Aurora joined the P&O Cruises fleet in January 2000 and enjoyed a chic makeover in 2014. Aurora is one of P&O Cruises' mid-sized, family-friendly ships (exclusively for adults from April 2019). From its sleek exterior and amazing 35ft John Mills designed sculpture in the four-storey atrium, to the water-filled delights of the Crystal Pool with its clear-glass Skydome; Aurora is a true floating marvel. Days at sea open up a world of relaxation and activities galore. Sunbathe on a lounger by the water's edge or chill out in a bubbling whirlpool spa. Enjoy some downtime and top-to-toe treatments in the serenity of the Oasis Spa. Add activity to your day by practising your swing at the golf simulator or shape-up with a workout in the gym. Settle down with some popcorn and a drink in the cinema and enjoy the latest films on screen. There's also fun and games for the children in The Reef and splashing times in the paddling pool.
Discover traditional Club Dining in the Alexandria Restaurant with an early or late evening sitting and a menu of tasty dishes. Choose a dining time to suit you with Freedom Dining in the Medina Restaurant, where you can select an intimate table for two or make new friends at a larger table. Classic English afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, cakes, scones, and a pot of tea are also served daily in the main restaurants. Relish informal-style dining at Horizon Buffet Restaurant, light snacks at the ‘Grab and Go’ counter at Sidewalk Café, and al fresco breakfasts, lunches, and coffees in Lido Grill. Speciality restaurant choices comprise - Sindhu, which fuses modern Indian cuisine with British flair in elegant surroundings; The Glass House pairs a la carte sharing platters, steaks, and gastro fare with fine wines selected by Olly Smith; and dinner in The Beach House offers a family-friendly casual menu of grills and seafood.
Aurora showcases ten bars and lounges to suit every mood. The Terrace, Crystal, and Riviera Bars offer cold drinks and cocktails poolside. The Crow’s Nest offers panoramic views and live music, or you can uncover big-screen sports and live music in the British-style Champions Pub. The relaxing ambience of Raffles Court is ideal for a mid-afternoon break, pre-dinner cocktails, or late-night drinks. Anderson’s Bar is reminiscent of a country house hotel bar, while Charlie's Bar features cocktails and relaxing piano music.
The Curzon Theatre is the hub of the evening entertainment and offers everything from cabaret performances and stand-up comedy to game shows, talent shows, and quizzes on stage. The Playhouse Cinema is the place for classical recitals, lectures, talks, and film shows. Carmen's Show Lounge presents family shows, fun quiz shows, cabaret performances, tribute acts, and discos. The Masquerade is a pub by day and transforms into late-night music venue after dark. Monte Carlo Casino is the place to dice with Lady Luck at the slot machines and the roulette and blackjack tables.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and board P&O Aurora for your twelve-night cruise.
Day 5: Funchal, Madeira
It is very easy to see why Madeira has gained the name of 'The Garden Island'. Lush greenery with an array of tropical fruits, this island is a favourite on many cruise itineraries. Take gondola ride to the mountain village of Monte to experience some of the most breathtaking views of the island, then take the thrilling way down on a local toboggan, winding and bending over the cobbles; this is something you won’t want to miss. For wine lovers, venture out into the vineyards and experience some of the famous wine of the region.
Day 6: La Palma, Canary Islands
Today the ship drops anchor on the Canary Island of La Palma. This beautiful island is a UNESCO biosphere reserve thanks to its rugged, forested landscape dotted with volcanoes like Cumbre Vieja and Teneguia. Stroll around the narrow cobbled streets of wooden-balconied houses and mansions in the island's capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma. Uncover local history and culture at Museo Naval, Museo de la Seda, Museo Casa Roja, and Museo Insular. Explore the craft shops and see artisans at work at the town of Villa de Mazo. Pay a visit to Roque de los Muchachos observatories to see the world's largest telescope - Gran Telescopio Canarias - and enjoy close up views of the amazing night sky. Venture 2km north of Santa Cruz to discover the magical Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves church. Take a trip inland to admire the huge crater covered in pine forests and waterfalls at Caldera de Taburiente National Park.
Day 7: Tenerife, Canary Islands
Tenerife is largest of the Canary Islands. The island is dominated by the dormant volcano Mount Teide; hop on a cable car to marvel at the views or take a hike along the trail. Tenerife is also known for its famous Carnaval de Santa Cruz with its spectacular parades, music, dancing, and colourful costumes. Siam Park is a Thai-themed water park packed with swimming pools, exhilarating slides, and plenty of family fun. Experience up-close encounters with gorillas, tigers, penguins, and other species at the landscaped Loro Park. Party animals can discover Playa de las Americas and its famed nightlife scene. Try your hand at windsurfing, kite surfing, or parasailing on El Medano Beach. The island’s capital, Santa Cruz, is home to Auditorio de Tenerife, Museum of Fine Arts, and Museum of Nature and Man. The UNESCO-listed colonial city of San Cristobal de la Laguna is well worth a visit too.
Day 8: Lanzarote, Canary Islands
The ship drops anchor today on the island of Lanzarote. Admire Castillo San Gabriel and Castillo San Jose that form the backdrop to Arrecife harbour. The beautiful golden sand of Playa del Reducto is ideal for a morning's sunbathing, or take a stroll along the seafront promenade to the peaceful Playa del Cable. Venture inland to explore the landscape of Timanfaya National Park's fire mountains or uncover the spectacular natural concert hall and subterranean lagoon at Cueva de Los Verdes.
Day 11: La Coruna, Spain
La Coruña overlooks the Bay of Coruña in the north-west corner of Spain. Step ashore and visit the Tower of Hercules, Castillo de San Anton, and Castillo de San Diego. Explore the Roman wall, historical buildings and the medieval Church of Santiago in Ciudad Vieja. Get a culture hit at the Museum of Sacred Art, Archaeological Museum and Military Museum. People-watch at La Marina and Plaza Maria Pita, or relax on the Playa Riazor and Playa del Orzan beaches. Enjoy some family fun at Aquarium Finisterrae, Science Museum and Domus — an interactive museum. Venture further afield to visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Santiago de Compostela, Betanzos and Ferrol.
Day 13: Southampton, UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way home.