Defunct Cruise Lines
The MV Aurora is owned and operated by P&O Cruises and was built by Meyer Werft in Germany, She was one of the first British passengers ships to include a sliding magrodome that can be opened or closed to enable one of her three pools to become an inside pool during poor weather.
The ship was christened on 27 April 2000, by HRH Princess Anne during the ceremony the champagne bottle failed to smash against the hull of the ship instead the unopened bottle fell into the sea, this is considered a bad omen, however as of 2012 the ship has not had any serious incidents but she has had her fair share of minor problems including a damaged propeller shaft bearing 16 hours into her maiden voyage, and a norovirus outbreak in 2003.
In March 2001, Aurora was involved in a rescue of 11 Russian Seamen after their ship capsized and sank in the South China Sea.
On board Aurora offers a good choice of cabins from the standard inside cabin at the lower end of the scale to the ships two penthouse suites, which are located at the forward end of the ship and provide accommodation on two levels
her onboard features include The Crow's Nest, Cyb@study, Golf Simulator, Sports Court, Uganda Room, Pennant Bar, Riviera Bar, Sidewalk Café, Oasis Spa, Pennant Grill, The Orangery, Crystal Pool, Café Bordeaux, Raffles Bar, Raffles Court, The Playhouse, Terrace Pool, Children's Play Area, Art Gallery, Curzon Theatre, and Library.
Onboard Entertainment and Facilities
|Restaurants & Bars||Shops|
|Fast Food||Room Service|
|Nightclub or Disco||Lounge|
|Pursers desk||Excursion desk|
|Card room||Medical room|
|Laundry room||Sauna/steam room|
|Gym||Childrens activity clubs|
|Babysitting service||Video games room|
|Sports facilities||Outdoor movie theater|
Down the hatch - Here's a drinking expression that seems to have its origins in sea freight, where cargoes are lowered into the hatch. First used by seamen, it has only been traced back to the turn of the century.
Clean Bill of Health - This widely used term has its origins in the document issued to a ship showing that the port it sailed from suffered from no epidemic or infection at the time of departure
As the Crow Flies - When lost or unsure of their position in coastal waters, ships would release a caged crow. The crow would fly straight towards the nearest land thus giving the vessel some sort of a navigational fix. The tallest lookout platform on a ship came to be know as the crow's nest.
Violet Jessop: worked as a stewardess and nurse
she achieved fame by surviving the sinkings of both the RMS Titanic and the HMHS Britannic, she was also on board the RMS Olympic in 1911 when it collided with the HMS Hawke.
Hardtack: A sailor’s diet in 17th century included ships biscuit or hardtack made from ground floor water and salt these were baked till hard, the biscuit also included additional unintentional ingredients such as maggots and weevils.