For luxury family cruises the Aurora is one of P&O Cruises’ most distinctive and welcoming mid-size ships.
P&O as a brand boasts almost 200 years of heritage. In that time is has cultivated a reputation as a distinctly British and particularly refined seafaring experience. Today, as part of the Carnival Corporation, it has joined the world's largest family of cruise lines that include that other legendary line Cunard among them. While Cunard is famed for its transatlantic voyages, P&O has carved a niche as a world cruise line and the Aurora was designed for this purpose. A modern, comfortable and sophisticated ship, the Aurora is more Louvre than Las Vegas with understated and elegant design, such as its Lalique-inspired waterfall.
Destinations and Itineraries
P&O ships are the perfect place for passengers full of the spirit of adventure. In the next 18 months this ship travels all the way around the world. Unless you pick up the ship at a leg of its world tour at the beginning of January, all cruises depart and return to the UK.Read more
July and August sees the ship tour Europe, starting with a two-week Baltic cruise and then a week-long cruise around Norway. The ship then heads south on an 18-day cruise around the Mediterranean. The Canary Islands, Canada and New England, Iberia and the Caribbean are explored on subsequent cruises until 2014 sees the ship set off on a 110-day round the world cruise.
From Southampton the Aurora heads to the Caribbean via the Azores, through the Panama Canal, up the west coast of the USA to Hawaii, Tonga, New Zealand and Australia. Heading back home the ship goes along the coast of South East Asia to South Africa via Mauritius, and up the east coast of the African continent, returning to Southampton after a quick stop at Portugal. In all there are 33 ports visited and passengers can pick up the ship at several ports along the route.
Cruise Ship and Facilities
A medium sized member of the fleet, the Aurora has 939 cabins - 410 of which have a balcony. Each cabin is a good size and twin beds can be converted into queen size doubles and the décor is cheerful. A TV, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, writing desk and chair, ample wardrobe space, air conditioning and a safe come as standard. For those wanting the best that money can buy, penthouse suites have a spiral staircase, lounge and dining area, a personal butler and either a grand piano or library.
When all cabins have double occupancy the ship has capacity for 1,950 passengers. The 850-strong British crew creates a ratio of one crew member to every 2.2 passengers - a sure sign of attentive service. As one might expect from a British ship there is an expansive teak promenade deck and plenty of sunbathing space. The more active can take advantage of the ship's sports facilities which include a golf simulator, golf driving nets, a gym, a sports court for basketball and volleyball and three outdoor pools - one of which has a sliding glass roof.
Having worked out, passengers can unwind in one of the ships five jacuzzis, the sauna or steam room. Treatments and therapies are available at the Oasis spa on the Lido deck. There is plenty to keep the kids entertained as well. The Aurora has a fully-supervised children's play area and a teen club with discos, parties and games arcades with the latest games consoles. There is also a supervised children's pool.
There are two main dining rooms on the ship, the Moorish themed Medina and the Egyptian inspired Alexandria. Alternative dining options include the Orangery for breakfast and lunch, plus an al fresco grill. As a treat, guests can visit the Marco Pierre White bistro for a fine dining feast.
The dress code on board is casual and comfortable during the day. The ship's daily newspaper tells guests what the dress code is for that evening, which can range from smart casual to formal - which means black tie for men and a cocktail dress for ladies.
For those who prefer a liquid lunch or dinner there is a selection of bars on board, from the Crow's Nest at the top of the ship, where you can literally watch the world go by, to the Champions Sports bar or the sophisticated wood panelled Andersons. Evening entertainment is presented at the Curzon Theatre, with alternative entertainments throughout the ship including Carmen's show lounge and bar, the Monte Carlo Casino and the Playhouse Cinema - with many evenings ending at the Masquerade nightclub.
From spa treatment to star treatment, a cruise on the P&O Aurora will make globe-trotting effortless and enjoyable. Its elegant interiors will provide an oasis of calm after days exploring the furthest corners of the world.
The P&O Cruises Aurora affords guests an exciting array of facilities to explore, and whatever your idea of cruise holiday heaven the Aurora can oblige. Practise your golf swing on the sun deck, take it easy by the Crystal pool with luxury treatments courtesy of Oasis salon, or visit the family focussed D Deck complete with children’s play area and nursery. After dark you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied. The Crow’s Nest is one of the Aurora’s most popular bars and boasts some of the best views you can get onboard. You’ll also find a complete programme of west-end shows, cabaret, music, and reviews staged in the Aurora’s numerous theatres and show lounges.
The Aurora’s staterooms range from the impossibly glamorous to the more economical, with everything in between. Whatever your cruise holiday budget you’ll find somewhere perfect to rest your head. All accommodation is air conditioned and is provided with tea and coffee making facilities, picture window or mirror, vanity desk, storage space, refrigerator, hair dryer and ensuite. Her majestic Penthouse Suite features a glamorous spiral staircase, grand piano or library, and personal butler for next level luxury cruising.
Cruise holidays are renowned for their incredible gastronomy and the Aurora certainly doesn’t disappoint. During your cruise holiday you will have the choice of fine dining, buffet meals, casual eating and café culture. The bistro by world-famous chef Marco Pierre White serves delicious European cuisine and there’s a delightful al fresco grill restaurant. There’s something to satisfy every palette onboard the Aurora.
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Cheap Cruise Holidays
With great offers on a range of cruises, booking with Cruise Thomas Cook is a must. If you’re keen to set sail check out our 2013 Cruises and Last Minute Cruises – or if you’re planning ahead browse our 2014 Cruises and 2015 Cruises. For those setting sail from the UK there’s a number of cruises from Southampton to choose from.
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