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AURORA

MV Aurora is a cruise ship operated by the British-American shipping company P&O Cruises. The ship was built by Meyer Werft at their shipyard in Papenburg, Germany between December 1998 and April 2000, and entered service with P&O Cruises in April 2000. Aurora was christened by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal in Southampton, United Kingdom. The ship is named for Aurora, the goddess of dawn in Roman mythology and Latin poetry.
Aurora is the fifth largest of seven ships currently in service with P&O Cruises.


SPECIFICATIONS
 Aurora is a mid-sized cruise ship, with an overall length of 270.0 metres (885 ft 10 in), moulded beam of 32.2 metres (105 ft 8 in) and draught of 7.90 metres (25 ft 11 in). Her gross tonnage is 76,152 and her deadweight tonnage is 8,486 tonnes. The ship can accommodate up to 1,878 passengers in 939 cabins, with a maximum crew complement of 936.
 Aurora is powered by four MAN B&W 14V48/60 diesel engines with a total power output of 58,800 kilowatts. These engines provide power for various ship's services and for two STN AEG propulsion motors. The propulsion motors drive two propellers, each of which measures 5.8 metres (19 ft 0 in) in diameter. The propulsion motors also drive three bow thrusters and a stern thruster. The ship's service speed is 24 knots (28 mph), though during sea trials she reached a maximum speed of 29 knots (33 mph).
 Aurora was designed to appeal to the British market, and was built as an extended and improved version of P&O Cruises' Oriana. The ship's hull and superstructure were designed to be attractive to this market with features similar to more traditional ocean liners, such as her raked, tiered stern. 
 The ship's passenger cabins vary in size and facilities. Outside cabins, with either a window or a balcony in the ship's side, compose 69 percent of passenger cabins on board. Passengers may book inside or outside cabins, cabins with balconies, suites or one of the ship's two penthouse suites. The two penthouse suites are situated at the forward end of the ship and provide accommodation on two levels.
 Aurora's passenger facilities include numerous bars, public rooms and entertainment venues. These include a cinema, a theatre, a nightclub, a casino and a number of bars. The ship also has a spa and gym, as well as three swimming pools. Outside, passengers may use the promenade deck or the upper decks. Traditional deck games such as shuffleboard and deck quoits may be played, and a tennis court and golf simulator are available for passenger use.
Passengers are allocated a table in one of the ship's two dining rooms—the "Alexandria" and "Medina" restaurants. Passengers may also choose to dine in "The Orangery" buffet restaurant, "The Pennant Grill" or "Café Bordeaux", an alternative restaurant modelled on a French bistro. "Café Bordeaux" is run in partnership with celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.

MAIDEN VOYAGE
 Aurora departed on her maiden voyage on 1 May 2000—a 14-night cruise to various Mediterranean destinations. The ship's crew identified a major technical problem, and the cruise was curtailed after 16 hours at sea. The cause was a propeller shaft bearing which had been damaged by overheating and required urgent repair while the ship was out of service.On 3 May 2000, the ship returned to Southampton, where passengers disembarked. Passengers expressed disappointment about the incident but reported that they were mainly satisfied with P&O Cruises' response to the situation. P&O Cruises offered all passengers a full refund and compensation package, worth about GBP£6 million.
 Aurora sailed to Blohm + Voss in Germany, where repairs were carried out. The ship returned to service on 15 May 2000, to undertake her second scheduled cruise to the Canary Islands.