Stepping foot onto a big ferry for the first time I was apprehensive as to whether or not I would enjoy the experience of a cruise. However, with a tonnage of more than 9125 London busses and a person capacity of more than 4000, this was not your regular ferry. This was P&O’s Azura:
“Azura offers the perfect balance, bringing the opportunity to enjoy quality time together as well as time separately. From hassle-free meal times to carefree days out, we really have got it all covered.” (P&O, 2020)
I am pleased to report that the experience was a very enjoyable one. It was a 2 night cruise from Southampton to Bruges and back. With a constant supply of food, drink, sport and entertainment there wasn’t much not to like.
Setting sail out of Southampton docks, the entertainment begins right away. A Great British flag found its way into my hand, thinking I was the ‘chosen one’ I went to brag to my family only to find that everyone one the ship had managed to get their hands on one as well. Party dances, champagne and singing followed, and I was experiencing my first ever Great British sail away. What an honour, a great way to get all the ships occupants bonding and into the holiday vibe.
The celebrations continued over the course of the weekend and, like all good things, the holiday was over before it really began. I left the ship wanting to stay longer and travel further a field.
Oh, and Belgium was quite nice as well.
“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love” – Ernest Hemmingway