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Aurora Review

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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
Editor Rating
4.0

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 as well as looking ahead to the launch of the newest -- and biggest -- ship in the fleet in March 2015, Britannia.

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

£3.95 per person per day (for over 12's) 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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Aurora Member Reviews

12/15
A lovely five nights over the New Year on Aurora who was looking very nice and well cared for and had been beautifully decorated for the festive season. Embarkation was extremely quick and smooth. We had arrived close to our allocated arrival ... Read more
We were excited to experience a P and O ship after several Celebrity cruises. Upon embarkation, the first thing we noticed was the absence of a welcome drink or any staff to welcome us aboard and offer directions to the restaurants or cabins. ... Read more
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12/15
Our first cruise was on the P&O Aurora on 28 Dec for 5 days round Bruges and Hamburg. Both are nice cities well worth a visit and pleasurable day was had at both. Embarkation parking with CPL was great, very efficient. Once inside, we had ... Read more
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Aurora Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.0
3.8
Public Rooms
5.0
4.1
Cabins
4.0
4.2
Entertainment
4.0
3.5
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.5
Family & Children
5.0
4.1
Shore Excursions
4.0
3.6
Enrichment
3.0
3.5
Service
4.0
4.1
Value-for-Money
5.0
3.8

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Ship Stats
Crew:
417
Launched:
2000
Decks:
10
Tonnage:
76,000
Passengers:
2,000
Registry:
Bermuda
CDC Score:
100

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