Built 2000, Meyer Werft Papenburg, Germany
Tonnage 76 152 GT
Length 270,00 m
Width 32,20 m
Draft 7,90 m
1 975 passengers
4 MAN-B&W diesels, combined 58 800 kW
3 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 24 knots
Aurora is arguably the last true purpose-built ship for P&O Cruises. All P&O newbuildings built after the P&O Princess/Carnival Corporation merger in 2003 (Arcadia, Ventura and Azura) have been based on generic designs, the Vista- and Grand-classes, whereas Aurora was a one-off design especially designed for P&O's needs (although her design is a refined version of the 1995-built Oriana).
Externally the Aurora has an attractive design, combining traditional touches (such as the terraced rear superstruture and funnel reminescent of that of the Canberra of 1961) with a sleek and somewhat futuristic overall design, resulting in a rather neat-looking retro-futurist exterior appearance.
Photographs below are of the Aurora departing Helsinki's Länsisatama on 13 August 2010 (Friday the 13th), photographed from Vattuniemi. Click on the image(s) to view full size.
|Shortly after departure, having just passed the Star Princess (on the left; unfortunately the photos showing the Aurora and Star Princess side-by-side were less than successful).|
|Heading the deep shipping lane.|
|Displaying her fine lines, with Pihlajasaari (as usual) in the background.|
|And heading to the Bay of Finland.|