Aurora Music Festival at Sea. Fantastic!: Aurora Cruise Review by graham uk
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Aurora Music Festival at Sea. Fantastic!
Aurora: A classic ship with public areas to suit individual wishes - quiet or lively according to preference. A good balance of formal, semi-formal and smart casual evenings.
Activities: Plenty going on from a 'pick and mix' daily programme. For me, as this was a Music Festival at Sea there were regular music slots in the programme which were excellent. Where else can you get top musicians all in one place and experience such a variety of programme in one place? Excellent, excellent, excellent! Also joined the choir under the direction of David Pettit. Again a challenging but very enjoyable experience. You do have a few people who feel they can always organise better and were a bit of pain - but hey, i was on holiday and there to enjoy myself. Not sue why some of these people More go away in the first place!
Service: Very good, as always. A friendly crew with a good service ethic.
Cabin: Inside. As expected. Functional and value for money. I spend most of my time out and about around the ship.
Dining: Excellent. Always use buffet for breakfast and lunch and then main dining room for evening meal. You have to get to know your way round the buffet. Choose quieter times for a less hassled experience. The main dining room is excellent. They are turning out meals for about 1,000 people per sitting and I think that they do a fantastic job.
Entertainment: Didn't use much of the regular entertainment on this cruise as mainly attended the music events. However, i did see Gareth Oliver (Ventriloquist) who i must say was one of the best acts I've seen at sea for a very long time. Do go and see him if you come across him. The entertainment officers were hard working and friendly.
Disembarkation: Works smoothly if people do what they are asked! Waiting in Crow's next, very quiet, relaxing and then went to gangway when called. All very smooth.
Not good: Marketing team. What a disastrous marketing strategy! Vantage fares price promise! This has caused more dissatisfaction and grumpiness on board than anything i can remember. Needs a drastic urgent rethink. Of course there will always be some late availability and filling of ships - but the current disparity between what loyal passengers are paying up front and the volume of getaway fares is unsustainable.
Summary: Another very good cruise with P&O. The Music Festival is the icing on the cake! Well done all and thank you! Marketing team - rethink please - you are succeeding in turning people away from P&O. Less
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