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Aurora Review

4.0 / 5.0
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272 reviews
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Caribbean Culinary Disaster

Review for Aurora to Transatlantic
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Mike Smith
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Dec 2010
Cabin: Outside Stateroom with Bath/Shower

Having saved for this cruise for 18 months and using it as an opportunity to commence our retirement, all I can say is that we completed the cruise feeling totally ripped off and generally disappointed with the whole experience. We were so disappointed that after the 3rd day I purchased a cruise diary to reflect our daily frustrations here goes:

Our embarkation went quite smoothly with around a 40 minute joining period from arriving at the port to entering our outside cabin which was small and cramped, the toilet/shower were fine but the space between the wardrobes and the toilet/main door were pokey so if one of us wanted to go to the loo one had to wait to get access to the door or wardrobes. The bed in queen configuration was fine and very comfortable, the only drawback was that there was a light on outside the cabin all night long and the curtains didn't close properly which resulted in several sleepless nights.

My main gripe was the quality and presentation of the food, we were on the 2nd sitting in the Alexandria Restaurant which was quite satisfactory in terms of decor and layout.

Cabin Review

Outside Stateroom with Bath/Shower

Cabin KC

Very cramped, could hear the engine noise continually,outside light shining in all night long, decent toilet facilities.

Port Reviews

Madeira (Funchal)

Good shuttle service, town in walking distance, lots of shops & markets to visit, didn't help with our excursion being cancelled (whale & dolphin watching) due to rough seas this left us little to do.


Problem was we went there on bank holiday so there were no shops open, the shuttle to the duty free shops was ok but the shops were a total rip off, Rum and Mahogany excursion was quite good.

St. Lucia

Best stop of the cruise great excursion (counrtyside & catamaran) lots of shops at the port, we didn't have time to go into the town.

St. Maarten

Lots of duty free shops in the port, had to take a water taxi into town which was very busy and vibrant, lovely beach with steel bands playing outside the cafe's & bars.

St. Kitts (Port Zante)

Lots of shops in the port area, not much else to do there St Kitts railway is a rip off unless your into sugar canes in a big way.


Nice port with lots of duty free shops, don't bother paying for a trip to Nelson's dockyard get a taxi there if you must go.


Ponta Del Garda Couldn't find this port on the drop down list Modern port, walking distance to the town 10 mins, not much to do in the town.

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