P&O Aurora - What can you tell me

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#21
Surrey
378 Posts
Joined Mar 2013
Originally posted by Teddy123
Aurora is great apart from the fact somebody thought it was a good idea to put the galley for the buffet and room service just across the corridor from some of the most expensive cabins on board - so guests there get an assortment of bangs and rattles from the galley 24/7 and disturbed nights.
Which deck and cabins are these, please?
#22
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
538 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
I am also just back from Aurora and had the pleasure of meeting both Selbourne and Ehg with their lovely partners too.

Aurora is not to everyone's liking as she is now considered a smaller ship and has a more traditional decor. I love her and also Oriana (my favourite by a small margin). As well as the various positive points already mentioned, I would also say she has one of the most friendly crews too. So many staff smile and say hello - even if they are on the staircases polishing the rails! The service was excellent, almost without exception.

Feel free to ask any specific questions.
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#23
Cambridgeshire
194 Posts
Joined Feb 2016
Britboys also stayed at Holiday Inn the night before,somehow missed you on board. Did meet Ehg table mate, and Selbourne.

The question was, what can you tell me about Aurora.

Here Goes:.

She a big white thing with a blue funnel
#24
UK
259 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
Originally posted by mandylennon
Which deck and cabins are these, please?
The galley fills the centre of Deck B from just forward of the aft lifts to about half way to the mid-ship lifts. The noise isn't continuous, but can occur at any time. I guess it may not disturb some people, but it certainly did my wife and me.
#25
188 Posts
Joined Feb 2015
Originally posted by mercury7289
Britboys also stayed at Holiday Inn the night before,somehow missed you on board. Did meet Ehg table mate, and Selbourne.



The question was, what can you tell me about Aurora.



Here Goes:.



She a big white thing with a blue funnel

DH!

I'm sending you your Christmas card next week in case I forget!


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#26
188 Posts
Joined Feb 2015
Originally posted by Britboys
I am also just back from Aurora and had the pleasure of meeting both Selbourne and Ehg with their lovely partners too.

Aurora is not to everyone's liking as she is now considered a smaller ship and has a more traditional decor. I love her and also Oriana (my favourite by a small margin). As well as the various positive points already mentioned, I would also say she has one of the most friendly crews too. So many staff smile and say hello - even if they are on the staircases polishing the rails! The service was excellent, almost without exception.

Feel free to ask any specific questions.

It was lovely to meet you too and I also managed to meet Selbourne and his wife too on the last night who were also dining at The Beach House. Didn't we have a great cruise?


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#28
England
816 Posts
Joined Aug 2014
Fantastic cruise and fantastic ship. I have submitted a brief review which does contain balanced feedback (food and service excellent, entertainment patchy, some challenges for those with wheelchairs etc), but overall I have entitled the review 'Cruising as it should be', which gives a clue to my summary. It's not gone 'live' yet but I will post a link to it on this thread when it does.

It was lovely to meet a few fellow Cruise Critic contributors. Interesting to compare notes on mobility challenges with mercury7289. Amusing that Ehg hunted me down in the Beach House (enjoyed our brief chat and glad you like my posts!). Had a lovely long chat with Britboys as we surveyed the scene in Skagen from deck 13 - a really nice guy who has similar tastes to us. It felt like a real community at sea, and I'm really glad that we have two cruises booked on Aurora for next year. Going on Britannia (for the 3rd time) in a few months. Have enjoyed her before, but hope it won't be a let down after our fantastic cruise on Aurora.
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#29
England
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Joined Aug 2014
My review has been published at last

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674(A) Oriana 14/5/96. Southampton to Istanbul (Fly back). 8 nights. Outside Cabin.
E620 Oceana 11/8/06. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Outside Cabin.
E720 Oceana 12/8/07. Canaries. 13 nights. Outside Cabin.
X912 Oriana 24/7/09. Baltic. 14 nights. Outside Cabin.
A118 Azura 5/8/11. Eastern Mediterranean. 16 nights. Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabin.
N321 Ventura 18/8/13. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabin.
B517 Britannia 15/8/15. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Forward Suite + Balcony Cabin.
B622 Britannia 23/7/16. Norwegian Fjords. 7 nights. Forward Suite + Adjacent Balcony Cabin.
N703 Ventura 15/2/17. Amsterdam & Bruges. 4 nights. Penthouse Suite.
R705 Aurora 13/5/17. Baltic. 16 nights. Accessible Balcony Cabin.
B721 Britannia 22/7/17. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Aft Suite + Adjacent Balcony Cabin.

R718 Aurora 20/10/17. Zeebrugge (although didn’t dock due to storm). 2 nights. Accessible Balcony Cabin.
#31
England
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Joined Aug 2014
Originally posted by mandylennon
Thank you for your review and glad you had a great cruise. What was it about Sindhu that you didn't like was it the location or the menu?
Mandy
On Britannia and Ventura, Sindhu is a dedicated restaurant, well screened from other areas, and with a pleasant ambiance. On Aurora, it is part of the coffee shop and used as such during the day. During the evening, when it is used as Sindhu, it is completely open to the atrium and lacks any distinctness. It doesn't feel like a proper restaurant. The atrium on Aurora is very small and gets congested. When we were dining, there were a few large groups of passengers who were chatting, laughing and joking immediately adjacent to Sindhu. I don't want to sound like an old misery, but it was very intrusive and my wife and I couldn't hear each other speak.

We loved the old menu but found the items that we tried from the new menu to be very disappointing. Both starters were mediocre (the old spicy beef wrap was gorgeous, the new version nowhere near as nice) and I ordered a Lamb Bhuna Massalla that was very dry with no sauce and little flavour. I mentioned this to the restaurant manager who appeared with some more, but it was still dry. I can't remember the last time I left an Indian meal virtually uneaten. There was no further follow up, but he was pre-occupied with a group of senior ships crew dining in the restaurant. I don't begrudge them doing so, but I do find it a bit irritating (on all P&O ships) when waiting staff prioritise ships crew over passengers in Select dining restaurants - something I notice quite often.

I appreciate that this all sounds terribly negative and would like to stress that we had a fabulous cruise and the food and service was a real highlight. But, oddly, we had a complete reverse experience of Britannia, where we had found the Main Dining Room (Freedom Dining) to be disappointing (food average, service impersonal and rushed) but all Select dining venues superb. On Aurora, the MDR was fantastic. Food and service were exemplary and, aside from the superb Glass House (where we had a lovely lunch a number of times), we had our best meals in the MDR. The Beach House was great from a service perspective but the new menu again disappointed. I had a starter called Hush Puppies that was a Jalapeńo pepper based dish that was bone dry. The ribs are now 2 odd and almost identical flavours, compared to the 3 very different ones (including lamb and peanut variants) on the old menu, which were superb on Britannia.
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P&O Cruises to Come - 81 nights over 6 cruises (2017 - Aurora, 2018 - Aurora, Arcadia, Aurora, 2019 - Aurora x 2)

674(A) Oriana 14/5/96. Southampton to Istanbul (Fly back). 8 nights. Outside Cabin.
E620 Oceana 11/8/06. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Outside Cabin.
E720 Oceana 12/8/07. Canaries. 13 nights. Outside Cabin.
X912 Oriana 24/7/09. Baltic. 14 nights. Outside Cabin.
A118 Azura 5/8/11. Eastern Mediterranean. 16 nights. Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabin.
N321 Ventura 18/8/13. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabin.
B517 Britannia 15/8/15. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Forward Suite + Balcony Cabin.
B622 Britannia 23/7/16. Norwegian Fjords. 7 nights. Forward Suite + Adjacent Balcony Cabin.
N703 Ventura 15/2/17. Amsterdam & Bruges. 4 nights. Penthouse Suite.
R705 Aurora 13/5/17. Baltic. 16 nights. Accessible Balcony Cabin.
B721 Britannia 22/7/17. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Aft Suite + Adjacent Balcony Cabin.

R718 Aurora 20/10/17. Zeebrugge (although didn’t dock due to storm). 2 nights. Accessible Balcony Cabin.
#33
Surrey
378 Posts
Joined Mar 2013
Thanks for the info on Sindhu. We shall take a look before booking. We are only going for 7 days so may give it a miss this time which is no big deal as we like the dufferent curries that they serve lunchtime in MDR.
#35
Lincolnshire
934 Posts
Joined Apr 2009
Originally posted by cruisefan2012
What can you tell me about P&O Aurora


Have 2 cruises booked on her, one in 2018 and one in 2019 and to be honest I dont really know much about Aurora, It was the itineraries that drew me to her !!
MV Aurora is a cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet. The ship was built by Meyer Werft at their shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. At over 76,000 tonnes, Aurora is the sixth largest of eight ships currently in service with P&O Cruises. Wikipedia




Length: 270 m


Yard number: 640


Capacity: 1,878 passengers (regular); 1,950 passengers (maximum)


Crew: 850


Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)


Cost: $375 million

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#36
Surrey
378 Posts
Joined Mar 2013
Originally posted by Teddy123
The galley fills the centre of Deck B from just forward of the aft lifts to about half way to the mid-ship lifts. The noise isn't continuous, but can occur at any time. I guess it may not disturb some people, but it certainly did my wife and me.
Guess I had better take some earplugs then, as my cabin is right here B232 mini suite. Good job my husband is deaf in one ear. With two young male adult sons I am used to broken nights sleep! Thanks for the warning.
#37
Oxfordshire
660 Posts
Joined Jun 2016
Originally posted by Teddy123
The galley fills the centre of Deck B from just forward of the aft lifts to about half way to the mid-ship lifts. The noise isn't continuous, but can occur at any time. I guess it may not disturb some people, but it certainly did my wife and me.
I have to say that my husband and I have had a few mini-Suites and Suites at this point and never heard a thing!
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#38
33 Posts
Joined Mar 2017
Cruisefan, thanks for starting this thread, I was kind of wondering the same thing myself. From reading your Flybe thread I think we are on the same cruise next June.
Thanks also to everyone for the useful comments.
#39
UK
524 Posts
Joined Aug 2012
A big thank you to every one for their comments

I must say Aurora is the one ship in the fleet that I know the least about but she does seem a very popular ship for Cruise Critic members

Zoe Sproodle - The cruise I`m booked on in R809 - Norway Iceland and Ireland on Saturday 16th June 2018 to Saturday 30th June 2018 - My 4th trip to Norway with P&O, first time to Iceland and first time cruising to Ireland, where I have been MANY times previously = At the time of writing this we have 1 year to go !!!
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#40
33 Posts
Joined Mar 2017
Originally posted by cruisefan2012
A big thank you to every one for their comments

I must say Aurora is the one ship in the fleet that I know the least about but she does seem a very popular ship for Cruise Critic members

Zoe Sproodle - The cruise I`m booked on in R809 - Norway Iceland and Ireland on Saturday 16th June 2018 to Saturday 30th June 2018 - My 4th trip to Norway with P&O, first time to Iceland and first time cruising to Ireland, where I have been MANY times previously = At the time of writing this we have 1 year to go !!!
We are on the same one then. I chose that specifically because it was Aurora at a time that suited and really wanted to try her.