The only cruise ship calling today was P&O's Azura. I caught her both ways on my commute to and from work, with her docking at Bontelabo this morning, and then sailing through Byfjorden on her way back to Southampton.
Azura was built by Fincantieri in Italy, and entered service in 2010. She is an evolution of the 'Grand class' ships, the first of which were built for Princess Cruises. Azura has an identical sister ship in her fleetmate Ventura. Having sailed on Ventura myself, it is easy to see why this class of ship has become popular (their beauty is maybe not so apparent on the outside).
Azura has a gross tonnage of 115,000 and can accommodate 3,600 passengers and a crew of over 1,200.
|Azura passes under the Askøy bridge during her departure from Bergen|