Aurora Review

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Editor's Note: Aurora received an update in March 2019 that saw the ship redesigned as an adults-only vessel. Gone are the kids clubs and teen areas, in their place are 28 brand-new cabins that were added to Deck 8. Other areas benfit from refreshed carpets, soft furnishings and upholstery.

The 1,910-passenger Aurora joins Arcadia and Oriana as the line's third child-free ship, though the latter will leave the fleet in August 2019.

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 first 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 Cruises 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; and the Glass House restaurant and bar, with wines selected by TV presenter Olly Smith, which replaced Cafe Bordeaux. Both these restaurants are on P&O Cruises' twin sisters Azura and Ventura.

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

The 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 approaching 20 years old.


Passengers: 2000
Crew: 417
Passenger to Crew: 4.8:1
Launched: 2000
Shore Excursions: 989

Fellow Passengers

Since a March 2019 refit, Aurora is an adults-only ship, attracting a traditional demographic of 50-something and over 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.

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Aurora cruises to Southampton, Brugge (Bruges), Hamburg, Skjolden, Flam, Alesund, Akureyri, Reykjavik, Cobh (Cork), St. Peter Port (Guernsey), La Coruna, Vigo, Malta (Valletta), Taormina (Messina), Salerno, Rome (Civitavecchia), Corsica (Ajaccio), Alicante, Lisbon, Cologne, Sardinia, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Trieste, Gibraltar, Trondheim, Andalsnes, Eidfjord, Stavanger, Greenock (Glasgow), Isafjord, Alta, Tromso, Kiel, Helsinki, Tallinn, Visby, Klaipeda, Rostock (Warnemunde), Aarhus, Skagen, Antigua, Tortola, St. Lucia, Barbados, Manaus, Santarem, Cartagena (Colombia), Colon (Cristobal), Puerto Limon, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel, Grand Cayman (Georgetown), Montego Bay, Grand Turk, Freeport, Hamilton, Olden, Belfast, Seville, Portofino, Capri, Olbia, Porto (Leixoes), Cherbourg, Liverpool, Kirkwall, Newcastle (England), St. John's (Newfoundland), Halifax, Portland (Maine), Boston, New York (Manhattan), Newport, Rockland, Saint John (New Brunswick), Sydney (Nova Scotia), Katakolon (Olympia), Corfu, Split, Lanzarote, La Palma, Madeira (Funchal), Fuerteventura, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, St. Vincent, Ponta Delgada, Rotterdam, Tenerife, Copenhagen, Oslo, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Santos (Sao Paulo), Montevideo, Stanley, Punta Arenas, Lima, Fuerte Amador (Balboa), Aruba, Grenada, Quebec City, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Gdansk (Warsaw), Molde, Catania, and Tangier

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Aurora Cruiser Reviews

Still going strong but some standards may have changed.

This was our sixth cruise on Aurora since first sailing on her in 2002 and hopefully it certainly won't be our last.Read More
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many10+ Cruises

Age 65s

Aurora review

All in all a very enjoyable first cruise on Aurora.Read More
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many10+ Cruises

Age 69s

Cruise to Norway, Iceland and Ireland. Itinerary great, the ship not so!!

I was dubious about going on the Aurora, but the fact that it was Adult Only helped seal the deal and the price was right. Why was I dubious about the Aurora?Read More
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many10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Enjoyed the cruise, but food was average.

We like the smaller ships and particularly Aurora. We had wonderful calm seas for 16 days and then a Force 10 storm with high seas and missed Gibraltar as it was closed.Read More
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Age 70s

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