Aurora in Sydney
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Our Ship Review
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This traditional, 1,874-guest vessel is P&O Cruises' oldest (it launched in 2000) and smallest ship, but a major makeover in 2014 gave Aurora updated public spaces and some of the line's newest specialty dining restaurants, including an Indian restaurant (Sindhu) as well as a wine bar (The Glass House) from British TV presenter Olly Smith. The ship kept its signature 35-foot water feature in the atrium after renovation, but the bow now sports a Union Flag — telling of the very British atmosphere you'll experience onboard.

What We Love

Penthouse Suites: Two forward-facing duplex suites come in at a generous 953 square feet. There's a living and dining area downstairs, while the bedroom is upstairs.

The Glass House: This novel restaurant and wine bar concept, created by British TV presenter and wine expert Olly Smith, has a list of more than 40 wines from around the world, to be paired with tapas-style small plates.

Best Known For

Adults-Only Ambiance: Like her sister ship Arcadia, Aurora is one of two adults-only vessels operated by P&O Cruises, so if you’re looking to vacation without the under-18 set under foot, Aurora is an option.

Watering Holes: There are a variety of bars onboard; Anderson’s Bar is possibly the most refined cocktail venue at sea, while Champion’s sports bar appeals to a lively crowd.

Who It's Best For

Active Cruisers: The Crystal Pool has a retractable glass roof that is closed in cold weather, allowing swimmers, as well as those chilling out in the whirlpools, to enjoy their sport in all climates — handy during cruises to the Baltic and Norwegian fjords. There’s also a sports court with a golf simulator.

Anglophiles: It's easy to get immersed in British culture on this ship, where you can sit down to afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream and jam, or order a pint from a pub with more than 70 British beers.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Fiery curries: The ship's main self-serve restaurant, Horizon, offers "Curry Nights" when Indian and Goanese chefs prepare a selection of spicy curries that aren’t for the fainthearted.

It's an Older Ship:  Despite its 2014 refurbishment, this ship is still more than two decades old — it is scheduled for further refurbishment in 2025, but doesn't compare to the line's flagship, Britannia.