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Pools, Spa, and Outdoor Facilities.....................
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Shops, Children and Other Public Areas............Page Three

Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment.............Page Four

Dining.................................................................Page Five

Accommodations. ..............................................Page Six
AZURA
PHOTO TOUR AND
COMMENTARY
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OVERVIEW

Azura is the second Grand-class ship to join the
P&O Cruises' fleet.  The original Grand-class design
was developed by P&O for Princess Cruises, which
was then a subsidiary of P&O. (
see Grand Princess
profile).  Over the years, the design has been refined
and developed for Princess and the ships have
proven to be a reliable and popular. (
see e.g. Ruby
Princess profile)  It had long been P&O's plan to
build a Grand-class ship for itself but it was not until
2008 that this dream was fulfilled with the Ventura.
(see
Ventura profile)


Although Azura is a close sister to Ventura, the two
ships are not identical.  For example, Azura has a
giant outdoor movie screen over one of the pools
and so does not have a retractable glass dome that  
Ventura has over its corresponding pool.  Azura also
differs from Ventura in that Azura has some
single-occupancy staterooms, the first in the modern
P&O fleet.

Beyond these physical differences, Azura differs
from Ventura in style.  P&O Cruises recognizes that
not everyone has the same tastes and interests.  
Thus, one finds across the P&O fleet that the
cruising style varies.  All the ships have an overall
P&O atmosphere but some are family friendly,
some are adults only, some are more formal than
others etc.

Azura while being a large family-friendly ship is
more traditional than Ventura.  The idea was to
combine the style of a traditional ship such as Oriana
(
see Oriand profile) with the features and amenities
of a modern mega-cruise ship.

Like the rest of the P&O fleet, Azura was designed
with the tastes of the British cruising public in mind.
The vast majority of her passengers are from the
British Isles.  Prices onboard are in Sterling (British
pounds).

Azura spends the warmer months sailing from
Southampton, England.  In the cooler months, she
operates out of Barbados, doing Caribbean cruises.  
Most cruises are two weeks long.                    
The  Atrium lies at the heart of Azura.  
Extending up three decks, it is a
crossroads from which the public areas
radiate.  Surrounding it are bars, shops,
the library, reception, the Internet café,
and the specialty coffee bar.  In the
evenings the polished marble floor at its
base is used for ballroom dancing.
Above:  Explorers, the place to arrange
for shore excursions.

Right:
 The Reception Desk.

Below: The Future Cruise Desk
Azura's art collection is primarily
composed of contemporary works,
primarily by British artists.
Above:  The gangway welcomes guests
back to Azura in a port of call.
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