Aurora Review and Specifications

Specifications of Aurora

Year built2000  /  Age : 18
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Building costUSD 375 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorP&O Cruises UK
Speed24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
Length (LOA)270 m / 886 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage76152 gt
Passengers1882 - 2258
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2014-2019
Christened byHRH Princess Anne, Princess Royal

Current itinerary of Aurora

Aurora current cruise is 24 days, round-trip USA and Canada. The itinerary starts on 16 Sep, 2018 and ends on 10 Oct, 2018.

Date / TimePort
16 Sep      Departing from Southampton, England   
23 Sep - 24 Sep     New York, Cape Liberty NYC   
25 Sep     Newport, Rhode Island   
26 Sep     Boston, Massachusetts   
27 Sep     Portland Maine, USA   
28 Sep     Bar Harbor, Maine   
29 Sep     Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada   
01 Oct - 02 Oct     Quebec City, Canada   
04 Oct     Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada   
10 Oct      Arriving in Southampton, England   

Review of Aurora

Launched in 2001, Aurora cruise ship is one of the larger P and O UK liners, similar in size to Oriana and Oceana. The refit in 2014 made it the first PO cruise vessel with the company's new hull livery - the Union Jack flag.

NEWS: In February 2018, P&O UK announced that Aurora becomes adults-only ship, after the scheduled drydock refurbishment in March 2019. The ship joins the adult-only fleetmates Arcadia and Oriana in April 8, 2019. These 3 liners are exclusively for adults.

History - construction and ownership

P&O Cruises is a subsidiary company and two brands owned by Carnival Corporation - P&O UK and P&O Australia. In 2000, P&O Cruises became subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, which in 2003 merged with Carnival Corporation. PandO is the world's oldest cruise company, starting passenger shipping operations in 1822 on the routes connecting England with Iberia.

PO Aurora cruise ship

The 76,152-ton, 1,874-passenger cruise ship Aurora operates some of the best luxury ship cruises from England, with cheap affordable cruises from UK ports. This one is among the most family friendly cruise ships in UK, featuring the PO Aurora World cruise deals from Southampton by the UK best cruise line. One of the best England cruise ships, P&O Aurora serves predominantly the British market, with a great variety of itineraries (mainly in Europe). With her classic design and tiered stern, she is more similar to the traditional ocean liners, and just like “the good old ones”, she offers sheer luxury, premium cruising experiences, stylish entertainment, and 5-star hotel amenities. The PO Aurora cruise ship reviews often recommend this vessel and its itineraries as presenting the best and cheap options for birthday celebrations and wedding anniversaries at sea, small family reunions, and for spending quality family time together.

Cruise itinerary program

Aurora itinerary program is based on cruises from Southampton (UK), including a "World Cruise", roudtrips to the Caribbean (Transatlantic crossings), Baltic and Mediterranean, as well as "mini cruises" from UK to Belgium.


Most Aurora staterooms are 275-sq.foot Balcony rooms (280) and 150-sq.foot Insides (284). There are a total of 941 staterooms in 32 categories. 22 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Aurora are the Penthouse Suites (865 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The decor of the vessel is not from the most exciting that passengers have ever seen, and appeals to the older Brits. There is a 2-sitting fixed dining system in the dining venues and dress codes are enforced in the restaurants and in the basic bars in the evenings. Aurora's main restaurants include Medina and Alexandria (open-seating, breakfast and lunch), Club dining at dinner (fixed seating). Alternative (specialty) options are offered at Cafe Bordeaux (by Marco Pierre White) with Med cuisine. Dinner reservations are required, and a surcharge is applied. The casual Pennant Grill provides breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Another option is the self-service buffet restaurant “The Orangery”. Room service is charged.

Follows the complete list of Aurora restaurants and food bars.

  • Medina Restaurant (forward Dining Room; open seating breakfast 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., Lunch 12:15 - 1:45 p.m., Afternoon Tea 4:00 - 4:45 p.m., and club dining with two fixed Dinner seatings at 6:30 or 8:30 p.m.; complimentary)
  • Alexandria Restaurant (aft Dining Room, dinner only, with 2 fixed dinner seatings at 6:30 or 8:30 p.m.; complimentary)
  • Cafe Bordeaux (120-seat French specialty restaurant by Marco Pierre White; at surcharge; open for Breakfast 6:30 -11:00 a.m., Lunch 11:00 - 5:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Dinner 6:00 - 10:30 p.m., and late night snacks 10:30 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.)
  • The Orangery (lido buffet, self service, complimentary; open for Breakfast 7:00 - 10:30 a.m., Brunch 10:30 - 12:00 a.m.; Lunch 12:00 - 2:30 p.m., Children’s Afternoon Tea and snacks 5:45 - 6:30 p.m., and Dinner 6:30 - 9 p.m.; features themed buffets)
  • Sidewalk Cafe (Lido Cafe, fast food bar; offers pizzas, burgers, fish and chips, complimentary; open 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
  • Pennant Grill and Bar (specialty restaurant, alfresco; surcharge PP applied; open for dinner only 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Aurora cruise liner attracts passengers during the school holidays, but basically she is loved by more elderly people who prefer a traditional cruising experience. Ship's Sun Deck features a golf simulator, Cyb@Study (Internet), the line’s signature Crow’s Nest (bar&lounge by day, nightclub by night), the Uganda room for private parties, and Crystal Pool with 5 hot tubs. The Lido Deck boasts the Oasis spa-salon-sauna, The Orangery, and Sidewalk Cafe, as well as the Pennant bar. The Riviera Pool and Weights and Measures gym are located on Deck 11. Onboard P&O Aurora, there are a total of 8 bars, 3 pools (1 with retractable glass dome), up to 3 lectures a day, dance lessons, French and Spanish classes.

Follows the complete list of Aurora lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Aurora Atrium (4-decks central open floor area and social hub)
  • Palm Court Lobby
  • Curzon Theatre (600-seat, features grand style productions, with hi-tech lighting and sound equipment)
  • Carmen’s Lounge (show lounge and dance club; hosts dancing classes, bingo games, cabaret shows nightly)
  • Champions Bar (sports bar); Anderson’s Bar; Charlie’s Bar
  • Monte Carlo Casino; Art Gallery and Shop
  • Masquerade Disco and Nightclub
  • Raffles Bar (hand-made chocolates and cakes; specialty coffee; a la carte pricing)
  • Mayfair Shop (luxury jewelry); Piccadilly Court and Shop (clothes, accessories, sunglasses, logo items); Emporium (duty-free general store: logo merchandise, chocolates, souvenirs, alcohol, tobaccos, special occasion gifts)
  • Photo Gallery and Shop; The Library (with Internet computers); Vanderbilt’s Card Room
  • Cyb@Study (24-hour Internet computers room)
  • Uganda Room (wedding venue, vow renewals; also used for private parties)
  • The Playhouse (213-seat cinema)
  • Decibels Disco (teens club lounge)
  • Terrace Pool and Bar area; Crystal Pool (served by Crystal Bar); Riviera Pool and Bar area (adults-only)
  • Toybox Room and Night Nursery; Quarter Deck (kids club room); Jumping Jacks (kids club); Intergalactica (video games arcade)
  • Oasis Spa and Health Club (Treatment Rooms, Steam Rooms, Beauty Salon)
  • Weights and Measures Gym (complimentary equipment, Fitness classes; Yoga and Pilates at surcharge)
  • The Crow’s Nest Lounge (dance floor, stage for live music; with floor-ceiling windows for panoramic views; hosts art classes, quiz games, cooking demos during the day)
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track; Sports Court (tennis, basketball, football, cricket); Shuffleboard, Deck Quoits, Table Tennis; Golf Simulator; Golf Nets.

Aurora wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 20
  • Total number of cabins: 941 (of which 32 Suite, 376 Balcony, 284 Inside rooms)
  • Dining Rooms: Medina Restaurant, Alexandria Restaurant
  • Restaurants and food bars: Orangery (buffet), Cafe Bordeaux (French, by M. Pierre-White), "Sindhu" (Indian, by A. Kochhar), Pennant Grill (al-fresco)
  • Lounges & Bars: Curzon (theater), Carmen’s, Crow’s Nest (observation), Raffles Court (patisserie), nightclubs (Decibels, Masquerade), casino ("Monte Carlo"), Champions Bar (sports), Charlie’s Bar (wine/piano), Uganda Room (chapel & meeting room).
  • Amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi access, supervised kids programme, laundry/self-serve laundromats.
  • Entertainment - Retreat (adults-only area), Oasis Spa & Fitness, 3 swimming pools with poolside bars (Terrace, Riviera, Crystal), 2 jacuzzis, cinema, Library, duty-free shops, combined sports court, Golf Simulator, four Golf Net cages, deck games, kids venues (Toybox Room /nursery, Quarter Deck, Jumping Jacks, Intergalactica /arcade).
  • ms Aurora cruise ship was built in Germany at the cost of 380 million dollars. The vessel was specifically designed to appeal to the UK cruising market. Since British travelers are more attracted by traditionally looking ships, the vessel's hull and superstructure as design resembles the ocean liners of the past. The basics for the ship's design were taken from the mv Oriana project, but were largely extended and many onboard features (like cabins and facilities) were improved.
  • A most unfortunate event in mv Aurora's history happened at the very beggining of its service. The vessel's royal godmother Princess Anne failed to shatter the champagne bottle in the hull during the christening ceremony in Southampton. And many blamed this for the cancelled Maiden Voyage (May 1, 2000) when due to a serious technical problem the Inaugural cruise to the Mediterranean was cancelled after only 16 hrs at sea. The ship was taken out of service for drydock repairs, and the passengers refund/compensation package cost P&O UK about GBP 6 million. Aurora returned to service 2 weeks later.
  • mv Aurora was christened on April 27, 2000, by godmother HRH The Princess Royal. The list of other P and O cruise ships named by British Royals includes Oriana (April 6, 1995, by HM The Queen), Britannia (March 10, 2015, by HM The Queen) and the ships Oceana and Adonia (Azamara Pursuit since 2018). Both vessels were named on May 21, 2003, by HRH The Princess Royal and her daughter Zara Phillips.
  • The list of P&O World Cruise ships, besides Aurora also includes mv Arcadia.

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Aurora Itineraries

The below listed Aurora cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 May 19 16 days, round-trip Scandinavia and Russia Southampton
2018 Jun 16 14 days, round-trip Norway, Iceland and Ireland Southampton
2018 Jul 04 17 days, round-trip Spain, Italy and France Southampton
2018 Aug 02 17 days, round-trip Spain, Italy and Croatia Southampton
2018 Aug 19 12 days, round-trip Spain, Canary Islands and Portugal Southampton
2018 Aug 31 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia and Russia Southampton$1249
2018 Sep 14 2 days, round-trip Belgium Southampton$259
2018 Sep 16 24 days, round-trip USA and Canada Southampton
2018 Oct 10 5 days, round-trip Belgium and The Netherlands Southampton$499
2018 Oct 15 13 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Portugal Southampton$1149
2018 Oct 28 17 days, round-trip Spain, Malta and Greece Southampton$1349
2018 Nov 14 14 days, round-trip Spain, France and Italy Southampton$849
2018 Nov 28 12 days, round-trip Norway and Northern Lights Southampton$859
2018 Dec 10 9 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton$679
2018 Dec 19 10 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton$969
2018 Dec 29 5 days, round-trip Belgium and The Netherlands Southampton$819
2019 Jan 03 55 days, round-trip Aurora's Amazon, Caribbean & Central America Adventure Southampton$3299
2019 Feb 27 12 days, round-trip Norway and Northern Lights Southampton$999
2019 Mar 11 12 days, round-trip Norway and Northern Lights Southampton$1179
2019 Apr 08 16 days, round-trip Portugal, Canary Islands and Azores Southampton$1099
2019 Apr 24 19 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal and Italy Southampton$1999
2019 May 13 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia and Russia Southampton$1139
2019 May 27 18 days, round-trip Spain, Italy and Portugal Southampton$1519
2019 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Spain and Guernsey Southampton$549
2019 Jun 21 16 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Poland and Russia Southampton$1399
2019 Jul 07 2 days, round-trip Guernsey Southampton$249
2019 Jul 09 12 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$1199
2019 Jul 21 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands, Madeira and Spain Southampton$1229
2019 Aug 02 14 days, round-trip Spain, France and Italy Southampton$1349
2019 Aug 16 4 days, round-trip Guernsey and Belgium Southampton$479
2019 Aug 20 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands, Madeira and Spain Southampton$1229
2019 Sep 01 30 days, round-trip USA and Canada Southampton$2999
2019 Oct 01 17 days, round-trip Spain, Malta and Italy Southampton$1799
2019 Oct 18 2 days, round-trip Belgium Southampton$229
2019 Oct 20 14 days, round-trip Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal Southampton$1459
2019 Nov 03 12 days, round-trip Norway and Northern Lights Southampton$1259
2019 Nov 15 7 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton$499
2019 Nov 22 4 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton$309
2019 Nov 26 13 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton$849
2019 Dec 09 10 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton$599
2019 Dec 19 2 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton$209
2019 Dec 21 14 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton$1799
2020 Jan 04 55 days, round-trip Aurora's Caribbean & America Discovery Southampton$4159
2020 Feb 28 12 days, round-trip Norway and Northern Lights Southampton$1249
2020 Mar 11 12 days, round-trip Norway and Northern Lights Southampton$1129
2020 Mar 23 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton$809