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The two main dining rooms (each seats about 525) have tables for two, four, six, eight, and 10, in two seatings.
Your details have been passed to our Personal Cruise Experts who will contactyou within 24 hours. Aurora was the first ship in the P&O Cruises fleet to receive the new livery design as a part of its ?26 million pound makeover in winter 2015. 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.
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. Fully air-conditioned suites enjoy a separate bedroom with two lower beds convertible to queen-size bed. Our spacious Mini-Suites come with all the little luxuries you could want from your home from home. Air-conditioned outside cabins have two lower beds that are convertible to a queen-size bed with wardrobe and drawer space. Aurora is one of the oldest ships in the P&O Cruises fleet (it was launched in 2000), and came out a much-needed ?26 million refurbishment at the end of 2014 as the firstone to carry the new livery, featuring a contemporary version of the Union Flag on its bow, and a blue funnel.
New features added in the refurbishment include the Sindhu fine dining restaurant, with an Indian-fusion menu overseen by Michelin-star chef Atul Kochhar, and the Glass House restaurant and bar, with wines selected by TV presenter Olly Smith, which has replaced Cafe Bordeaux.
The buffet restaurant and Sidewalk Cafe were also completely refurbished and include a new Costa Coffee and Grab and Go countermand flexible "Freedom Dining" in the Medina Restaurant, plus more tables for two; and Marco Pierre White dishes on gala evenings.
The recent refit has transformed the public rooms and they are now bright and attractive, with exceptionally comfortable seating.
Aurora is a family-friendly ship and has extensive kids' facilities, so expect a large proportion of children during holiday times. It has larger cabins and suites and more dining options and choice of public areas than older sister Oriana.As cruise ships evolve, slight differences in layout occur, as is the case with Aurora compared to Oriana. The midships Medina has a vaguely Moorish theme, while Alexandria, with windows on three sides, has an Egyptian theme.

As well as receiving the new-look design with a contemporary version of the Union Flag on her bow and new blue funnels with rising sun designs, Aurora had an interior overhaul. At her heart is a water feature which forms the centrepiece of her atrium - one of her signature features.
Or you can elect to just relax in her spa, whilst your children are entertained in one of the on-board childrens clubs. This may have disappointed a few P&O regulars, but it indicates the line's policy to combine a traditional British atmosphere with an up-to-date cruise experience as well as looking ahead to the launch of the newest -- and biggest -- ship in the fleet in March 2015, Britannia.
But some of the rooms and corridors are distinctly chilly, and there is evidence of minor wear and tear in places, despite the refurbishment which is inevitable with a ship that is now more than 15-years-old. However, outside of school holidays the ship reverts to its traditional demographic of 50-something and older Brits. Note: It is not possible to pre-pay gratuities prior to boarding the ship, however pre-purchased onboard credit can be used to cover the service charge. Our 5th cruise, all with P&O and we were very pleased with the ship facilities certainly better than the Oceana which we thought was a bit tired.
Our boarding was earlier than expected and as we entered the ship we were welcomed and advised that our cabin was ready. Both have more tables for two than in the equivalent restaurants aboard close sister ship Oriana.
You'll also find a range of bars for all tastes, a cinema, theatre and an outdoor pool with retractable skydome roof. There is a writing desk, TV, plus a radio, telephone, safe and tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. The stern superstructure is nicely rounded and has several tiers that overlook the aft decks, pool, and childrena€™s outdoor facilities. Therea€™s a beauty salon, a spiral staircase, and a relaxation area overlooking the forward Riviera swimming pool.FamiliesToybox is a playroom for two- to five-year-olds, Jumpina€™ Jacka€™s for six to nines, Quarterdeck for 10a€“13s, and Decibels for 14a€“17s.
Those who don't want to dress up can use the cafeteria, but formal attire is required in the main restaurants.
There is good sunbathing space, an important plus for outdoors-loving mainly British passengers, and an extra-wide walk-around outdoor promenade deck, with plenty of white plastic sunloungers (cushioned pads are available).As it is a ship for all types, specific areas have been designed to attract different age groups and lifestyles.

Breakfasts and lunches are also served here, as are several (extra-cost) coffees and flavored coffees. The focal point is a four-decks-high atrium lobby and a dramatic 35ft (10.6m) -high, Lalique-style fiberglass sculpture of two mythical figures behind a veil of water. They have forward-facing views, being located directly underneath the navigation bridge (the blinds must be drawn at night so as not to affect navigation). So, if you want a croque-monsieur (a toasted ham and GruyA?re cheese sandwich) at 5am, you can have it. A a€?Tasting Menua€™ is available, containing a selection of small cosmopolitan dishes.Casual, self-serve breakfasts and lunches can be taken from the buffet in The Orangery, which has fine ocean views. One suite has a baby grand piano which can be played manually or electronically; the other has a private library.
The living area on the lower deck (Deck 10) incorporates a dining suite (a first for a P&O ship) and small private balcony.
A night nursery for children aged two to five is available (6pma€“midnight, no charge; from midnight to 2am a fee applies), as well as slumber parties for 6a€“9-year-olds.
There is a walk-in dressing area and closet, with plenty of drawer space, trouser press, and ironing board. At peak holiday times (summer, Christmas, Easter) there could be 400 or more children on board. The lounge has a sofa, armchairs, dining table and chairs, writing desk, television, and audio system.
There are one double and two single closets, a good amount of drawer space, binoculars, a trouser press, and an ironing board. However, one cabin (D165 on Deck 8) is located between forward and mid-ships stairways, and it is difficult to access the public rooms on Deck 8 without first going to the deck below, due to several steps and tight corners. All other wheelchair-accessible cabins are well positioned, and eight have a private balcony.

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