Our 10th cruise with P&O but our first on Aurora. Having experienced poor service on a 4 day cruise on Ventura a few months earlier, we were concerned that P&O standards were falling, but our confidence was restored with this cruise.
Aurora is a lovely ship. She has all the essential attributes including a wide, full circuit, level (no steps) promenade deck, a Crows Nest and a beautiful design (particularly the tiered stern). Being a small ship (by today's standards) she is easy to get around.
We cruised out of the school holiday season so the profile was over 80% retired, which suited us even though we aren't retired, as the passengers were lovely and through Freedom Dining we met a lot of very interesting people who we chatted to around the ship or in ports. The ship had a real 'community' feel.
Great for a wheelchair user. You can get the wheelchair into the accessible bathroom (wet room). The automated doors are useful, but take far too long to close. You end up waiting in the corridor for them to close and when you enter the cabin you are on show to passers by for a while.
The ship docks next to the historic city. No need for a tour here.
The ship docked quite a way from the city centre so the transfer was a good 30 minutes. There was a major football match on so the city was full of thousands of supporters who were quite rowdy.