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Aurora Review

2019 Best for Shore Excursions
2018 Best for Embarkation
2018 Best for Shore Excursions
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4.0 / 5.0
289 reviews

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Passenger to Crew


Shore Excursions
Sails To
Eastern Mediterranean, Baltic Sea, Western Mediterranean, British Isles & Western Europe, Caribbean, Mediterranean, South America
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Aurora Overview

Editor's Note: Aurora received an update in March 2019 that saw the ship redesigned as an adults-only vessel. Gone are the kids clubs and teen areas, in their place are 28 brand-new cabins that were added to Deck 8. Other areas benfit from refreshed carpets, soft furnishings and upholstery. 

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The 1,910-passenger Aurora joins Arcadia and Oriana as the line's third child-free ship, though the latter will leave the fleet in August 2019.

Aurora is one of the oldest ships in the P&O Cruises fleet (it was launched in 2000), and came out a much-needed £26 million refurbishment at the end of 2014 as the first to carry the new livery, featuring a contemporary version of the Union Flag on its bow, and a blue funnel. This may have disappointed a few P&O Cruises regulars, but it indicates the line's policy to combine a traditional British atmosphere with an up-to-date cruise experience.

New features added in the refurbishment include the Sindhu fine dining restaurant, with an Indian-fusion menu; and the Glass House restaurant and bar, with wines selected by TV presenter Olly Smith, which replaced Cafe Bordeaux. Both these restaurants are on P&O Cruises' twin sisters Azura and Ventura.

The buffet restaurant and Sidewalk Cafe were also completely refurbished and include a new Costa Coffee and Grab & Go counter and flexible "Freedom Dining" in the Medina Restaurant, plus more tables for two; and Marco Pierre White dishes on gala evenings.

The refit has transformed the public rooms and they are now bright and attractive, with exceptionally comfortable seating. But some of the rooms and corridors are distinctly chilly, and there is evidence of minor wear and tear in places, despite the refurbishment which is inevitable with a ship that is now approaching 20 years old.

Top Aurora Itineraries


Southampton, Cartagena (Spain), Santorini, Athens (Piraeus), Zakynthos, Corfu, Taormina (Messina), Gibraltar, Southampton

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Fellow Passengers

Since a March 2019 refit, Aurora is an adults-only ship, attracting a traditional demographic of 50-something and over Brits.

Aurora Dress Code

There are normally two formal nights per seven-night cruise. Black tie for men predominates, although lounge suit and tie are acceptable. Low key evening and cocktail dresses are usual for the women. Those who don't want to dress up can use the cafeteria, but formal attire is required in the main restaurants. The other nights are either semiformal or smart casual, according to the ship's itinerary. Shorts and jeans aren't welcome in the restaurants.

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Aurora Ratings

Public Rooms5.04.1
Fitness Recreation4.03.4
Value For Money5.03.7

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Where does Aurora sail to?

Aurora cruises to Southampton, Skjolden, Flam, Alesund, Akureyri, Isafjord, Reykjavik, Dublin, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Klaipeda, Rostock (Warnemunde), Aarhus, Skagen, Cobh (Cork), Gothenburg, Visby, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Tenerife, Barbados, Curacao, Huatulco, Cabo San Lucas, San Francisco, Honolulu, Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), Suva, Auckland, Tauranga, Sydney (Australia), Brisbane, Rabaul, Tokyo (Yokohama), Kagoshima, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kelang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Colombo, Dubai, Muscat, Malta (Valletta), Seville, Cartagena (Spain), Sardinia, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Venice, Taormina (Messina), Gibraltar, Stavanger, Olden, Tromso, Andalsnes, Bergen, Cherbourg, St. John's (Newfoundland), Corner Brook, Halifax, Boston, Newport, New York (Manhattan), Portland (Maine), Bar Harbor, Saint John (New Brunswick), Sydney (Nova Scotia), Malaga, Palermo (Sicily), Athens (Piraeus), Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete (Heraklion), Valencia, Corsica (Ajaccio), Genoa, Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Lisbon, Brugge (Bruges), Oslo, Rotterdam, La Rochelle-La Pallice, Ferrol, St. Peter Port (Guernsey), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Quebec City, Gaspe, Calvi, La Spezia (Cinque Terre), Ibiza, Madeira (Funchal), St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Kitts (Port Zante), Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, Grenada, Ponta Delgada, Vigo, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), Trapani, Salerno, Barcelona, Porto (Leixoes), Santorini, Zakynthos, Corfu, Alta, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Stanley, Punta Arenas, Lima, Fuerte Amador (Balboa), Cartagena (Colombia), Aruba, Hamilton and Amsterdam

How much does it cost to go on Aurora?

Cruises on Aurora start from £322 per person.

Is Aurora a good ship to cruise on?

Aurora won 7 awards over the years, including Best for Shore Excursions in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best for First Timers
  • 2016 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Embarkation
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Aurora Member Reviews

Sail Date: Mar 2020
Sea was a bit rough but the Aurora copes well with rough weather so it didn't move very much.... Read More
Sail Date: Dec 2019
By the end of the cruise we loved Aurora & would probably now choose her over Britannia - never thought we'd say that!... Read More
Mr Donlynn
Sail Date: Aug 2019
The Aurora is only one of two in the P&O fleet to have a wrap round Prom deck which is well used for some fitness , this is a feature of more modern ships that is missing .... Read More
Sail Date: Feb 2020
The boat; Aurora is the oldest and smallest of the fleet, a lot of people who had cruised before compared her negatively to other boats, however we thought she was lovely.... Read More

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Aurora is one of the oldest ships in the P&O Cruises fleet (launched in 2000), and had a 26 million pound refurbishment at the end of 2014 which included the line's new livery.

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Ventura is the joint second-largest ship in the P&O Cruises' fleet, with the largest kids club.

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The first ship purpose-built for the U.K. market offering 3,647 passengers seven entertainment venues, 13 dining venues, a luxurious spa and a kids' splash zone.


P&O Cruises newest ship, Iona, launches in May 2020 and will be the biggest ship built for the U.K. market, weighing 180,000 tons and carrying 5,200 passengers.

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