We experienced such a good cruise on the Aurora 4 years ago that we decide to re-visit the ship. This was a 16 night cruise to the Adriatic the highlight of which,was a stop at Venice. The embarkation was faultless,our cabin spotless and with all the usual facilities. The theme of the cruise was musical and all tastes were catered for Opera, Jazz,string quartets and a passenger choir who performed Gilbert and Sullivan. All the staff,apart from one or two sullen cocktail waitresses were friendly,thoughtful and endlessly patient. Approaching Venice from the sea and strolling around this exquisite city was worth the price of the cruise itself. That's the good bit. We used to laugh at the saying that cruising was for "the newly wed or the nearly dead"-but this cruise had an excess of the latter. There were so many wheelchairs,electric buggies,zimmers and walking sticks on board that we could have been on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. AS a result we did not go on any excursions,as it took so long to decant these people off the ship on to tenders-let alone any kind of tour bus. The food in the main was good,but the chef seemed to have a preoccupation with suet dishes and overcooked vegetables-no doubt catering for our gummy fellow travellers. We had thought about booking a section of the world cruise with P&O but We don't want to spend a couple of months on a floating residential care home!

Aurora - Eastern Mediterranean

Aurora Cruise Review by jhaswell

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We experienced such a good cruise on the Aurora 4 years ago that we decide to re-visit the ship. This was a 16 night cruise to the Adriatic the highlight of which,was a stop at Venice. The embarkation was faultless,our cabin spotless and with all the usual facilities. The theme of the cruise was musical and all tastes were catered for Opera, Jazz,string quartets and a passenger choir who performed Gilbert and Sullivan. All the staff,apart from one or two sullen cocktail waitresses were friendly,thoughtful and endlessly patient. Approaching Venice from the sea and strolling around this exquisite city was worth the price of the cruise itself. That's the good bit. We used to laugh at the saying that cruising was for "the newly wed or the nearly dead"-but this cruise had an excess of the latter. There were so many wheelchairs,electric buggies,zimmers and walking sticks on board that we could have been on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. AS a result we did not go on any excursions,as it took so long to decant these people off the ship on to tenders-let alone any kind of tour bus. The food in the main was good,but the chef seemed to have a preoccupation with suet dishes and overcooked vegetables-no doubt catering for our gummy fellow travellers. We had thought about booking a section of the world cruise with P&O but We don't want to spend a couple of months on a floating residential care home!

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