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 embark on board P&O Ventura for your two-night cruise.
Day 2: Bruges, Belgium
Step ashore today at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge - gateway to the 'Venice of the North', Bruges. Float along Bruges’ network of canals, admiring the heritage buildings that line the shore. Take a stroll around the Markt Square with its towering Belfry or admire Michelangelo's marble Madonna and Child at the Church of Our Lady. Get up-close views of glittering jewels at the Diamond Museum, discover the world of chocolate making at the Choco-Story and learn the art of lace making at the Lace Centre. Visit the tranquil Beguinage commune before stepping round the corner to tour the De Halve Maan Brewery.
Day 3: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.