Aurora Review

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Why Go?
  • Traditional British cruising
  • Interesting itineraries, from exotic to mainstream ports
  • Afternoon tea with white-gloved waiters
  • Kids programs
  • Variety of show entertainment
  • All cabins have tea-and-coffee makers
  • Fitness classes held on sea days
Aurora Overview

(4.0) 4.0 out of 5+ star rating

Editor's note: P&O announced a £26m refit of Aurora for November/December this year that will see a number of new features. These include Sindhu fine dining restaurant, with an Indian-fusion menu overseen by Michelin-star chef Atul Kochhar, and the Glass House restaurant and bar, with wines selected by TV presenter Olly Smith, will replace Cafe Bordeaux. Both these restaurants are on Azura and Ventura. There will also be a complete refurbishment of the buffet restaurant and Sidewalk Cafe -- including a new Costa Coffee and "Grab and Go" counter -- and the introduction of "Freedom Dining" in the Medina Restaurant, with more tables for two, and Marco Pierre White dishes on gala evenings.

P&O Cruises' Aurora might not be ancient, but, alas, it still looks rather dated -- ship design has simply changed so fast. The mid-ships' gym is so small and in such an unusual location that it looks like an afterthought; the covered balconies likewise look as if they were added at a later date (but were not).

Aurora attracts families during the school holidays, but essentially it is loved by a more elderly audience who prefer a traditional cruising experience.

Decor is unexciting, which appeals to the older Brits. There is a two-sitting fixed dining system in the restaurants, and dress codes are enforced in the dining rooms and in the main bars in the evenings.

Pre-dinner drinks are a popular ritual, and the theatre was packed every evening -- entertainment was run of the mill, British and heavily rooted in song and dance, and variety from the old days -- but half the ship was in bed by 10:30 p.m. Those who weren't already tucked up, disappeared as soon as the last show ended.

Aurora Fellow Passengers
My cruise was almost exclusively full of Brits, which is the norm for P&O Cruises, although there were quite a few Australians doing a one-way cruise from Oz to the U.K. or vice-versa.

Most passengers were retired and aged 60-plus -- a typical round-the-world cruiser with the time and money to spend three months at sea -- but there was a surprising number of younger passengers and even a handful of children, from babies to teens.
Aurora Dress Code
Casual wear is fine by day, but evening dress code is strictly enforced. There are typically two formal nights, two semi-formal nights and three smart casual evenings per seven-night cruise, but this can vary. On formal nights, the dress code is also in force in several bars to stop everyone slipping back to the cabin after dinner to change into something more comfortable. Smart casual is acceptable in the Orangery.
Aurora Gratuity
A £3.95 GBP per person auto gratuity is added to your bill daily. Other tips are at your discretion.
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Aurora Member Reviews 108 Reviews
   Why didn't I do it before ?
October 2014

This was our first cruise.

The previous year we have booked a 3 week cruise in eastern Med, but my wife was taken seriously ill for months so we had to cancel.

We were both very apprehensive, I was desperate to switch off and ...continue


   Disappointing in every way!
October 2014

Went on a 3 night taster cruise in May and loved it. Took my family this weekend to show them that P&O was worth a try and leaving their regular cruise line.

BIG Mistake - First the food; we like informal dining and after the first ...continue


   Mixed opinion, overall quite good
September 2014

Recommended by friends to try the 'Aurora'. having experienced Adonia, Arcadia and Oceania. Aurora is a mid-sized ship, just how we like it not to small or large. We did know it was a 'Strictly' cruise but we chose this cruise for the ...continue


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Aurora Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
3.0
4.0
Public Rooms
4.0
4.2
Cabins
4.0
4.4
Entertainment
4.0
3.5
Spa & Fitness
3.0
3.5
Family & Children
3.0
4.3
Shore Excursions
4.0
4.6
Enrichment
4.0
NA
Service
3.0
4.3
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.8
Rates
3.0
3.9

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Baltic & Northern Europe
Canada & New England
Caribbean - All
Europe - All
Europe - Mediterranean All
Western Mediterranean
World

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Ship Stats
Crew: 417
Launched: 2000
Decks: 10
Tonnage: 76,000
Passengers: 2,000
Registry: Bermuda
CDC Score: 100
 
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