Aurora current position

Aurora current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 50.61173 N / -2.35220 W) cruising en route to GBWEY-GBWEY. The AIS position was reported 3 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Aurora

Year built2000  /  Age: 21
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 Refurbishment2019
Christened byHRH Princess Anne, Princess Royal
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Aurora Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Apr 13 19 days, round-trip Mediterranean Southampton
2022 May 02 3 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2022 May 05 19 days, round-trip Mediterranean Southampton
2022 May 24 16 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton
2022 Jun 09 12 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2022 Jun 21 14 days, round-trip Iceland Southampton
2022 Jul 05 3 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2022 Jul 08 16 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton
2022 Jul 24 12 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2022 Aug 05 21 days, round-trip Norway Southampton
2022 Aug 26 19 days, round-trip Mediterranean Southampton
2022 Sep 14 4 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2022 Sep 18 24 days, round-trip Canada Southampton
2022 Oct 12 18 days, round-trip Mediterranean Southampton
2022 Oct 30 12 days, round-trip Norway Southampton
2022 Nov 11 28 days, round-trip Caribbean Southampton
2022 Dec 09 12 days, round-trip Norway Southampton
2022 Dec 21 16 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton
2023 Jan 06 65 days, round-trip South America Southampton
2023 Mar 12 12 days, round-trip Norway Southampton
2023 Mar 24 12 days, round-trip Norway Southampton

Aurora Review

Review of Aurora

The 2001-built P&O Aurora cruise ship is one of the larger P&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 an adults-only ship, after the scheduled drydock refurbishment in March 2019. The ship joins the adult-only fleet mates Arcadia and Oriana on 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 merged with Carnival Corporation in 2003. 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 1900-passenger 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 the 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", roundtrips to the Caribbean (Transatlantic crossings), Baltic and Mediterranean, as well as "mini-cruises" from the UK to Belgium.


Aurora has a total of 941 cabins (of which 32 Suite, 376 Balcony, 284 Inside rooms) in 20 grades. Most Aurora staterooms are 275-sq. foot Balcony rooms and 150-sq.foot Insides (284). 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.)
  • "Sindhu" (Indian, by A. Kochhar)
  • 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), 2 jacuzzis, up to 3 lectures a day, dance lessons, French and Spanish classes. Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi access, supervised kids programme, laundry/self-serve laundromats.

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 (wine/piano)
  • 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); Intergalactic (video games arcade)
  • Oasis Spa and Health Club (Treatment Rooms, Steam Rooms, Beauty Salon)
  • The Retreat (relaxation room with large wooden floor for Yoga, Tai Chi, ballroom dance classes)
  • Weights and Measures Gym (complimentary equipment, Fitness classes; Yoga and Pilates at surcharge)
  • The Crow’s Nest Lounge (dance floor, a 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; four Golf Net cages.

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MS Aurora was specifically designed to appeal to the UK cruising market. Since British travelers are more attracted by traditionally looking ships, vessel's hull and superstructure as design resemble traditional ocean liners. Design's basics were taken from mv Oriana, but largely extended and improved (cabins and facilities).

A most unfortunate event in mv Aurora's history happened at the very beginning of its service. 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 canceled Maiden Voyage (May 1, 2000) when due to a serious technical problem the Inaugural cruise to the Mediterranean was canceled after only 16 hrs at sea. The ship was taken out of service for drydock repairs, and 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 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 Princess Royal and her daughter Zara Phillips.

The list of P&O World Cruise ships, besides Aurora also includes mv Arcadia.

P&O Aurora World Cruise 2022 (cancelled)

In 2021, P&O UK planned a 100-day "World Cruise 2022" on MS Aurora, leaving roundtrip from Southampton (January 3 thru April 13). Paul Ludlow (P&O UK's President) commented that was "not possible" to operate the scheduled voyage due to the "complex logistics" (Coronavirus impact) involved with a global itinerary.

03 JanDeparting from Southampton
07 JanSanta Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
13 JanBridgetown, Barbados
15 JanWillemstad, Curacao Island
17 JanPanama Canal
20 JanHuatulco, La Crucecita, Mexico Riviera
23 JanCabo San Lucas, Baja California Mexico
26-27 Jan (overnight)San Francisco, California
01-02 Feb (overnight)Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaii
09 FebApia, Upolu Island, Samoa
11 FebSuva, Fiji
14-15 Feb (overnight)Auckland, New Zealand
16 FebTauranga, New Zealand
17 FebRussell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
20-21 Feb (overnight)Sydney, NSW Australia
23 FebBrisbane, Queensland Australia
27 FebRabaul, New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea
0506 Mar (overnight)Tokyo, Japan
08 MarKagoshima, Japan
11-12 Mar (overnight)Hong Kong, China
16 MarSingapore
17 MarKlang-Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
18 MarPulau Penang Island, Georgetown, Malaysia
21 MarColombo, Sri Lanka
26-27 Mar (overnight)Dubai, UAE
28 MarMuscat, Oman
04 AprSuez Canal
07 AprValletta, Malta
10 AprCadiz-Sevilla, Spain
13 AprArriving in Southampton

The cancelled voyage was also available for booking in smaller itinerary segments:

  • (Jan 3) 49-days Southampton to Sydney
  • (Jan 3) 24-days Southampton to San Francisco
  • (Feb 21) 51-days Sydney to Southampton
  • (Feb 21) 23-days Sydney to Singapore
  • (Feb 21) 19-days Sydney to Hong Kong
  • (Feb 23) 49-day Brisbane to Southampton
  • (Feb 23) 17-days Brisbane to Hong Kong
  • (Mar 12) 14-days Hong Kong to Dubai
  • (Mar 12) 32-days Hong Kong to Southampton
  • (Mar 26) 18-days Dubai to Southampton

Instead, the ship was rescheduled to operate two substitutes/Southampton roundtrips (sales opened on July 6, 2021) leaving in 2022 on February 22 (Transatlantic to the Caribbean) and April 1 (to the Canaries).

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Good british cruising

by Craigscruises4u
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6 days, round-trip from Southampton, England
Departure date: 06 Oct 2000
Cruise number 16 , Travel Industry event to explore new P&O Aurora Departure date : 6th October 2000 Cabin number : D174.- midship , deck 8 outside cabin Total pax : 1878 , Crew : 850 : Decks :10 Cruise - Non brochure cruise , purely travel trade Southampton / La Coruna / Bilbao / La...

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