Azura Cruise Blog – Part Six

Read the final entry of my Azura Cruise Blog.

Today was our final day aboard P&O Cruises’ Azura as we sailed on a southerly course through the North Sea back towards Southampton. After an early start I headed to the Venezia buffet for a leisurely breakfast before grabbing my book and my laptop and heading to the Java coffee bar on deck five where I sat for a couple of hours or so by the window and did a little bit of reading and a little bit of work too.

Once a few hours had passed I wondered up to the shops to see what the last minute bargains were before giving in and purchasing two teddy bears, some Vanilla Fudge, Galaxy Chocolates and a fridge magnet. I’ve managed to get a teddy bear or soft plush on almost every cruise I have been on, so I simply had to get one.

Once I dropped my shopping back to my stateroom, I decided that it was time to do a little bit of packing. I know it is the last day of the cruise, however I prefer to get the packing out of the way early and then I only need to put in a few more bits in the evening before putting my case outside my stateroom.

Once I had packed the majority of things I went to have a look at Sindhu for lunch. If you haven’t read some of my earlier blog posts about this cruise so far, Sindhu is Atul Kochar’s first restaurant at sea; and during the day the venue offers a series of small plates for a set price – known as Nashta plates. Unfortunately I am not a lover of spicy foods and the options on the Nashta menu were quite hot, so I didn’t enjoy it that much – but it seems as though everyone else did.

After lunch it was the usual routine for me; that’s grabbing a table by the pool (preferably in the sunshine) and sitting there for a while and soaking up the atmosphere. I had a little look through the Horizon – which is the ships daily newspaper and noticed that a Chocoholics Buffet was taking place between 15:00 and 16:30 in one of the restaurants. Now I do like chocolate, so I simply had to attend. Picture chocolate fountains, brownies, doughnuts, cookies, macaroons and everything sweet – it was ALL there. I even walked past some people who had piled their plates high – but I was good this time and only took a couple of things.

After the Chocoholic Buffet, I headed back to my stateroom for a little rest; well deserved I think after I’ve done quite a lot this holiday; plus taking the stairs from Deck 7 to 15 is a LONG way. This evening I will most probably head to The Planet Bar and then enjoy an evening meal in the main restaurant or buffet before a fairly early night for me. Azura is scheduled to arrive into Southampton around 07:00 in the morning and I have to be out of my stateroom by 08:00!

All in all, my cruise aboard P&O Cruises’ Azura has been interesting; I’ve noticed a few changes since I last cruised with them – some of them for the better and others perhaps not. Will I choose to sail with P&O Cruises in the future? Possibly.

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  1. Great review Ben – seems there was not much in the way of entertainment in the evening. I cruised with Neil Oliver back in the day on the Arcadia (before it came Ocean Village) so good to see he is still going! The food sounds about what I would expect from that line – but the alternative restaurants sound good!

    1. Thank you! Yes, you’re right in regard to the lack of entertainment offerings in the evenings. The alternative restaurants were the highlight of the cruise (apart from the Norwegian scenery of course). 🙂

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