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18 P&O Cruises Aurora Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

Mums 75th Birthday treat. Having not cruised with P and O for a few years I was surprised at how standards had slipped disappointingly. The food wasn’t anywhere near as good as it’s been on previous cruises with them. The ship ... Read More
Mums 75th Birthday treat. Having not cruised with P and O for a few years I was surprised at how standards had slipped disappointingly. The food wasn’t anywhere near as good as it’s been on previous cruises with them. The ship itself is noticeably tatty in places as well. Even the bedding wasn’t up to much, my pillow smelt, there were stains on quilts! The staff however were still great and very attentive, especially restaurant, bar and cabin staff and their commitment to their jobs noticeable. No blame is to be laid at their feet this was simply down to cost cutting on P and O’s side. Having cruised with Marella last year, the difference was quite significant now I think about it. You are totally mislead with the Steven Mulhearn show not as expected at all. Dance lessons however were great and good fun. The comedian was excellent and very funny. Not sure I’d cruise again with P and O given this last experience sadly. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Been on a few P&o cruises on ships Oceana, Azura and Brittania, so me and my partner decided to try Aurora and the Canary Islands. Overall we felt a bit dissapointed with this one. The ports were great and the excursions were great ... Read More
Been on a few P&o cruises on ships Oceana, Azura and Brittania, so me and my partner decided to try Aurora and the Canary Islands. Overall we felt a bit dissapointed with this one. The ports were great and the excursions were great but we felt that having a full day and evening in Tenerife on the Monday instead of a full and evening day in La Palma on the Sunday would have been better, as everything opened at 10:00 and shut at 14:00 in La Palma,so you were just on the ship until we sail away at 21:00. The ship was a great size, and the new refurbishment was great with new carpets and everything in communal areas seemed new, however you could tell it was built in 2000. A tiny TV, with only certain channels compared to the On Demand service you get on Brittania, also it was in a really awkward position in our cabin. There was only one plug socket in the whole room too, which in an era of technology isn't really the best. Although advitised as an Adults only cruise, it'll be better off advitised as a over 50s cruise. Myself and my partner are in our 20s, and managed to make friends with two other couples in their 20s. We all felt that the entertainment in the evenings was aimed at the over 50s. The only real act who engaged with the whole audience age wise was the comedian Phil Melbourne. One great act was the Irish lad who did acoustic guitar sets on the Lido deck and in the crows nest some evenings. The entertainment team were great, very welcoming and friendly. The Headliners this year I would say were below the expected standard. The vocalists really carried the show, as the dancers were quite poor. It seemed that the best vocalists and dancers go on Brittania and bigger ships. The shows seemed a bit dated too, compared to those we saw more recently on Brittania. Instead of a West End experience, it felt more like a Panto in your local theatre. The crew this year were great, from cabin steward to waiters. There was only one waiter we had a problem with as he got my starter wrong, giving me a mushroom sausage roll instead of Potted Shrimp, and heinsisted that was what I asked for, even though I don't like Mushrooms! If you're over 50 it's a great cruise for you, however if you're under 50 I'd aim for another ship in the fleet! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose a 12 day cruise with P & O on their Aurora ship this year as everyone we knew, who had cruised, said that they had always had a great time. This ship is now Adult only. We had a smooth and speedy embarkation at Southampton ... Read More
We chose a 12 day cruise with P & O on their Aurora ship this year as everyone we knew, who had cruised, said that they had always had a great time. This ship is now Adult only. We had a smooth and speedy embarkation at Southampton and having travelled from the North-east of England this was a very welcome start to our holidays. Our inside cabin was a moderate size but well furnished with a decent size bathroom (shower). Our cabin was immaculate with tea and coffee making facilities (replenished daily) and Sandesh, who looked after our cabin ensured that clean towels (and pool towels) were changed daily and bedding changed regularly. His attention to detail was very impressive. We were also impressed with the wide selection of food available. Food was available through the day as were refreshments. Food was hot and well presented. We dined in different restaurants as well as the self-serve areas (the Horizon) and one of our favourite places was the Medina Restaurant where we got exceptional service from Melwyn and Joel who really looked after us well each time we visited. When we did dine in the Horizon we were often looked after by Frauline who was a very friendly and funny guy and ensured that we had everything we needed to enjoy our meals. The entertainment was, in our opinion, 1st class considering the entertainment team have so many different shows and routines to perform so often. We were never short of things to do, the cinema showed relatively new films, the gym had modern equipment, there were activities to join in all day long and lots of different entertainment in lots of different bars onboard the ship. One of our favourite places to chill was The Crow's Nest. A definate plus was being able to visit a designated are for Costa Coffee on board. All the staff were very friendly and helpful throughout our holiday. We didn't go on any organised trips as we wanted to explore the ports ourselves and most were within walking distance although there were taxis available. One negative comment would be our visit to Lanzarote. We wondered why so many of the people we spoke to were not getting of the ship that day. Those of us who did were back on the ship within a very short time as there was little to do in the tiny resort we visited (most of which was closed). We now have the 'cruising' bug and are looking for our next adventure. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We have sailed with P&O since the nineties and last sailed on the Aurora during 2015 which was into the Mediterranean , so we were keen to try P&O again after having had four cruises with Celebrity . Cruise ... Read More
We have sailed with P&O since the nineties and last sailed on the Aurora during 2015 which was into the Mediterranean , so we were keen to try P&O again after having had four cruises with Celebrity . Cruise number R916 was to the Canaries and returning via La Coruna in Spain.The weather was fantastic and the seas were very calm the whole trip , we were very pleased with the whole experience. The ship is classed as mid size and is now child free after a part refit earlier this year . The ship was very comfortable and clean and the staff were very attentive and friendly. Our outside cabin was on the starboard side near the front and was well maintained by our steward Victor . The bed and bedding was a good standard as were the toiletries and the fluffy bath towels . The restaurants have either set times 6.30/8.30pm or any time dinning, we opted for any time since it is more flexible and you meet new people every night which we find more interesting.The food on this trip was first class and the waiting staff were very attentive, we never had to wait for a table , always willing to share with others preferring either a six or eight table size . The entertainment and the shows were the usual high standard and unlike previous shows they were not based on musicals, which were a change from the norm . The bars , bar staff and waiters were friendly and attentive and you found as soon as you sat down you were approached and served quickly. P&O now have a drinks package similar to the other cruise lines but this was not pressurised to buy and we found it was unnecessary since the drink prices are uk hotel prices ,not like the American lines which are very expensive plus service charge add ons . The Itinerary was the usual Madeira,La Palma, Tenerife Lanzarote and La Coruna on the way home . All the ports were easy to walk off and the people using walking aids , wheel chairs and electric scooters found this itinerary great since all harbours were near the towns . The only port that required a shuttle bus service was Lanzarote and the town supplied this to reach the centre also putting on a bus with a tail lift for wheel chairs etc , I thought this was a great facility to allow everyone to visit the town . The Aurora is only one of two in the P&O fleet to have a wrap round Prom deck which is well used for some fitness , this is a feature of more modern ships that is missing . Let’s hope the P&O fleet keep this size of ship but looks highly unlikely since they seem to be getting larger each time they are replaced. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The Ship was good, staff miserable, didn't smile much especially in the Medina restaurant, Food was awful, very funny combinations, Who serves Salt & Vinegar Ice cream for a sweet if was disgusting, peppercorn sponge. Please ... Read More
The Ship was good, staff miserable, didn't smile much especially in the Medina restaurant, Food was awful, very funny combinations, Who serves Salt & Vinegar Ice cream for a sweet if was disgusting, peppercorn sponge. Please Chef go back to school and learn some basics. Normal food required. No jacket potatoes in Horrizon Buffett only on first day on ship, after that never again..Why because they have them on other ships all the time. I have cruised with P & O before and food on Oriana was a lot better, basic food options, no concoctions put together, it was lovely all the time, but not on this ship. Please improve this, as otherwise you will get more complaints, also need more options for Gluten free customers, as not enough choice also for Diabetics, as there were a lot of these people onboard too. Please P & O sort the food issue out. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
we have sailed with P&O a few times as well as with other cruises companies. i am sad to say the quality offered by P&O feels like a company in Austerity but i will start with the good points. The cabin was clean and the staff ... Read More
we have sailed with P&O a few times as well as with other cruises companies. i am sad to say the quality offered by P&O feels like a company in Austerity but i will start with the good points. The cabin was clean and the staff worked hard. They were very friendly, cabin crew, waiter etc. The weather was good once we reached Greece. Some of the entertainers bought on to perform were excellent. The table we sat with for dinner was excellent. Sadly the the rest went downhill. The food the the restaurant and the horizon was poor quality and repetitive. The meat was often tough, the Salmon was dry and skin burnt on one occasion then fine the next, guess what i'm saying is there was no consistency. Roast beef was on the menu a number of times but not a yorkshire pudding to be found, roast potatoes were deep fat fried rather than roasted. Room service is now all chargeable except for breakfast for which choice is reduced and a cooked breakfast no longer available. Even the biscuits in the cabin have been changed to a poorer quality and now are no better than rich tea. Once upon a time there use to be a small dish of sweets in the cabin but alas this is a past memory. Not a chocoholic afternoon tea in sight. it is now chargeable for materials for art classes, the fit steps and other fitness classes more cost cutting exercises. The headliners who did more shows than i have ever seen, were weak and it was poor. left me feeling this was a cost cutting exercise. The entertainment team had little presence and the dance teachers seem fed up and it seemed as if it was a effort. the entertainment was poorly organised and lacked creativity. On one sea day they put an extra film on in one of the other venues however this turned out to be the darkest hour which had already been shown earlier in the week. Another day the movie was Saturday night fever in the cinema. The T.V in the cabin was something out of Noah's ark limited channels, no choice, really old films i remember from being i child and i am heading toward being 60. The T.V was so small i could hardly see it and i was wearing my glasses. On a sea day the roof over the pool was left open after Malta despite it being windy, even with a number of people asking for it to be closed as it was too cold to use the facilities. Sadly we were advised a decision had been made to leave it open but then it was closed for the Mama Mia party but not for the comfort of the customers. the cabin crew use to fold the towels and make a display of them on the beds this is just another fond memory not once in 17 days but them again if they are cleaning and responsible for more cabins the extra are cut back on. what can i say i can not agree with their advertising this is the life. It certainly is no longer. when a company makes so many cuts they risk reducing the experience and sadly i would say they have achieve this. it no longer feels like a luxury experience more like any other holiday. i think other cruise companies are now offering more Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our first time cruising and we are glad that we chose P & O's Aurora to celebrate our special anniversary year. From check-in to disembarkation, the whole P&O experience was extremely smooth and efficient. We ... Read More
This was our first time cruising and we are glad that we chose P & O's Aurora to celebrate our special anniversary year. From check-in to disembarkation, the whole P&O experience was extremely smooth and efficient. We chose CPS parking to leave our car with, and felt like VIPs when we arrived as they unloaded our cases and took our car away. Having been quite independent travellers having to encounter airports over the past few years, we found the whole having your bags efficiently delivered to your cabin for you quite a wonder. Disembarkation was equally as efficient thanks to both P&O and CPS's services, with our bags delivered outside and our car ready and only a short walk away. Aurora is a traditional mid-size ship with plenty going on, but not so large that you get lost or feel intimidated by too many fellow passengers. The public areas are all very smart and clean and we particularly liked the ‘Crow’s Nest’ bar overlooking the front of the ship. We mainly picked this cruise because of the itinerary (including Venice and Dubrovnik), but we also enjoyed the relaxed sea days between days in port. We had fantastic weather, so spent many an hour sunbathing by one of the three pools or dolphin watching. There were plenty of sun-beds and chairs on deck, so didn't ever encounter any arguments over people marking their favourite spot with towels. The only negative about the Aurora was the onboard gym which was quite small with limited equipment. Even though we are gym bunnies in our home life, the lack of equipment and efficient air-con gave us a good excuse to take a break from the gym and walk the lovely prom deck instead which was much more fun. The food and service on Aurora was excellent. We were on Freedom Dining and never encountered getting a table at the time we wanted to dine (which was generally quite early) whether we wanted to share or have a table for two. We generally ate in the Medina restaurant for breakfast and dinner, as we felt we would be less likely to overeat when the food is served to us. Both the food and service were excellent here - we especially enjoyed the Beef Wellington which was served on one of the Marco Pierre White Gala dinner nights. Also enjoyed occasionally visiting the Medina for afternoon tea as the scones were beautifully warm and fresh. The MaitreD' and all the staff were friendly, polite and efficient, as were all the staff onboard who would always give you a friendly 'hello' when you passed them. The Horizons buffet was also pretty good - the hot meals were generally quite traditionally British such as a daily roast dinner (possibly to please the older crowd), so we generally opted for the salads and cold meats and fish which were all good, as were the yummy desserts. We also tried the speciality restaurants 'Sindhu' and 'The Beach House', the former being excellent but the latter not so (just bigger portions of American style food). There was plenty to do on the ship, especially on sea days, and everything going on was outlined in the daily 'Horizons' pamphlet. We particularly liked the quizzes and destination talks by Sam, but there was also activities such as deck quoits, shuffle board, water colour painting etc etc for those interested. There were clubs for the children, so despite it being the school holidays it never felt that there were too many kids running around. In fact, the children were generally better behaved than some of the old people on board (some of whom, who had perhaps been on too many cruises in their time, were a bit moany!!!). There was generally quite a mixed demographic on board, but more elderly cruisers than I expected with it being school holidays. We noted that the service and facilities offered to disabled guests appeared to be excellent, even though we didn't require this ourselves. On port days, we did an equal mix of organised excursions and our own thing. The tours we picked were all excellent and efficiently organised, the only drawback being the whistle-stop nature of our visits due to the time constraints. We did the 'Classic Mount Etna' on Sicily, 'Venetian Islands and Gondola Ride' in Venice and the wine tasting trip in Sardinia and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. We also noted that P&Os organisation of tenders and shuttle buses was good, the only niggle being our return from Dubrovnik when we had to queue for a while as it was busy and the coaches were having trouble getting in. We loved the way that P&O thoughtfully provided cold water to guests returning to the ship, as it had reached over 35 degrees on some of our port days. Some of the evening entertainment including the resident 'Headliners' was a bit cheesy, but good fun. We particularly liked the 'Destination Dance' and 'New Romantics' evenings which took us back a bit. The highlight was an excellent soul/Motown group called 'The Flyrights' who had the audience up on their feet. Everything was very much geared towards a British audience, from tea and biscuits in the cabin to the 'We'll meet again' show on the last night. I would imagine that non Brits might be a bit bemused by it all! Being first time cruisers, we may be a little starry eyed about everything P&O and Aurora had to offer, but we thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise. So much so that we have already booked for next year! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We have just returned home from a wonderful cruise on P & O Aurora. The staff were all welcoming and very efficient. We chose a delux balcony cabin, there was loads of drawer & wardrobe space. Our cabin steward was excellent, ... Read More
We have just returned home from a wonderful cruise on P & O Aurora. The staff were all welcoming and very efficient. We chose a delux balcony cabin, there was loads of drawer & wardrobe space. Our cabin steward was excellent, nothing was too much trouble. We chose Freedom Dining which worked very well, we tended to eat at a similar time each evening nod were able to have the same table which meant that we got to know the waiters who got used to our preferences. The choice of food was good and well served. We used the buffet on a few occasions but preferred to be served in the restaurant for most of our meals. The entertainment was good, the Headliners excellent as always and the other entertainment varied and of an excellent standard. Embarkation & disembarkation was well handled we didn't have a long wait for either. We have cruised on other cruise lines and don't go with the intention of finding fault, there are always little things that we like better on one or another but nothing that would make us stop using any cruise line. The captain on Aurora was Wesley Dunlop who is fairly new to P & O and definitely an asset to the company. Without exception we found every member of staff to be professional & helpful in whichever field they worked. The itinerary was good and included ports in Spain, Scily, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Venice, Malta & Gibtaltar We have already booked 3 more cruises on P & O so you can see we are completely satisfied. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Great cruise which took in Cadiz, Messina, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Venice & Gibraltar. Past P & O cruisers but our first time on Aurora. Lovely sized ship - not too big. Atmosphere felt very friendly & relaxed - maybe as the average ... Read More
Great cruise which took in Cadiz, Messina, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Venice & Gibraltar. Past P & O cruisers but our first time on Aurora. Lovely sized ship - not too big. Atmosphere felt very friendly & relaxed - maybe as the average age of passengers was late 60's / 70's. At times it could feel like we were on a Saga cruise - we are 43 and 44, but our fellow cruisers were in the main really pleasant and sociable. Entertainment was varied in the evenings - excellent resident band Caravan who could perform a wide range of genres, Headliners Theatre Group performed energetic song and dance routines such as Abba, Queen, and Motown. Some guest acts - we saw an excellent Tenor called Roy Locke and a vocalist called Claire Bunso who did a great Shirley Bassey tribute. Tom O'Connor was also performing - we did not see him but were told he was very good. There was also a comedian/variety act on for 2 nights, some classical musician acts, and a unique ukulele act but we did not see these. The daytime entertainment was somewhat limited and I felt geared more to the older cruisers - Line Dancing, Quoits, Shuffleboard, Bingo, Watercolour Art classes, Whist, Bridge and other Dance classes. There is a cinema with 1 or 2 films daily at various times which were pretty good. Our cabin had a Balcony, a shower over a small bath, and a small sitting area - perfect for our needs. It was kept very clean by our steward who was friendly and approachable. The food on board was very good - great selection in both the Horizon Buffet ( referred to by some as the "smash & grab " ) and the main dining rooms. The specialty restaurants were really good and Sindhu in particular was well worth the supplement. We ate there twice as it was so good. We had done some research in advance so only went on 2 shore excursions, one of which was simply a transfer from Messina to Taormina. The Game of Thrones Tour in Dubrovnik was fantastic taking in the old town and some beautiful gardens where we were shown around filming locations by a lady who had been an extra in the series. The other ports we explored on our own but we heard very good feedback about some of the tours. There was an excellent member of staff called Sam who did regular port talks and even did a commentary as we sailed into Venice. Each port was different and we enjoyed our time in each one. There were 3 pool and jacuzzi areas on this ship. The Terrace Pool at the back was very peaceful with a small number of sunbeds. the shops onboard sold the usual cruise fare and in my opinion could do with updating. The size of this ship meant that unlike on some larger ones, you would often bump into the same passengers for a chat which was really lovely. Whilst this ship would probably be a bit boring for those who like more activity / nightlife, it was a really relaxing experience. The captain Wesley Dunlop is quite new to P & O. It was lovely to see him greeting passengers as we went ashore at a couple of ports. We enjoy the Black Tie nights and there were 4 of these on our cruise. Finally, there was some gastro-intestinal illness a few days into the cruise. Increased hygiene measures were introduced and it was kept under control as a result. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We were first time cruisers & enjoyed every minute we were onboard. Our amazing experience started when we arrived at Southampton docks. The embarkation was so slick we were onboard within 1hour of arrival & eating lunch before ... Read More
We were first time cruisers & enjoyed every minute we were onboard. Our amazing experience started when we arrived at Southampton docks. The embarkation was so slick we were onboard within 1hour of arrival & eating lunch before we even left Southampton. The Aurora is a medium size boat, but the staff are very friendly. We could not fault either the facilities or restaurants and there's something to suit everybody tastes onboard. The medina restaurant serves 5* cusine food every night and the longer your on the ship the better the food gets & it really did excell every night. The entertainment offered was from full west end soleist to ballroom dancing. There are three pools to choose from and at no time did we need to get up early to get a decent subbed. We will definitely be booking another P&O cruise in the near future & most likely the Aurora Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Myself and partner are in our early 40's and booked the cruise as visiting many destinations appealed to us as oppose to a standard holiday where you visit just 1. This was our very 1st cruise and we were surprised as it seemed 95% of ... Read More
Myself and partner are in our early 40's and booked the cruise as visiting many destinations appealed to us as oppose to a standard holiday where you visit just 1. This was our very 1st cruise and we were surprised as it seemed 95% of all the passengers were 70 years old and older. Our 1st impression of the ship was nice and clean. Our balcony cabin was very clean. They came into the cabin and made the bed and tidied it twice a day. But is must be honest and say the guy that was cleaning our room smelt of body odor, and I could tell he was out and about even before seeing him. Plus the hoover he used to clean our room left a horrid stench like the bag hadn't been changed in years. Everything onboard the ship was shockingly expensive. You'd need to take out a mortgage to buy in the shops. The food was great in the Horizon Restaurant and was self service. It was open 3 times a day for a good few hours at a time. The Lido Grill (snack Bar) was pathetic with a few chips and they only put out 1 hotdog or cheese burger at a time. No good when you have 100's onboard a ship. It was like they didn't want you to take more than one at a time. The other restaurants were pay restaurants and we never used them. The way we seen it, we paid a couple of 1000 for the holiday and weren't gonna pay even more to eat. If you like soft drinks and squash, you have to pay for them. Alcohol is not free either like it is on standard hotel all inclusive hols and it was expensive. The only free drinks are tea, coffee and water. Be careful of the hot plates in the Horizon when taking food. My partner went to take a slice of toast, the ship swayed, her arm rose up, touched the ''hidden'' hot plate and left her with a 4 inch burn. They have a notice the size of a postage stamp to say its hot, but you cant see it. Even if you can read it, its a floating moving structure and you have no control over your body movements when it's rocking and they have nothing in place to stop you badly burning yourself on this. She asked to see the doctor because the burn was quite bad and hurting and they told her she'd have to pay £62 just to see him!! Great, they burn her and charge her to seek medical help!! Needless to say we WILL be seeking legal advice within the next few days over this incident. The gym has all you need, very clean and tidy. The sauna and steam room are very clean, tidy, but are stupidly small for a shipful of passengers. the steam room fits about 5 and the sauna about 10. the out door pool and indoor pool were emptied for the 1st 3 days of our cruise, why I don't know, didn't they know we were comming?? When they did fill the pools they were great, clean. The jacuzzi's were also hot and clean. But I did see one guy actually shaving while sitting in the jacuzzi one time. I did report the matter as it was disgusting and they dealt with it. He was sitting in there, scraping his face with a razor, yuk. The decks were clean and tidy. The staff were 100% polite and very helpful. They go out of their way to say hello, g'morning and g'evening. They are also smiling constantly, which was nice. For the older oap generation there is quite a lot to do. For children there are groups they can join and there's also play centers that look after them for you. But if you're aged 18-50 and like a little bit of life onboard a ship, I'd give this one a miss. We just tried killing time inbetween ports by playing cards in our cabin and walking about the ship and using the gym twice a day as there wasn't really anything else for us to do. everywhere you look people are playing domino's, doing jigsaws and arts and crafts. Not our thing at all. The laundty is good with many machines and dryers all free of charge to use from 8am to 10pm. Oh, and Aurora seem to block all internet access while on the ship, whether it be on your tablet, phone or laptop. You have to purchase it from them at varying costs like £39 for 100 minutes, rip off cost. Our holiday was saved by the stops we made, and not the ship we were on. Disembarking was a nightmare. Everyone was confused and didn't seem to know where to go or what to do. This was the only time the staff were unhelpful and ignorant when approached. They were sending people to all places on the ship and giving them no info while they were waiting to leave. people were missing their buses etc. In the end I said to my partner for ''to hell with this, lets just get off or we'll miss our connection'', so we went back down to reception and walked off the ship. Why didn't the staff tell us we could do this rather than send us to the other end of the ship and wait for nothing?? This is an outdated ship with limited means. There are many many better P&O ships to sail on. Overhaul, did we enjoy? Yes. Would we sail on this ship again? No Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Our 3rd P&O cruise but first on Aurora. Cabin clean, cabin service excellent. First time having a Balcony - not as small as we thought it would be - very welcome on hot days! Breakfast in Medina was lovely & extensive choices & ... Read More
Our 3rd P&O cruise but first on Aurora. Cabin clean, cabin service excellent. First time having a Balcony - not as small as we thought it would be - very welcome on hot days! Breakfast in Medina was lovely & extensive choices & sitting well organised by friendly staff. Dinner in Alexandra restaurant was excellent & so were the lovely waiters. Plenty of choice in the Horizon restaurant at lunchtime. Entertainment better than on previous cruises - apart from 3 girl singers (or screechers). Loved the dancing, which we seemed able to do a lot of! We were well satisfied with the complete cruise on a whole. Prices are very reasonable, you can take drink onboard to consume in your cabin. Everyone is sooooo friendly & try to pander to your every need. The only fly in the oinment it that we would have liked to have booked again for the North Cape, but, although they have one advertised for June 2016, it doesn't actually go up that far. When we read other negative reviews on this cruise, we cannot believe we've been on the same trip!! P&O have really spoilt us for going with anyone else. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Just read a review of this cruise which I also thoroughly enjoyed, so it's prompted me to write mine! My 15th with P and O and my 2nd solo. Embarkation was as quick and easy as usual, taking around 17 minutes in all; it's one of ... Read More
Just read a review of this cruise which I also thoroughly enjoyed, so it's prompted me to write mine! My 15th with P and O and my 2nd solo. Embarkation was as quick and easy as usual, taking around 17 minutes in all; it's one of the things P and O do really well. Now that I've taken to carrying a small rucksack as hand luggage, it's fairly easy to negotiate the "Snatch and Grab" aka the buffet to grab a salad for lunch and take it out on deck. this is the only time i use the buffet except at very quiet times as I prefer being served and don't find it civilised there. Cabins were ready promptly at two, and I quickly found my suitcase and unpacked, before visiting the Library, signing onto the internet which as always is expensive, but speeds have improved, and exploring a ship I hadn't been on since 2003. The only disorientation I had was concerned with the roof being drawn over the Crystal Pool; last time I was on Aurora it was high summer and it all looked different! Weather was, with the exception of the last couple of days, superb for late November with sunbathing on my balcony the order of the day in the Med. Our ports were La Coruna, Csablanca, Malaga, with the unexpected bonus of an overnight, Cadiz and Lisbon. La Coruna, after a slightly bumpy but sunny crossing of Biscay, started in rain but the sun came out later. I'd been before so just went for a wander and some shopping. Casablanca was an experience; one I'm glad I had though I'm not sure I'd want to repeat it, especially after the dock slathered with a tar, sticky molasses and animal poo mix! The Captain did complain! My trainers took several days to recover and the next day I literally got stuck to the treadmill in the gym! I was thinking of wearing my pink suede sandals; thank goodness I didn't! I went on a tour "Cosmopolitan Casablanca and Belly Dance" which was great. We visited the Mosque, drove around the town and along the Corniche, had a little shopping time and went for a Moroccan Lunch with drumming and belly dancing both of which were highly entertaining. lunch was spicy and interesting. The belly dancer grabbed my hand and got me up to dance, oh why me? I enjoyed it though and tried to remember the moves I learned years ago in belly dancing classes. The huge contrast between rich and poor was disturbing. We had a very knowledgeable guide but he was easier to understand in his native French than in English because his accent was so strong! Aurora had to navigate carefully past Azzaza, the biggest yacht in the western world, on exit from the port. A great sight with crew aboard waving to us. I had already been to Malaga, Cadiz and Lisbon but enjoyed a wander in each city on my own. Went ashore in the evening in Malaga to shop and photograph but returned to the ship for dinner. Went for a longer walk the following morning. In Cadiz I found a new coastal walk and in Lisbon, where the weather turned wet, did some shopping in the morning before enjoying the rainstorm in the afternoon from the comfort of the Prom deck! The rain stopped and the wind dropped for the sailaway, which was spectacular with all the lights of Lisbon just coming on. Weather turned a bit coming home, with an excitingly choppy Biscay crossing making it slightly hard to walk around the ship. Prom decks were closed so I enjoyed the waves from my balcony. I dined in Alexandria Restaurant on a round table for 8 and enjoyed the company of the others, a mix of couples, friends and solos, immensely. Our waiters were great. So was the food. I never had a poor meal! I also enjoyed most breakfasts and lunches in the Medina Restaurant. I really appreciated the fact that as there was no Freedom Dining, you could arrive at the show 10 minutes in advance and get a seat! Freedom Dining has really ruined that on other ships! I suppose it may work for the late show, but if you are on 1st sitting, getting into the 9.30 performance is utterly impossible unless you are prepared to go 40 minutes early because the Freedom Diners have pinched all the seats! I will be sticking to 2nd sitting in future as it's easier to get seats for the late performances, and there are also some early shows and concerts you can attend before dinner. I found I got more out of my day on 2nd sitting in general, not to mention the fact that you can have afternoon tea because it's still several hours before dinner! I dined at the Marco Pierre White restaurant in the Cafe Bordeaux one night and really enjoyed that. i also had breakfast and lunch there several times, very relaxing with excellent food and service. Pity it's disappearing but I do like the Glass House so will look forward to that. I'm less keen on losing the Library though I also love Sindhu. Where will the Library go? Hope it doesn't become a joke like the one on Azura, just a cupboard really. The guest speaker, Ken Vard, spoke on the History of Ships I really enjoyed all of his talks though the Titanic one couldn't do justice to the subject even in an hour, and I do wish he would look up the little boy with the spinning top on the famous Francis Browne photograph. I know who he was, his history and whether he and his family survived! There was a good selection of films both in the cinema and on the in cabin TV which I enjoyed. The gym was good though I do wish it opened earlier, and I only put on 2 pounds because I went for a workout every day. My cabin on A deck midships was ideally located for a morning gym session! It was great to have a balcony for private reading, sunbathing and sailaways with a nice glass of wine or gin and tonic, worth the extra cost even for a solo traveller! Look forward to seeing Aurora after her refit. Hope they don't ruin the things I love about her, her elegance, her friendliness and her style. Booked my next cruise aboard, Oceana to the Canaries in early March. looking forward to it already! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I was very apprehensive as this was our first cruise but we thoroughly enjoyed it. The strictly theme was excellent and we couldn't believe the quality of the entertainment. We stayed a 5 star hotel in Tenerife earlier in the year and ... Read More
I was very apprehensive as this was our first cruise but we thoroughly enjoyed it. The strictly theme was excellent and we couldn't believe the quality of the entertainment. We stayed a 5 star hotel in Tenerife earlier in the year and we had only one night of good entertainment compared to every night on the Aurora. I loved the old fashioned elegance of the ship and I hope they don't change it too much during the refurbishments. We had lovely dining companions (Andrew and Suzanne) who had cruised before and gave us plenty of tips. The cabin was kept spotless by our steward Julmax and I was surprised at the size, I had expected it to be much more cramped. Unfortunately the dreaded Norovirus infected some passengers and so strict rules were applied in the dining areas and we could tell the Captain was annoyed as he actually said it must have been brought onboard by a passenger. It did not affect us enjoying our cruise however we haven't got the urge to book another, I think we would perhaps go earlier in the year as the weather wasn't fantastic, think we had only four days of sunshine. If I had only one gripe it would be that the sunbeds on the top deck at the stern, were very dirty and despite my mentioning it at reception, nothing was done. I wiped mine down with wet ones! Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
a just returned from a 17 night Central M editerranean cruise, Cadiz, Ctania, Corfu, Split, Venice, Korcula and Gibraltar. My husband is disabled so on arrival at Southampton we were met by wheelchair assistance and were on the ship within ... Read More
a just returned from a 17 night Central M editerranean cruise, Cadiz, Ctania, Corfu, Split, Venice, Korcula and Gibraltar. My husband is disabled so on arrival at Southampton we were met by wheelchair assistance and were on the ship within about 15 minutes. The cabin was lovely and spacious and our cabin steward throughout the cruise was very attentive. Captain: Neil (did I mention I come from Derbyshire) Turnbull was fabulous. As it was school holidays he had his wife and4 children on board but this in no way detracted him from mixing with and entertaining the passengers, Full marks Dining: we opted for 1st sitting at 6.30 and had very good table companions. We were intending to eat at some of the speciality restaurants but the food was so good in the Medina restaurant that we didn't bother with the extra expense. Our table waiters, Savio and Jibi were superb and were always cheerful and funny Cabin: As I said before, this was very spacious and light - we had a balcony on C deck. The steward met our every need and was very friendly. The bed (king) was fabulously comfy and there was a huge amount of storage space. I love the fact that P & O provide tea/coffee making facilities in the cabin. Other lines could take a leaf out of their book on this matter. Entertainment: First class, there was something to suit everybody, plenty of deck games, dance classes, shows, both in the Playhouse Theatre and Carmens (more of a nightclub atmosphere with tables and chairs and a bar service). I particularly enjoyed all the different quizzes, particularly the Battle of the Sexes (teams of men versus ladies) held every sea day afternoon. This was hosted by Emma and Paul who added to to fun by their banter throughout. I also enjoyed the syndicate quiz which was held every night with the winning table receiving a bottle of wine. The shows were, on the whole, very enjoyable and the resident Headliners worked very hard to produce some excellent shows. Ports of call: We enjoyed all the ports and went on one or two P &O excursions. These were very good value for money with the exception of Leisurely Korcula where we were in a mini bus for 2 1/2 hours with no stops to get out for photos. If you were sitting on the right hand side of the bus (as we were) you couldn't see all the views. I did tell the tours desk team about this and they said they would be looking into this for the future). Most of the ports have the local sightseeing City Tours bus close to hand and they are excellent value for money and provide a hop on hop off service. Venice was my favourite port and we had a commentary as we entered and a classical sail away. Disembarkation: Very swift and well organised. Overall, a wonderful cruise and I can't wait till our next one   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Aurora is a medium-sized ship with a walk around prom deck and a horseshoe shaped back - very popular with many stalwart cruisers. What a pity that economic pressures dictate that some cruise lines, P&O included, must move to larger ... Read More
Aurora is a medium-sized ship with a walk around prom deck and a horseshoe shaped back - very popular with many stalwart cruisers. What a pity that economic pressures dictate that some cruise lines, P&O included, must move to larger ships which is what many of us don't want! Having been on Oriana only 2 weeks before this cruise, comparison is inevitable and, unfortunately, because she is due for her refit later this year, at the moment we would say we much preferred the interior of Oriana to Aurora. Our dining room was the Alexandria and this was pleasant enough. The Orangery always seemed busy and it was quite chilly sitting in there. When the doors opened to the deck outside then it was very draughty. Perhaps something could be done about this on the refit? Occasionally they ran out of mugs and teaspoons and it was often necessary to queue, particularly one night when it was a Best of British carvery. Masquerade is a rather dull and dismal room with a low ceiling, dark furniture and a small dance floor. I understand it is due for refurb at the refit. As it is, there was very little atmosphere for dancing. Apart from the last two nights it was CDs not live dance music and there was a well-meaning but slightly irritating host who added "ers" to all the dances, saying "Come on all you quicksteppers; foxtroters, waltzers, rumba one-ers, cha, cha, cha-ers" etc. There is a good sized cinema and adequate theatre. The air-con blasted out in the cinema and it really was quite cool. The stairwells were cold too. The weather for most of the cruise was quite hot and much better than expected but inside I think Aurora is the coldest ship I've been on. The pub was a bit dark and a funny shaped area, no way near as good as on Oriana. The chairs and layout were poor. Hope this will be changed at refit. After 3 cruises in 5 months with P&O I'm getting tired of seeing the same old watches, bracelets, jewellery, perfumes etc on sale in the shops. We didn't use the spa or buy any photographs and will not do so as long as they are so over-priced! The syndicate quiz was very popular but the house wine offered as the prize is an acquired taste! All in all the entertainment was acceptable - no-one really stood out except perhaps the retired police officer who gave excellent talks. Again, having travelled a few times with P&O recently, we had already seen some of the shows. The average age range of passengers was probably 65+ and many didn't seem interested in the sail-away parties. Poor Michael, the CD, was flogging a dead horse at times trying to get passengers to join in. At one sail-away which included sister ship Oriana, Aurora easily lost out in terms of enthusiasm. I can't quite put my finger on why but the entertainment team on Aurora didn't seem to sparkle as well as on Oriana. The highlights of the cruise were its excellent ports of call, with the possible exception of Catania in Sicily where the traffic stopped just short of actually running you over. Cadiz was much better than expected and it was a shame that the call to Gibraltar was only half a day and on a Sunday. Another highlight was the ship's Captain, Neil Turnbull, who could easily have a career as a comedian should he ever give up the sea. His briefings, talk and "audience with" were informative and funny. Our cabin, C275, was clean, comfortable and had adequate storage space. It was well kept by our friendly steward who did seem a little reluctant to allow us more than 6 little milks or give us a laundry bag! There was plenty of hot water at good pressure but there was a step up into the bath through quite a narrow opening. The balcony floor covering had splats of paint dried on it and looked a bit uncared for. Embarkation and disembarking were smooth and the one tour we took (in Corfu) was well organised. The food was good rather than excellent. I understand P&O are moving to plated meals, which is a shame, and to freedom dining, which is good. One way in which I feel they can economise is to do away with the tradition of giving out copies of the menus when you leave - I don't really need these. I hope both Oriana and Aurora are going to have a place in P&Os fleet for a long time to come as the size and design of them are great. I hope to sail on both again, Aurora after her refit though. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
My husband loved it, I hated it. It was our first cruise with our two children (age five and three). My husband loved the choice of food, the balcony, the smoothness of the ship, the formal dinners. I disliked the old people who were ... Read More
My husband loved it, I hated it. It was our first cruise with our two children (age five and three). My husband loved the choice of food, the balcony, the smoothness of the ship, the formal dinners. I disliked the old people who were totally rude about our very well behaved daughters. I disliked the overt "British" feel of everything. All the food was geared towards old peoples tastes in the formal dining rooms. I hated lining up for my food in a gigantic canteen while my husband hunted with countless others for a table to become vacant, it felt like a prison. The waiting staff were a credit to their (mostly) Goan origins, attentive, professional, charming and courteous. The Children's Club was great. Our daughters really enjoyed attending and their portfolios at the end of the ten day trip showed just how much they had done - loads! I thought the ports were, with the exception of Cadiz, pretty rubbish. Malaga, Vigo, Lisbon are seriously among the most boring cities on earth...they're just ports. I don't think it offers particular good value for money and I can't imagine taking another cruise...until I'm an octogenarian! Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
I am a regular cruiser who cruises with various companies on small, medium and large ships. Love cruising and always embrace each new adventure with an aim to enjoy myself and have fun. Aurora: A classic ship with public areas to suit ... Read More
I am a regular cruiser who cruises with various companies on small, medium and large ships. Love cruising and always embrace each new adventure with an aim to enjoy myself and have fun. 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 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. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Aurora Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 3.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 5.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.5
Family 5.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 3.7
Rates 3.0 3.9

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