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Christened 2000 April 27th (by Princess Anne)  

Aurora is named after the goddess of dawn in Roman mythology, or the astronomical phenomena of Northern lights (aurora borealis) and Southern lights (aurora australis). She had her maiden voyage in 2000 and is the second longest-serving ship in P&O Cruises' current fleet. Together with Oriana and Adonia, these three smaller ships provide classic and traditional ocean-going experience.

Aurora was delivered five years later than Oriana and they are close sisters. Some major evolutions include the introduction of a Skydome over the midship Crystal Pool, a golf simulator, Penthouse Suites, passenger cabins at Deck 12 forward, as well as more bars and shops. Other than above, Aurora also has 5 restaurants, 3 swimming pools, theatre, cinema, library, card room, computer room, gymnasium, spa, casino, children rooms and many other sports facilities.

The mid-sized ship is family-friendly, suitable for passengers of all ages, and is specially designed for the British cruise market. Her profile resembles traditional ocean liners, thank to her tiered stern superstructure, gentle interiors and British style of decor.

Being the former flagship of P&O, Aurora is ideally suited to world cruising. Grand voyages are operated every year from January to April, visiting exotic destinations such as Asia, South America and Africa. For the rest of the year, she sails in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and sometimes to the Caribbean in autumn and winter.

Entered Service 2000 May 1st
Builder Meyer Werft, Papenburg (Germany)
Original Cost US$375 million
Registry Hamilton, Bermuda
Gross Tonnage 76152 tons
Length x Beam x Draft 270.0 x 32.2 x 7.9 (m)
885.6 x 105.6 x 25.9 (ft)
Speed 24 knots
Passenger Decks 11
Number of Cabins
(Inside / Oceanview / Balcony)
935 (284, 245, 406)
(Standard Occupancy /
Full Occupancy)
1870 / 1950
Total Crew 850
Navigation Officers British
IMO Number, Call Sign 9169524, ZCDW9
Sister Ships /
History 2000- : Aurora (P&O Cruises)

(Unless otherwise specified, information about Aurora in this virtual ship tour was correct at the time of publishing after the author travelled on the ship in June 2011.)

Click on different decks to view the details:
Deck 3 / Deck 4 / Deck 5 / Deck 6 / Deck 7 / Deck 8 / Deck 9 / Deck 10 / Deck 11 / Deck 12 / Deck 13 / Deck 14

Deck 3 (H Deck / Himalaya Deck)
Deck 3 is crew-only area. The midship Tender Embarkation Platforms can only be accessed from special staircases on Deck 4, which are not open normally.

Tender Embarkation Platform

Deck 4 (G Deck / Granada Deck)
There are the Medical Centre and the embarkation gangway on Deck 4. They are located forward and can be accessed from the forward staircase.

Medical Centre:
The medical staff in the Medical Centre are available for consultation and the consulting hours are as advertised in the ship's daily paper.

Medical Centre

Granada Deck Forward Staircase

Crew Area

Deck 5 (F Deck / Formosa Deck)
Deck 5 is the lowest deck filled with passenger staterooms, where inside and outside cabins can be found. The front desk,
Cruise Sales and Loyalty Desks, and Palm Court are located amidships on this deck.

Palm Court:
Aurora has a four-deck-high midship atrium that spans from Deck 5 to Deck 8, with the lowest level named Palm Court. The atrium has a 35-feet high sculpture of two mythical figures made of Lalique-style fiberglass, backgrounded by a smooth veil of water.

Reception Desk:
There are staff at the Reception Desk 24 hours a day to answer any queries passengers may have during their holiday.

Cruise Sales and Loyalty Desk:
Passengers can book their next P&O Cruises holiday while they are onboard through the Future Cruise Manager. In addition the Loyalty Manager is available for enquiries on P&O Cruises' loyalty club, known as the Peninsular Club.


Palm Court

Reception Desk


Cruise Sales and Loyalty Desk

Formosa Deck Hallway (Mini Art Gallery)


Deck 6 (E Deck / Ellora Deck)
Deck 6 is composed of two main restaurants, shops, tours office, the Piccadilly Court as well as inside and outside cabins.

Piccadilly Court:
Piccadilly Court is the second level of the atrium, consisting of two shops and the tours office.

Piccadilly, at the starboard side of Piccadilly Court, is one of three shops on Aurora. Here passengers will find an extensive range of gifts and souvenirs, in addition to clothing from leisurewear to formal wear. It is only open when the ship is at sea due to Customs regulations.

The Emporium stocks everyday items, toiletry products, and many more holiday essentials such as batteries and postcards, as well as a range of confectionery and books. It is also open for a limited time when the ship is in port.

Piccadilly Court

Piccadilly Emporium

Positioned at the port side of the atrium, Explorers is the shore excursions desk which provide details about the tours available at each port during the cruise.

Medina Restaurant and Alexandria Restaurant:
Medina was a former P&O ship in the early 20th century, while Alexandria in Egypt was a port where P&O ships set sail to since 1840 when the company began its service. These two words now become the names of the two main dining rooms on Aurora. Moorish-themed Medina Restaurant is situated amidships whereas Egyptian-themed Alexandria Restaurant is at the aft end, with the galley in between them. The Medina Restaurant offers full English breakfast, formal menu of lunch and waiter-served afternoon tea every day in open seating. Dinners are served in both restaurants as Club Dining in two seatings at 18:30 and 20:30 traditionally.

Atrium Explorers Galley




Medina Restaurant

Medina Restaurant

Medina Restaurant


Alexandria Restaurant

Alexandria Restaurant

Alexandria Restaurant

Deck 7 (Promenade Deck)
The whole level of Deck 7 comprises public rooms, including the two performing venues, a ballroom, a number of bars, the casino, the Art Gallery as well as the outdoor Promenade. At the forward end there is crew-only area with a sports court and a small swimming pool.

Curzon Theatre:
With 652 seats, the Curzon Theatre at the forward of Deck 7 offers a wide variety of entertainment every night. Headliners Theatre Company (P&O Cruises' own group of resident actors, singers and dancers) provides theatre-style, mini versions of well-known Broadway and West End musicals. There are also shows by magicians, comedians, cabaret artistes, and many more programmes under various theme cruises.

Forward of the Mayfair Court, Anderson's is a bar named after
Arthur Anderson, the co-founder of the P&O. Winged armchairs, traditional sofas, bookcases and panelled walls create a very British ambience and the feel of an exclusive country club. It is ideal for a pre-dinner drink or post-show nightcap.

Curzon Theatre

Curzon Theatre

Curzon Theatre





Mayfair Court:
The Mayfair Court is the third floor of the atrium and is bounded by the Florist Desk, Mayfair, Charlie's and Anderson's.

Mayfair is a shop with luxury items such as cosmetics, fragrance, jewellery and watches. All products are at tax free prices.

Celebrations and Florist Desk:
This desk in the Mayfair Court offers a wide range of fresh flowers bouquets, corsages, buttonholes, as well as wines and chocolates for various special occasions.

Situated at the port side of the Mayfair Court, Charlie's is an elegant champagne bar overlooking the atrium. Guests can relax with a glass of champagne, savour the caviar or canapés, and listen to the melodies from the baby grand piano.

Mayfair Court




Celebrations and Florist Desk


Masquerade is a glitzy nightclub and bar located Deck 7 amidships. The futuristic decor, video wall, high-tech lighting and sound system create an energetic atmosphere for a lively late night. Its
dance floor can be used for ballroom dancing and also disco dancing.

Monte Carlo Casino:
The Casino is between Masquerade and Champions, with a spiral staircase just outside its entrance connecting the Café Bordeaux one deck above. There are around 50 slot machines and also gaming tables for Roulette, Blackjack, Ocean Poker and Three Card Poker. In the evenings, attire of guests should be consistent with the ship's dress code for the admission to the Casino.

Art Gallery:
A range of original and limited edition paintings are displayed in the Art Gallery at the port side amidships. Passengers can purchase them in the live art auctions. A smaller Art Gallery with more collections can be found at the hallway of Deck 5.

Masquerade Masquerade Masquerade
Monte Carlo Casino Monte Carlo Casino Art Gallery

Champions is a bar for sports fans, with sporting memorabilia from bygone eras adorning the walls. Centrally located next to the Monte Carlo Casino, both live and recorded sporting events are shown here throughout the cruise.

Situated aft of Deck 7, Carmen's is an intimate showlounge and bar filled with soft furnishings and traditional colours. It is a smaller performing venue for cabaret acts or comedians, or evening dance on its inlaid wooden dance floor.
The Captain's Gala Party is also held here.

The outdoor wrap-around Promenade is made of teakwood and has many wooden deck chairs, creating the ambience of a traditional liner. 3.2 circuits equates to a distance of 1 mile.









Promenade Deck Hallway (Medina Restaurant)


Crew Sports Area

Deck 8 (D Deck / Devanha Deck)
Deck 8 consists of many more public rooms, including the Library, card room, cinema, a restaurant, the highest level of the atrium, a bar, Photo Gallery, several children rooms, as well as the outdoor Terrace Pool and Terrace Bar. Some inside and outside cabins are also positioned forward of this deck.

Raffles Court:
The top level of the atrium is on Deck 8, which is surrounded by the Raffles Bar, the Library and the card room.

Raffles Bar:
Overlooking the Mayfair Court and the Piccadilly Court on the lower decks, the elegant Raffles Bar has wooden panelling, marble floors and padded leather armchairs. Guests can savour freshly brewed coffee and handmade chocolates, as well as an array of wines and fine liqueurs.

Library & Writing Room:
The Library at the port side of Raffles Court is stocked with best sellers, biographies, novels, travel guides, reference books, newspapers and magazines. It is open daily and a librarian is on hand to offer assistance. At the same time, this room can act as the Writing Room or the Business Centre.

Raffles Court

Raffles Court

Raffles Bar


Library & Writing Room

Library & Writing Room

This huge and quiet room, located at starboard side of Deck 8 amidships with three entrances, is designated for playing board games, card games, bridge tournaments and various quizzes. Souvenirs dedicated by various ports to the ship are also kept and displayed here.

Photo Gallery:
The Photo Gallery is located at the port side hallway of Deck 7. Photographs taken by the onboard photographers throughout the cruise are displayed here. There are also a large selection of frames, albums and camera accessories available in the shopping area.

The Playhouse:
The midship Playhouse is the onboard cinema. From recent releases to classic films, it shows a selected movie every day. Occasionally it may also be used for smaller lectures, talks and entertainment events.



Photo Gallery

The Playhouse The Playhouse The Playhouse

Café Bordeaux:
Operated by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, Café Bordeaux is a relaxed French affair located amidships above Monte Carlo Casino. It is open nearly 24 hours a day, offering complimentary breakfast (07:00-11:00), lunch (11:00-17:30) and late night snacks (22:30-07:00). Dinner (18:00-21:30) is also served with a per person cover charge and reservations are required.

The Reef Children's Club (Decibels / Quarterdeck / Jumping Jacks / Toybox / Intergalactica / Night Nursery):
Being a family-friendly ship, there are facilities at the aft of Deck 8 which cater for children. Decibels (the room for 13 to 17 years old known as H2O) and Quarterdeck (for 9 to 12, Scubas) provide activities and events from games, quizzes to discos and sports to suit teenagers' interests. Jumping Jacks (for 5 to 8, Surfers) and Toybox (for 2 to 4, Splashers) have programmes organized by the qualified Reef Rangers teen team, such as arts and crafts workshops. Intergalactica is room for playing computer games. There is also a Night Nursery opening from 18:00 to 02:00 for children up to the age of 5.

Café Bordeaux

Café Bordeaux

Café Bordeaux

Decibels Intergalactica Quarterdeck
Jumping Jacks Toybox Night Nursery

Children's Play Area and Paddling Pool:
There is sheltered outdoor play area behind Jumping Jacks and Toybox, providing a range of play equipment including cars, tricycles, a climbing frame as well as a shallow Paddling Pool for children.

Terrace Pool:
The family-friendly Terrace Pool with a relaxing whirlpool spa is situated next to the children's and teens' facilities, reserved exclusively for families with children. Situated aft, it is an ideal place to view the ship's elegant tiered stern.

Terrace Bar:
Located by the Terrace Pool and with stunning views from the aft of the ship, the casual Terrace Bar offers refreshing drinks.

Children's Play Area

Paddling Pool

Terrace Pool

Terrace Pool Whirlpool Spa Terrace Bar

Deck 9 (C Deck / Canberra Deck)
Deck 9 is a cabin deck with inside cabins, oceanview cabins, balcony cabins as well as Suites.

Inside Cabins:
Inside Cabins (150 square feet) are situated on Deck 5, Deck 6, Deck 8, Deck 9, Deck 10, Deck 11 and Deck 12. Each room has two lower beds, bathroom with shower and water closet, corner sofa, chair and table, vanity or writing desk, wardrobe and drawer space, air-conditioning, television, radio, telephone, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, tea or coffee making facilities, mineral water on arrival, and luxurious pamper pack. There is also daily steward service.

Outside Cabins:
Outside Cabins (150 square feet) can be found on Deck 5, Deck 6, Deck 8, Deck 9, Deck 10 and Deck 11. Each room has all the facilities and items same as those in an Inside Cabin, and also a picture window or a porthole. In addition to above, each Larger Outside Cabin on Deck 9 has a lounge area with sofa and a bathtub in bathroom.

Balcony Cabins:
In addition to all the furniture and facilities that Larger Outside Cabins have, Balcony Cabins (211 square feet) also have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors leading to balcony with table and reclining chairs. They are located on Deck 9, Deck 11 and Deck 12.

Launderettes are located at Deck 5 forward, Deck 9 aft and Deck 11 midships respectively. They are free of charge to all passengers. Detergents, fabric softeners, irons and ironing boards are provided.

Inside Cabin Balcony Cabin Launderette
Suite (Canberra Suite) Suite (Canberra Suite) Terrace Pool View

Deck 10 (B Deck / Britannia Deck)
Deck 10 is a cabin deck which consists of Penthouse Suites, Suites, Mini-Suites, balcony cabins as well as a few oceanview and inside cabins. At the stern there is the view of the Terrace Pool whereas at the forward end situates an observation area.

Deluxe Balcony Cabins:
Deluxe Balcony Cabins (246 square feet) are located on Deck 10 only. Each has all the standard features offered in lower grades staterooms, plus separate sitting area with two-seater sofa, and atlas and binoculars provided in the cabin.

Eighteen Mini-Suites (368 square feet) are located aft of Deck 10. Additional features include bathroom with whirlpool bath, lounge area with sofa, armchairs and table, DVD player, bathrobe and slippers, iron and ironing board, trouser press, magazine and newspaper selection upon arrival, fruit basket, flowers, champagne and chocolate on arrival, and also daily canapés. Nine Mini-Suites at port side are respectively named "Britannia" (B230), "Canton" (B232), "Commonwealth" (B234), "Malwa" (B236), "Medina" (B238), "Nepaul" (B240), "Orsova" (B248), "Strathaird" (B250) and "Tanjore" (B266), while nine at starboard side are named "Caledonia" (B229), "Ceylon" (B231), "Devanha" (B233), "Macedonia" (B235), "Mooltan" (B237), "Ophir" (B239), "Stratheden" (B247), "Trident" (B249) and "Vectis" (B265).

There are altogether ten Suites (520 square feet). Additional features include butler service, separate bedroom, walk-in dressing area, guest bathroom, mini stereo and coffee machine. Four Suites at Deck 10 port side are named "Chusan" (B222), "Hindostan" (B224), "Sunda" (B226) and "William Fawcett" (B228), whereas four at starboard side are named "Carthage" (B221), "Himalaya" (B223), "Nyanza" (B225) and "Valetta" (B227). Two more Suites can be found on Deck 9 forward, named "Canberra" (C104) and "Oriana" (C107).

Penthouse Suites:
The two largest cabins on Aurora are the forward-facing Penthouse Suites located forward of Deck 10 (which actually set over two decks), named "Library Suite" (B100 at the port side) and "Piano Suite" (B101 at the starboard side). They are the first two-storey accommodation among cruise ships in the world, and the two levels are connected by a spiral wooden staircase. The lower level (575 square feet) has the living area, dining area, guest cloakroom, balcony, as well as a library with audio facilities (for Library Suite) or a baby grand piano with music discs (for Piano Suite). The upper level (362 square feet) comprises the bedroom, bathroom, dressing area and another balcony. Suite guests also get priority embarkation and their own lounge in the Southampton cruise terminal.

Observation Area Terrace Pool View Britannia Deck Hallway

Deck 11 (A Deck / Arcadia Deck)
Deck 11 is also composed of inside, outside and balcony cabins (plus the upper level of the two Penthouse Suites). A gymnasium is positioned amidships.

Weights and Measures Fitness Room:
The non-oceanview gymnasium, known as "Weights and Measures", provides body toning equipment such as treadmills, steppers, exercise bikes and rowing machines. Different levels of fitness classes are available throughout the cruise. The fitness instructors also offer a number of charged personalized services.

Weights and Measures Fitness Room Weights and Measures Fitness Room Weights and Measures Fitness Room




Lido Deck Midship Staircase


Terrace Pool View

Deck 12 (Lido Deck)
Deck 12 is made up of a buffet restaurant, a fast food corner, several outdoor bars, two swimming pools and the spa. There are also some passenger cabins and the bridge at the forward end.

Riviera Pool:
The second swimming pool on Aurora is the open-air, adult-only Riviera Pool (with one whirlpool spa) which is positioned forward of the midship staircase. It is in fact located on half deck between Deck 11 and Deck 12, bounded by the gymnasium and the Oasis Spa.

Riviera Bar:
Guests can enjoy fresh cocktails, drinks and light snacks on the wooden bar stools of the Riviera Bar, and at the same time overlook the Riviera Pool.

Sidewalk Café:
The midship Sidewalk Café at the starboard side is a poolside casual dining venue, offering burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, pizzas, wraps, fries, salad and other grilled fast food items. It is only open from 11:00 to 18:00 every day.

Riviera Pool Riviera Bar Sidewalk Café

Oasis Spa:
The Oasis Spa is situated amidships, between Crystal Pool and Riviera Pool. A spiral staircase connects it to the gymnasium one deck below. There are a number of treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room, hair and beauty salon, as well as a relaxation room that overlooks the forward Riviera Pool.

Oasis Spa

Oasis Spa

Oasis Spa (Sauna and Steam Room)


Oasis Spa (Treatment Rooms)

Oasis Spa (Relaxation Room)

Oasis Spa (Oasis Salon)

Crystal Pool:
The family-friendly Crystal Pool is one of two swimming pools on Deck 12 and is located outside The Orangery. There are also two whirlpool spas. The whole area is covered by a clear glass movable magrodome called Skydome, and thus can be sheltered in inclement weather. Its upper level has many deck chairs plus two table tennis tables.

Crystal Bar:
Situated beside the Crystal Pool, the Crystal Bar enjoys both an indoor and outdoor location. It can be transformed into an al fresco venue when the Skydome slides open.

Crystal Pool Crystal Pool Crystal Bar

The Orangery:
The Orangery at the aft end is a casual self-service buffet restaurant. It serves meals throughout the day and evening, including continental breakfast, full English breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon snacks, children's tea and themed dinner buffets.

Pennant Grill:
The Pennant Grill is Aurora's only al fresco restaurant, occupying the tables and seats at the aft-facing area of the Pennant Bar (or at the starboard side of The Orangery in inclement weather). It is open every evening from 19:00 to 22:30 which offers grilled dishes in an intimate affair. Reservations are required and a per person cover charge will apply.

Pennant Bar:
High up on Deck 12 with views down over Aurora's tiered stern, the tropical-themed Pennant Bar is an ideal place to watch the ship's wake wind its way into the sunset in the evening.

The Orangery

The Orangery

The Orangery


Pennant Bar

Shipyard Plaque

Terrace Pool View

Deck 13 (Sun Deck)
Deck 13 comprises indoor facilities at the forward end, as well as the aft outdoor sporting area including upper level of the Crystal Pool with table tennis, the Sports Court, Golf Nets and Golf Simulator.

The Crow's Nest:
With 270-degree views across the horizon during the day and live music accompaniment at night, The Crow's Nest is a forward observation lounge and bar situated atop the ship. A model of Strathnaver (a former P&O ship) is placed behind the bar desk. Other than the Pacific Lounge on Deck 7, The Crow's Nest is another venue for the Captain's Gala Party.

Uganda Room & Wedding Venue:
The Uganda Room at the starboard side of Deck 13 forward is a room for reading, writing, organizing enrichment activities and conducting religious services. It is named after the passenger liner SS Uganda which was served in P&O from 1968 to 1986 (a ship model can be found in the room). It can also be used as a chapel for official marriage at sea.

Cyb@study is the Internet centre which offers 24-hour Internet access. It is located at the port side of Deck 13 forward.

The Crow's Nest

The Crow's Nest

The Crow's Nest

The Crow's Nest & Uganda Room Uganda Room Sun Deck Forward Staircase

The Crow's Nest & Cyb@study


Sun Deck Forward Elevators

Jogging Track:
The outdoor jogging track surrounds most area of the Sun Deck and Lido Deck. It can overlook the two midship swimming pools, as well as the Terrace Pool at the stern.

Shuffleboards and Deck Quoits:
Shuffleboards and deck quoits are traditional British seafaring games which date back to the Middle Ages. Passengers can play these two games on Aurora at Deck 13 aft.

Riviera Pool Riviera Pool Jogging Track
Crystal Pool Crystal Pool (Table Tennis)

Shuffleboards and Deck Quoits

Sports Court:
Located behind the funnel, the outdoor net-enclosed Sports Court can be used for playing tennis, cricket, basketball and football.

Golf Nets and Golf Simulator:
They are located beside the Sports Court. The Golf Nets at starboard side enable all levels of golfers to practice golf technique, whilst the indoor Golf Simulator offers the opportunity to virtually play some of the world's most famous courses on the screen.

Sports Court

Golf Nets

Golf Simulator

Deck 14 (Observation Deck)
Being the highest passenger deck, Deck 14 forward can be reached by the outdoor stairs from one deck below. Passengers can enjoy the front view of the ship at the observation area.

Observation Deck Observation Deck Riviera Pool View

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