Mediterranean

Europe-Transatlantic-Mediterranean
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What's included

Outside from: $5322*
Balcony from: $6830*
Inside from: $4159*
*Indicative pricing only.
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Southampton The city center is a charming mix of old city walls and a large modern shopping centre. With multiple restaurants, museums, cinemas and theatres there is plenty to be explored. Time spent at embarkation and disembarkation ports may be limited which may restrict availability of shore excursions.
  • Day 2 - At Sea
  • Day 3 - At Sea
  • Day 4 - At Sea
  • Day 5 - Cartagena, Spain An ancient city with a name to match - it was founded more than 2,200 years ago by Carthaginian leader Hasdrubal - Cartagena is now one of Spains busiest commercial centres. Step ashore here, though, and you are immediately aware of its rich history. In fact, you see it even as you cruise towards the harbour as this is flanked by towering fortresses. Then, in the centre of the old town, you will find the original Carthaginian castle and sections of the old city walls. But Cartagena is also a city which moves with the times hence the new harbourfront development which includes the unique National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. As part of Murcia province, Cartagena cruise port is also an excellent base for visiting the city of Murcia itself and its distinctive Baroque cathedral; the 17th century religious sanctuary of Fuensanta; the Fortress at Lorca Taller del Tiempo; the spa resort of Balneario de Archena; and for touring into the mountainous interior or along the Costa Blanca to Alicante.
  • Day 6 - At Sea
  • Day 7 - At Sea
  • Day 8 - At Sea
  • Day 9 - Santorini When you arrive by sea, there is no confusing the island of Santorini. Dazzling white houses cling to the edge of vertical, rocky cliffs against azure blue waters. The most southern of the Cyclades islands, it is surrounded by Thirasia and Aspronisi, which were once part of a large volcanic island. Considered by many to be the site of the "Lost City of Atlantis", this magical little island glimmers from the fading sun as many watch its decent from the numerous bars and cafes at the water's edge.
  • Day 10 - Piraeus The Acropolis – ‘High City' - will always be the top attraction from Athens' cruise port Piraeus. With its 2,500-year-old Parthenon, temple to Poseidon and Athena, Odeon of Herodus Atticus and Theatre of Dionysus, it quite literally stands out as an oasis of calm in the frenetic Greek capital. As part of the major revamp the city had for the 2004 Olympics, 400 modern buildings were cleared from the ancient meeting place next to the Acropolis, the Agora, which was then restored and linked by walkways to the Acropolis, Hadrian's Arch, the Academy of Plato and the Monastery of Daphne. Other nearby ancient sites include the Roman Tower of the Winds and the Hill of the Muses where Socrates is said to have drunk hemlock. Below the Acropolis is the fun place to shop or barter, eat moussaka or Greek salad, drink wine or ouzo and, of course, to people-watch: the 3,000-year-old Plaka.
  • Day 11 - At Sea
  • Day 12 - Zakinthos Imagine the perfect Greek island and Zakinthos will not disappoint. Here the beaches are golden, the sea aquamarine and the sky almost always blue. According to legend, the island takes its name from the son of Dardanus, the King of Troy, who founded the first city here. Capture the essence of this history rich island with a trip through the Ionian countryside for stunning views and whitewashed villages.
  • Day 13 - Corfu Corfu is a beguiling island of wildflowers and cypress groves, Venetian architecture and herb scented mountains. It is also an island where you'll discover the shallow waters of the Aegean Sea as it laps long stretches of golden sand. In Corfu Town, wander the narrow alleyways of the Venetian old town, explore the two fortresses and gasp in awe at the stunning views. Take a ferry across to the islet known as Mouse Island, which according to legend, is actually a ship turned to stone!
  • Day 14 - Messina The island of Sicily is separated from Italy by the Strait of Messina, and retains an air of independence from its motherland. Messina, has wide avenues, a stunning harbour and is located close to the classical ruins of Tindari and the ancient city of Taormina. A mountainous and rugged land, Sicily is dominated by Europe's largest volcano, Mt. Etna. With four live craters around its summit, this is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
  • Day 14 - Messina Strait
  • Day 15 - At Sea
  • Day 16 - At Sea
  • Day 17 - Gibraltar Britons love cruising to 'home from home' Mediterranean cruise port Gibraltar - and not just because it has some excellent pubs and tax free shops (good buys include glassware, china, leather goods, alcohol, perfume, silk and cashmere garments). Gibraltar also offers wonderful views of the Bay of Gibraltar and the Moroccan mountains from the Rock Restaurant, served by cable car from the Grand Parade. Birdwatchers can spot more than 230 species and there are clearly marked nature trails you can follow to discover the country's flora and fauna. The most famous 'fauna' of course, are Gibraltar's Barbary apes - get off the cable car at the halfway station to see these, then proceed to the top and hire an audio tape charting the Rock's fascinating history. Alternatively spend a day at the beach - Catalan Bay is the prettiest, with its colourful fishing boats and excellent seafood restaurants.
  • Day 18 - At Sea
  • Day 19 - At Sea
  • Day 20 - Southampton The city center is a charming mix of old city walls and a large modern shopping centre. With multiple restaurants, museums, cinemas and theatres there is plenty to be explored. Time spent at embarkation and disembarkation ports may be limited which may restrict availability of shore excursions.
** Itinerary may vary by sailing date.

Onboard experience

Aurora is a mid-sized cruise ship, instantly recognisable thanks to her elegant tiered stern. Like Oriana, Aurora is designed as a classic ocean going vessel and is therefore ideally suited to world cruising. At her heart is a Lalique-inspired waterfall which forms the centrepiece of her atrium – one of her signature features. When it comes to bars she offers a variety to suit every mood including her Crow’s Nest bar, which offers a great view of every port along the way (and the oceans in between), Champions sports bar and adjacent casino, and Anderson’s with its rather sophisticated wood panelled walls. Entertainment wise there’s the Playhouse cinema which shows recently released films, a show lounge and theatre. Her dining options include her two main restaurants, as well as a bistro by Marco Pierre White and an al fresco grill restaurant. P&O Cruises Aurora is designed for walking or jogging with the opportunity to do just that around her circumference thanks to the broad teak promenade deck NOTE - P&O has taken the decision to turn Aurora into a child-free ship from April 8, 2019

Facilities

Food and Drink: Alexandria Restaurant, Medina Restaurant, Side Walk Cafe, Atrium Bar, Raffles Bar, Cafe Bordeaux, Pennant Grill, Bar, Piccadilly Court, The Atrium, Anderson’s Bar, Pennant Bar, Bistro, Uganda Room, Riviera Bar, Lounge, The Orangery, Sports Bar, The Playhouse
Other: Reception, Night Nursery, Art Gallery, Emporium
Entertainment: Night Club, Crow's Nest, Monte Carlo Casino, Masquerades, Children's Play Area, Champions, Photo Gallery, Curzon Theatre, Carmens
Relaxation: Oasis Spa, Crystal Pool Bar, Vanderbilts, Jumping Jacks, Whirlpool, Terrace Pool
Recreational: Mayfair, Library, Golf Nets, Intergalactica, Decibels
Fitness: Gym, Sports Court

Deck layout

Deck A
Deck B
Deck C
Deck D
Deck E
Deck F
Deck G
Lido Deck
Promenade Deck
Sun Deck

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