Aurora is a classic ocean going vessel with an elegant tiered stern and long bow. At her heart is a water feature which forms the centrepiece of her atrium – one of her signature features. You’ll also find a range of bars for all tastes, a cinema, theatre and an outdoor pool with retractable skydome roof. Dining highlights include The Glass House and The Beach House.
Dining to suit all tastes
Dining highlights include The Glass House and The Beach House. When it comes to bars Aurora offers a variety to suit every mood including her Crows Nest bar, which offers a great view of every port along the way (and the oceans in between)
Be active, or just relax and enjoy
Aurora is perfectly designed for walking or jogging with the opportunity to do just that around her circumference thanks to the broad teak promenade deck. Or you can elect to just relax in her spa, whilst your children are entertained in one of the on-board childrens’ clubs.
A classic ocean going vessel
Aurora is designed as a classic ocean going vessel and is therefore ideally suited to world cruising. At other times in the year Aurora offers a full schedule of port calls across the Mediterranean, Baltic & Fjords, Canary Islands and is the ship of choice for our transatlantic USA & Canada cruises.
Activities and Education
Days to remember
With bustling cities and scenic vistas to explore almost every day on some cruises, your time away is certain to be packed with new and exciting experiences. And all the activity needn’t stop on sea days. Port presentations help you to find out all the must-see sights and gain a deeper insight into the history and culture of every approaching destination. Activities such as art auctions, dance lessons and galley tours, add interest and variety. And you can surf the net in the cyb@study, keep fit in the gym, pamper yourself in the spa and much more besides.
There’s such a wide choice of things to do on board a P&O Cruises ship, they each have to publish a daily newspaper just to list them all. Of course, you don’t have to do anything at all if you don’t want to, but if you do tire of just lazing in the sun and reading, we can offer you a range of things to keep you busy.
Needless to say, swimming is a favorite past-time on board. Whether you have kids with you or not, you’ll be glad to know you have a choice of pools – one is specially reserved for families with children.
To counter all the gourmet calories you’ll be enjoying at every mealtime each liner also boasts a fully-equipped health-spa with gymnasium, sauna, massage and beauty treatments on offer.
Aurora, now equipped with state of the art cyb@studies where you can send and receive e-mails, use the Internet and read our amazing destinations guides, perfect for keeping in touch with people at home and discovering what lies ahead.
For kids, there is lots to do on board
In fact, our children’s facilities are so good, you may even forget you brought the family with you! There are fully equipped play rooms for 2 to 9 years old and – on Aurora, we have a special area, Decibels for teenagers. With art classes, finger painting, special parties, fancy dress and their own youth staff, kids have every bit as much fun as the grown ups.
Shopping, Bridge, being a bookworm in the library, trying the Daily Tote at the Casino.
In one day you could squeeze all this in … or do nothing at all!
- Examples Of On Board Activities
- Morning Keep-Fit Classes Deck Quoits & Shuffleboard
- Line Dancing Handicraft Sessions
- Antiques Lectures Tennis Competition
- Skin Care Clinic The Daily Tote
- Aquacise and Pool Party Whist Drive
- Dance Class Cricket
- An Aroma Spa Demonstration Laser
- Jackpot Bingo Football
- Silver Screen Quiz Wine Tasting
And that’s all before the night time entertainment begins!
Some nights are particularly glamorous affairs, where ladies dress in their finest evening gowns while the men don dinner jackets. Other night are more relaxed, where smart casual wear is the norm.
- Cafe Bordeaux – bistro created by Marco Pierre White
- The Pennant Grill – al fresco grill restaurant
- 3 pools, 1 with skydome and 4 whirlpool spas
- The Crows Nest lounge and bar
- The Playhouse cinema
- Monte Carlo Casino
- Masquerade nightclub
- Carmen’s show lounge and bar
- Anderson’s bar
- Champions sports bar
- Curzon Theatre
- Golf simulator & golf nets
- Spa and gym
Health and well being
A healthier holiday
There’s nothing better for your well-being than a change of scenery and the chance to get away from it all. And as the scenery changes around you on Aurora, you can be as leisurely or active as you wish. Her gymnasium is fully-equipped with bikes, weights, running machines and much more, helping you keep trim during your time away. Her sparkling pools invite you to take a dip and you can swim no matter what the weather with Aurora’s Crystal Pool located beneath a protective skydome.
If you simply wish to unwind and take it easy, the Oasis Spa and salon provides the perfect retreat. Indulge in a body wrap, a massage, a facial or a pedicure and you’ll find Aurora’s skilled staff soothe away any tension. And if you don’t wish to spoil all your hard work at mealtimes, you’ll be pleased to find that delicious healthy options on the menu, mean you can indulge with a completely clean conscience.
- Crystal Pool
- Riviera Pool
- Golf Simulator
- Terrace Pool
- Weights & Measures
- Sports Court
- Promenade Deck
- Oasis Spa
As you take in the splendors of the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the Atlantic Isles or even the world, Aurora’s chefs create an eclectic array of dishes. Take breakfast out in the open air on your own balcony or on deck by The Orangery. At the buffet court there’s plenty to choose from. From fresh rolls, preserves, juices, cereals and yogurts to a full cooked breakfast with all the trimmings. Another day you might opt for a pastry or croissant in Cafe Bordeaux, Aurora’s 24 hour French-style bistro. And if you favor a leisurely start and waiter service, the elegant main dining room offers a full breakfast menu.
The Sidewalk Cafe serves a range of hot snacks, such as burgers and samosas. Perfect for a casual lunchtime meal. The Orangery will have your taste buds tingling with anticipation at the sight of crisps salads, pasta dishes, curries, desserts and fresh fruit. And if you crave quieter surroundings, Cafe Bordeaux offers snacks to suit the time of day. If you’ve time to spare and wish to linger over a meal, you’ll find the main dining rooms offer a three course luncheon menu and attentive service.
With Club Dining you’ll enjoy the special ambiance and sociable atmosphere of the main dining room. This style of dining is a wonderful way to share your holiday experiences and meet new friends. The same table will be reserved for you and your table companions every night for first or second sitting, at 6.30pm or 8.30pm. You simply need to request your sitting preference when you book and we’ll inform you of your table number, sitting and restaurant with a card in your cabin when we welcome you on board.
Often the way valued friendships are forged, you can revel in the company, a six-course menu and the sense of occasion. Club Dining on Aurora presents the soft and inviting glow of the Alexandria and Medina Restaurants. Enter these impressive dining rooms and you’ll be treated to beautifully presented cuisine, exquisite surroundings and an enticing menu night after night.
Aurora’s Club Dining venues:
- Alexandria Restaurant
- Medina Restaurant
Select Dining is wonderfully flexible, allowing you a change of scene and the opportunity to dine with different people. This is a great way to add variety to your holiday, if you wish to dine earlier or later than usual, celebrate a special occasion or enjoy an intimate meal for two. Or it could be that you’re looking for a different experience to that provided in main dining rooms.
If you’re seeking an intimate bistro meal, you’ll love the welcoming atmosphere of Cafe Bordeaux. And The Pennant Grill offers anything from a hearty and succulent steak to seared tuna or seafood platters. Simply pick which night you wish to dine where and reserve a table for the desired time for a small Select Dining charge. You may even decide to opt for Select Dining every night – it really is up to you.
Aurora’s Select Dining venue:
- Cafe Bordeaux
As the sun goes down, Aurora lights up! With everyone dressed for dinner and ready to be sociable, you’ll find there’s a great atmosphere. Knowing that there are many options for the night ahead, all just a step away, is invigorating. So whether you start the night with a drink on your own balcony or head to one of the many bars to meet friends, you know every night holds numerous possibilities.
Take a seat in the lavish surroundings of the Curzon Theatre to take in a show. Discuss your day ashore and make plans for the next in one of the many bars. Watch cabaret or comedians in Carmen’s show lounge. Take in the latest blockbuster in The Playhouse cinema. Enjoy the excitement of the casino. And dance your way through the decades with tunes from the 60’s to the present day in Masquerade.
After brandy and liqueurs in one of our bars or lounges, why not check out the main evening show? And when we say show we mean it. Aurora, all boast theatres and show-lounges that wouldn’t be out of place:
- Curzon Theatre
- The Playhouse
Wander around and you could find a late night cabaret, a talented vocalist, or join our hotly contested trivia quiz. On certain evenings, the usual atmosphere becomes even more electric. Starting with the Captain’s Gala Cocktail Party, you’ll enjoy a variety of special evenings. It may be a spontaneous barbecue on deck, the glamor of Casino Night, the Black and White Ball or Carnival Rio Night!
Feeling lucky?Then head for the casino. Feel like a laugh? Then see a comedian. Feeling energetic? Then come dancing with P&O Cruises. You’ll find just about every style of dance on offer on our dance floors from disco to ballroom.
Two things that night owls will find most reassuring is the fact that our bars remain open and buzzing into the small hours and, if they have children, that there’s a full range of night-time entertainment to keep them busy too or a Night Nursery.
Bars and lounges
- Cafe Bordeaux
- The Crow’s Nest
- Pennant Bar
- Raffles Bar
- Raffles Court
- Riviera Bar
- Sidewalk Cafe
- Country of registry: Bermuda
- Port of registry: Hamilton
- Entered service: April 2000
- Named by: HRH The Princess Royal
- Gross Tonnage: 76,000 tons
- Length Overall: 270 meters (886 feet)
- Breadth: 32.2 meters (106 feet)
- Draught (full): 8.4 meters (27 Feet)
- Service Speed: 24 Knots
- Crew: 850
- Passenger Capacity: 1,870
- Maximum operating capacity: 1,950
- Passenger Decks: 10
- Passenger Cabins: 935