Ventura’s new sister – Azura

//Ventura’s new sister – Azura

While I was sailing between Antigua and Grand Turk yesterday on board Ventura, P&O bigwigs in London were announcing details of her new sister, Azura.
Now being built in Italy, the Azura will be similar in appearance to Ventura, but as forecast, will be less focused on catering for families with young children, so there’s no mention of Noddy or Scalextric this time round.
Instead there will be extended spa facilities, including private cabanas in The Retreat, and some treatment rooms with balconies, for massages in the open air.
There will be big screen by the Aqua Pool, following Princess Cruises’ lead in offering Movies Under the Stars,
“Azura will provide a contemporary, glamorous, serene and sophisticated holiday experience for adults and couples,

By | 2008-11-26T14:43:25+00:00 26 November 2008|Cruise Ships|7 Comments

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  1. nigel lewis 6 December 2008 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    now all those singles can enjoy cruising again after the qe2 , i think it will be a good ship

  2. Debbie 12 January 2009 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Was looking to book the Azura for Christmas 2010. Do we know if it will be doing the Caribbean or not. It does not seem very child friendly. Are familes welcome on this ship

  3. John Honeywell 13 January 2009 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    P&O tell me that, like Ventura and Oceana, Azura is expected to spend the winter season in the Caribbean, so your Christmas 2010 cruise would be where you want to be.
    You will be able to book from March 30, when a new brochure is released, and itineraries are announced for the first time.
    While the ship will not have Noddy and Scalextric, and the other attractions which Ventura added to make it child-friendly, it will still cater for families.
    Apartment 16, with its arcade games and Wii consoles, will be the meeting place for 13 to 17-year-olds, and The Hub, with a jukebox and Playstations, will be where 9 to 12-year-olds will want to be.
    Take a look at what Azura promises here:
    You might even win a free cruise on the maiden voyage.

  4. patricia cantwell 30 January 2009 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Supposed to be registering to obtain a copy of the brochure. Don’t know what an URL is. Have cruised with P&O on three occasions aboard Princess liners

  5. John Honeywell 1 February 2009 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    A URL is an internet address. To register for Azura updates, and for an opportunity to win a free cruise, type this address into your internet browser.

  6. brian still 13 February 2009 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    we have been regular users of the qe2 including christmas trips to the caribbean etc., we are looking for anew ship??

  7. george pirie 17 March 2009 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Having enjoyed previous cruise holidays with Cunard, Royal Caribbean and Thomson, who knows, next time it may be P&O.

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