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
Make your way to Southampton Cruise Port ready to embark P&O Aurora and set sail for Newfoundland.
Day 6: St John’s, Newfoundland
St. John's is the capital city of the Newfoundland and Labrador province and sits off Canada's Atlantic coastline. Explore local culture and history at The Rooms - the Provincial Museum, Provincial Archives, and the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador. Discover Earth's geological makeup using interactive exhibits at Johnson GEO Centre or stroll along Water Street — one of the oldest streets in North America. Admire panoramic views from Signal Hill National Historic Site or visit old Cape Spear Lighthouse at Cape Spear. Explore the unique fishing village of Quidi Vidi Village, home to the Mallard Cottage national historic site and Quidi Vidi Inn of Olde. Journey by boat past Bay Bulls to view the puffins and seabirds on Puffin Island.
Day 8: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Found on the Atlantic Ocean coast, Halifax is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia and is home to one of the world's largest natural harbours. The heart of Canada's east coast arts scene, you can explore a variety of galleries and museums to find everything from folk art to relics of the Mi'kmaq people! Visit Fisherman's Cove — a 200-year-old restored village — and stroll around a traditional farmers' market to find tasty, local food and drink. Learn about the city's heritage at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic or stroll the pretty displays at Halifax Public Gardens.
Day 10: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown is the capital of Canada's smallest province - Prince Edward Island. This place means a lot to Canadians being the Birthplace of Confederation - where the 1864 conference at Province House led to the creation of the Dominion of Canada. The 13km Confederation Bridge that spans the Northumberland Strait links Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick on the Canadian mainland. Discover Victoria Row, the Anne of Green Gables store, the Founder's Hall and the stately Lieutenant Governor's mansion on a horse-drawn carriage ride through Charlottetown's downtown area. Take an island tour and view the Point Prim Lighthouse and Wood Islands Lighthouse, the artist’s haven at Victoria-by-the-Sea, Anne of Green Cables Museum at Silver Bush, and the dramatic redstone cliffs at Cavendish Beach.
Day 12 - 13: Quebec City, Quebec
Quebec City sits proudly on the Saint Lawrence River at the heart of Canada's French-speaking Quebec province. Explore the Old Town - a UNESCO World Heritage site - with its narrow, cobblestone streets, 17th and 18th-century buildings and churches, and the impressive Chateau Frontenac. Travel back in time at Musee de la Civilisation and La Citadelle de Quebec or gaze in awe at Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica. Step outside the city walls and discover the vibrant St Baptiste, Montcalm, St-Roch and Colline Parlementaire neighbourhoods. Take a walk on the battlefields of the Plains of Abraham or venture further afield to the idyllic Montmorency Falls Park.
Day 14: Saguenay, Quebec
Nestled in the stunning province of Quebec, Saguenay boasts breathtaking nature and bustling city life. Get immersed in the fascinating history at La Pulperie de Chicoutimi and discover the city's milestones at Musée de la Petite Maison Blanche. Gaze in awe at the panoramic views from highest point in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region, Monts-Valin National Park. Discover endless activities within spectacular surroundings at Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay. Indulge in retail therapy at one the five downtown centres: Arvida, Chicoutimi, Jonquière, Kénogami and La Baie. Savour local flavours at the terrace cafes and lively bars.
Day 15: Sept-Iles, Quebec
Situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence River, Sept-Iles offers an unforgettable experience due to its meeting of two nations - the Innu community and people of European origin. Otherwise known as seven islands, the city borders a stunning circular bay protected by a natural barrier formed by the rural islands. Venture to the Sept les Archipelago and observe a plethora of bird species and hike the picturesque trails on Grande Basque Island. Stop by the Museum of North Shore Region to discover the area's rich history or experience life in the 19th-century at the recreated Innu Camp. Alternatively, take a walk along the picturesque boardwalk and enjoy local crafts and art displays.
Day 16: Gaspe, Quebec
The Canadian city of Gaspe sits on the Gaspe Peninsula in Eastern Quebec. One of the area's most famous sights is the Perce Rock which stands off the coast and there is also the famed fossil site at the UNESCO-listed Parc National de Miguasha. Explore the fascinating exhibits and displays at Musee de la Gaspesie and Musee Acadien du Quebec or step back in time at Berceau de Canada (Birthplace of Canada). Pay a visit to the 18th-century Church of Bonaventure and the 150-year-old Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse. Get up close to nature and the local wildlife at Parc National de Forillon. Take a boat trip out to Ile Bonaventure to view North America's largest colony of gannets.
Day 18: Corner Brook, Newfoundland
The city of Corner Brook is located on the Bay of Islands at the mouth of the Humber River on Newfoundland's west coast in Canada. Pay a visit to Captain James Cook National Historic Site for stunning views of the Blomidon Mountains, Corner Brook and the Bay of Islands. Admire the fascinating exhibits at Corner Brook Museum and Archives and the steam locomotives at the Railway Society of Newfoundland. Take a walk along the Corner Brook Stream Trail to the idyllic surroundings of Margaret Bowater Park, go zip-lining in the Humber Valley, or travel to the serene Gros Morne National Park.
Day 19: Sydney, Nova Scotia
Sydney, in Canada's Nova Scotia, is situated on the east coast of Cape Breton Island. When you step off your ship, you are greeted by the world's largest fiddle outside the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion! The port is also the gateway to the island's many attractions — including the world-famous Cabot Trail, Fortress of Louisbourg, and Alexander Graham Bell Museum at Baddeck Village. Take a tour through the historic streets of Old Sydney, stopping by St Patrick's Museum, the Jost House and the old stone St Alphonsus Church en-route. You can also live the life of a coal miner when you visit Cape Breton Miners’ Museum, Ocean Deeps Colliery Coal Mine, Miner's Village, and the Glace Bay Heritage Museum!
Day 25: Southampton, UK
As your cruise comes to an end, disembark the ship and make our way home.