The Aurora is medium size so lacks the comprehensive facilities of ships such as the Independence of However its size allows access to ports with shallower waters hence the visit to Olden (Norway).
The food was top restaurant grade in the Medina restaurant formal dining yet mediocre in the Orangery which is buffet-style eating. Yet drinks seem very expensive especially given the tax-free nature of being at sea - a double whisky for Â£5 etc. Excursions too were expensive - White Water Rafting Â£80 per person for a few hours trip... definitely more expensive than Royal Caribbean.
Example. April 2011 - 3 adults 1 child 11 night cruise - spending Â£420
August 2012 - 1 adult 1 child 7 nights - spending Â£377
(yet no excursions or ship photo purchase)
The waiters and cabin crew were very attentive and work flat out yet some seemed too familiar and chatty even resorting to using your first name rather than Title and Surname. Perhaps a hint of disobedience given the recent strike by P and O staff on another ship...?
Myself and son enjoyed dancing til early hours - plenty of space to as most customers were over 50/60 + so werent even seen after 10.30 pm but the shows were quite tame and mostly dance related - nothing "big time" even digging out some BeeGee lookalike called Maurice Grumbleweed...
Though worth a try - Royal Caribbean defintely has the edge with ships like the Independence of the Seas and better value for money both the cruise and the spending onboard. This ship more suits the older cruisers , people with children should look elsewhere.