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Refitted in April 2018 to become an adult-only cruise ship, P&O Aurora is a firm favourite with fans of Britain's most popular cruise line, boasting classic yet modern decor and a wide range of entertainment in which to relax.

Aurora is all about pampering yourself and kicking back in complete comfort. Everything on this ship bows to your every need. Boasting stylish, classic decor and a superb range of cabin styles, including a two-tier suite with butler service, this stunning ship caters to all your needs.

Aurora offers a wide choice of cruises to a myriad of destinations, on world cruises, Med cruises, Caribbean cruises and even Baltic and Fjord cruises. Better still, some of the ship's illustrious adventures are cruises from Southampton, meaning it's even easier than ever to jump onboard.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/2000
Tonnage 76000
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 22
Number Of Decks 10
Number Of Elevators 10
Number Of Pools 1
Number Of Restaurants 6
Formal Nights Yes
Maximum Capacity 1874 (1950)
Crew 850
Refurbished 01/01/2019

Ship Facilities

As you wander the decks of this glorious ship, you'll find all kinds of restaurants, bars and amenities to keep you occupied. For dining, you'll find the chefs cultivating a huge array of dishes for every craving you muster. From a freshly cooked breakfast on deck at The Orangery, to Café Bordeaux Bistro, created by Marco Pierre White, the Aurora has a great array of eateries. In the evenings, the Alexandria and Medina restaurants are just waiting for your reservation to dine in exquisite surroundings with sumptuous food.

  • Main dining venues: Alexandria and Medina restaurants
  • Buffet restaurant: The Orangery
  • Sidewalk Cafe
  • Alternative dining: Cafe Bordeaux Bistro - created by Marco Pierre White
  • Coffee and Chocolate Bar
  • 24-hour room service

The ship offers a fantastic wealth of stunning bars and ambient lounges. Lazing back at Anderson’s in front of the traditional fireplace, you'll simply melt into the cosy atmosphere of this laid-back bar. Alternatively, if you're in the mood for celebrating, Charlie’s elegant champagne bar is the place to go, with its sparkling design and glitzy colour. Plenty of other venues can still quench your thirst too- from Masquerade for a dance to the Riviera for cocktails, you're never short of options.

Carmen's is the central hub for live entertainment onboard. Here, the show lounge will provide you with countless memories of evening comedy or sophisticated cabaret. After the shows are over, the stage is cleared for a dance floor to let you dance the rest of the night away. The Curzon Theatre on the Promenade Deck has the feel of a traditional, Shakespearian theatre, yet behind the scenes is all the latest technology bringing you the very best West End-style performances you've seen.


With three top-class shops, a cinema showing all the latest Hollywood flicks and first-rate service all round, you have one of the most spectacular cruises imaginable. For those wanting to seek out a little bit of peace and quiet, the card room, writing room and library are also great places from which to enjoy the cruise.

Out on the deck and cruisers will be pleased to find two outdoor pools and several Jacuzzis, as well as an indoor pool with a retractable dome roof, meaning guests can enjoy a dip whatever the weather.

Spa and Fitness

Aside from all that partying, you might also care for really letting your hair down and trying the superb Oasis Spa on the Lido Deck, which allows you to detox and rejuvenate in complete peace and quiet. In addition, guests can pop into the Hair & Beauty salon to experience a complete makeover that will leave them feeling brand new and ready to take on the world.

Sports-wise, there are courts for golf, tennis, football and whatever else takes your fancy. There’s also a fully equipped gym including a spacious aerobics room and personal trainers.

Dress Code

Onboard Aurora you will find a smart-casual dress code accompanied by a select number of formal evenings. During the informal evenings either country-club style or jacket & trousers are acceptable attire for dinner in the main restaurants. Seven-night cruises typically offer two formal nights with 14-night cruises offering up to four. The formal nights onboard are black tie for gentlemen and elegant dress for the ladies. The buffet dining always offers an informal and casual dress code for those who prefer not to dress for dinner or those arriving back onboard late from daily shore excursions.


With P&O's great service why not take advantage of the wedding coordinator and have a cruise wedding or renew your vows?

Customer reviews for Aurora

Booked on 4 night trip calling at St Peter Port and Zeebrugge. Best fitted ship we have so far used although disappointed not to get table in 'Sindhu' as was fully booked pretty much before embarking - made note to book in advance next time. Still, 'Beach House' restaurant more than made up for it as did the quality of food in main and buffet restaurant. Couldn't get off at St Peter Port due to 2-3 metre swell which again disappointed but the captain turned round and went straight up to Zeebrugge so we had two days in Bruges to compensate which given my affinity with Belgian ale again more than compensated... as did the Mussels. Service on board was exemplary with one exception - on boarding the coffee and cake lounge we visited was overwhelmed resulting in a 40 minute wait for a drink. This may be as a result of several hundred passengers hitting the bars and lounges all at once. Having said that the staff were always smiling and nothing was too much trouble, a step up from our last cruise (NDL). Will definitely sail P&O again...

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This did not meet our expectations. We found our own way into a poorly cleaned de lux balcony cabin on deck 10 and we were moved to a lesser cabin on deck with a non-view balcony! But I was assured this was still a del lux balcony cabin ... not ... Food OK, service OK but too regimented with their seating sergents! There was too much bingo and packaged entertainment, poor jokes and knees-ups for our taste, so this is our maiden P & O cruise and last. Back to the river cruises for us which are much better .

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Fantastic time, good food, and great crew. Only complaint: passengers putting towels on sunbeds and not using them, even on shore days they put towels on and went ashore. Thanks P&O, will cruise with them again.

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