P&O Aurora is a mid sized ship, I was very impressed. The ship had been recently refurbished when I went on, it was clean, spacious and generally an excellent ship belonging to the P&O fleet.
My Aurora review will tell you everything you need to know if you are going on this cruiseship.
No of passengers: 1845 (100 solo passenger) Average age of passengers: 65
Destination Mediterranean Duration: 14 days
Cabin number and location: Front deck 5 inside cabin with double bed
I travelled solo on the Aurora after getting an absolute bargain only a few weeks before sailing. I was home from travelling and I just couldn’t resist the great price.
I had been looking at the Aurora around the world itinerary which I would have loved to have done but unfortunately my fund do not stretch to a world cruise.
I love how you can see here where the aurora is currently sailing. It’s good if you have family sailing on the aurora as you can track where they are.
This was my first time on a P&O Cruise. I was still quite new to cruising and thought P&O were ferries but I am glad that I have discovered this cruise line as it very British, very friendly and excellent service I cant wait to go on more of these ships.
Update : I have since sailed on the Oriana which unfortunately is no longer in service and I have to say that P&O cruises are my favourite mid-range cruise line and I would recommend sailing on the aurora if you want a adult only cruise.
What I liked about the Aurora cruise ship
My favourite cabin facility on the aurora is having tea and coffee making items and a fridge.
I know I can get tea and coffee 24 hours a day somewhere on the ship, but I like the convenience of being able to make it myself.
I also took my own PG tips teabags, but I needn’t have worried as they had PG tips on board.
I love having a fridge in my cabin to keep my water cold and also chocolate and any other delights I may get in port of from the aurora self-service restaurant.
You can bring your own food and drink onboard there are limits but I have been on cruise lines where food and drink is prohibited. I have never actually had anything taken off me though. There are also drink packages available on P&O Cruises.
But the stress of this is taken away on the aurora so if you are going on an Aurora cruise bring with you your favourite tipple to have in your cabin. You can get one in ports from duty free.
Another great thing about having a fridge so I had beer and wine in my cabin which saved me lot of money although drinks onboard were not overly priced again another thing, I liked about the A33urora cruise ship.
Maybe it is because it is an all adults cruise line, but I never noticed anyone being rowdy or too drunk.
My double bed was very comfortable, and the sheets were really good quality.
I liked how there was in room controls for the air conditioning as I like my cabins to be cool and they worked well.
I have been on cruises where I have tried to alter the temperature controls, and nothing happens, or it takes hours to notice a difference but this was immediate so if I started getting too chilly I could alter the heat.
Another good thing about sailing on the aurora is the films on the tv in the cabins there was a good choice of films. I sound like I didnt leave the cabin, I did however I like early nights and it is time to relax so I have energy to explore the ports as cruising is a way of getting me from port to port the entertainment and food is an added bonus.
Where I have friends who stay on the cruiseship and dont get off in parts as there holiday is being on the cruise ship this just highlights how every cruiser is different and we want different things and I think the Aurora caters for most requirements. There is also a cinema showing a different daily film.
I absolutely loved the desserts on the Aurora. I didnt realise at dinner you could order as many desserts as you wanted.
I was still new to cruising and I was sat on a dinner table with lots of seasoned cruisers who all had a sweet tooth so we would have a few desserts each. All the food on the Aurora was good quality I will explain in a bit.
The Aurora crew were amazing everyone was so helpful and friendly I felt really welcome on the ship and as though nothing was a problem.
My cabins steward was wonderful and you could see how hard the crew were working especially in the restaurants.
The Aurora cruise ship had a refit a couple of weeks after I sailed on the ship to update the décor and it might have added some extra facilities but I am sure they are brilliant.
What I disliked about the Aurora cruise ship
The entertainment on the Aurora wasn’t really to my taste. I liked some of the shows, The Queen tribute was good.
This didnt bother me though as I am happy to spend time at night in my cabin or having a drink in a bar with some friends I made. I didnt get bored on the 14 night cruise.
Even though the food on the Aurora was delicious and cooked wonderfully I did feel as though there wasn’t a vast amount of choice. This was OK as I always found something on the menu that I liked but I wasn’t spoilt for choice like I have been on others cruises. Plus another reason this was OK was because it meant I had room in my tummy for more desserts which there were plenty of.
See there isn’t really much I disliked on the Aurora cruise ship so again this shows it is a good cruise if you are looking to book.
If you have already booked an Aurora cruise, then you’re in for a treat. It isn’t a luxurious cruise but it is friendly, fun and comfortable and I felt safe cruising solo and I made friends with people who I am still friends with today.
Cabins to avoid on The Aurora
Like with any cruise line there will be bad cabins which you should try to avoid if you are fussy about anything in particular then look at cruise critic as people are often asking which cabins to avoid.
When choosing a cabin everyone has different needs and likes so I can’t say which are the aurora cabins to avoid as I haven’t personally tried them all but some tips are avoid under gym, running track, sun deck, above engine if you dont like noise.
Be close to somewhere that you will use often for example I like to.be near the library as im a book worm when on cruises so I will be going there a lot.
Read my tips on how to choose a cabin.
Best Cabins on Aurora Cruise ship
I think mine was one of the Best Cabins on Aurora
I had an inside cabin and I was a bit concerned that I was going to feel claustrophobic but I didn’t.
I loved the fact it was very dark without the lights on. Sometimes I did sleep more during the day as I didn’t know if it was day or night but these were sea day and that’s the time to catch up on your rest, so you have lots of energy for shore days.
My cabin was a similar size to the outside cabins I just didn’t have the window. It was a nice size for me, I don’t know if I would have felt different if I had a companion.
I saw an outside window cabin on deck 5 and a balcony on deck 10 and they were the same size. I did however see a deck 10 single front facing window cabin, this was smaller with only one single bed. I would recommend asking for a double for single occupancy rather than actually booking a single cabin.
I had plenty of storage space including hanging and drawers. My suitcase fitted easily into the wardrobe for when I wasn’t using it.
My cabin was at the front on the 5th deck, it was a good location. I was near the end of the corridor so I didn’t have lots of traffic going past.
My only issue was being below a theatre and if they had a late night show on and I wanted an early night it would be a little noisy and also when the dancers were practising but it wasn’t a major problem.
My steward was excellent. Very attentive, great at cleaning and very friendly.
The cabin facilities are great, I had a fridge and a kettle. The fridge was great for keeping water cool and chocolate and it meant I could make myself a drink when I wanted rather than having to go to the restaurants. I know they are not far away but these little things made me want to cruise again with P&O.
Food on the Aurora
I enjoyed the food there was definitely plenty of it and lots of choices. Although in the main dining room at dinner time the menus seemed repetitive but this is because they have merged their P&O favourites into the main menu so it looked like every night was steak or salmon but this was the options that are served every night anyway.
The best thing about these meals had to be the desserts. As a bit of a chocaholic, if I see a chocolate dish on the menu I will automatically go for it.
There were a few occasions when the ladies on my tables went without a main course and had a couple of the desserts.
Most nights our table requested extra ice-cream and our server got to know this and we all automatically got ice-cream after a few days which was a nice little touch.
There was an issue with the chocolate buffet as they had changed the name to enhanced buffet on the daily program so people didn’t realise it was the chocolate buffet and missed it.
Quite a lot of people were angry about this, as they said it was the highlight of the cruise but I have not been to one so I don’t know what I missed.
However when we mentioned this to the restaurant manager he brought us some chocolates as a apology so I was happy.
The food was cooked exceptionally well. You were asked how you would like your meat cooked and it came exactly how you requested it. All food was hot and cooked to perfection.
There was only one occasion I didn’t like my meal but that was due to my personal tastes not how it was cooked.
They had good curries as majority of the cooks were of Indian origin even the crew were eating in the self service restaurant on curry nights and the Captain so it shows how good they are.
There is also an Indian restaurant Sindhu which was exceptional although you do need to pay a £10 surcharge, it is definitely worth it as you get so much food.
They served you the bread instead of putting it on the table. This is mainly for hygiene which was always to a high standard where most things were brought to you with serving irons.
The service in the main restaurant was very good. There was one occasion when I asked for another bread roll and got a bit of an attitude from the waiter but it was because he was busy. The dining areas were very clean.
The staff worked hard to clean away finished plates and cutlery. Self-service restaurant had lots of choices and everything was behind plastic panels to reduce germs.
They had speciality nights and all I wanted to do on this cruise was eat as it was all really tasty.
Tip for Sailing on The Aurora : Ask for Stilton for the cheeseboard as they dont automatically bring it and it is very tasty
Entertainment on the Aurora Cruise Ship
The timing of the entertainment needs to be reviewed. It seemed you had to wait ages after dinner the first show is at 9.30.
I was on early dinner at 6, you need to be out of the restaurant at 8.30 though they want you out about 8 so that then an hour and a half to wait around lots of occasions I didn’t even bother. The shows that I did see however were entertaining.
I really enjoyed the sail away parties I had never experienced this before. It was a little cheesy but lots of fun. The entertainment staff sang and danced out on deck as we sailed away in the sunshine.
Apparently as we were leaving Gibraltar you can normally spot dolphins but I didn’t see any on this occasion.
Additional information about the Aurora Cruise ship
- I really enjoyed this Aurora cruise and I would definitely go on a P&O Aurora cruise again and would like to try the other ships in this fleet. A lot of the passengers seemed seasoned cruisers and they were saying that the ship was lacking compared to previous P&O Aurora cruises for example the menus had changed and were not as fancy but as this was my first time I didn’t notice this.
- There were a few shops in the middle foyers that sold duty free, a clothes shop, bags and chocolate.
- Can have Horlicks and hot chocolate as room service though not advertised
- Sewing kits available from reception if needed
- They gave you presentation pack of the daily menus at the end of the cruise which I thought was a nice gesture. Each night you got a chocolate on your pillow, sweets in your room and a fresh flower but if these little extras lead to extra costs I would prefer to have a better deal on my cruise than these.
- On the last night at dinner they had a passenger play bagpipes for the behind the scenes crew to come out to get a round of applause for helping keep us fed all cruise.
Gratuities: £5 per day
Drinks: reasonable price and a great selection
Excursions: A little expensive but organised well
Internet: £42 not worth it (I bought a package but it went over and I wasn’t aware, I found it better to use wifi in ports)
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