Had an excellent long haul cruise in 2013 on P&O's Adonia so was happy to trust them with another long haul cruise.
The Aurora is a beautiful ship, lovely and clean, happy friendly crew, great onboard entertainent and excellent food. If you get the right cabin I would highly recomend it but our deluxe balcony cabin was disgusting. The balcony wasn't fit for purpose or as described to me by P&O's port admin staff before making our booking. The layout of the cabin was inpracticle and the air conditioning system was defective pouring contaminated air into our cabin.
1. We were asked to arrive at Southamptom for 1pm and instructed not to arrive early/late as this was our designated time slot to board the ship.
*Terrible. Not as described and expected. Ruined hoiday. Wouldn't have booked trip with this balçony cabin under any circustances. Would only have booked if expected and paid for a seaview cabin only. Not a balcony cabin and definately not a deluxe balcony. Am very, very upset. Has ruined memories of my partners 60th birthday, Cabin left us feeling depressed at times during trip.
Deluxe balcony - just a window frame where window has recently been removed and turned into a cabin.
*Cabin dark and drap because of metal framework encsing outside area.
*Cabin not configerated as shown in brochure due to lack of space. *Coffee table squashed up against wall instead of in front of sofa as no space for it, therefore unable to make use of it properly.
*No chest of draws in this cabin due to lack of space, they were in other cabins. Had to use sofa to store clothes on for 2 months rather than use it to sit on.
*Draws in wall unit only a couple of inches deep so no good for storing clothes. Not deep enough for hairbrush either!
*Cabin so narrow partner kept hitting head or shoulder on tv which was hung on wall at bottom of bed.
*Wall was very thin. Lady in neighbouring cabin could hear our tv even though volume was only set at number 12.
*Entrance to cabin was so narrow that cabin door and bathroom door could not be openned at same time. This caused more than one injury during trip when my partner entered cabin as I was leaving batroom.
*Air conditioning was faulty. Sewage smell came into cabin twice at night and smell of paint regularly throughout cruise. On one occassion the Air conditioning got stuck on 'fast' cold setting all night
*Only 2 plug sockets, none near bed.
*Socet for kette was extra wide so secnd scket couldn't be used at same time
*phone not set up same as other cabins. Unable to call ship to shore, or other cabins or servces. Could only call reception.
Loved this place. Use the free city hop on bus to get an overview of the city. Lovely friendly people. If you come out the rear doors of the very long 200 year old market and carry on walking up the street a bit further, on the left is a lovely old authentic coffee shop. Coming back down towards the market again, on the other side of the road is a lovely 3 storey bar called Henrys. Roof terrace bar is popular but cold in february. Grab a bar stool, ground floor at the bar. The locals are lovely and eager to chat
Cheap prices, wine, beer, coffee and portuguese custard tarts. Must have been a good night as i have limited memory. Been twice, worth a tour on first visit