MV Aurora

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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


Pools tick-icon whirlpools tick-icon
Flowrider  Cross-icon  Rock wall  Cross-icon 
Restaurants & Bars  tick-icon  Shops  tick-icon 
Fast Food  tick-icon  Room Service  tick-icon 
Nightclub or Disco  tick-icon  Lounge  tick-icon 
Theater  tick-icon Cafe's  tick-icon
Casino  tick-icon  Piano Bar  tick-icon 
Pursers desk  tick-icon  Excursion desk  tick-icon 
Library  tick-icon  Photo shop  tick-icon 
Card room  Cross-icon  Medical room  tick-icon 
Laundry room  tick-icon Sauna/steam room  tick-icon
Gym  tick-icon Childrens activity clubs  tick-icon
Babysitting service  tick-icon Video games room  tick-icon
Sports facilities  tick-icon Outdoor movie theater  Cross-icon



Ship Specifications



  • Size: Large
  • Length: 885 feet
  • Beam: 105 feet
  • Speed:  24 Knots
  • Tonnage: 76,152
  • Decks: 10
  • Crew: 850
  • Passengers: 1,950
  • Maiden Voyage: May 2000 
  • Christened: 27 April 2000
  • Godmother: HRH Princess Anne

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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.