Azura celebrates first birthday with a little help from her Godmother

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April 10 marked the first full year in service for P&O Cruises Azura. To celebrate, Godmother Darcey Bussell sent a specially signed birthday card to the ship, Captain and crew.

The card, signed: “Happy 1st Birthday Azura! I wish I could be with you all. Have a wonderful celebration. Love Darcey” will be displayed on board in the atrium for passengers to see.

Azura is currently on a 14 night Mediterranean cruise that will see birthday celebrations including a gala night with special birthday theme and a ‘reveal’ of the framed card to passengers on board.

P&O Cruises managing director Carol Marlow said: “One year ago we welcomed Azura into our fleet with a sparkling naming ceremony. Darcey Bussell was a perfect Godmother and gave Azura a wonderful entry into our fleet. Since then, Azura has had a very successful first year in service, and has received consistently excellent feedback from our passengers. May there be many more years to come!”

Here’s a look back at Azura’s first year in numbers:

-3,400 Wine Flights sampled in the Glasshouse
-507 bottles of Veuve Cliquot enjoyed
-154 Champagne breakfasts in bed served
-40 renewal of vows ceremonies conducted
-65,000 passengers entertained at the Captain's Welcome on Board parties
-515 massages enjoyed in The Retreat
-3,573 portions sold of the most popular starter in XVII, the Crayfish and Lobster Cocktail
-2,200 portions sold of the most popular main course in XVII, the 'Beef Fillet Rossini'
-2,477 portions sold of the most popular dessert in XVII, the Crepe Suzette Flambee
-219,127 hands of Blackjack dealt
-103,469 nautical miles sailed, the equivalent to almost five times around the world or 653 trips between London and Manchester

About P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises can trace its roots back to 1837 when the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company was awarded the lucrative Admiralty contract to carry mail to the Iberian Peninsula and beyond. Today, as trusted cruise experts, P&O Cruises has a fleet of seven cruise ships offering holidays tailored to British tastes combining genuine service, a sense of occasion and attention to detail, ensuring passengers have the holiday of a lifetime, every time. Azura was launched in April 2010 – officially named by Godmother Darcey Bussell CBE and small ship Adonia will be added to the fleet in May 2011. P&O Cruises offers passengers the most stylish and contemporary holidays afloat including Caribbean cruises, Mediterranean cruises, & luxury mini cruises. P&O Cruises offer direct cruises from Southampton, or fly-cruise holidays from many regional airports. Don’t miss your chance to book a cruise with P&O Cruises today, with plenty of cruise deals online.

For further press information please contact:
Michele Andjel, michele.andjel(at)carnivalukgroup(dot)com 023 8065 6653/07730 732 072
Kate Rist, kate.rist(at)pocruises(dot)com 023 8065 6652/07730 732 065

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