Aurora Review

Editor Rating:  4.0
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Aurora Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.7
    3.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.1
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.1
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.4
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.5
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    3.9
    5.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.5
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.4
    3.0
  • Service
    4.1
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    3.7
    5.0
Editor Rating
4.0
Member Rating
Why Choose Aurora?
  • Traditional P&O experience with updated attractions
  • Relaxed atmosphere and easy layout
  • Elegant and welcoming public rooms

Aurora Overview

By Jean and Ken Rush, Cruise Critic contributors

Aurora is one of the oldest ships in the P&O Cruises fleet (it was launched in 2000), and came out a much-needed £26 million refurbishment at the end of 2014 as the firstone to carry the new livery, featuring a contemporary version of the Union Flag on its bow, and a blue funnel. This may have disappointed a few P&O regulars, but it indicates the line's policy to combine a traditional British atmosphere with an up-to-date cruise experience.

New features added in the refurbishment include the Sindhu fine dining restaurant, with an Indian-fusion menu overseen by Michelin-star chef Atul Kochhar, and the Glass House restaurant and bar, with wines selected by TV presenter Olly Smith, which has replaced Cafe Bordeaux. Both these restaurants are on P&O Cruises' twin giants Azura and Ventura.

The buffet restaurant and Sidewalk Cafe were also completely refurbished and include a new Costa Coffee and Grab and Go countermand flexible "Freedom Dining" in the Medina Restaurant, plus more tables for two; and Marco Pierre White dishes on gala evenings.

The recent refit has transformed the public rooms and they are now bright and attractive, with exceptionally comfortable seating. But some of the rooms and corridors are distinctly chilly, and there is evidence of minor wear and tear in places, despite the refurbishment which is inevitable with a ship that is now more than 15-years-old.

Aurora Fellow Passengers

Aurora is a family-friendly ship and has extensive kids' facilities, so expect a large proportion of children during holiday times. However, outside of school holidays the ship reverts to its traditional demographic of 50-something and older Brits.

Aurora Dress Code

There are normally two formal nights per seven-night cruise. Black tie for men predominates, although lounge suit and tie are acceptable. Low key evening and cocktail dresses are usual for the women. Those who don't want to dress up can use the cafeteria, but formal attire is required in the main restaurants. The other nights are either semiformal or smart casual, according to the ship's itinerary. Shorts and jeans aren't welcome in the restaurants.

Aurora Gratuity

A £6 per person per day (for over 12s) is automatically added to your onboard account, and further tipping is optional. Note: It is not possible to pre-pay gratuities prior to boarding the ship, however pre-purchased onboard credit can be used to cover the service charge.

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By Jean and Ken Rush, Cruise Critic contributors

194 Aurora Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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shazza1304
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
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Sailed May 2017
We chose this mini cruise for 4 nights to Amsterdam & Brugges to try cruising as a family for the first time. My children are 17 & 13, we booked interconnecting rooms, these were the larger inside cabins. Plenty of space for ... Read more
Rabidtraveller
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Also we wanted to leave and return to Southhampton as we had several days planned in London before cruise. Ship was excellent, food very good, cabin cosy with balcony but more than adequate ... Read more
Britboys
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
463 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Pre-cruise Stay I stayed overnight before the cruise at the Holiday Inn on the waterfront in Southampton. There is nothing special about the hotel but it is very clean and comfortable. The public areas have been refurbished in recent ... Read more
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