Our long awaited Christmas/New Year cruise to the Caribbean on Aurora, started with a quick and efficient embarkation - formalities completed and on board in half an hour, and a very enjoyable champagne send off augered well for our first Christmas away from home. The ship was beautifully decorated which added to the festive feel and sense of occasion aboard.
Our inside cabin was spotless, homely, and had adequate storage for our needs, and was conveniently situated for the launderette, lifts and Alexandria Restaurant. Joma, our cabin steward was a real star, efficient, unobtrusive and helpful.
The standards in the traditional bars, such as Anderson`s/Crows Nest, were maintained with dress codes generally very much respected - but one passenger without a jacket on a formal dress night, was discreetly, but firmly asked to leave and find one.
Top marks to the Alexandria Restaurant and on wait staff Joe, and Santano and wine waiter Oswin Rosa. Food was served warm, professionally and always with a smile. We looked forward to the evening banter. A great effort was made on Christmas Day and New Year`s Eve with the restaurant transformed and decorated with balloons, streamers etc. The staff all joined in with party hats etc., which added to the festive spirit. We now understand why so many passengers are `hooked` on the Christmas/New Year Cruise.
Would we do it again? You betcha!
Overall, the ship was clean, service good, entertainment fair to good, and lectures were informative and interesting.
On disembarkation, we took advantage of leaving early and taking our own luggage, which ensured we were back home by mid-morning.
We had to guess the weight of a cake on the last day of the cruise - does any one know what that weight was? I was probably way out with 10lb 2oz!