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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.

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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.

P & O Cruise Liners

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P&O Aurora Penthouse Suite with two balconies and bath
 
Lounge with L-shaped sofa, armchairs, dining table and chairs • TV, DVD, radio and hi-fi system • Choice of baby grand piano with music discs or library with comfortable chair and audio facilitie • Bar area with refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities • Binoculars • Slippers and bathrobes • Butler Service • Guest cloakroom • Floor to ceiling patio doors leading to lounge level balcony with reclining chairs and table • Spiral staircase to upper level bedroom with two lower beds convertible to a king-size bed, walk-in dressing area with integral wardrobe and drawer space, trouser press and ironing board • TV and radio • Writing desk and chair • Bathroom with whirlpool bath, shower and WC • Floor to ceiling patio doors leading to upper level balcony with chairs and table • Fully air-conditioned


Suite with bath/Shower
 

Approx size 520 square feet (including balcony)
Lounge with sofa, armchairs, dining table and chairs, writing desk and chair, TV, video, radio and Hi-fi system, safe, hairdryer, refrigerator/bar cabinet, tea/coffee making facilities, butler service (AA/AB grade only), direct dial telephone, floor to ceiling patio doors leading to balcony with two loungers, two chairs and two tables. Separate bedroom with two lower beds convertible to a king-size bed, walk-in dressing area with integral wardrobes and drawer space, trouser press and ironing board, bathroom with jacuzzi bath, shower and WC, fully air-conditioned.
Also included are mineral water upon arrival, Temple Spa pamper pack, bathrobe and slippers, Atlas and binoculars, champagne & truffles, daily canapes, magazines and newspapers and fresh fruit and flowers.


Mini Suite with balcony and bath
 
Approx size 382 square feet (including balcony)
Lounge area with sofa, armchairs, dining table and chairs, vanity table/writing desk, TV, video and radio, safe, hairdryer and refrigerator/bar cabinet, tea/coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, floor to ceiling windows leading to balcony with lounger, chair and tables, separate bedroom area with two lower beds convertible to a king-size double, one double and two single wardrobes, drawer space, trouser press and ironing board, bathroom with jacuzzi bath, shower and WC, fully air-conditioned.
Also included are mineral water upon arrival, Temple Spa pamper pack, bathrobe and slippers, Atlas and binoculars, champagne & truffles, daily canapes, magazines and newspapers and fresh fruit and flowers.


Deluxe Balcony with Bath
 
Approx size 246 square feet
Two lower beds convertible to a king-size bed, bathroom with bath, shower and WC, separate sitting area with sofa, chair and table, one large double wardrobe and drawer space, 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.
Also included are mineral water upon arrival, Temple Spa pamper pack, bathrobe and slippers and an Atlas and binoculars.


Balcony stateroom with bath
 
Approx size 211 square feet (including balcony)
Two lower beds convertible to a king-size bed**, bathroom with bath, 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.
Also included are mineral water upon arrival and Temple Spa pamper pack.

**When three/four passengers share a cabin with upper berths, for safety reasons the two lower berths cannot be pushed together.


Balcony Stateroom
 
Approx 211 square feet (including balcony)
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.
Also features mineral water upon arrival and temple spa pamper pack

 

Larger outside stateroom with bath
 
Approx size 160 square feet
Two lower beds convertible to a king-size bed**, bathroom with bath, 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, picture window, fully air-conditioned.
Also included are mineral water upon arrival and Temple Spa pamper pack.

**When three/four passengers share a cabin with upper berths, for safety reasons the two lower berths cannot be pushed together.


Outside stateroom with bath
 
Approx size 150 square feet
Two lower beds convertible to a king-size bed**, bathroom with bath, 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, picture window, fully air-conditioned.
Also included are mineral water upon arrival and Temple Spa pamper pack.

**When three/four passengers share a cabin with upper berths, for safety reasons the two lower berths cannot be pushed together.


Outside stateroom with shower
 
Approx size 150 square feet
Two lower beds convertible to a king-size bed, bathroom with 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, picture window, fully air-conditioned.

Also includes mineral water upon arrival and Temple Spa pamper pack

 

Larger inside stateroom with shower

 
Approx size - 160 square feet
Two lower beds convertible to a king-size bed**, bathroom with 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, large picture mirror, fully air-conditioned.
Also included are mineral water upon arrival and Temple Spa pamper pack.

**When three/four passengers share a cabin with upper berths, for safety reasons the two lower berths cannot be pushed together.


Inside Stateroom
 
Approx. 150 Square Feet
Two lower beds convertible to a king-size bed**, bathroom with 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, large picture mirror, fully air-conditioned.
Also includes mineral water upon arrival and Temple Spa pamper pack.

**When three/four passengers share a cabin with upper berths, for safety reasons the two lower berths cannot be pushed together.


Family Mini Suite
 
•    Additional to the standard features:  •
•    Separate bedroom with two lower beds convertible to a king-size double  •
•    Bathroom with shower over whirlpool bath and WC  •
•    Iron, ironing board and trouser press  •
•    Lounge with sofa, armchairs, table and chairs  •
•    DVD player  •
•    Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors leading to balcony with table and reclining chairs

Special touches: Mineral water on arrival, Luxurious premier pamper pack, Bathrobe and slippers, Magazine and newspaper selection, Atlas and binoculars, Fruit basket, flowers, champagne and chocolates on arrival, Daily canapes. 
Size: Approx 382 square feet (including balcony)
Deck
Single Outside with Shower
 
Approx 150 square feet
Additional to the standard features: 
Two lower beds convertible to a king-size bed** 
Bathroom with shower over bath and WC, or shower and WC 
Sofa*, chair and table 
Outside cabins have a window or portholes
Special touches:
Mineral water on arrival
Pamper pack

*Some exceptions apply.
**When three/four passengers share a cabin with upper berths, for safety reasons the two lower berths cannot be pushed together.

SHIP FACTS

Maximum Capacity:    1874 (1950)
Year Entered Service:    01/01/2000
Beam (Ship Width):    106 ft
Draught(Ship Depth):    26 ft
Length:    886 ft
Tonnage:    76000
Crew:    850
Cruising Speed:    24 kts
Number of Decks:    20
Number of Lifts:    10
Number of Pools:    1
Number of restaurants:    6
Formal nights:    Yes
Adult Only:    No
Kids Club:    Yes

 


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