Having been on our first cruise onboard Ventura in May this year, we were very pleased with the cruise line and we immediately booked for 14 nights cruise to the Baltic.
Our ports if call were Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg ( over night stop), Tallinn, Copenhagen, Warnemunde and Kristiansand. We had booked excursions at every port except Warnemunde as we had visited the port during a previous family holiday. As our "kids" are all grown up now, it was just me and hubby on this cruise.
I have mobility issues and P&O has never disappointed with help where needed. Embarkation was brilliant. We don't live far from Southampton we used " park your car at my house" Thus was fantastic as you also then are taken by car to the dock. We can recommend this, it's reasonable and you know your ad is being looked after rather than leave it in the car park
Once onboard we were taken straight to our cabin B143 forward, a deluxe with Balcony. There was ample room and stowed our cases under the bed. We had also booked a celebration package which was fantastic value for the money. Our cabin steward, Stanley was very good nothing seemed too much.
We had originally been booked o. 2nd sitting in the MDR. Reception quickly changed us to first sitting. Aurora decor was tired but the ship was very clean. MDR was bright and airy (we had Medina restaurant) our waiters Prashant and Sanny were brilliant I do not have a large appetite a d am also a very picky eater but once this was established, I was always offered alternatives. The food was great, my husband really enjoyed his meals.
The Entertainment was ok, the Freddie Mercury impersonator was very good, but headlininers were not as we expected. I must mention that "Graham" from the excursion team held talks on all our Port visits. The talks where very informative and had quite a but of humour. Although we never used them, the 3 swimming pools were always busy even on port days.Aurora is a family friendly ship and there were a lot if children onboard. We only encountered a few, but they were very polite and also used their manners. The children also took part on black tue nights. They were a credit to thief parents and we would happily cruise on a family ship again
On this cruise we had 4 black tie nights, 4 smart casual ( men required jackets) and 6 casual nights. We enjoyed them all. The crew were truly awesome, very polite and nothing was too much trouble. All the crew seemed very happy from the captain down over.
If we have one criticism, is after being on Ventura, we found it dry strange to have to pass cabins to reach the midship. On the whole we had a wonderful cruise and we are looking forward to our cruise at Christmas.
Deluxe cabin on B deck. It was quite spacious and the decor was very good. The bathroom had bath, shower and vanity unit. TV was on the small side but was adequate. The balcony was good, as we had expected but others we met with balcony cabins on A, C, and D deck were really small and the lookout was just to say looked like a but bigger than the portholes