Aurora Cruise Review by Joncoop: Great Value
This was our fourth cruise with P&O. Our last one, on Oceana, made us think twice about the P&O experience. Oceana seemed tatty, grubby, uninterested crew and entertainment was awful.
We booked this Aurora cruise because of the good price and to try a different ship. I am glad we did!
Aurora was in very good shape compared with Oceana. Very clean, lots of public rooms, excellent entertainment and a willing crew.
I think the entertainment was good mainly due to the excellent cruise director Dominic who, apparently had just joined the ship. The ships musicians and bands were great. The Headliners were the best we have seen.
The food in general was fine and varied. The service very good. The buffet Orangery was very well thought out and provided a good flow through of diners, preventing those awful food scrums of starving passengers!
One downside was the problem with the crystal pool roof which prevented it closing for most of the More cruise. This caused much moaning. But, if the passengers had been told the truth behind the reason for this early on, then most would have understood. Instead we were not told definitively why until late in the cruise.
As usual there were far too many "enrichment" activities ( money making) on the daytime program, but they can be just ignored!
The ports of call were in general bland, maybe because we had holidayed in the Canaries several times. But at these prices it did not matter.
All in all a very good enjoyable cruise which has restored out faith in P&O's ability to deliver. A good Captain, crew and Cruise Director provided the right setting! Less
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No problems at all. Fine. A bit low down near the water but that was quite exciting during Force 8 storms.