Festival of Music Aboard P&O Ship Aurora 15th October to
1st November 2011
The re-introduction of the through train from Durham to Southampton is a very welcome relief to us. Travelling First Class gives us assistance with our luggage on and off the train. This is another bonus for elderly travellers. Consequently, our journey to the port was comfortable and on time. The "Check In" to the ship was weary and I felt sorry for the many aged travellers in the queues. Cabin C161 was comfortable, with a good deal of storage space. We were quite content with this Inside Cabin. Its facilities were adequate for our 17 day cruise. Cabin Steward Manuel soon acted upon our request for sheets instead of duvets. He was efficient and pleasant throughout the holiday. Once again our request for First Sitting for dinner had been refused and we made our way to The Alexandria Restaurant to plead with the Maitre'D for a change. Second Sitting does not suit Mary's programme for medication. Begrudgingly, we were given a change to a table for six in the Alexandria restaurant.
C161 was an OD Category Inside Cabin. It was situated in a very quiet area of the ship. It was the most peaceful accommodation that we have had since we commenced cruising. Storage was excellent. Bathroom and shower rather cramped. Shower area would benefit from a strong handrail. Shower Gel bottle on wall was a hindrance.