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P&O CRUISE TERMINAL IN SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM

    
So you’re ready to board the ship and get away from it all. 
Make sure you have your passport, appropriate Visas to the countries you are visiting because an immigration officer will come up on board and/or you still need to present proper documents on the cruise ports. 
   
 
Next, you need to have sorted your affairs inland before boarding because you will get not much of a signal on board. If you are using mobile internet its next to nothing unless you purchase the ship’s wifi/data plan which is quite expensive. 
    
   
 
Then you must have your dress codes sorted. Please check your cruise itinerary because these will all be written in there. 
Usually dress codes will be revolving around CASUAL, RESORT CASUAL, SMART CASUAL, and FORMAL. To read up more on this, visit: https://www.cruise.co.uk/bulletin/cruise-ship-dress-codes-explained/
    
 
Most importantly, your bottles of wine lol. You can carry one cabin luggage full of it no questions asked. Alcohol on board is expensive, so that is a bonus tip from us haha. 
   
  
    
 
Waiting patiently to board the cruise ship Aurora by P&O Cruises. 
 Southampton is a popular port among Cruise goers from England because no need to be using any more flights to join a ship waiting in the Continent. Here, it’s like door to door. Once you board the ship in Southampton, it will be all smooth-sailing from there. 
 
   
Bon Voyage!
 
 
 
 
 

 

WELCOME ONBOARD AURORA

Aurora is a popular choice of ship among older holidaymakers due to its size. Smaller or mid-size cruise ships like this are popular to this group because it means it is not a family cruise ship. It does not cater to people with young children. This makes sense because most of these people want a quieter holiday as compared to a noisier ship full of children splashing and running about. 

 

There are cruise ships that cater to those passengers. Usually the bigger cruise ships do cater to those types of passengers where they will offer alot of kids entertainment on board. We’re not sure that’s our kind of holiday so we are sticking to our group haha. 

 

 

Now we’re on board Aurora, we can see Southampton Cruise Terminal from the ship’s balcony. 

Southampton Terminal is not just for P&O Cruises, it is shared among different other cruise operators. 

   

 

THE CABIN

The crew have now brought the passengers’ luggage to their different reserved cabins. Thank You guys for all your hardwork. 

Very grateful indeed. 

We were welcomed by a dedicated member of staff and were shown to our cabin. It is a beautiful little cabin with a cute balcony which is really nice. Some cabins will just have a porthole, that small circular window typical on a ship’s hull. Of course those cabins will come at a lower price but what is the point if you can’t enjoy the view. Just pay a little extra, you won’t regret it. 

   

These cabins come with a standard tea and coffee making facilities. They know their clients lol. Tea, coffee, or lots of complaints. Better keep them quiet haha. 

 

  

THE CROW’S NEST

   

Crows Nest is a bar located on the top deck of the ship so you get a good 180 degree view of the sea while having a drink. Sweet Life. 

   

Of course be aware that most days, you’ll have to adhere to a dress code while on board otherwise they wont let you in to a bar or restaurant. 

   

There are some cruises that don’t observe dress codes at all and they’ve got a healthy following too. There are some people who can’t be bothered dressing up and in fact they see it as a nuisance so they avoid cruises with dress codes like a plague. 

   

If I am not mistaken, Princess Cruises allow passengers without a strict dress code. Would love that instead really. Dressing up is not yet my cup of tea. 

    

   

 Now of course, you really do need to prepare your clothes in advance while you are still on dry land. Its not like you can go shopping last minute because you don’t have that dress code. What you gonna do stay in your cabin all day? Now, they do of course have shops inside the ship as you will see later but of course they are more expensive as you’d expect really. 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

POOL AREA

   

As you can now see, the ship is moving slowly away from the port now. During this cruise, we were given the bad news that we are to be sailing under a December storm, so that would mean rough seas ahead of us. You can even see, the weather has started playing up already. Oh dear. 

 

 

RESTAURANTS

 You don’t have to pay for any of the food you order in the buffet restaurant because it is all inclusive in the package you purchased for the cruise. In our case this is a 2-week Western Mediterranean Cruise. 

The main restaurant is open most of the time: breakfast, morning teas and coffees, lunch, afternoon teas and coffees, and dinner

For dinner, there will be some passengers who will not be having their dinner in the main restaurant and have it in the special restaurants instead which were pre-booked complete with dresscode and seating arrangements. 

 

   

Now with dresscodes and small talk to strangers…that is a no go zone for me. I’ll be bored stiff to death. 

 

  

EXPLORING OTHER AREAS OF THE SHIP

   

 
 
 

WELCOME, ORIENTATION & HEALTH & SAFETY IN AURORA

   
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 

THE GYM

    
 
 
 
 

THE SPA

 
 
 
 

LEAVING THE PORT

    
 
 
Of course, the port will be the last piece of land we are ever going to see until after three days of being waterborne. It will be Valencia, Spain the next time we see a piece of land. 
   
 
Sail Away!!!
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WELCOME TO THE ATRIUM

   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DUTYFREE Shopping Onboard.
You can use credit card, debit card, or your cruise points to shop on board. 
   
 
 
 
Thats a beautiful waterfall in the atrium.    
 
 
 
 
 
Medina is a restaurant featuring North African and Middle Eastern Cuisine. You have to observe strict dress code here. 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

BEAUTIFUL DAY AT SEA

     
 
  
Good morning Sunshine! 
This is a beautiful morning after last night’s storm. We are still in the middle of the Sea. We have a total of 3 days of sailing before we reach any land mass. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TERRACE VIEW

   

Last night when the storm was raging, these areas were off-limits to the public because of high risk of being thrown off overboard. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
    
 
 
The Rock of Gibraltar is a 426 m high monolithic rock that dominates the landscape of Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory. The territory is about 2.6 square miles and is bordered to the North by Spain. 
   
   

FACTS:

Sovereign State: United Kingdom
Monarch: Elizabeth II
Currency: Gibraltar Pound
Driving Side: Ride
Calling Code: +350
   

TOP DECK VIEW

  
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

ENTERTAINMENT ON BOARD

      
 
 
 
  
 
 
 

 

AURORA REACHING THE PORT 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thank You...


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