What do a 50+ year old male ex-teacher, a 40+ year old female with significant mobility problems and a 19 year old geology student with a love for musical theatre have in common? Two things: 1) we are one family 2) Aurora did a marvellous job in meeting both our individual needs and those as a family. This was a magnificent 17 nights cruise in a most elegant ship.
It was so filled with delights, not least from the itinerary which was brilliant. Why do so few ships sail form Southampton to the Eastern Mediterranean? I could almost write a book about this cruise, however I will try to keep comments short and informed.
Embarkation and disembarkation were both swift and smooth.
A great cabin. On B deck the balconies are more open (and spacious?) than on other decks. We actually brought with us 5 suitcases, 2 holdalls and 2 ruc-sacs! Silly really but amazingly the room had so much clever use of space that we fit everything in with nothing 'on display' and room to spare. The bathroom was a bit tired but fine with a great amount of storage space. The main room actually was almost two rooms. An archway with thick curtains separated the main bedroom from the sofa area which gave privacy at night for our son who slept very comfortably on the double sofa bed. By day the whole cabin was very airy and the ceiling to floor sliding doors gave great viewing and access to a good sized balcony. The fridge worked fine for keeping wine, water and medication cool. The tv channels were not brilliant; the only time I seriously watched it was as wee sailed by the North African coast and I switched between sunbathing on the balcony and watching Geoff Stelling updating the Saturday football scores! Freddy attended our cabin with great diligence and courtesy. The bed and sofa were very comfortable and the furnishings/decor of the room of a high standard. Most of the time the room was totlally silent and there was no motion whatsoever. The only sound from neighbouring cabins was of drawers opening and closing and there was only slight motion when the wind reached Force 7/8.
Excellent access for the rear lifts (without being too close), the tiered stern decks and The Horizon buffet. All in all a brilliant room which catered well for 3 people.