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Aurora Cruise Review
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First cruise we were blown away by Aurora

Aurora Cruise Review by stansgirl

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2011
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom with Bath/Shower

This was our first cruise, I had done a lot of research to find a holiday that would be suitable for our daughter who has allergies, lots of people said a cruise catered well for this.

We were recommended P&O by friends and we were not disappointed.

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Southampton the night before which was lovely.

Our car and cases were taken away at aurora's side and we boarded and went for lunch.

The sail away was great with a band playing and a glass of champagne to start our first cruise.

I had already ordered meals for my daughter by email and they arrived with ours at the table. Every evening the head waiter came to our table with the menu for the following day, She could choose what she wanted and they were able to adapt it to suit. The food was delicious with lots of choices.

The Aurora is such a beautiful ship and the staff are really friendly, we were so well looked after.

Aurora sailed around the western med and we visited Barcelona, Rome, Pisa, Villefranche and Gibraltar.

The children's club had lots going on and our Girls' enjoyed it.

The entertainment was great with guest artists and headliners doing some great shows that would be worthy of the West End.

Everything was great, better than we expected and I think we will be back!!

Pisa was well worth visiting, very pretty, clean and the buildings in Miricle square take your breath away.

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Cabin Review

Large Outside Stateroom with Bath/Shower
Cabin KA c205

Great Cabin, curtain to separate sleeping areas, not much room when sofa set up as a bed

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We had quite a short tour of a church with geese, a bit of walking and a pretend Spanish village which was very touristy. Shuttle buses run from the ship to Barcelona where you can hop on a sightseeing tour bus, which is probably a better option and cheaper!

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Our tour was the gladiators one and we went into the colloseum which was stunning, then the roman forum which was interesting but it was so hot walking around, so glad the coach was air conditioned. A long hot day.


Spent the day on the beach at Villefranche lovely and clean and safe to swim. Avoid the toilets on the beach and use the facilities in the building where the tender boats come in, much nicer.We returned to the ship for lunch and went back to the beach afterwards.


Didn't see much of Gibraltar as we went on a boat trip dolphin watching. It was very windy and conditions quite difficult to see the dolphins but we did see some.

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