Western Mediterranean on Aurora
Linda Taylor | April 18, 2017 | P&O Cruises | Aurora
The last cruise we were on was on the Aurora a beautiful ship . We had a lovely cabin with a balcony, I particularly liked the way the cabin was set out, with the wardrobes facing into the room rather than into the entrance. We also liked the idea of a bath/shower instead of just a shower. The cabin was kept spotless by our very helpful and pleasant cabin steward. We dined in the Medina restaurant for dinner and also most days for breakfast, where we enjoyed excellent cuisine and a very good choice of wine. I would also like to recommend the Cafe’ Bordaux for lunch and delicious afternoon teas. Lisbon was the first port we visited a beautiful city, seeing the sights from an open top bus and tram ride. Then strolling back to the ship browsing the shops as we went. Then on to Gibraltar where we visited St Michaels Cave it was beautiful, breathtaking, the Apes were not to be missed, real characters. and the siege tunnels were unbelievable. Next stop was Barcelona another beautiful city with impressive buildings the unfinished but still splendid Sagrada Familia. We enjoyed the hop on hop off bus tour of the city. On to Valencia yet another beautiful city with amazing Cathedrals and buildings. Malaga was the next port of call here we enjoyed a ride in a pony and trap, we saw what we thought the most impressive Cathedral and the Alcazaba Moorish palace and fortress, not forgetting the recently excavated Roman Theatre. We strolled back to the ship I even had a paddle in the sea. Last but not least, Cadiz, although we didn’t see much of Cadiz as we went on a trip to Seville what we did see left us wanting to see more. Seville didn’t disappoint the Cathedral and the Palace were amazing, certainly more to see another time. Back on board we enjoyed another excellent sail away party. We had five days at sea and enjoyed every minute . There were plenty of thing s to do. We went to some very interesting talks, we enjoyed the quizzes especially name that tune with Dom Hones , he was excellent, getting everyone in the party mood. We had a couple of dips in the pool, although the weather wasn’t very warm the water in the pool was, lovely. We played tennis , went to see a couple of films and enjoyed one or two dance classes, all good fun. Sometimes it was nice just to relax in the cabin with a book. The entertainment was excellent with the Headliners Theatre Company as professional as ever putting some really good shows on. The Lomax brothers, pianists were absolutely fantastic, Tom Jones tribute and the ventriloquist Gareth Oliver were brilliant, all the vocalists and comedians were of a very high standard. After the shows there was still plenty to do quizzes, bands playing in various locations around the ship, dancing or a little flutter in the casino. Sometimes we finished off the night with a delicious hot chocolate in the Cafe’ Bordaux, then back to the cabin to read the Horizon news paper to see what was on the next day and then a good nights sleep. We really enjoyed this cruise on the Aurora, it was our first cruise round the Mediterranean and we look forward to more. Whether it be on board the Aurora at sea, or on shore at the many beautiful places we visited, this cruise was perfect. Aurora was a very Happy ship.
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