Aurora was designed to provide you with everything that you need for the ultimate cruise experience. Her gracious lines and superb entertainment combine to give you the cruise of your life. Aurora's watchword is indulgence. Want to leave the children for the day in one of the best child-care centres at sea? No problem. Feel a sudden urge for cappuccino and Belgian truffles? Head for Raffles. Fancy champagne and caviar? Charlie's can oblige. Need to shop until you drop? Go right ahead. Want to learn to dance, improve you golf swing or catch up on your reading? Be our guest. Whether you're looking for splashy nightlife or utter relaxation, whirlwind socialising or total peace, Aurora will match you, mood for mood.
The Penthouse Suites can be accessed from two decks. Comprising of parquet floored entrance, guest cloakroom, bar area, dining area, living area a sweeping spiral staircase, bathroom and bedroom. Each suite has a separate lounge, walk-in dressing room, king-size bed, bathroom, power shower, jacuzzi bath, and private balcony with sun loungers. You’ll also have the service of your own private butler service. Restful beds, a comfortable lounge and an elegant dressing table provide the perfect spot from which to pen a postcard . As the sun slowly starts to set open the floor-to-ceiling patio doors and step out onto your own balcony.
In many ways, your life on board as a PO Cruises passenger is very much what you want it to be. If you're looking for total peace, calm and relaxation, you'll find it. If you're looking for entertainment, nightlife and adventure you'll find that too. The fact is, most people want a bit of both and PO Cruises are only too happy to oblige. There's so much choice - of food, entertainment, facilities and accommodation - on a PO cruise, that it's very hard to sum it all up. Each ship has its own particular personality and atmosphere.
For kids, there is lots to do on board. In fact, our children's facilities are so good, you may even forget you brought the family with you! There are fully equipped play rooms for 2 to 9 year olds and - on Aurora, Oriana, and Oceana - we have a special area, Decibels for teenagers. With art classes, finger painting, special parties, fancy dress and their own youth staff, kids have every bit as much fun as the grown ups. In one day you could squeeze all this in ... or do nothing at all! Shopping, Bridge, being a bookworm in the library, trying the Daily Tote at the Casino.
There are all kinds of different dining options available on board the P&O Cruises fleet. Formal dining rooms. Restaurants created by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs. Grill restaurants. Food courts. Oriental and Pan-pacific restaurants. Tapas bars and pizzerias. Of course the choices vary from ship to ship. There are also different dining styles on each ship, allowing you to opt for the one that suits you: Club Dining, Freedom Dining and Select Dining.
With Club Dining you'll enjoy the special ambience and sociable atmosphere of the main dining room, as well as silver-service and a five-course menu (six-course on Gala Nights). This style of dining is a wonderful way to share your holiday experiences and meet new friends. By choosing Club Dining you’re opting for the cruising tradition of set sitting times. The same table will be reserved for you and your table companions every night for first or second sitting, at 6.30pm or 8.30pm. You simply need to request your sitting preference when you book and we’ll inform you of your table number, sitting and restaurant with a card in your stateroom when we welcome you on board.
Select Dining is wonderfully flexible, allowing you a change of scene and the opportunity to dine with different people. This is a great way to add variety to your holiday, if you wish to dine earlier or later than usual, celebrate a special occasion or enjoy an intimate meal for two. Please note that a Select Dining cover charge applies.
This is the ultimate in intimate dining at sea. You can dine al fresco as the sun sets on the horizon, or beneath a starry sky, on your own private balcony. Select dishes from an exclusive menu designed by Marco Pierre White and enjoy personal waiter service. This is truly indulgent dining at its very best. This service will be available on Ventura and, from June 2008, balcony dining will be available on all other ships, with the exception of Artemis.
P O Cruises
It is said that PO Cruises "invented" cruising. In the 1880s the Orient Line and the North of Scotland company, both later to be taken over by PO Cruises, pioneered modern-style cruises, and in 1904 PO Cruises offered its first cruise holiday programme, a first class only cruise with shore excursions arranged by Thomas Cook. The tour used the 23-year-old liner Rome, renaming her ‘Vectis’ in her new role as a "cruising yacht." Forced to concentrate on the leisure side of sea travel, PO Cruises abolished passenger classes, acquired Los Angeles-based Princess Cruises in 1974, and Sitmar Cruises in 1988. Sitmar cruises was then merged with Princess Cruises. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Princess Cruises has embarked on a policy of growth through building new ships, bought and later built purpose-designed cruise ships and became one of the largest cruise operators in the world. PO Princess Cruises demerged from the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company on 23 October 2000 when it started trading as an independent company on the London and New York Stock Exchanges.