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Aurora Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Very Disappointing Cruise

Aurora Cruise Review by Walllis

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2016
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom with Bath/Shower

If this was our first cruise we would have thought well it was OK but, we have had 3 cruises in total so we had something to compare this cruise with.

The balcony cabin was the smallest we had been in and not a lot of room for a lengthy journey. The shore trips were too expensive and were not value for money.

When the Captain gave messages over the public address system it was as if he was whispering and no one could hear what he was saying. We had a few hiccups.....smoke in the engine room, a fire in the launderette and divers in Barbados welding underneath the ship.

The most disappointing part of this cruise....which should be the best...was the food.

I liken it to ferry food, it was basic and served warm....we never had a hot meal.

Also disappointing was that there should have been a restaurant for all passengers who did not want to wear evening dress and tuxedos, the Horizon cafe (this is the best word for it), offered this facility but amazingly passengers in full dress regalia used it instead of the restaurants.....perhaps they wanted bigger portions as it is self service.

Evening meals in the Horizon cafe were totally forgettable, poor choice and quality and you had to eat here because you were not allowed in the other restaurants or bars if you did not have the correct attire. You knew that the puddings would be bread & butter, fruit salad and some kind of mousse.

We will not be choosing P&O again. They should stick to what they are good at...Dover to Calais.

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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom with Bath/Shower
Cabin IA 248

Quite small and badly designed because if someone was sitting at the dressing table there was no room to get past without them moving.

Also not enough space between the bed and the wardrobe to open doors.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Ponta Delgada

Disappointing because we saw nothing due to very bad weather. The island must make an effort to upgrade the town, not very pleasant, very sad and shabby.

San Francisco

Fabulous, enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Not to be missed.

San Francisco

It was an 11 hour day but the coach was comfortable and the driver entertaining.

Monterey, 17 mile drive through the famous Pebble Beach Golf course and then onto Carmel.....which was a joy, just loved it.

San Francisco

This lovely area is opposite San Francisco and I thought it had style, atmosphere and plenty of character. It reminded me of the Amalfi coast in Italy because the houses are built into the hillside. Do not miss this, it is a half hour journey by ferry.


Beautiful island, rugged rustic and interesting.

It has a magical atmosphere to it and did not disappoint.


Surprisingly very spiritual. Huge boulders in different shapes and sizes thrown onto the island from volcanic eruption

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