Aurora will become the first ship in the P&O Cruises fleet to receive the new livery design as a part of its £26 million pound makeover this winter.
As well as receiving the new-look design with a contemporary version of the Union Flag on her bow and new blue funnels with rising sun designs, Aurora will also undergo an interior overhaul, with new restaurants and children’s club updates in her refurbishment. All cabins will also receive new soft furnishings and flat-screen TVs.
Freedom dining comes to the Medina restaurant
Expect new and improved presentation of dishes as freedom dining is introduced to Medina Restaurant. There will also be more tables for two made available and Marco Pierre White dishes will be served at gala events.
Sidewalk Café makeover
The Sidewalk Café will become lighter and brighter, with an informal menu including burgers, wraps, hotdogs and freshly made pizzas and a Costa Coffee outlet. Passengers looking for breakfast or lunch on the go can make the most of its new Grab & Go counter, with a wide selection of hot and cold snacks from morning muesli to lunchtime sandwiches.
A new library location
A brand new library will be located on the site of the current cyb@study on Deck 13. Adjacent to the much-loved Crow’s Nest, it will provide the perfect opportunity to pick up a book and relax with panoramc views. The Crow’s Nest will also serve Costa coffee and light snacks, making it a wonderful option for a peaceful afternoon at sea.
The Reef remodelled
The Reef Children’s Clubs will be refurbished and renamed.
- Splashers for ages 2-4.
- Surfers for ages 5-8.
- Scuba for ages 9-12.
- H2O for teens (as pictured).
Aurora’s foodie experiences are at the heart of her new look. Indian fusion restaurant Sindhu, designed by Michelin-star celebrity chef Atul Kochhar, will replace the current library space on deck 8 at the top of the atrium for evening fine dining. Atul Kochhar’s signature menu will be refreshed with the usual delicious mix of authentic Indian dishes with a modern British take. During the day the area will provide extra seating for Raffles Bar, which will serve Costa Coffee and light snacks.
The Glass House replaces Café Bordeaux
The area previously inhabited by Café Bordeaux will be refurbished in a new green colour palette and feature wine displays, including those selected by Olly Smith. As well as an all-new food and wine menu, there will also be a private room for wine tastings and dinners. Wines will be served via an Enomatic machine
Extensive buffet refurbishment
The buffet décor will be refreshed and refined with a lighter, brighter colour scheme that incorporates nautical-inspired artwork. As well as an increase in more tables for two, waiters will serve tea and coffee to tables at peak times. In the evening the current Pennant Grill menu will be replaced by The Beach House menu from Ventura, which is a great informal evening choice – think steaks and seafood in a panoramic setting - and soon to become a fleet-wide standard.
Champions and Casino becomes Brodie’s
The refurbishment will transform the entire area into an open plan space, in keeping with the new Brodie’s theme. There will be new furniture in the bar area, new screens for showing sport and an improved stage area for entertainment, including live music and quizzes.
P&O Cruises marketing director Christopher Edgington said: “This is a massive investment. It’s all part of our on-going commitment to ensure continuous improvement of our ships and consistency across the fleet."
“Both Ventura and Arcadia underwent huge multi-million pound refits last year and Aurora is the next in line with Azura planned for 2015."
Aurora’s refit will take place between November 29 and December 18 2014 before she departs on her Christmas and New Year cruise and the South America & Pacific Adventure world cruise itinerary, departing January 8 2015.