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Aurora

This traditional, 1,874-passenger ship is one of P&O Cruises' oldest (it launched in 2000), but a major makeover in 2014 gave it updated public spaces and some of the line's newest specialty dining restaurants, including an Indian restaurant (Sindhu) from Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar as well as a wine bar (The Glass House) from British TV presenter Olly Smith. The ship kept its signature 35-foot water feature in the atrium after renovation, but the bow now sports a Union Flag — telling of the very British atmosphere you'll experience onboard.

What We Love

Penthouse Suites: Two forward-facing duplex suites come in at a generous 953 square feet. There's a living and dining area downstairs, while the bedroom is upstairs.

The Glass House: This novel restaurant and wine bar concept, created by British TV presenter and wine expert Olly Smith, has a list of more than 40 wines from around the world, to be paired with tapas-style small plates.

Best Known For

Watering Holes: There are a variety of bars onboard; Anderson’s Bar is possibly the most refined cocktail venue at sea, while Champion’s sports bar appeals to a lively crowd.

Facilities for kids: Unlike P&O's adults-only ships, Aurora has plenty of family-friendly spaces. The Reef — P&O Cruises’ free onboard program for 2- to 17-year-olds — has dedicated deck space and pools, plus a soccer school during the summer.

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Who It's Best For

Active cruisers: The Crystal Pool has a retractable glass roof that is closed in cold weather, allowing swimmers, as well as those chilling out in the whirlpools, to enjoy their sport in all climates — handy during cruises to the Baltic and Norwegian fjords. There’s also a sports court with a golf simulator.

Anglophiles: It's easy to get immersed in British culture on this ship, where you can sit down to afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream and jam, or order a pint from a pub with more than 70 British beers.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Fiery curries: The ship's main self-serve restaurant, Horizon, offers "Curry Nights" when Indian and Goanese chefs prepare a selection of spicy curries that aren’t for the fainthearted.

Its an Older Ship: Despite its 2014 refurbishment, this ship is still more than 15 years old — it doesn't compare to the line's flagship, Britannia.

Gary Buchanan

Gary Buchanan is a UK-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has written multiple books about cruising.

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Aurora at a Glance
  • Line: P&O Cruises
  • Number of Passengers: 1874
  • Ship Size: Large
  • Launch Date: 2000
  • Refurbish Date: 2014
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