Bobbing about on Aurora in the Med: Aurora Cruise Review by Daveann

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Bobbing about on Aurora in the Med

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton
Valencia - impressed with the state of the town - seems very clean and tidy - the new buildings, looked very good - quite a hot, sunny day for late October
did the Lladro tour - DW really enjoyed it - be sure to ask for the seconds shop as well though
You do also get a tour of the city which was unexpected and a nice surprise

Palma - in keeping with the other spanish ports was impressed with the general state of the town
- attractive streets, squares etc - not much to necessarily do there apart from the cathedral of course - we did the organised Soller train ride - it was ok - not great but OK - maybe we ended up spending just too much time in Soller itself which was kind of attractive but just had very little there

Corfu - rainy day on a sunday - so not many shops open which wasnt a good combo - it did dry up a little later on - had been before - but DW wasnt that impressed - not a massive number of sights to see,
went to the Liston - would More recommend the Archaeological museum - its within the town (and the town is fairly small) - but there is some good stuff inside that you wouldnt expect - its not the biggest museum but good value - possibly cheapest cigarettes in the port duty free if thats your thing by the way (not mine)

Dubrovnik - one day after Corfu - and what a difference in weather - sunny and hot and glorious this place always seems to be the place that everyone says is the one that they didnt expect much but really impresses them - and its true ! - its not just the town - attractive etc
- the surrounding countryside and Islands are very scenic - sail in and away was quite spectacular - did the cable car independently
- its 80 kuna (about 11 pounds sterling) - fantastic views from the top and gives a bit of a view of the high back country

Venice - one day after Dubrovnik - but the weather goes back to dull rainy and cold - what a shame for the glorious sail in - truly outstanding regardless
- the transfer to the town (15 pounds for all day) takes a little while but took us to near St Marks
- if you know anything of the place you will know how impressive it is, but its the kind of place you can get a load out of, whatever you like - personally I like the way you can get lost in the narrow side
streets but just pop out into a square - that said make sure you have a map and do some research before you go. We got a couple of masks out on Murano (take Vaporetto no 5) - which was done independently (much more comfortable than a hectic trip) - actually good value - 15/20 euro

Palermo - possibly the least attractive town in itself - bit dirty - attractive setting surrounded by the hills
Went to Segesta (its an ancient Greek site) - I was very impressed with the Temple and theatre - but thats my kind of thing - the setting was also very good - overall very much worth it

Malaga - we should of gone to Porto for the sunday - but we went to Malaga instead on the saturday - which was a slight shame - but it was a nice day there - too short a visit to allow for the Alhambra to be added to the trips available unfortunately
- its a nice town, busy and bustling - quite smart and compact - even if there arent a ton of things to do in the town
- but there is a lot of good shopping very close to the port

Have been on one or two P and O boats - Aurora typical of the style - its not the newest boat - but I thought that it looked in fairly good condition.

Aurora isnt one of those massive ships - you can get one end to the other and back again without it seeming like too long a trek

There isnt all the facilities as on the other boats, you just have to accept that - but there is still a fair amount to do

In fact the only thing that really showed much wear was the handles on the rather stiff drawers in the rooms - you could see the fingernail scratches!
Overall Aurora is a comfy old pair of slippers kind of boat with a largely British passenger list
Average age for the folks on the boat - maybe 60/70 - well it made us feel young anyway - the events on board seemed to match the clientele - but thats fair enough - they know their market

There were a few minor things that didnt go 100% right - but looking back on it there wasnt much over all

we did note that a few things had been trimmed back a little - most of it subtly done - though the cafe (the Orangery) seemed a fraction more down market than it might (and sometimes the food wasnt that warm ..)

bit confused on the cover charges for the two signature restaurants - it was almost a state secret how much it was (we think 6.50 for Cafe Bordeaux and 8.50 for Pennant Grill)
- the breakfast at the Cafe was recommended (for an irregular visit)

Spa was used twice - dont bother with the Catalonian mud soak apparently

Did hear someone complaining about 'all the kids in the pools' - not sure if that was true !

Dress code was strictly enforced even on the last night when it was casual and everything else was packed away

Its one of the few times on a cruise ship that I have experienced, that the captain, Neil Turnbull, was an actual presence (his announcements were always entertaining), I can imagine he's just the sort of guy that P and O love having as a captain

We did have a late change in our itenery we lost Porto on the last sunday and went to Malaga on the saturday - which was a shame - but it seemed there was little other choice
- you cant predict the weather

I thought the TV was improved - doing the port talks and the guest speakers etc were on it if you had missed them

Overall we enjoyed it - you mustn't let the minor problems bother you, though thats not to say it couldnt have been better Less

Published 11/16/11

Cabin review: DCA173

good size, quiet near Launderette

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