A traditionally designed ship, Aurora joined the P&O Cruises fleet in 2019. She welcomes 1,874 passengers aboard and features several modern touches throughout, such as the five-deck high atrium showcasing a 35-foot sculpture that leads guests to a panoply of facilities and activities.
On board experience
With plenty of cabins to choose from, there’s an accommodation type to suit all tastes. Choose from an Inside, Oceanview, Balcony, Mini Suite, Suite or Penthouse Suite. Though Inside cabins don’t have a window, they do have a large mirror which provides plenty of light making the space feel much bigger than it is. Oceanview cabins have a picture window or porthole. Balcony cabins have the added luxury of a 36-square foot balcony. Mini Suites have a separate bedroom area, the bathroom has a whirlpool bath, shower and twin basin vanity unit.
Mini Suites also have an additional pamper pack that includes luxurious items such as bath and shower gel, a vanity kit, sewing kit, shoe mitt, bathrobe and slippers. Suites have all the same amenities as a Mini Suite with the addition of a walk-in dressing area. Penthouse Suites are split level with a spiral staircase leading to the upper level where the bedroom is situated.
There are two main dining rooms for Aurora passengers; the Egyptian-styled Alexandria and the Moorish-styled Medina. Both serve up a mouthwatering menu. For informal dining, there is a 24-hour bistro so there’s no need to worry about searching for midnight snacks. Excellent breakfasts and lunches are served in the Orangery.
The ship’s ambience is casual and comfy during the day, with evenings that include smart casual and informal dress. However, there are formal evenings that ask for a suit and dinner jacket or cocktail dress, so you won’t miss the opportunity to dress up for dinner.
During the day, sunbathers and swimmers can enjoy the gorgeous Promenade Deck. Complete with open deck space, it’s perfect for socialising with other passengers or simply kicking back with a good book from the on board library.
The Sun Deck is fully equipped with golf nets, a sports court, gym, basketball and volleyball courts and a golf simulator (with over 30 different courses), meaning you’ll never be bored. Aurora’s entertainment team host a range of tournaments to get you putting and driving like a pro. The ship also boasts three outdoor pools, one of which has a magrodome cover, so you can take your daily dip come rain or shine.
The luxurious Oasis Spa offers a variety of treatment therapies to relieve stress and maintain a sense of balance and calm. The sauna and steam room are a wonderful way to sweat out the exertion of any of the numerous fitness activities, so make sure you have the bodily relaxation to match the holiday ambience on board.
For those in search of a spot of culture, why not head to the Playhouse for a West End show or an evening of cabaret? The Curzon Theatre also screens new release films and the Casino is always open for those with a wild streak. It’s also worth grabbing a drink at one of Aurora’s entertainment lounges afterwards.
Sail to Spain and Portugal, the Mediterranean, Western Europe, Baltic, Norway and Iceland and the USA and Canada aboard the adults-only cruise ship, Aurora.
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