Above: The centerpiece of Aurrora is a 35 foot high sculpture by John Mills. It dominates the ship's four deck high Atrium.
Aurora is a mid-size cruise ship serving the British cruising market. The ship has a tasteful atmosphere. There is no glitz or shock and awe. Aurora is just a nice place to be.
With a relatively long bow for a cruise ship and capable of sailing up to 24 knots, Aurora has good sea-keeping qualities. Consequently, she is often used for longer cruises and has done several world cruises.
Built by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, Aurora was designed as an improved version of near sister Oriana. As a result, there are similarities between the ships but also considerable differences. For example, Aurora has a diesel-electric propulsion system whereas Oriana has a diesel system
Another difference is that Aurora is a family-friendly ship whereas Oriana is adults-only. However, the fact that Aurora often does longer cruises keeps the number of children relatively low, especially when the schools are in session in Britain.
Aurora was named by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, when the ship entered service in 2000. The ship had an extensive re-fit in 2014-15.
Above and below: Aurora's decor is contemporary but restrained.
Above: Some of the plaques that Oriana has accumulated during her career.
Left: A spiral staircase joins the public areas on Decks 7 and 8.
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