February 21, 2018
(10:15 a.m. GMT) -- More than a year before P&O Cruises' Aurora undergoes a planned refit, the line has announced the ship will be designated as adults-only following the refresh.
When Aurora emerges from dry dock in April 2019, it will join Arcadia and Oriana as the line's third child-free ship.
"All our ships have the signature elements of dining, service and great destinations," P&O Cruises' Senior Vice President Paul Ludlow said in a statement. "However, P&O Cruises is all about choice, whether our guests want the fantastic range of activities and children's clubs on our family-friendly ships or prefer the peace and serenity of our adult-only ships. With Aurora becoming a ship exclusively for adults, we are offering our guests even more choice which means they can choose the holiday experience that is absolutely the right one for them."
Cruise Critic members are chatting about the change on the message boards.
"Guess there was never a good time to implement this change, but they will no doubt be altering the kids area into another venue or cabins during the refit," speculates member deanrees.
"Well our 14-year-old daughter will be somewhat gutted," says the_rangdo. "Favourite ship, she never used the kids facilities so not bothered about those, and like us she prefers the smaller, more ship-like ships. ... Disappointed."
Passengers with children who are booked on Aurora sailings after April 8, 2019, are being offered the chance to rebook on Azura, Oceana, Britannia or Ventura, which cater for families. Alternatively, affected cruisers can cancel and receive a full refund, along with a future cruise credit of 5 per cent of the value of their cruise.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor