Adventures on Aurora
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|Reviewed By: Brown, Warrington on 27th Mar 2012|
|Cruise Line: P&O Cruises||Times cruised before: 10+|
|Cruise Ship: Aurora||Sailed: March, 2012|
|Destination: World Cruise||Age: 56-65|
|Cabin: Inside||Occasion: Getting to a destination|
Just returned from a great trip on Aurora, and what adventures we seem to have had.I believe we sailed on the next sector to the previous reviewer, Bangkok to Dubai. Ships tales being what they are and quite a lot start off in the laundry room . However, there was truth in them.
We heard about the arrests, sniffer dogs, rained out Fiji and people being stranded in Bali from people on the spot.
I totally agree with everyone who praised Captain Turnbulls patience,attitude and humour. We spoke a few times and although he had quite a few awkward decisions to make he gave it to us straight.
We encountered water pouring through the ceiling in the theatre closing it for five days. The acts were put into Carmens lounge and did three shows per night to make sure no one missed out. Great move.
The captain announced to his regret that the day in Colombo would have to be cut short or we would not get to Mumbai. As we had already had Cochin taken off we were most upset to even think that Mumbai would be missed . That was our port of ports so to speak.
Anyway we got there and it did not disappoint. We walked for miles and saw all the key sights. Victoria Terminus,University, Court buildings, Taj Palace Hotel and finished at Gateway to India. Mumbai needs to be seen. The people ( yes the poverty ) the colour, many tree lined streets.
Next came the precautions we were advised to take if the ship were to be attacked by PIRATES!!We were well protected because there were security guards at points of the ship complete with water cannon and some sort of sonic equipment. Lights were dimmed, all curtains had to be closed and the promenade deck was closed from sundown to sunrise. I will say no more on that subject, we all had our opinions and the captain had to do what he had to do.
We were told that a team of plumbers got on in Muscat to fix the leaks, but I heard that in the laundry room !!!
Next a massive sand storm that originated in Kuwait ,according to Sky news, covered the ship in sand. We walked across Lido deck to breakfast and crunched . Every surface was filthy , even in the Orangery and the lifts. The captain announced that the ship would be ' ship shape' later in the day . The crew must have worked with ' the speed of a thousand gazelles ' because it was.
We enjoyed the food in the main dining room and our waiters , Daniel and Joseph were very efficient.Breakfast in the Orangery most mornings as we needed to be off ASAP. Not a problem to find a table even at peak times.
We had lunch in Cafe Bordeaux on sea days . What a nice way to enjoy a relaxing, delicious lunch. A must do on Aurora.
The entertainment . Now we are used to at least 6/7 production shows on a 14 night cruise. Its different on a world cruise sector. Natalie , the cruise director, told me that The Headliners company have 10 shows. They only did two of these on our 16 night cruise, which was a disappointment. Thats because the full cruisers would have to see repeats.
Anyway, we had Peter Cutler, a very polished Rat Pack / Buble singer. Loved him.
Pete Matthews- a very versatile juggler/ unicycle performer. His act was spoilt because he had to perform in Carmens lounge when the theatre flooded. Not the right venue. However he gave it a go and did use the cycle. We saw him a few years ago but it was not the same.
Tom O'Connor was a delight. Never seen him on a ship before. Can still perform, held his audience.
Claire Sweeny- delightful person but lacking in vocal skills these days I felt.
Finally we saw Maurice Grumbleweed!! Can't believe it. We saw him at Batley Variety Club in 1974. I told him so too. He is 65 and still a terrific act. He can tell a joke, sing and play guitar.
So, did we enjoy our cruise and Aurora. Indeed we did. I would return to this ship again. Cabins clean,plenty of hot water, good shower, lots of white towels and lovely White Company toiletries to pamper yourself with.
Andersons bar is lovely, The Crows Nest spacious, Champions lively. It is easy to get around, never got lost.
But please give the Orangery a bit of a face lift and the stage in Curzon Theatre is old fashioned and needs a bit of glamour.
|Quality of Food|
|Ate breakfast in Orangery- very satifactory. Lunch in Cafe Bordeaux- very relaxing. Main dining room food of very good quality. Did not have BBQ lunch on deck or eat in alternative restaurants.|
|Most enjoyable- Peter Cutler/ Maurice Grumbleweed.Least enjoyable Claire Sweeny|
|Did our own thing . Except trip in Colombo which was good.|
|Captain Turnbull. His attitude, humour and friendliness.|
|Lots to do but we were happy doing our own thing. Don't play onboard games.|
|Yes. It was a slightly different shape to the normal inside cabins but we got used to it. Beds very comfortable|
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