm for me in here if the sun shines n, & as we are Starboard Home, it is shining in. Our A/C has been on the lowest setting all cruise. I would like it even lower really, but I like it very cool.
There has been people complaining that the dining room is too cold, but for me its been fine. I’m usually far to hot at dinner but its been lovely down there for me on this cruise & a couple of times I’ve still had to take my jacket & tie off to eat as I’ve felt too warm. I guess it’s the ‘older’ Pax who might be feeling the ‘chill’.
Although we requested early Disembarkation cards for Wednesday morning, we were given Blue ones (10:20am). So Jules has just been down to reception to swap them for Green ones (9am). We have about a six & a half hour drive home you see, traffic conditions permitting :-o That certainly is the worst part of the holiday for us.
So its our last Formal evening tonight & we are going to meet Benne for a pre-dinner drink in Brodie’s. I’ve said it before that we like Benne & she is so lovely.
She’s making a fantastic Cruise Director. She & all her team put everything into the Great British sail-away yesterday as we left Gib & Queen Victoria behind. I think if you have a good Cruise Director, then you have a good Ents team.
They all put so much energy into it yesterday. I spent part of the time in the Jacuzzi next to their little stage & just watching them made me feel tired & thirsty. So much so that I got a large bottle of water & handed it to Dave who appreciated it & passed it around to the others. It was hot up there.
Well, by the time I’ve had my coffee & biscuits, it will be too late to go up to the Quoits Comp. Maybe I should ‘quite while I’m ahead’’ after winning the last two Comps up there. Its been quite popular with between 30 & 40 people turning up to play. I may go up this afternoon to play if the last part of the music quiz isn’t on.
Right, my coffee has now been supped & I’m picking the bits of oats out of my molars with my tongue, (too much info there perhaps) so time for a shower me thinks before going up on deck.
Wow! My little Blog is turning into a Yummy Mummy (Jane) epic. It never meant to, its just turned out that way :-)

Lunch in the Glass House was as good as usual. The food was so tasty. You have to try the ‘small plates’ they’re gorgeous. All washed down with a bottle & a half of Albarino. Also the service was spot on as well. Al, Nestor, Ronson & Marcus were all as brilliant as ever & Nestor is such a character. Get to know him & let him entertain you J
I think Al is on leave soon & so Nestor will be taking over from him & at the moment Chris is in line to take over Nestor’s current post. Chris is in charge of Verona Trattoria at the moment.
I’ve just been around the ship filming each room so that when I get home I can show the gang who will be cruising aboard Azura in August what to expect.
I’m off now to take a short clip of the Cocktail making & Flaring demonstration by Ericson Santos in the Atrium.

While I was wandering around filming the rooms onboard, I popped into 'The Wardrobe' to see Kirstie again Julie & I took a photo of her. I've popped the photo in my Azura A004 image gallery on my Profile.


Tue May 25th
Well seven months today it will be Xmas Day :-)
I feel quite chipper this morning, which is surprising really after the amount I drank last night. I didn’t make it back to the cabin until after 3am .
That’s my latest night this cruise which is unusual for me but at least I see more of the mornings than I usually do.
We went into Brodie’s for pre-dinner drinks which we wouldn’t normally do as we would be in The Glass House or The Planet Bar. The reason for going to Brodie’s was to meet up with Benne for a drink & as she compares the shows in The Playhouse, Brodie’s is very handy for her.
She’s such a busy girl & has so much energy & enthusiasm. With her father being ex Purser & her mother ex entertainer, she has the perfect breeding you might say (lol)
We wish her the best of luck wherever ship she’s off to next ;-)
Not that she’ll need luck as she’s brill!
After dinner we went back to Brodie’s where there was Karaoke taking place. Jules, Jacquie & Ann even got up & performed :-o
Then there was a ‘finish the lyrics’ quiz where six pax got up on stage & battled it out. Jules & Jacquie got up, but wer4e both knocked out. They still received a prize at the end though. We have quite a few prizes now :-)
Dave Barefoot (I think that’s how you spell his name) came over for a chat with us. Dave’s been Ents Officer on a few cruises we’ve been on & is a great guy. He’s so friendly & such a nice bloke. Dave & Benne must be two of the best Ents Officers P&O have I reckon.
Anyway, there was more Karaoke until 1am, then some left & the rest of us just talked & drank until only two of us were left. I didn’t realise that it had turned 3am so we called it a night.
I had a little wander around the ship before retiring to my cabin & I didn’t see a sole. it’s a bit weird walking around the various rooms of a ship where you don’t see anyone, be it pax or crew. Its like a ghost ship. The music was still playing in the Glass House & Manhattan, but no one there to listen to it. The TV screen was still playing the cruise video by the Photogs place, but no one there to watch it.
Its rather cloudy today, but hopefully will brighten up a bit. Not that I’m that bothered as I haven’t sat out in the sun much at all this cruise.
HMS something or other is currently just seven miles off our Port side & is having a firing exercise. I just hope they don’t use us as a target :-o
Heck! I just heard a loud bang then. Obviously it’s the Royal Navy ship firing its guns.
Just seen on the news that 2 kids have been killed in a RTA as their mini bus was taking them to Keswick school. The place where the accident happened I know well & is just a few miles from where I live. Tourists pull out from a country type road onto the A66 which is the major road in West Cumbria & before you know it you’re right up their behind. I’ve had a few near misses there myself. You just can’t believe that someone would pull out on you as your travelling along at 60mph some of course going much faster than that.
Wow! I’ve just looked outside my window & I can hardly see anything. Now the foghorn has just sounded. I hope this Royal Navy Ship’s radar is in good working order (lol)
Ah well, fog or no fog I can still use the Jacuzzi :-)

Oh the Jacuzzi was nice. It was a temperature of 39.3 degrees C
The sea has been very calm today. The Bay can be very strange can’t it? Its often the calmest waters of the cruise.
We had Pizza & chips for lunch & then wandered down to Brodie’s for the Music Quiz. This is the quiz that’s been on most sea days in there & today the various days were totalled up & the winner announced. We came second which wasn’t bad. Dave & James have been doing these quizzes & they are like a comedy double act. They wear different outfits & wigs for every one.
Straight after the Music Quiz there was the Killer Darts, & as we were happy sitting in there with our drinks, we all entered. There were over 20 people entered & Jules amazingly made the final, but unfortunately lost :-)
The Killer Darts took that long that the next thing in Brodie’s started before the Darts had finished. So we ended up staying in there for that as well. This was battle of the sexes Giant Connect Four. Aren’t we just the big joineriners? (lol)
Well, I suppose its case packing time now before going down to the Terrace Bar for the last time this cruise.
It will be The Glass House for pre-dinner drinks & not a late night because of my long drive tomorrow morning.


Wed May 26th (well it is by the ship’s clock anyway)
And now, the end is near, & so I face, the final sleep time.
Its been a good last evening. I usually hate the final evening, but after dinner we went to Brodie’s & met up with Kevin & Jacquie & did the Quiz. We came second again to the same people that beat us in just about everything we entered. Harry from Manc & gang, shame on you, give other people a chance (lol)
The last four things we, or part of we, entered, he or his gang beat us, including him beating Jules in the Darts final today.
Anyway, we’ve said our goodbyes which is probably the worst part of the cruise, but on the plus side we’ve met some nice people who I’d now like to call friends.
As I’ve said before, the crew aboard Azura have been outstanding. All of them have made an effort to be as perfect as possible. The Ents team deserve medals & we’ve filled in a record amount of award slips.
So I’ll say goodnight for the last time on this cruise, & wish all that sail aboard Azura as good a time as we’ve had.

If I had to give anyone just one little tip on any cruise, it would be to read the daily Horizon paper thoroughly. So many Pax obviously don’t & then complain that they didn’t know this, didn’t know that & weren’t informed about the other.

Here’s to the next one ;-)
 

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<![CDATA[My favourite cruise ships]]> http://www.lunch.com/everythingcruising/Lists-21-1948-My_favourite_cruise_ships.html http://www.lunch.com/everythingcruising/Lists-21-1948-My_favourite_cruise_ships.html Thu, 4 Mar 2010 23:02:08 +0000 <![CDATA[ Ventura back to back Aug/Sept '09 review]]> Hi Folks well here is my review of our two cruises on the fantastic Ventura. It is no secret that I’m a Ventura fan and after these two back to back trips, I’m even more in love with the ship and her crew (some of the pax I’m less than in love with, more of which later).
I shall try to keep the review as balanced as possible and will concentrate on the ship and what she has to offer more than the ports of call. The two cruises started with a two day “party” cruise to Zeebruge (N920) and concluded with 17 days of bliss to the Med (N921).
The party cruise set sail from Southampton on Sun 30th Aug, this was the very busy Bank Holiday cruise weekend when five ships sailed on Saturday and four ships took to the waves on Sunday. We set off from home at 5.00am on the Sunday morning in an effort to beat any traffic. Well we sailed down to Southampton (excuse the pun) and were at the quayside by 10.00am. We were directed to park up on the short stay car park and were informed that as soon as they were ready to take incoming pax we would be directed to check in our car. We were told the wait could be in excess of an hour but we realised this as we were so early. Twenty minutes later we were told we could proceed back to the terminal to unload our luggage and then to the long stay area to leave our car. I left Ged with the cases and set off to check in the car. This was done very quickly and the car was soon parked up and I headed back to the terminal where we put our luggage through the “hole in the wall”. Onward and upward into the terminal and we were issued with check-in cards “A”. We took a seat and patiently waited for check-in to commence. I noticed that the “Gold” check in desk suddenly seemed to have a queue forming which was getting longer and longer, it was still only 11.00am and this seemed a little odd. Upon further investigation they had opened up three check in desks and were checking in pax regardless of their allotted card letters. So Ged and I joined the queue and by 11.10 we had checked in and set off on our walk down the terminal to board the ship. Fully expecting to go through security we were surprised to find that we were now all being herded onto a holding area at the far end of the building. We had been relieved of our check-in cards at the desk but noticed other pax still had theirs, it wasn’t long before the woman who had taken them off us came scurrying down the terminal to reunite us with our cards which we would still need for boarding. Confusion reigned supreme as announcements started for pax to check in as all the desks opened. People in the holding area were not sure who the messages were directed at and it took several minutes before we could clearly decipher which message was meant for which area. Anyway, by 11.40 the checked in pax were directed to security and we were hoders of “A” cards so were among the first through. Anyone cruising from the Ocean terminal for the first time would probably think this system of confused messages was the norm and would not have a very good first impression of their holiday. Maybe they only do this two tier system for the “party” cruises but someone should have kept early passengers better informed, as a lot of pax were very confused, including us who are used to a much slicker check in at the new terminal.
Once again for the second time in less than eight weeks I was walking onto the fabulous Ventura followed along by Ged who was in total awe of the ships size. Once through the doors Ged’s eyes were on stalks as he tried to take in the sight of the atrium for the first time. As on the last cruise, there was still very little help given by the crew with regards to directing pax to the Waterside for lunch. We were ok of course as I am very familiar with Ventura and her layout but new pax were only pointed in the direction of the lifts and told to go to deck 15, not an easy task if you are unfamiliar with a ship. We chose not to bother with lunch and I took Ged on a tour of the ship and found myself acting like some kind of ships guide by directing obviously lost pax in the right direction. If I said “When you exit the main lifts, you are facing forwards” once, I said it a hundred times, there were so many grateful pax by late afternoon LOL. We went to find our cabin and, although very early, the cabin girl (Anna) told us that it was ready for us, so we offloaded our hand luggage, and continued Ged’s tour, he had very soon fallen in love with Ventura. Our cabin was R507, one of the larger inside cabins on deck 14 midships, it was very well appointed but had doors on the wardrobes, unlike most of the cabins which have walk in type facilities.   The cabin is about 1/3 larger than a standard inside and the extra space makes for a very comfortable stay. We set sail on a cloudy afternoon at 4.45pm and the party cruise was under way. We sailed past Oriana who was berthed in QEII with lots of cheers and blowing of whistles and in the distance we could see Aurora slowly pulling away ahead of Queen Victoria. The mix of pax on this cruise was noticeably young with many groups of young women and a few groups of young guys with the rest of the pax being made up of family groups, and young and young at heart couples. There was just one hen party group with about 15 girls all dressed in matching T-shirts, and several birthday groups all set to party to the max.
So what were the differences between this and a regular cruise? Well firstly of course it’s the pax demographic with generally a much younger crowd onboard, the consequence of this being the entertainment being directed fairly and squarely at this “party” crowd. The ents team went into overdrive with lots of loud karaoke and party games and quizzes, especially in the Exchange bar and casino. The Havana club was packed to bursting for this entire cruise, with the dance floor full at all times with the revellers. On Sunday night the theatre company put on “Chronicles” (a lively, action packed, African themed show) and on the second night Jimmy James (minus his vagabonds) had the party crowd dancing in the aisles in what was the best cabaret performance I’ve yet seen on a cruise. This guy is 68 years of age and still moves and sings like a man half his age. He was joined by the Cruise Director, Rob Boyd, for a show stopping duet. The first night continued well into the wee small hours (we retired around 3.30am) and the following morning we wondered if the captain had given the order to abandon ship as the ship was deserted. We went to the “Waterside” for brekkie and we shared the whole room with about 10 other pax, the rest were obviously sleeping off the party from the night before. We went into Blankenberg on the shuttle and took the 10 min train ride to Bruges, where we spent a stunning hot day soaking up the atmosphere before returning to Blankenberg for a stroll along the beach. Back onboard and the ship set off into the night for a formal night of more excess drinking and eating. The atmosphere onboard was electric for the whole two days with no hint of trouble, but was probably too loud and lively for some pax.
Some people had wondered about the staff and whether they acted any differently on a short cruise, well I can quite categorically state that all the staff were, as usual, fantastic and treated everyone the same as on a normal cruise. The major difference was the onboard drinks prices were higher by about 15% and you could not order in cabin bottles, in fact the relevant pages in the info books had been removed. The cover charges for the alternative dining venues was £5 higher than normal on this cruise.
So all too soon we were back in Southampton and our move to our second cabin for the 17 nighter to the Med.  All the info about the move had been posted to our cabin on the last night along with our new cruise cards and the move was a breeze. We moved from R507 to L105 and all we had to do was to move the safe contents early in the morning and the crew did the rest. We had packed separately for the two cruises so our two main cases were still locked and merely needed moving to the new cabin, but all the stuff from the two nighter was still in the drawers and wardrobes. We took the stuff from the safe to our new cabin to find Roy our cabin steward waiting for us, with the cabin all spick and span and ready for us to move into. I knew Roy from my cruise with mum in July, as we’d had L105 then. He greeted us with open arms and it suddenly felt like we’d never actually been away. We then set off into Southampton for a mornings shopping. We were transported into town on the crew shuttle, which was an experience in itself with around 50 Indian guys all talking away in their native tongue to their families and friends at home and each one of them talked a little louder than the last, so it sounded like some lively Indian bar or restaurant with everyone trying to out shout everyone else. Back to the ship and we passed through the crew check in and onto Ventura for part two of our cruise. Back in the cabin we found all the stuff which we had left in the old cabin, had been placed very neatly in the new. All they do is to take the wardrobe rails full of clothes, and drawers full of all personal effects from the old cabin and swap them into the new cabin, simple but very effective. We were back onboard by 12.00pm and had the great pleasure of watching as the next set of passengers replaced the last, and boy what a difference a day makes.
N921 the Med cruise
So as we sit by the Laguna pool drinks in hand we watch as several hundred people pass by, most looking totally lost, all trying to negotiate their way to their lunch in the waterside. Ged forbade me to help as he was sick of me pointing people in the right direction, and I have to admit it was more fun watching people wandering about aimlessly. It was now that the real difference in the pax from cruise to cruise became apparent with the new crowd being a much more senior crowd. This set of pax was even older than the set on the July cruise, though that was full of young families on the first week of the Scottish school hols. Some of them looked so miserable, they looked more like they were about to be hanged than they were joining a fabulous cruise holiday. That look never left the faces of many of these people for the whole cruise. Please don’t take offence if you are an older reader, this is an observation not a personal attack. Soon the crowd was more mixed as a couple of families with children came aboard and a few couples around our age group joined the ship. Soon it was time for muster and Ged and I went to our cabin to finish unpacking, choosing to miss muster as we’d done it only two days before. Soon we were back out on deck to witness our second Southampton sailaway in as many days. Today the weather was a little better and we sailed down Southampton water with Artemis into the Solent and off in tandem to the Med.
The first day at sea proved to be very rough as we sailed through the bay being lashed by wind from the tail end of some hurricane or other. Now this was my first rough bay crossing (I’ve crossed the bay eighteen times now) and I have to say that Ventura handled it very well, though I know some people were ill, and the crew had put out the pick n mix bags for those who felt unwell. There was a CC meeting organised for 11.00am in Metropolis and Ged and I attended and met some lovely people notably terry333 and susieh among others. I’m sorry if I haven’t mentioned you by name but I’m awful at remembering people’s names. I’ve only just realised that Terry’s wife is called Linda cos I’ve been calling her Sheila all the cruise, maybe she didn’t realise or maybe she was too polite to point the fact out to me. Susie dashed off soon after arriving as her hubby was one of the unfortunates who were stricken with mal de mare. We saw most of these people around the ship during the cruise and it was nice to put faces to names, even if I did use the wrong name... Sorry Linda. As we got nearer the Med the weather got better and better and by the time we hit our first port of Cadiz things had settled down to what was to prove a hot cruise.
By day two I’d begun to notice just how rude and ignorant some pax can be, charging into lifts was a favourite pastime knocking aside any pax leaving the lift, regardless of age or stability. When will some people learn to wait for the passengers who wish to leave the lift before barging headlong as if their lives depended on them being in that particular lift? I tried several times to pass the time of day only to be met with mild grunts or just blank stares (maybe they were deaf?). The buffet area was another prime site for rudeness and ignorance, with much pushing and shoving to get to the food. There is still the disgusting practice of feeling up to four plates before finding one of a suitable temperature, even though cold and hot plates are clearly signposted. I challenged a couple of pax on this score and was grunted at by one and told to p**s off by another and she was a lady of very senior years, though I use the term “lady” very loosely. On one occasion we were asked to hurry along the server by some irate woman with little or no patience, we were in fact stood behind a gentleman who was very unsteady on his feet and we were all waiting for eggs which were just being delivered, on receiving our eggs the gentleman in front moved off to his seat and Ged and I proceeded along to the next set of food which we required... more mutterings and grumblings from the said woman and I just lost it and turned on her, asking her what her problem was... “ What is your problem madam” I said, “Are you going somewhere special?  Are you catching a train or perhaps a plane, we are at sea madam so I don’t see your point in rushing.”  She could think of nothing to say and just replied with a curt “Are you enjoying your holiday?” I told her we were having a fabulous time and that we also didn’t mind queuing a little for food, I then walked off leaving her to get her precious breakfast before I was tempted to go over the top and embarrass myself as well as other pax. Of course all the pax were not like this woman, most were charming and a pleasure to chat to, many we had seen on previous cruises and we spent a lot of time chatting to old friends about life between meetings. After a few days we met the nicest family you could wish to meet, mum, dad, three sons ( 8, 15, & 18 and all a credit to mum and dad) and their cousin a delightful young lady, all from the north west, not far from us. I shall refrain from naming them to save any embarrassment on their part. I will however point out that the eldest son was in a wheelchair but that did not stop him being the life and soul of the party 24/7. He was so funny and his disability was soon not an issue. This family had come on this cruise for personal reasons and had been given permission from the schools to keep the children out for this holiday. They were just like any ordinary family, on holiday and determined to make the most of it. It didn’t take long for all the busybodies to start sniping at them. The younger boys were in the pool one day when a particularly nasty woman asked them why they were not at school, to which they replied that they had been given permission by their school to go on the cruise. She said she was leaving the pool as she did not swim with “squaller”. The boys are far too polite even reply to that. On another occasion the guy in the chair held the lift door open for another woman and said to her in a typical northern manner “Here you are love, there’s plenty of room in this lift” to which she replied “I don’t share a lift with anyone who calls me love!” It was beyond Ged and I how people could be so rude to such a well brought up, well mannered family. Yes the boys were boisterous in the pool, but never impolite or rude to any of their peers. The youngest spent most of his time in the kids club and the middle son made friends with several other young guys and had a great time in the bargain. Do some of these old flatulators not realise that Ventura is a family ship, did they not do their research beforehand? The family had their reason for being on the ship during term time but nobody cared to ask why. On another occasion the pushing and shoving to be the first got to “life threatening” proportions. We were outside the city walls in Dubrovnik waiting for our turn to board the shuttle bus back to Ventura. We bumped into the nice family and chatted as we and several others waited. Then the first of several buses arrived at once and it was a damned free for all as the queue disintegrated and everybody pushed and shoved to be the first on the bus. I should point out here that the buses were pulling up onto the left side of the road which meant that the entrance to the bus was in the road on the other side from the pavement, which meant that you had no choice but to go out into the road to board the bus. It was complete pandemonium with about fifty people fighting to get on the bus. We failed to get on the first bus (we were near the front of the queue) and we had to endure another crush as more pax tried to crush their way onto the next bus. The lad in the wheelchair was now in the middle of the road with coach fumes belching from the forward bus directly into his face with seemingly no hope of anyone giving way to him or his dad to get him on the bus. I should add that the drivers were not much help either. Ged and I and the lads dad had to act decisively and shouted for people to stop pushing and let the lad through in his chair. It took a few shouts but eventually we managed to get the lad on the coach and into the front seat. No sooner had the lad sat down than the stampede started again with two old and unsteady ladies, both with sticks, stuck in the middle of it all. Once again Ged and I intervened to allow the two ladies a clear path onto the bus. The pushing and shoving was so bad that either of these two ladies could have fallen into the road and been killed by oncoming traffic. The behaviour of the majority of the queue was appalling and I was ashamed to be a part of it all. I should add that it was still only midday and there was another five hours before the last coach, though you could be forgiven for thinking that the queue thought that the next bus was the last. I know that one day I will be old too, but I sincerely hope that I am more tolerant of my fellow man, a lot more patient and more considerate than many of these older folks on this cruise, and I hope that I still have my sense of humour and am able to at least look like I’m happy to be alive.  
Anyway, enough of the grumpy old folks, more about the ship and the crew. There were not many changes since July, though there had been some non slip matting put down in the pool areas. This didn’t really have much effect as it was itself more of a trip hazard. The food was, as usual very good and this time we elected to try freedom dining. This was perfect for Ged and I, though I’d still do club dining with mum in the future. We never actually dined in the main restaurant though we were told by our friendly family that the food was very good, which came as no surprise. We ate in East restaurant on several occasions which was stunning. The service is so lovely with beautiful Asian girls melting you to the core with their stunning smiles and friendly manner. The food was sublime too with the menus changing three times during our cruise. We dined in the Beach House diner too on several occasions which carries no cover charge. They simply use the starboard side of the beach house and turn it into an American type diner for the evening with no need to book, just turn up and if there’s no table you are given a pager and called when your table is ready. The service was excellent in here too. The rest of the time we attended the themed buffets in the Waterside and on several nights we didn’t eat until very late, having been satisfied by the BBQ on deck or a pizza or burger from Frankies. We gave the White Room a miss as Ged did not fancy the look of the menu.
The entertainment was as good as usual on this ship, we went to all the main production shows, which I’d seen before but Ged was new to them and was suitably impressed. The two male acrobats were quite erotic in the sensual way they performed in the show “Chronicles”. Those who saw this show will know exactly what I mean. The cabaret artists we saw were OK but not brilliant, apart from one, a certain Miss Siobhan Philips. I saw her in July for the first time and was pleased to go and support her again. She really is a great performer and thoroughly deserved her standing ovation. I do think they should showcase her in the theatre; she is big enough in sound and personality to fill the Arena. Another artist was Clem Curtis a member of the “Foundations” he was OK but not a patch on   the fantastic Jimmy James. We didn’t see any of the tribute acts but were told that they were all very good. The entertainment team did a great job of trying to keep the atmosphere up in the Exchange and got the balance just about right without upsetting too many people. There were several groups of musicians dotted about this huge ship, some great and one or two not so good. There was a pianist in the Red Bar who could really play the piano but I don’t know who told him to add his voice to the music ‘cos he can’t sing a note in tune and was constantly straining his voice.
The cruise director was the American Mr Rob Boyd who was on the whole a very good CD, but why he feels the need to go through the full contents of the Horizon paper at 9.30am on sea days I’ll never know. Maybe that’s the way they do things on American ships, but we can all read and don’t need a full run down each day. I hope the company stops him doing this as this definitely detracts from the atmosphere of the early morning.
They now have lots of daytime activities in the atrium with everything from Yoga to Cocktail mixing demos; these are very interesting but the volume of the sound system needs turning right down as you cannot hear yourself think when some of these people get hold of the mike. They had a very interesting presentation called the V Factor which gave you an insight into the various depts. onboard the ship, they even include a bed making competition which made for amusing viewing as lots of guys tried in vain to beat the speed record set by the demonstrating steward.
They held the usual “Tropical/Pirate” night half way into the cruise, but on talking to many pax (even some older ones) we felt there was room for more than one deck party as this was the best night on the ship. Perhaps one deck party every five days would be good, which would mean two on a fourteen day cruise and three on our seventeen nighter.
There was the usual sailaway parties but the “Great British Sailaway” nearly became a mutiny. The GB sailaway was scheduled for the last port which was Malaga. The morning weather had been stunning but by the afternoon the clouds started to build and it was clear that there was a storm heading straight for us. By 4.00pm the heavens opened and everyone ran for cover as the rain lashed down onto the open decks. People sheltered under deck 16 by the Laguna pool as the decks got wetter and wetter with the monsoon rain. Suddenly the rain turned to hail, damned big hail, some as big as marbles and golf balls. The kids in the pool soon ran for cover too as the hail hit them and no doubt hurt a lot. The CD made an announcement that they were assessing the weather situation and would keep us informed whether the sailaway would go ahead. By 4.45pm the rain and hail stopped and the sun ventured back out. Soon the pax followed suit and ventured back to their beds and tables with union flags in hand ready for their sing song and sailaway. Ged and I went back up to Breakers bar and awaited the start of the party. The party should have started at 5.15pm but at 5.30pm in blazing sunshine the CD announced that the party was now cancelled. There were lots of moans and people just sort of sat there waiting for something to happen. Very soon a couple of female pax took to the stage and started to lead everyone in the traditional songs of the sailaway, they made a valiant effort but most pax only knew the first two or three lines to each song. Still the girls continued and were soon joined by a couple of guys one of them playing the spoons. Then, between songs, someone shouted were’s Rob Boyd and very soon there was a chanting chorus of “Where’s Rob Boyd? Where’s Rob Boyd?” He was, of course, nowhere to be seen, neither were any of his team. It was all very sad and marred what had up to then been a great day. Why they could not have taken the party inside the ship I don’t know, I’m sure we would still have had a rare old sing song in Havana or the Tamarind club.
The showings of films on this cruise were sadly back in the Tamarind or Havana because there was a new theatre company joining at the end of this cruise and the theatre was being used during the day for their rehearsals. Perhaps now they are using the Arena theatre for the films, which is far better.
A few of the cruise highlights for us were the turtles swimming by the quayside in Kefalonia, the city wall trek in Dubrovnik, the shops in Corfu, the stunning scenery in the Adriatic and the lovely people we met and made our firm friends. The crew were as usual brilliant, managing to smile even when taking abuse from some pax. The ship was stunning and spotless and great fun to be onboard. This cruise was on the whole one of the best we’ve had. 99% of all the passengers were a delight, the other 1% were worse than bad. Some people need to lighten up and enjoy what time they have upon this planet.
Ventura is still the best ship in the fleet for me and after his first cruise on her Ged agrees. She’s a big ship with a big heart, she’s welcoming, fun, elegant, lively, and fantastic to behold it’s pity some of  her pax are not the same.
I think I’ve covered most of the things that I wished to share and I hope you found this report as balanced as it could be. I sincerely hope that any pax who were on this cruise and are reading this, do not take offence at any of the references to some of the pax. These obnoxious pax were very much in the minority, but young people all too often take the flack for bad behaviour and rudeness so I felt I had to redress the balance just a little.
If you’ve managed to get to this point without falling asleep, thanks for taking the time to read my long report and I hope you all have many happy cruises in the near future.
 
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