Fresh from a chic makeover in 2014, Aurora is one of P&O Cruises' mid-sized, family-friendly ships. 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.
Culinary experiences on Aurora encompass flavours from around the world. Discover traditional Club Dining in the Alexandria Restaurant with an early or late evening sitting and a menu of tasty dishes featuring delicious desserts. 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. Relish informal-style dining at Horizon Buffet Restaurant, and al fresco breakfasts, lunches, and Costa coffees in Lido Grill.
The speciality restaurants take the culinary experiences on Aurora to a spectacular level. Sindhu 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. Dinner in The Beach House presents favourites such as tiger prawns and buffalo wings to start, followed by macaroni cheese, burgers or fillet of beef for main course. For dessert, try a selection of sweet treats such as chocolate fudge cake.
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. Anderson’s Bar is reminiscent of a country house hotel bar, while Charlie's Bar features cocktails and relaxing piano music.
There's so much to entertain you aboard Aurora day and night. Carmen's Show Lounge presents ballroom dancing, party nights and vibrant shows courtesy of The Headliners Theatre Company. The Masquerade is a pub by day and transforms into a lively disco nightspot in the evening. Monte Carlo Casino is the place to dice with Lady Luck at the slot machines and the roulette and blackjack tables. There's something to suit everyone on Aurora.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and embark on board P&O Aurora.
Day 4: Andalsnes > Romsdalsfjord
Åndalsnes sits on the idyllic shores of the Romsdalsfjord. Natural attractions such as the Rauma River, the Vermafossen and Slettafossen waterfalls, Trollveggen (the Troll Wall), and the Trollstigen Road are just waiting to be discovered. Hike up to the Rampestreken view point for panoramic views of Andalsnes or take a ride on the Raumabanen railway to admire the dramatic scenery at a leisurely pace. Climb up one of Norway's highest indoor climbing walls at Norwegian Mountaineering Museum or explore the world of wool production at Rauma Ullvarefabrikk yarn factory.
Day 6: Tromso, Norway
Arrive in Tromsø - the 'Gateway to the Arctic'. Enjoy a thrilling husky sled ride through snow-covered landscapes from the Tromso Wilderness Centre or visit the iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral. Ride the cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen for amazing views, admire the artworks at the Art Museum of Norway, or step back in time at Perspektivet Museum. Taste authentic local brews on a tour of Mack Brewery or get up close to local fish and bearded seals at Polaria Arctic Aquarium.
Day 7-8: Alta
Alta stretches along 15km of coastline in the Finnmark County in Norway. Inhabited by the indigenous Sami people since prehistoric times, Alta is also considered to be one of the best places to experience the midnight sun in the summer and see the Northern Lights in the winter. Gaze in awe at the modern-style Northern Lights Cathedral, explore the UNESCO-listed ancient rock carvings at Alta Museum and Hjemmeluft then enjoy the thrill of husky sledding and snowmobiling through Arctic landscapes. The Altafjord and the Altaelva River offer some of the best salmon fishing in the world. A visit to the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Day 11: Stavanger, Norway
Arrive at the port of Stavanger - gateway to the majestic Lysefjord. Meander through the cobbled streets lined with white-washed wooden houses and see artists at work in the old quarter. Visit the 12th-century Stavanger Cathedral and marvel at its vaulted ceiling and 13th-century Gothic chancel. Stop by the Norwegian Canning Museum to appreciate the town's heritage as the 'herring capital' of Norway.
Day 13: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.