We don't cruise every year but we were in need of a holiday and a cruise is usually a great treat. We spent time in Southampton with family the day before but had to wait to board til 2.30pm. Boarding was very quick and efficient. Food was available at the Lido deck but we were a bit late and had to make do with a tiny salad until our dinner at 8.30pm. We really should have gone to self serve as it was late for us to eat and although we sat at the table promptly it was nearly 9.30 before we got our meal. I don't count the mushroom starter which was awful! The meal had lightly warmed up new potatoes and a grey looking fish. I complained and perhaps this helped us to get a nice table at 6.30 for the rest of the cruise. Mealtimes were enjoyable because of the company and the attentiveness of the waiters but food was generally disappointing. Often it was lacking in taste. A steak was tough, a waldorf salad was lacking in celery or walnuts- you needed a magnifying glass to find any trace. The Greek salad had no feta cheese and the bread was usually doughy. The bread was exceptionally nice once and I remember about 4 really nice meals out of 11 days. My husband a chocoholic complained to me that the chocolate had little taste. The chocolate brownie did though to be fair. Salads in the self service were watery and again very little taste. Our cabin with balcony was lovely and near to the laundry for washing or ironing. We like dancing but all the lessons during the day were for beginners. The ballroom at night was very quiet maybe because it was school holidays and a lot of families were on board.The shows were quite good- what you would expect on a cruise and the acts they brought on board were good too. We got bored with the disco as the DJ seemed stuck in a rut- so much good music to play and he kept going back to Tamla and baggy trousers! We shared in a couple of quizes but not many activities to suit us. The last two nights there was so little choice, we both read our books and had early nights. We are used to finding our own way at ports of call and when we discussed our days at dinner with other guests, we often found that we had a better and more interesting day than those who had done the excursions!

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Aurora Cruise Review by wendygcruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2017
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom with Bath/Shower
We don't cruise every year but we were in need of a holiday and a cruise is usually a great treat.

We spent time in Southampton with family the day before but had to wait to board til 2.30pm. Boarding was very quick and efficient. Food was available at the Lido deck but we were a bit late and had to make do with a tiny salad until our dinner at 8.30pm. We really should have gone to self serve as it was late for us to eat and although we sat at the table promptly it was nearly 9.30 before we got our meal. I don't count the mushroom starter which was awful! The meal had lightly warmed up new potatoes and a grey looking fish. I complained and perhaps this helped us to get a nice table at 6.30 for the rest of the cruise.

Mealtimes were enjoyable because of the company and the attentiveness of the waiters but food was generally disappointing. Often it was lacking in taste. A steak was tough, a waldorf salad was lacking in celery or walnuts- you needed a magnifying glass to find any trace. The Greek salad had no feta cheese and the bread was usually doughy. The bread was exceptionally nice once and I remember about 4 really nice meals out of 11 days. My husband a chocoholic complained to me that the chocolate had little taste. The chocolate brownie did though to be fair.

Salads in the self service were watery and again very little taste.

Our cabin with balcony was lovely and near to the laundry for washing or ironing. We like dancing but all the lessons during the day were for beginners. The ballroom at night was very quiet maybe because it was school holidays and a lot of families were on board.The shows were quite good- what you would expect on a cruise and the acts they brought on board were good too.

We got bored with the disco as the DJ seemed stuck in a rut- so much good music to play and he kept going back to Tamla and baggy trousers! We shared in a couple of quizes but not many activities to suit us. The last two nights there was so little choice, we both read our books and had early nights.

We are used to finding our own way at ports of call and when we discussed our days at dinner with other guests, we often found that we had a better and more interesting day than those who had done the excursions!
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Balcony Stateroom with Bath/Shower
Cabin IB
Lovely cabin, sometimes could sit and have the sunshine.
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