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5 P&O Cruises Aurora Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Baltic Sea

Longer than usual 7 night cruise and gave more time to settle in. the scenery was fantastic. The weather was warm unusually. But Norway is very expensive for everything. A man’s belt was £50. Way more than the UK. A railway journey ... Read More
Longer than usual 7 night cruise and gave more time to settle in. the scenery was fantastic. The weather was warm unusually. But Norway is very expensive for everything. A man’s belt was £50. Way more than the UK. A railway journey listed as spectacular, forgot name, was terribly noisy. Cost about £50 and more booked via ship. Not worth it. Did not find it good as packed out and with the dreadful screeching noise of the tracks was unbearable. Pleased to get off. A snack out was so expensive I either made rolls at breakfast time or I collected rolls from the breakfast area made up. Ship excursions are very expensive and rarely worth it. Better to soak up local atmosphere at each port. Norwegians mostly spoke good English and were charming. The food on P and O has gone downhill. Silver service a few years ago but preplated now. Portions very small. One potato! Ask for more and you get a truckload to embarrass you to not ask again. Bad! I would never travel with this cruise line again. Been on Aurora twice and Arcadia. Warning. If you like you balcony doors open Arcadia’s are not sliding and you have to wedge a coffee table in the gap to get some fresh air. That’s it! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was chosen by friends and we went along.Restaurants were fantastic.Lots of good food and the service was great with wonderful waiters.Our cabin was always kept clean and we had a very polite and helpful steward. Entertainment was ... Read More
This was chosen by friends and we went along.Restaurants were fantastic.Lots of good food and the service was great with wonderful waiters.Our cabin was always kept clean and we had a very polite and helpful steward. Entertainment was good but could have been better on certain days.Excursions: We were disappointed on some especially one where on the hottest day ever we were given a coach without air-condition.I even fainted.Full marks go to the St.Petersburg excursion and to our wonderful guide Katerina.Embarkation and disembarkation were fast with helpful staff.The ship was always clean and very easy to move about without getting lost or confused. Films in the cinema could have been better.What we would have liked was an all inclusive for drinks and cocktails.What was offered was coffee and wine all inclusive and not all drink them.We would gladly travel again with these cruise liners.Thank you all. In all it was a wonderful cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
we chose this cruise to the north of Norway to get the best chance to view the northern lights, and we were not disappointed. the night we had at the football field away from any lights was great. we say that the lights were grey until ... Read More
we chose this cruise to the north of Norway to get the best chance to view the northern lights, and we were not disappointed. the night we had at the football field away from any lights was great. we say that the lights were grey until we used the 99 cent delay app on our iphones that brought out spectacular green. and the movement like a harp. super.. the ship being abt 1800 passengers was just the right size. only 2 times the motion of the big waves kept us from walking around. also, there seemed to be more places on this ship to just sit and view of chat. good choices. the ship was 98% brits. few Australians. abt 10 Americans(I was one of them). it was fun; kind of stood out in the4 many trivia contests we went too. what a friendly group of people. all service was top notch; from the cabin to all the waiters. the scenery was always beautiful and worth the trip. another bonus of this trip was seeing the conclusion of the 1200km dogsled race when in Alta. with a crowd of hundreds, lots of music and singing(in Norwegian), and seeing the first 2 come in was really neat. if there is any con to this cruise it would be too many sea days after a while. always things to do, but just a feeling. and not too much wildlife seen(but we should not have been surprised). would we recommend? If you haven't seen the northern lights, a definite yes. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted the chance to see the Northern Light. As it was also our first cruise we were unsure what to expect or how we would cope with the lifestyle. Fortunately, we loved it! The whole experience of cruising ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted the chance to see the Northern Light. As it was also our first cruise we were unsure what to expect or how we would cope with the lifestyle. Fortunately, we loved it! The whole experience of cruising was so relaxing and enjoyable. Being able to choose what we did and where we went in our own time was something very new to us and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The Aurora was one of the smaller ships in the P&O fleet but was beautifully maintained and provided an excellent daily newsletter to keep everyone informed of the daily activities and events. The service on board was first class from our cabin steward to the waiters in the restaurants. Everybody was so polite, helpful and respectful. Nothing was too much trouble. The food was beautifully prepared and presented and always sufficient (even for the biggest appetite). There were plenty of activities for people to take part in, from jigsaw puzzles to fitness classes. The entertainment offered was thoroughly enjoyable and varied from comedy to classical guitarist, from dancing shows to astronomy talks. Our balcony cabin was a very good size with plenty of storage space for all our thermal gear and 'posh clothes'. We were very well looked after by our cabin steward who made sure we received all the necessary information available. Our ports of calls were few but all were enjoyable in their own way. Andasnes, was a small port that offered easy access to the town. A gentle stroll was sufficient to stretch the legs after two days at sea. Tromso offered more as it was a bigger town. The trip to the University Planetarium was certainly the highlight where we we given a talk on the Northern Lights. Tromso Museum and the Cathedral of the Northern Lights (an unusual design) were two further stops on the tour. Alta was our most northern port of call and our coldest and snowiest. A shuttle bus was needed to get into the town where the Arctic Cathedral awaited us. Thid was a peculiar design for a church but the ice sculptures, designed by children, that were on disolay were a lovely surprise. The town was quaint and looked very well kept. Alta is where we went in search of the Northern Lights and we were not disappointed. A coach trip took us 15 minutes from the cruise ship where we were treated to a mesmerising display of dancing lights. From 9:45 until 11:00 we didn't know where to look and where to photograph. The guide told us that in the 10 years that he had been doing this he hadn't seen a better display - how lucky were we! The next night there was thick cloud and no Lights!! We also had a wonderful Husky dog sled ride from Alta. We visited the Holman Husky Centre where we met the dogs and were given a talk in a Sami tent before being taken on an exhilerating 25 minute ride - fantastic. Stavanger was our final port of call. This attractive town had a delightful old part and a more modern area. Lovely lake in the centre of town with plenty of walks. Would we go on that cruise again? No - because we think the Northern Lights experience could not be beaten. We had fantastic views, saw dolphins, a dorsal fin of a whale and a sea eagle - everything we wanted to do. Would we recommend this cruise? Definitely with the warning that you might be in the right place and at the right time to see theNorthern Lights but you cannot guarantee the conditions will be right - we were so lucky! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Chose this cruise for it's many different ports having been to the Baltic twice before. Interesting ports such as Riga, Travemunde, Gdynia, Skagen, Tallinn, Klaipeda as well as the usual Oslo, Copenhagen & St Petersburg. Cabin ... Read More
Chose this cruise for it's many different ports having been to the Baltic twice before. Interesting ports such as Riga, Travemunde, Gdynia, Skagen, Tallinn, Klaipeda as well as the usual Oslo, Copenhagen & St Petersburg. Cabin was well serviced and adequate. DIning was to a satisfactory standard in the Medina dining room. The entertainment was abysmal only the comedian was any good, the rest were boring rubbish. As usual the cruise companies excursions were over priced & in large coaches,we went freelance everywhere except St Petersburg where we went on a pre arranged 2 day tour with TJ travel,arranged online with no prepayment & they also arranged & sent us the visa, they were brilliant, 12 of us in a 16 seater instead of 40+ in a P&O coach, we used them previously & will use them again in future. The ship was a nice compact size & well maintained, suited us better than some of the mega cruise ships. We like P&O for the fact we can take own alcohol on board (for cabin use only) we took a few bottles of wine for pre-dinner. The ship was generally very clean with good service from all the staff. One interesting point is as the average age of passengers appears to be in the 60's and 70's why were there condom machines in the gents ! Although we were in an inside cabin we left the TV on at night tuned to the bow camera channel, we then know if it's night or day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Aurora Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 3.0 3.8
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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