We are just back from a Mediterranean cruise on Aurora that wasn't billed as an "Ancient Civilisations" cruise but could have been, with calls that included La Goulette (Tunis) for Carthage, Heraklion (Crete) for the Palace of Knossos, Izmir (Turkey) for Ephesus, Piraeus for Athens and Katakolon (Greece) for Olympia.
Aurora is an excellent sea boat and inspires confidence, even in the heaviest seas - we've been on her in a Force 11+ storm off Cape Farewell (Greenland) and she handled it magnificently. Despite a change of Captain and Cruise Director since our last cruise, Aurora remains a very friendly ship with a crew who give every appearance of being happy. Cabins are showing some signs of wear and tear but everything still works well. As stated in the Expert Review, Aurora is somewhat dated with unexciting decor, but some of the "dated" features really appeal to me, like the teak promenade deck and the tiered stern that provides an excellent setting for sailaway parties.
Passengers are almost all British, and service, food and entertainment are arranged to suit this clientele. Food is of a good standard and we never had difficulty in finding something interesting on the menus in the main dining rooms. Bar prices are reasonable and standard gratuities are modest.
The main show every other night is traditional song and dance, performed with enormous energy by the well-drilled Headliners Theatre Company. Other entertainers are very variable. Youth staff do an excellent job of keeping youngsters well occupied to the extent that you're hardly aware there are children aboard apart from happy noises from the pools.
Most passengers appear to like to dress up for both formal and smart evenings. Not an exciting ship, but very comfortable for a relaxed holiday.