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Aurora Review

4.0 / 5.0
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275 reviews
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Revisiting Cities we like and experiencing their Christmas atmosphere

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Bonzo159b
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Dec 2017
Cabin: Large Outside Stateroom with Bath/Shower
Tivoli Gardens Copenhagan Denmark
Inside Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen Denmark
Christmas Market Copenhagen Denmark
P&O Aurora Docked in Copenhagen Denmark
P&O Aurora Docked in Oslo Norway
Christmas Street Decorations Oslo Norway
Zeebrugge War Memorial and St George's Walk - 100 Anniversary 23 April

We chose this cruise because of the Itinerary and we have cruised with P&O many times before. Dining arrangements have changed over the years with the advent of Freedom Dining which we tried once but changed back to Club dining as I don't like having to have a pager at peak periods. With prefer second sitting at 8:30pm as it allows time when returning from ashore. We have always preferred a table with 6 - 8 persons and the restaurant managers have always provided us with like minded and interesting people to share with. This was not the case this year as we had a table to ourselves and several other larger tables had people missing a lot of the time. Whilst I appreciate some guests were visiting other restaurants it appears freedom dining was the main cause of this cultural change. The ship takes a bit of getting use to in terms of layout. The choice of Beer or Larger can be frustrating in terms of what is types are sold in different bars and in some only small bottles are sold at inflated prices. The Staff were friendly and the entertainment was good. Access to the various cities from the ports of call was easy whether going on one's own or choosing an excursion. Whilst Zeebrugge does not rate high on visitors list like Brugge I was keen to see the Memorial to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines at Zeebrugge together with St George's walk given that it will be 100 years ago on St George's 2018 that the blocking of the canal entrance took place with it supporting raids there and Ostend for which 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded. Knowledge of this action seemed lacking from crew members I spoke to. The shuttle bus service to Blankenberge was appreciated as an alternative visit to Brugge. Unlike other Cruise Ships I have been on there was also a lack of interesting Lectures or talks whilst at sea.

Cabin Review

Large Outside Stateroom with Bath/Shower

Cabin KA

Good

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Copenhagen

Booked Tivoli Gardens visit on the internet and visited the City attractions independently having been there many times before.

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