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  • Penthouse Suite

  • Deluxe balcony stateroom

  • Suite with with balcony

  • Riviera bar

  • Crystal bar

  • Art Gallery

  • Mayfair

  • The Playhouse

  • The Orangery

  • Medina Restaurant

  • Alexandria Restaurant

  • Toybox

  • Crystal pool

  • Curzon Theatre

  • Monte carlo casino

  • Riviera pool

  • The Crow’s Nest

  • Masquerade

  • Gymnasium

  • Pennant Bar

Aurora - P&O Cruises UK

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Aug 31 2018 Scandinavia and Russia , 14 nights from $3068
Sep 16 2018 USA and Canada , 24 nights from $5436
Oct 15 2018 Canary Islands and Portugal , 13 nights from $2152
Oct 28 2018 Spain Malta and Greece , 17 nights from $2727
Nov 14 2018 Spain France and Italy, 14 nights from $1733
Nov 28 2018 Norway and Northern Lights, 12 nights from $2678
Dec 10 2018 Baltic, 9 nights from $1324
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Aurora Overview

Having set out on her maiden voyage in 2000, the Aurora cruise ship is a firm favourite in the P&O fleet. She shares many similarities with her sister vessels, the Azura and the Ventura.

The Aurora underwent a major refurbishment in 2015, receiving close to $30 million worth of upgrades. The exterior was repainted to represent P&O's new livery; a British flag now sweeps around the bow of the ship, while the funnel is blue and decorated with a rising sun. The Aurora was the first in the P&O fleet to adopt this new look.

Aurora specs
Weighing in at 76,152 tonnes, measuring 885 feet in length and spanning across 10 decks, the Aurora is a comfortable mid-sized vessel. She accommodates a maximum of 2000 passengers per voyage.

Inside Aurora
All of the eateries, public spaces and cabins received a slick makeover during the 2015 refurbishment. The interior decor has always been classic and elegant, with marble-style sculptures and beautiful murals adorning many rooms, but now the colours and finishings have that contemporary, modern touch.

The ship is home to many themed rooms. For example, the Alexandria Restaurant is reminiscent of ancient Egypt, while the Medina Restaurant has a distinctive moorish style. Another area of note is the four-deck Atrium, which was inspired by the artist René Lalique and features a 35 foot sculpture by John Mills.

Things to do on the Aurora
With a wide range of ages and demographics on board, the Aurora offers a suitable variety of activities to suit all interests. From playing in bridge tournaments in the Vanderbilt Card Room to taking an organised line dancing class to watching the latest films in the Play House Cinema, there's many activities to keep everyone entertained.

The crew work around the clock to ensure the entertainment and activities on board are of an incredibly high standard both day and night. Whether you are an early riser or a night owl, you will never find yourself short of something to do.

Aurora restaurants and bars
The Aurora caters to all types of cruisers by offering both Freedom Dining - eat anywhere, at any time - as well as traditional restaurant seatings. There is also a family-friendly eatery, the Beach House, which features an outdoor terrace that is perfect for hot summer days.

The selection of bars on board is no less varied; from country club style lounges to glitzy champagne bars, there are plenty of cozy spots to enjoy a beverage and reflect on the day's activities. Many of the bars feature gorgeous ocean views, especially the outdoor island-style Pennant Bar, which is the perfect spot to watch the sunset.

Aurora itineraries and shore excursions
With exciting itineraries to many exotic destinations, the Aurora is the perfect base to explore some of the world's most popular ports. She makes regular trips to the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and the Baltic countries, as well as frequent transatlantic sailings to the USA and Canada.

The shore excursions available will depend on your destination, but you can expect a wide variety of options to choose from. Some examples include a visit to the Soufrière volcano in St Lucia, the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Flaam Railway (a dramatic railway which rises more than 865 metres above sea level) in Sognefjord, Norway.

It's a good idea to book your shore excursion when you purchase your Aurora ticket, but you can also make a reservation at the Explorers Tour Desk, located on E Deck next to the Atrium. Here the friendly staff can provide you with more detailed information about upcoming ports of call.

Cabins on board the Aurora cruise ship

Passengers can choose from a range of suites and cabins. All of the accommodation on board is comfortable and contemporary; the main difference between each option is size.

The suites and mini-suites range between 368 and 753 square feet (including balcony space) and all include whirlpool baths and a separate lounge and dressing area. They are kitted out with all of the basic amenities, such as tea and coffee making kits, as well as a luxury 'pamper pack' and a bathrobe and slippers. Guests staying in the larger suites will also be provided with flowers, champagne and chocolates on arrival.

Those looking to make the most of the ocean views can take their pick from a balcony cabin (178 - 237 square feet) or an exterior cabin (137 - 181 square feet). The interior cabins are the same size as the exteriors, only they feature a large mirror instead of a window.

All of the cabins come with a television, telephone, safe, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a writing desk and a radio. They all received a major update during the 2015 refurbishment, including new furnishings and new mattresses.

Aurora Food and Dining

Dining included in your Aurora ticket:

  • The Alexandria Restaurant: A formal dining room with fixed seating times (6.30pm and 8.30pm)
  • The Medina Restaurant: This dining room offers 'Freedom Dining' (eat when you want and where you want) and is open for dinner from 6pm to 9.30pm
  • The Horizon Restaurant: An informal, self-service buffet, serving full English breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • The Pennant Bar by Day: An outdoor island-themed bar, the perfect place to grab an afternoon snack
  • The Lido Grill: Open for breakfast and lunch, from 8am to 4pm, and serving Costa coffee

Specialty dining (not included in your Aurora fare):

  • Sindhu Restaurant: With menus designed by celebrity chef Atul Kochhar, this eatery serves a fusion of British and Indian food. There is also an attached cocktail bar
  • The Glass House: Enjoy a glass of wine with your meal at lunch or dinner. The Aurora's wine expert, Olly Smith, has picked a perfect match for each meal, with some wines available by the glass
  • The Beach House: There is a small cover charge for this informal grill-style eatery, which is particularly popular among families with young children
  • Raffles Bar: Serving specialty coffee and hand-made chocolates, this is the perfect stop for a sweet treat
  • 24 hour room service

Entertainment on board the Aurora cruise ship

Aurora by day: shopping, activities and more
Shopaholics will be delighted with the Aurora's retailers. The light and spacious shopping area features designer jewellery, perfumes and clothing; the perfect place to pick up a gift for family back home. Another great place for presents is the ship's Photo Gallery, which features a range of professional cruise photos for sale, as well as facilities to develop your own film or download photos straight from your digital camera.

Other popular daytime activities include bridge tournaments in Vanderbilt's Card Room, courses in the CyberStudy internet cafe and table tennis matches at the sports court. Those looking to simply relax and unwind can pick from many of the ship's open deck areas, such as the Sun Deck or the Observation Deck. Alternatively, the Library is a lovely, bright and airy room and offers the perfect retreat for bookworms.

Aurora nightlife
Many of the ship's rooms transform into glitzy, lively venues at night. For example the Horizon Restaurant goes from being a casual eatery to the perfect venue for a themed dinner, complete with a dance floor.

The Curzon Theatre and the Carmen's Show Lounge are the two places to be if you love live entertainment. From comedians to cover bands, there is something to suit everyone's tastes.
After dinner guests can choose from a range of bars to continue the evening. Sports fanatics will be well at home in the Champions Sports Bar, while Charlie's Bar is at the other end of the spectrum, serving delicious champagne in a glamorous setting.

Passengers wanting to party late into the night will love the Masquerade Bar, which transforms into a disco venue after 9.30pm. The Monte Carlo Casino is also a popular spot.

Aurora pools, gyms and spas
There are three decent-sized pools on board. The Crystal Pool and the Riviera Pool are close in size and both feature plenty of space for deck chairs and loungers, as well as on-site bars. Meanwhile the Terrace Pool is the place for families, with a paddling pool for the little ones and a bar serving non-alcoholic beverages.

Those looking to keep fit on board the Aurora will have no trouble doing so. The broad promenade deck is great for walking or jogging and the sports court includes facilities for many games, as well as a golf simulator and golf nets near by. Alternatively, the gym is equipped with the latest fitness technology and there are trained instructors on hand to provide advice and tailor a workout to your needs.

When it comes to relaxation, you can't go past the Oasis Spa. This beautiful retreat is designed with a Botanical theme and many of the treatment rooms offer sea views. Come here for a rejuvenating massage, manicure, pedicure or aromatherapy treatment. The Oasis Spa is also home to a hair salon.

Aurora for families
With 16 interconnecting family cabins and several family-friendly activities, the Aurora offers a great holiday experience for all ages.

The Reef children's club received a complete refurbishment in 2015 and now includes big plasma screens, new juke boxes and Play Station 4s. This area plays host to a range of organised activity programmes for different age groups; the Splashers (2-4s), the Surfers (5-8s), the Scubas (9-12s) and the Reef Rangers (13-17s).

The children's programmes usually kick off at around 9am and finish between 5 and 6pm, and include meal breaks. While there is no in-cabin babysitting available, the children's facilities remain open until 11pm, and there is a free night nursery between 6pm and 2am.

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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Balcony Stateroom

  • Two lower beds convertible to a king-size bed
  • Bathroom with bath, shower and WC or shower and WC
  • Wardrobes and drawer space
  • Two seater sofa, chair and table
  • Vanity table/writing desk
  • TV and radio
  • Safe, hairdryer and refrigerator
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Floor to ceiling patio doors to balcony with reclining chairs and table Fully air-conditioned
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Alexandria Restaurant

  • Located at the stern of the ship on E Deck, the Alexandria Restaurant is one of two main dining rooms on Aurora. As the name of the restaurant suggests, its sumptuous décor draws inspiration from the culture, colours and shapes of ancient Egypt. Club Dining here is all about enjoying the convivial atmosphere and the company of your table companions. Entering through the glass etched double doors you are greeted by an elegant and welcoming dining room. Large windows frame views of the ship’s wake and a glistening ocean. Carefully crafted dishes are brought to your table. And world-class cuisine rounds off a dining experience to be savoured in every sense.

Medina Restaurant

  • Positioned midships on E Deck, Medina Restaurant is one of two great formal dining rooms on Aurora. Reflecting P&O Cruises traditional connections with North Africa and the Middle East, Medina was designed in a Moorish style, utilising brilliant colours and shapes from ages gone by to create a sophisticated look for today’s modern passenger. Make your grand entrance for dinner on the featured double stairway, with its stunning backdrop of vibrantly coloured stained glass, as it sweeps down into the restaurant from the Promenade Deck. Seating over 500 people, you can find a romantic table for two or a party table for eight. With large windows on either side you’ll enjoy the magnificent views both day and night, as you dine on the Medina’s superb cuisine.

The Orangery

  • The Orangery, an informal self-service restaurant, is located in the aft section of Lido Deck with easy access to the surrounding decks and facilities. This large eatery opens early and provides full English breakfasts, extensive buffets for lunch and afternoon tea. With walls covered in vibrant modern murals, this colourful, light and airy room has a casual atmosphere, and at 80 feet above the water line, The Orangery affords spectacular sea views. In the evening, softer lighting and the opening of a dance floor transform The Orangery into the perfect venue for a themed dinner.

Art Classes

Art Gallery

  • Aurora houses a substantial art collection. Showcasing numerous British artists, her artworks adorn cabins, decks and public spaces. But if you would like to purchase a piece of your own, her art gallery is the place to come. Located on Promenade Deck, you can peruse numerous paintings, prints and memorabilia of varying styles. Later, head along to the Art Auction to bid for your favourite piece. Or to simply enjoy the excitement of the gavel coming down on piece after piece. Their art auctioneers will be on hand throughout your cruise to host the art auctions and offer you their expertise.