Friday, 22 April 2011

Azura Celebrates First Birthday

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, read as follows: "Happy 1st Birthday Azura! I wish I could be with you all. Have a wonderful celebration. Love Darcey." It 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.

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.

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