Known for her graceful tiered stern, P&O’s Aurora has long been a favourite with families, couples and solo travellers alike. The vessel’s huge popularity has meant the line is more than willing to invest in her future, with P&O officials revealing plans to treat the mid-sized vessel to a $46 million makeover. The 76,000 ton ship will be the first to flaunt the line’s new look style which has been meticulously planned by P&O designers.
Christopher Edgington, P&O Cruises marketing director revealed his thoughts on the upgrades, saying, “This is a massive investment. It’s all part of our ongoing commitment to ensure continuous improvement of our ships and consistency across the fleet.”
Aurora has been sailing the seas since 2000, undergoing a ship wide refit in 2009. Five years later and the 1,878 passenger liner is due for a second makeover. Planned exterior upgrades include a contemporary Union Flag emblazed bow and brilliant blue exhaust funnels featuring illuminated rising sun motifs.
State of the art interior upgrades
The ship’s interior will also be given a contemporary overhaul, with dining given particular attention. The all new Sindhu restaurant will be serving up five star Indian fusion cuisine designed by world famous Michelin-star chef, Atul Kochha. Café Bordeaux will be replaced by the stylish Glass House restaurant and wine bar which will pour passengers fine drops handpicked by vino expert, Olly Smith. The establishment will also house a private room reserved for exclusive tastings and intimate dinners. The popular buffet restaurant will be given a complete refit, ensuring that Aurora passengers enjoy unsurpassed at sea dining. On-the-go options haven’t been overlooked, with a Sidewalk Café revamp as well as a debut appearance from Costa Coffee.
The Oasis Spa will be made more indulgent than ever, while entertainment areas will be jazzed up with a complete upgrade of sound and lighting equipment across the on-board theatre and show lounge.
Fleet wide improvements
According to Edgington, P&O doesn’t plan to stop at Aurora, with plans for an Azura revamp on the cards for 2015.
“Both Ventura and Arcadia underwent huge multi-million pound refits last year and Aurora is the next in line with Azura planned for 2015,” he said.
The refurbishment is set to be carried out in Hamburg from November 29 to December 18. Aria will take to the waters once again in mid-December, just in time for its annual Christmas and New Year cruise. The vessel will then depart Southampton on January 8 for an epic 105 night South America & Pacific Adventure world trip.
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