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Aurora Review

4.0 / 5.0
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272 reviews
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Very Good

Editor's Note: Aurora received an update in March 2019 that saw the ship redesigned as an adults-only vessel. Gone are the kids clubs and teen areas, in their place are 28 brand-new cabins that were added to Deck 8. Other areas benfit from refreshed carpets, soft furnishings and upholstery. 



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Passengers : 2,000
Crew : 417
Passenger to Crew : 4.80:1
Launched : 2000
Shore Excursions : 1416

The 1,910-passenger Aurora joins Arcadia and Oriana as the line's third child-free ship, though the latter will leave the fleet in August 2019.

Aurora is one of the oldest ships in the P&O Cruises fleet (it was launched in 2000), and came out a much-needed £26 million refurbishment at the end of 2014 as the first to carry the new livery, featuring a contemporary version of the Union Flag on its bow, and a blue funnel. This may have disappointed a few P&O Cruises regulars, but it indicates the line's policy to combine a traditional British atmosphere with an up-to-date cruise experience.

New features added in the refurbishment include the Sindhu fine dining restaurant, with an Indian-fusion menu; and the Glass House restaurant and bar, with wines selected by TV presenter Olly Smith, which replaced Cafe Bordeaux. Both these restaurants are on P&O Cruises' twin sisters Azura and Ventura.

The buffet restaurant and Sidewalk Cafe were also completely refurbished and include a new Costa Coffee and Grab & Go counter and flexible "Freedom Dining" in the Medina Restaurant, plus more tables for two; and Marco Pierre White dishes on gala evenings.

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The refit has transformed the public rooms and they are now bright and attractive, with exceptionally comfortable seating. But some of the rooms and corridors are distinctly chilly, and there is evidence of minor wear and tear in places, despite the refurbishment which is inevitable with a ship that is now approaching 20 years old.

Fellow Passengers

Since a March 2019 refit, Aurora is an adults-only ship, attracting a traditional demographic of 50-something and over Brits.

Aurora Dress Code

There are normally two formal nights per seven-night cruise. Black tie for men predominates, although lounge suit and tie are acceptable. Low key evening and cocktail dresses are usual for the women. Those who don't want to dress up can use the cafeteria, but formal attire is required in the main restaurants. The other nights are either semiformal or smart casual, according to the ship's itinerary. Shorts and jeans aren't welcome in the restaurants.

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Where does Aurora sail from?

Aurora departs from Southampton, Southampton, San Francisco, Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Dubai

Where does Aurora sail to?

Aurora cruises to Southampton, Hamburg, Brugge (Bruges), Ferrol, Seville, Barcelona, Genoa, Rome (Civitavecchia), Capri, Palma de Mallorca (Majorca), Gibraltar, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Vigo, Porto (Leixoes), St. Peter Port (Guernsey), Andalsnes, Tromso, Alta, Stavanger, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, La Palma, Skjolden, Flam, Alesund, Akureyri, Reykjavik, Cobh (Cork), Malaga, Palermo (Sicily), Athens (Piraeus), Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete (Heraklion), San Francisco, Honolulu, Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), Suva, Auckland, Tauranga, Sydney (Australia), Brisbane, Rabaul, Tokyo (Yokohama), Kagoshima, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kelang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Colombo, Dubai, Muscat, Malta (Valletta), Alicante, Taormina (Messina), Santorini, Katakolon (Olympia), Corfu, La Coruna, Salerno, Corsica (Ajaccio), Gothenburg, Visby, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Rostock (Warnemunde), Cherbourg, Olden, Klaipeda, Copenhagen, Trondheim, Eidfjord, Kirkwall, Isafjord, St. John's (Newfoundland), Gaspe, Quebec City, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Halifax, Sydney (Nova Scotia), St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Kitts (Port Zante), Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Stanley, Punta Arenas, Lima, Fuerte Amador (Balboa), Cartagena (Colombia), Aruba, Ponta Delgada, St. Vincent, Bonaire, Curacao, Dominica, Tortola, Le Havre, Kiel, Helsinki, Aarhus, Bergen, Boston, Newport, New York (Manhattan), Portland (Maine), Bar Harbor, Hamilton, Nassau, Port Canaveral (Orlando), Miami, Key West, New Orleans, San Juan, Colon (Cristobal), Puerto Limon, Roatan, Belize City, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Grand Cayman (Georgetown), Ocho Rios, Cologne, Sardinia, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Trieste, Catania, and Venice

How much does it cost to go on Aurora?

Cruises on Aurora start from null per person.

Is Aurora a good ship to cruise on?

Aurora won 8 awards over the years, including Best for Shore Excursions in 2019.
Aurora Cruiser Reviews

P & O and Coronavirus

The North sea was a little rough but Aurora coped admirably.Read More
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Sue St

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

P&O handing of Coronavirus escalation excellent.

Sea was a bit rough but the Aurora copes well with rough weather so it didn't move very much.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

First cruise. Exceeded expectations.

The boat; Aurora is the oldest and smallest of the fleet, a lot of people who had cruised before compared her negatively to other boats, however we thought she was lovely.Read More
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First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

A great ship!

By the end of the cruise we loved Aurora & would probably now choose her over Britannia - never thought we'd say that!Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

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