P&O CRUISE TERMINAL IN SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM
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 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.
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.
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
LEAVING THE PORT
WELCOME TO THE ATRIUM
BEAUTIFUL DAY AT SEA
Last night when the storm was raging, these areas were off-limits to the public because of high risk of being thrown off overboard.
TOP DECK VIEW
ENTERTAINMENT ON BOARD
AURORA REACHING THE PORT