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Day 1Southampton Depart: Mon, Dec 9, 2019 @ 16:30
Day 2At Sea
Tue, Dec 10, 2019
Arrive: Wed, Dec 11, 2019 @ 07:00
Depart: Wed, Dec 11, 2019 @ 23:00
Day 4At Sea
Thu, Dec 12, 2019
Arrive: Fri, Dec 13, 2019 @ 08:00
Depart: Sat, Dec 14, 2019 @ 14:00
Day 6Oslofjord, Norway
Arrive: Sat, Dec 14, 2019 @ 14:30
Depart: Sat, Dec 14, 2019 @ 16:00
Arrive: Sun, Dec 15, 2019 @ 08:00
Depart: Mon, Dec 16, 2019 @ 14:00
Day 9At Sea
Tue, Dec 17, 2019
Arrive: Wed, Dec 18, 2019 @ 08:00
Depart: Wed, Dec 18, 2019 @ 18:00
Day 11Southampton Arrive: Thu, Dec 19, 2019 @ 07:00
- Located at the stern of the ship on E Deck, the Alexandria Restaurant is one of two main dining rooms on Aurora. As the name of the restaurant suggests, its sumptuous décor draws inspiration from the culture, colours and shapes of ancient Egypt. Club Dining here is all about enjoying the convivial atmosphere and the company of your table companions. Entering through the glass etched double doors you are greeted by an elegant and welcoming dining room. Large windows frame views of the ship’s wake and a glistening ocean. Carefully crafted dishes are brought to your table. And world-class cuisine rounds off a dining experience to be savoured in every sense.
- Positioned midships on E Deck, Medina Restaurant is one of two great formal dining rooms on Aurora. Reflecting P&O Cruises traditional connections with North Africa and the Middle East, Medina was designed in a Moorish style, utilising brilliant colours and shapes from ages gone by to create a sophisticated look for today’s modern passenger. Make your grand entrance for dinner on the featured double stairway, with its stunning backdrop of vibrantly coloured stained glass, as it sweeps down into the restaurant from the Promenade Deck. Seating over 500 people, you can find a romantic table for two or a party table for eight. With large windows on either side you’ll enjoy the magnificent views both day and night, as you dine on the Medina’s superb cuisine.
- The Orangery, an informal self-service restaurant, is located in the aft section of Lido Deck with easy access to the surrounding decks and facilities. This large eatery opens early and provides full English breakfasts, extensive buffets for lunch and afternoon tea. With walls covered in vibrant modern murals, this colourful, light and airy room has a casual atmosphere, and at 80 feet above the water line, The Orangery affords spectacular sea views. In the evening, softer lighting and the opening of a dance floor transform The Orangery into the perfect venue for a themed dinner.
- Aurora houses a substantial art collection. Showcasing numerous British artists, her artworks adorn cabins, decks and public spaces. But if you would like to purchase a piece of your own, her art gallery is the place to come. Located on Promenade Deck, you can peruse numerous paintings, prints and memorabilia of varying styles. Later, head along to the Art Auction to bid for your favourite piece. Or to simply enjoy the excitement of the gavel coming down on piece after piece. Their art auctioneers will be on hand throughout your cruise to host the art auctions and offer you their expertise.
- Midships on Lido Deck is the Aurora’s largest swimming pool, the Crystal Pool. One of its most striking features is the sliding, clear glass Skydome, which allows swimming in any weather. It keeps out the chilly breezes and lets in the warm sunshine. The Crystal Pool is over 32 feet long and 19 feet wide and has two adjoining jacuzzis, as well as a conveniently located bar. There are plenty of lounge chairs around the deck of the pool on two levels, as the Sun Deck above also overlooks the pool.
- Located on A Deck and cleverly sheltered from the wind by the Lido and Sun Decks, you’ll find the Riviera Pool. At 29 feet long and 19 feet wide, it’s the second largest pool on Aurora. The overflow from the pool forms a gentle waterfall, which runs down to the next level, where a tempting jacuzzi waits. The full-service Riviera Bar is conveniently close and overlooks the entire pool area, and sun worshippers will enjoy the three terraces full of deck chairs that surround the pool.
- The 660-seat Curzon Theatre is located in the forward part of the ship on Promenade Deck. A traditional theatre colour scheme of rich red, blue, gold and maroon, combined with Tudor rose motifs and heraldic designs, was used to bring something of the atmosphere of Shakespeare’s England onto a world-class superliner. Yet the theatre has all the very latest technical advantages. With its high-tech lighting and sound equipment and its revolving, 74-feet-wide stage, every performance has a West End glitter and the performers love this theatre as much as you will. And with a different musical spectacular every night, you are sure to be there time and time again.
- The Playhouse, is located midships on D Deck, next to the Photo Gallery. This fantastic cinema screens feature films and recent releases throughout the day and into the evening. You can watch films that are so new, that they haven’t yet reached your local cinema at home. There are 213 spacious and comfortable chairs and good visibility for everyone. In addition to films, The Playhouse is also the venue for classical recitals, lectures, port enhancement talks, and much more.
Sports and Spa
- Midships and just forward of the Riviera Pool on A Deck is Weights & Measures, Aurora’s Gym. This hi-tech facility offers a superb range of the latest cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, as well as a full exercise studio. A trained and sympathetic instructor will help you find the correct fitness programme for your age and capability and will check that you are exercising safely and effectively. After a rigorous session in the gym, you can take the spiral staircase up to the Oasis Spa on the Lido Deck above and enjoy a relaxing massage or sauna.
Bars and Lounges
- Midships on Promenade Deck lies Masquerade – the glitziest nightclub afloat. Very chic and ultra-modern, this is the place for late night action. The futuristic décor and video wall create a backdrop for a fast paced evening. Add the most up-to-date tunes and the latest high-tech sound equipment, with an unbelievable lighting system and you can be assured of a fantastic evening experience. It’s very current, very exciting and simply very brilliant.
- Located at the stern, high on Lido Deck, the Pennant Bar adds a taste of the tropics to Aurora. This outdoor island bar over looks the ships fabulous tiered decks and is the centre of many lunchtime activities, including themed lunches like the much loved and anticipated Neptune’s Buffet. In the evening it is the perfect location to watch the ship’s wake as it stretches out and winds its way into the sunset.
- High up on Sun Deck at the forward end of the ship you will find The Crow’s Nest. At 105 feet above the waterline, this stylish cocktail bar is higher than the bridge and affords the ship’s most amazing views. By day you can watch the glistening sea as the world floats by in this comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. But as evening draws in The Crow’s Nest comes into its own; with a light tickling of the ivories to set the mood, there’s no better vantage point from which to enjoy a dramatic sunset at sea.
- Located on Promenade Deck, just forward of the central lifts and next to Charlie’s is Mayfair. This elegant boutique provides the most recent fashions in men’s and ladies’ formal wear, sparkling designer jewellery, and the biggest names in perfumes and cosmetics. Friendly shop assistants will ensure that you are dressed to the nines, with all the necessary accessories and wearing your favourite scent. You are on holiday, go ahead and spoil yourself!
- Just aft of midships on Promenade Deck is the Monte Carlo Club Casino, Aurora’s very own slice of sophisticated glamour from the Riviera. The Monte Carlo Club is the perfect place for roulette, blackjack and poker, and there is a good variety of slot machines for you to play. Stop by and find out if Lady Luck is with you!
- Just forward of the Terrace Pool on the port side of D Deck, is Toybox. Your 2-4 year olds can get involved in imaginative play, singing, colouring and drawing and loads of fun and games. Toybox is equipped with large cushioned balls and cubes as well as toys, books, computers and games. There are large padded areas for comfort and fun and even a place to snuggle down with a favourite movie. Toybox will keep your little ones amused for hours.
Aurora is a cruise ship with a classic British design. Yet life on board feels distinctly cosmopolitan. French chic. Moorish elegance. International glamour. Her affinity for travel is evident throughout. If you are looking for a truly sophisticated cruising experience, she is the superliner for you.
Water cascades down her Lalique style Atrium, creating a calm central space. From here you can discover some of her many bars, shops and lounges. Relax in the comfortable surroundings of Anderson's. Enjoy coffee and chocolates in Raffles. Or head to the Crow's Nest for sunset. Fancy something more active? Her gym and golf simulator could be just the thing.
Dining on Aurora can be a relaxed or formal affair. Whilst her evening entertainment offers everything from theatre to comedy. All of her Staterooms have a stylish and spacious feel. She also has two luxury two tier penthouses, making her accommodation unique.
- Vessel: Aurora
- Year: 2000
- Beam: 106
- Cruising speed: 24
- Bars/Lounges: 11
- Casino : 1
- Crew: 850
- Gross Tonnage: 76000
- Gym: 1
- Kids Club: Ages 3 -17
- Onboard Currency: GBP
- Passenger Capacity: 1874
- Vessel: 3
- 24 Hour Room Service
- All Meals Included
- Art Gallery
- Interactive Games Centre
- Kids Area
- Photo Gallery
- Sports Court
Aurora - Deck Plans
"52 nights of pampering."
Our cruise was much more than we expected. Aurora is a very comfortable ship, with 760 passengers doing the whole world cruise. It was like a 5 star ship, fantastic service, crew, food, we will be watching cruise sale finder for more of your specials. You made it so easy to book thank you.Read more
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Cruise code: R925
- Departing from Southampton
- Accommodation with private ensuite
- Full breakfast
- Buffet or a la carte lunch menu
- Buffet or 4 course a la carte dinners
- Musical stage shows and entertainment
- Special guest entertainers
- Flat screen TV for in-cabin entertainment
- Latest release movies (in cabin and on big screen)
- In cabin safe
Frequently asked questions
Cruising is such a great value holiday as your fare includes accommodations, all main meals onboard ship, onboard daytime activities, and night-time entertainment including live stage shows. One reason cruising is good value is because you'll know what most of your holiday will cost before you go. Generally your only extra onboard expenses could be your beverages (though these are sometimes included on luxury ships), optional shore excursions, personal services such as spa treatments, and any purchases at the gift and duty free shops.
All your main meals are included on a cruise. Typically for breakfast, lunch and dinner there is an a la carte option (order from a menu) or a buffet option. There is so much choice available, and the food is excellent. However, your cruise doesn't always just include these 3 main meals. You can in fact eat non-stop for 24 hours a day if you like.
Most cruise lines also offer specialty dining as an alternative option to the main restaurants. There is typically a small cover charge for this. However, the food is well worth it, and the specialty restaurants are normally smaller and more intimate than the main restaurants so they make for a great place to celebrate a special occasion.
The entertainment on board comes in many different styles and formats but is always included in the cruise fare. In the evening there are shows in the main show lounge (except small ship cruising). Typically there are two sessions a night so, depending on your dinner time, you can always catch the show. The style of these shows changes daily. Some nights it will include all of the ship’s entertainment crew with a Las Vegas style production. Other nights there may be a guest entertainer or comedian. There is something for everyone.
The entertainment doesn't stop with the nightly performances. Each night the ship provides a newsletter detailing all the activities that will take place the following day. These activities may include dance classes, arts and crafts, table tennis, live music, tournaments, trivia quizzes, recent release movies, and other deck games and deck parties. The great thing about a cruise is that you can do as much or as little as you like. If your idea of a holiday is sitting back with a good book, you can do that. If you like to be entertained there is no shortage of entertainment.
One of the main reasons for a cruise making such a great family holiday is the “kids club” facilities offered on board, and they are all included in your cruise fare. Typically the kids clubs are broken into 3 different age groups - 3 to 6 years, 7 to 12 years, and 13 – 17 years. In these dedicated children’s facilities they are looked after by trained staff and the facilities are open from 9am – 10pm. Parents can check their children into the “kids club” whenever it suits them. Children love these facilities as it is “their space” aboard the ship.
NB Each cruise line has limited space on board the ship for children as the kids club facilities can cater for a limited number of children, and any child booked onto a cruise has access to the kids club. If you are planning on taking a cruise during the school holidays then you need to book early as the children's space will sell out. Also, while most cruise lines have kids club facilities there are some exceptions (not common) so you should check this at time of booking.
The chances are you will not get seasick. On a cruise most people do not suffer from motion sickness. However, if you are going to get seasick then it is likely to happen in the first 24 hours. If you limit the amount of alcohol you consume and activities you do in the first 24 hours you can reduce the chance of this happening. Another thing you can do is select a midship cabin on a lower deck. A cabin in the middle of the ship (midship) will experience the least amount of movement.
There are a number of other precautions/medications you can take, and these can be purchased before you travel at a pharmacy or health shop. Otherwise you can buy them on board.
The best thing you can do if you feel seasick is visit the ship’s doctor. They can give you an injection that will give you relief from your seasickness within 30 minutes. You have planned and saved for your holiday, don't ruin it by feeling sick. Visit the doctor for the injection and get it treated straight away. If you have travel insurance then you can claim this back.
IMPORTANT: A visit to the doctor on board will cost you money so we strongly recommend you get travel insurance before you depart on your holiday.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Shore excursions are pre-organised tours & sightseeing options that you purchase on board for when your ship is in a port of call. Every ship has a “Shore Ex” desk with qualified staff who can advise you of different excursions available, what’s best to do and generally help you with information on the particular region your ship is visiting.
Shore excursions can be booked on board your ship however some cruise lines allow you to pre-book and pay for excursions online. If there is a tour you really want to do then we recommend you pre-book it as popular tours do sell out.
Shore excursions are not compulsory, you are free to go ashore and return to the ship as many times as you like.
When you go ashore it is important to note:
You must take your cruise I.D. card (ticket) as proof for re-embarking.
The city or town you are visiting may not be close to the port where the ship is docked, cruise lines normally organise shuttle buses (at a minimal charge) throughout the day to and from the city centre.
You must return to the ship at the stipulated time as the ship WILL NOT wait for late passengers.
Tour costs vary depending on the activity, itinerary and inclusions. There is always a wide variety on offer for all age groups and abilities that can start from as little as $25.
Sometimes you can book your tour, when you arrive at your port, direct from the operator at a much cheaper price. However, this comes with a buyer beware warning. The operators used by the cruise line are trusted professionals so you will not be ripped off. Also, if something goes wrong on your tour, the cruise line knows where you are and will take the necessary steps to pick you up if your vehicle has broken down. In extreme cases they will even hold the ship's departure for you if you are late returning from a tour booked through the ship. They will not wait if you go direct through the operator, as they will not know where you are.
Unlike airlines, there are no luggage restrictions on a cruise. However you need to consider that you need to store it in your cabin for your holiday. There is plenty of storage space in your cabin but if you are travelling in a quad cabin you may want to impose your own restrictions.
NB It is important to remember that airlines have different luggage restrictions, so if you are flying either pre or post cruise then you may want to keep within their allowances.
Cruise lines around the world do not all operate using the same onboard currency. The currency varies from cruise line to cruise line with the most common currency being US dollars. P&O Cruises Australia, Carnival Spirit and the Sun and Dawn Princess all use Australian dollars as their onboard currency.
Cruising is a cashless society which means when you purchase anything on board you do not pay for it in cash. When you board the ship it is like checking into a hotel, you can either give a credit card imprint or the cruise line will take a cash deposit of approximately $300. You are then given a “cruise card”. Your cruise card is your door key (on most ships), has your dinner table number on it (for traditional dining), and it is used for making any purchases aboard.
When you make a purchase with your cruise card, it is swiped and a receipt is printed that you will need to sign. The cost of the purchase is then added to your onboard account which you settle at the end of your cruise.
Many cruises on our websites come with onboard credits. This could be from a special promotion that is being run by the cruise line or because of the relationship we have with the cruise lines that allows us to select certain cruises to receive onboard credit. The amount of onboard credit does normally depend on the length of the cruise.
If your reservation receives onboard credit we will confirm this with you in writing and then your onboard account will automatically be in credit for the amount we have confirmed to you. This credit can be used towards any onboard expenditure that is charged back to your cabin. It is important to note that if you do not spend all of your onboard credit it will not be refunded to you in cash so it is best you spend it all while on board.
Tipping/gratuities are a big issue for a lot of Australasian cruise passengers as it is not our custom to reward good service in this way. What cruise passengers need to consider is that outside of Australasia, the remuneration for personnel in the service industry is quite low. Hence, to keep up a high standard, employees have the incentive of earning additional income via the tips they receive. At the end of the day, how much you tip is up to you.
The most common way cruise lines suggest tipping, is that they add a suggested amount to your daily onboard account. You can choose to keep that on your account or you can ask the purser to remove it. This suggested amount is divided out amongst your cabin steward, your dinner waiter, your assistant waiter, your wine steward, and maitre d’.
Some cruise lines ask passengers to wait until the end of the cruise and they discreetly leave an envelope in your cabin in which to place the appropriate amount. Some cruise lines state that the fare you have paid includes gratuities. Some cruise lines ask that you pre-pay the gratuities with your cruise fare prior to your holiday departure.
Again, the amount you tip is up to you (unless it is prepaid) and it isn't intended to have a negative impact on your holiday. Do what feels most comfortable to you.
The rules surrounding where you can smoke on board a cruise ship vary from cruise line to cruise line. However, none have taken steps to ban smoking completely. Most only allow smoking in designated areas on the open decks. Many have banned smoking on cabin balconies as this poses a fire risk.
Many cruise lines have rules restricting you from taking your own alcohol on board your cruise ship. If you have pre purchased duty free alcohol the ship will take it off you when you board and store it away for you. This alcohol will be delivered to your cabin the night before you disembark. The same applies if you purchase it when you are in port. Any purchases made on board will also be delivered the night before you disembark.
However, Princess Cruises will allow you to bring a bottle of wine aboard which you can drink at dinner or in your cabin.
These restrictions were put in place to create a safer environment on board your cruise ship, where people drink within a controlled drinking environment.
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