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Sorry it’s a long one as first day we have had internet since leaving Southampton.

Saturday 4 January- Aurora ‘s Grand Voyage 2020
Aurora was docked by 06:30 a.m.

We had a lazy morning waiting for new pax to board and wandered around the ship looking at different cabin grades.

We hadn’t had a card with our dining arrangements confirmed so went to reception to enquire. We were told by the receptionist that we didn’t need them as today was boarding day we could go to either restaurant at any time as it was open seating. We asked if she was sure as we had booked club dining but she assured us that it was open dining.

Luckily Garry went to the restaurant to confirm and the restaurant manager was astounded that firstly we hadn’t had a card confirming dining as these had been sent to admin two days earlier and secondly the information we had been given by reception was completely incorrect. He did however inform us that evening dinner times had changed to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. the reason given was that it was at passenger request. Strange that every pax we have spoken to are both surprised and unhappy about this. Us included. We always felt 6:30 was too early and 8:30 too late. We tried freedom but it didn’t work for us. We are now stuck with eating at 6 p.m. or going to the buffet or the speciality restaurants. The show times have been changed by half an hour to fit in with the dining arrangements.

The priority lunch started at 12:15 where we met up with friends we hadn’t seen since Oriana’s Christmas cruise in 2015. The bubbles flowed well as usual and as we had no unpacking to do I made the most of it.

Muster was delayed by 15 minutes as not all passengers had boarded.
We should have sailed at 5:15 with fireworks to see us off. This was delayed until almost 6 p.m. The fireworks only lasted a few minutes but were good and a nice touch for the Grand Voyage but this meant that we were late down to dinner as this wasn’t delayed because of the late Sailaway.

The waiters have changed dining rooms so we have two new waiters, Niko and Rajesh his assistant, who had only boarded that day. Niko was a little concerned that the service had been slow but we expect that on the first night especially when a new waiter has to to find his way around the galley plus we aren’t in any rush to get out.

The show in the theatre was the headliners performing ‘Horizon’ We saw it last cruise and felt we needed to see it again as we didn’t understand it the first time. We left still not understanding it and probably won’t go again. The singing and dancing was superb but the story line was non existent.

Hughie Taylor is back on as Entertainment manager although he was introduced as Jamie Taylor by one of the headliners. I wouldn’t like to be in his shoes.

We headed for Carmens and a group called Ukebox. We thought they were a ukulele band but the instruments were more like small guitars and one of them had a whistle on top which made a duck sound. We stayed for about 20minutes thinking that it would improve but decided life is just too short. Needless to say we won’t be going to their second show.

Another nice touch was that we had chocolates from Hotel General Manager as a thank you for staying on board for the Grand Voyage.

We now have to cross the Bay of Biscay again and we have three sea days to Madeira.

Sunday 5 January - 1 st sea day to Madeira.
The weather was a bit grey and very cold but the seas very calm. Totally different than our crossing 2 weeks. We actually hadn’t travelled very far overnight and were still in the Channel.

I went to the 7 a.m. fab abs class in the gym and was surprised how busy it was. Over 20 other passengers doing the class and last cruise I was ‘Billy no mates’ in the gym.

Garry caught up on some more laundry whilst I was tucking into scrambled eggs and smoked Salmon for breakfast.

At 09:15 Fit steps was held in masquerades which isn’t an ideal venue but there was a cookery class in Carmens where Fit steps is usually held.

The two headliner girls running the class were new to fit steps and there was a problem with the music which delayed the start a little. I enjoyed the session and will keep it up on sea days until the sun gets hot enough to sit out. We were assured that tomorrow the class would be held in Carmens.

P & O had organised a Facebook meet up in Anderson’s at 11 a.m. which was attended by around 15 passengers. Not many considering how many were posting on the group. We spent an hour chatting and it was great to put names to faces.

A busy morning for me as the Battle of sexes followed straight afterwards. It was held in Champions and last cruise it wasn’t a great venue as there were too many of us and now there are double the numbers it is even worse. There was a very loud group practising in there prior to the Battle and the sound was deafening.
The ladies lost the day by 80 points so we have some catching up to do.

The evening entertainment in the theatre was Maurice Grumbleweed. He was so funny. Fabulous entertainment. The old ones are certainly the best. A brilliant all round entertainer. We are looking forward to his second show.

Peter Cutler was in Carmens but as we had seen his show in there last cruise we opted for drinks in the Crows Nest where the new band Kool Blue were playing.

When we returned to the cabin gifts had been delivered to commemorate Auroras 2020 Grand Voyage in the form of silver photo frames. Very nice. Thank you P & O. We also had invites from the Loyalty team to a coffee morning for passengers who had been on the Christmas Cruise.


Monday 6 January- 2 nd Sea day.
Another early start in the gym for a fab abs class. The seas were still calm and Aurora travelling so slowly that we still hadn’t got through the Bob.

Garry paid yet another trip to the laundry this time to do the white wash whilst I was enjoying Mondays breakfast of Eggs Benedict. Is it really a week since I last had it! He met lots of other passengers in there who recognised him from previous cruises.

Fit steps as promised was in Carmens a much better venue and we got through quite a lot in the 3/4 hour allotted time. Carmens was packed out with passengers. I guess that the numbers will tail off when ‘the sun gets its hat on’

We to the Glass House for the Loyalty coffee morning. It was a lovely way to spend an hour on a sea day morning. Officers mingled with the passengers and I caught up with both Ann and Sunil who I hadn’t seen since the Arcadia and the Gin & afternoon T events. Unfortunately this event isn’t going to be on Aurora. I am sure I will get together with Ann for a few G & T’s.

The Battle continued in Champions and the men once again won the day but only by 20 points, making them 100 points in the lead. Still loads of time to catch them up.

The first formal night of the cruise and the Captains Welcome on board party. As the dinner time has been changed the cocktail party started at 5:30 p.m. It was well attended and Captain Pembridge gave the good news that the weather was going to be fine in Madeira and the long term forecast for the Atlantic crossing was very good.

Formal night dinner and Marcos Beef Wellington menu was excellent and I had the port marinated Stilton to finish.

The entertainment was the Ukebox in the theatre and as the Crows Nest and Carmens were being used for the Second sitting Welcome on board party we went into Anderson’s for a drink before the Formal Night Ball started in Carmens.

What a difference from the Balls on the last cruise which were dire and watching paint dry would have been more fun. Tonight Carmens was packed. Kool Blue were playing and the dance instructors and hosts Linda and Michael were on the floor dancing with passengers. Garry was being careful with his knee but he tested it out and it held up fine.


Tuesday, 7 January 2020- last Sea day to Madeira
No gym class today and when we woke we had no hot water. It was back on by the time I had finished breakfast.
The sea has turned Blue over night and looks like glass. The Dolphins were performing on each side of the ship. Still too cool to sit out without jumpers but looks lovely.

Fit steps was very busy and we learnt a Disco dance which was good fun.

Mid morning we went to visit the Food & Beverage Exposition in Raffles. Tasty Samples from Sindhu were being handed out and there was the usual guess the weight of the cake and identify the spices through smell challenges.
We booked for the scenic Sailaway party from St. Vincent’s. There is only one of these events on this sector of the cruise.
It wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be but it was in competition with the Art class, the Port presentation on Tobago, Art presentation, Deck Quoits and the Ukulele get together.

The Battle of the sexes had been moved to Masquerades which is a much better venue for this quiz. The gents stormed ahead again. A bit controversial today which is a shame and hopefully it will get back to friendly banter on Thursday.

The sun was out but still quite cool unless sat in the sun out of the wind.
I spent an hour ironing to get it out of the way as I won’t be doing any chores once the sun is out.

The evening entertainment was the fabulous Maurice Grumbleweed who played to a packed theatre. His show was equally as good as his first one.

A new group called The Choice were playing Beatles music in Carmens. I had heard them in the pub when I thought they were far too loud for such a small venue. Carmens is the right venue for them and it was great entertainment. They sang around ten of the most popular Beatles songs and the lead singer and guitarist continued even though he had broke a string during the first number.

Tomorrow we dock in Madeira exactly a week since we left the island.


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Sue has kindly agreed to send me her reports so they can be posted if she is unable to do so directly.
It's very good of her and I like others on this forum look forward to reading them.

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Oooh lovely to start your trip with you. Have a fab-u-lous time x
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Whynd1 wrote:
08 Jan 2020, 22:28
Sue has kindly agreed to send me her reports so they can be posted if she is unable to do so directly.
It's very good of her and I like others on this forum look forward to reading them.

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Thanks Lindsey.
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Thank you to Sue and Lindsey. I do enjoy reading about Sue's adventures 😂😂

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Whynd1 wrote:
08 Jan 2020, 22:28
Sue has kindly agreed to send me her reports so they can be posted if she is unable to do so directly.
It's very good of her and I like others on this forum look forward to reading them.

Lindsey
Thanks Lindsey.


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Happydays wrote:
08 Jan 2020, 23:21
Thank you to Sue and Lindsey. I do enjoy reading about Sue's adventures 😂😂
And thanks from me - I love them too.

Annie :D :D


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Really enjoy reading Sue’s blogs.

Thank you for posting Sue. Have a great time.


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Thank you Sue for sending your posts again. I do enjoy them very much indeed. Ignore the ignorant individual on Face cloth, he/she has probably progressed no further than Janet and John mouthing the words aloud!!

Is there any chance you could post your musings on the Christmas cruise here? I would love to read those as well as I have had a couple of Christmas' on Aurora in the past.

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MaureenB wrote:
09 Jan 2020, 12:06
Thank you Sue for sending your posts again. I do enjoy them very much indeed. Ignore the ignorant individual on Face cloth, he/she has probably progressed no further than Janet and John mouthing the words aloud!!

Is there any chance you could post your musings on the Christmas cruise here? I would love to read those as well as I have had a couple of Christmas' on Aurora in the past.

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Hi Maureen, I will try to send them to Lindsey to post when she has time.

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Wednesday, 8 January 2020 - Madeira

I did the early Fab Abs class in the gym. Not as busy as it has been probably due to it being a port day.


It was sunny but a cool 15 degrees early morning in Madeira. However by the time we disembarked we certainly didn’t need our jackets.

We took the shuttle in and the first stop was for a coffee in the shopping centre. We spent 1/2 an hour catching up with e mails and messages as we hadn’t had wi fi since leaving Southampton before setting off to explore an area of the town we hadn’t wandered through previously. We came across a beautiful plaza with tables in the sun but weren’t ready for another stop. There were some lovely little shops and we ended up again just by the market area.

We stocked up on cabin essentials in the supermarket Pingo Doce and even though we were quite early the Schweppes light tonic shelf had been decimated. I am well stocked up with them so not desperate. Just hoping I get something other than Britvic in America.


On our way back to the shuttle we found the plaza we had passed earlier and sat at a table in the sun. It may be traditional to have coffee with the custard tarts but we were badly in need of a beer. The tarts were delicious as usual and the beer so good I ordered another.


The sun was on the aft deck when we returned to the ship so after a small late lunch in the buffet I grabbed a bed in the sun and stayed there.


The evening entertainment was Steph Webber singing songs from the musicals in the theatre and in Carmens it was the band The Choice who had performed the Beatles music last night and tonight it was Hitsville USA Soul and Motown Classics.


We finished the night in Anderson’s bar.


We now have six sea days until we reach Barbados and the clocks go back an hour over night

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Ooh, the thought of sun and warmth makes me green with envy, and it’s still 10 weeks - to the day actually - until we fly to Singapore. Enjoy those lovely sea days.
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anniec wrote:
09 Jan 2020, 09:16
Happydays wrote:
08 Jan 2020, 23:21
Thank you to Sue and Lindsey. I do enjoy reading about Sue's adventures 😂😂
And thanks from me - I love them too.

Annie :D :D
As do I. Thank you for brightening up the dull January days!


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Thank you very much for posting these; I can imagine being back on Aurora, we were on the 65 night South America trip two years ago and are hopefully back on her in July for the Norway trip. Enjoy that lovely Caribbean sun.

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Hi all further report from Sue
Thursday 9th January- My Birthday Sea day.

I woke early as usual and opened my cards and presents before I went to the exercise class. Half way through the abs class I thought that I must be mad doing this when I could have been enjoying a champagne breakfast in the cabin.


There is an offer on at the gym for £45 you can do every class for the whole cruise. This looks on the face of it an extremely good offer but when I asked for a list of the class times the instructor told me as per the Horizon. As the early morning class is free anyway the only other one I would be interested in is Pilates. This used to alternate mornings and afternoons with Yoga but this cruise so far Pilates has always been at 4 p.m. no use to me as we are early sitting and I prefer to get my torture out of the way early in the day. As the gym is now open 24 hours I will go early do my own Pilates regime and then stay on for the free Abs class.


Straight after breakfast I went to the fit steps class where we learnt the waltz. This class certainly gets your heart rate up.


The weather was slightly disappointing after the hot sunny day in Madeira and not a swimwear day although it was warm enough to sit out and walk around the open decks.


Battle of the sexes was back in the Champions bar and as it was after midday I had my first glass of birthday bubbles. The format changed slightly today and although the men were still being aggressive and trying to wind the ladies up we rose above it and the day ended as a draw.


We had a light lunch in the buffet as we knew our evening meal was going to be an extravaganza of food and drink.


I went to the gin talk in Masquerades. It was quite informative but it was given by the liquor specialist Rahul . I don’t think he had any experience of speaking to an audience and was very nervous. The equipment was also not functioning correctly which made it worse. He made up for it by offering free tasting samples at the shop.


It was there I met an old family friend of my parents. She actually used to babysit me. Last time I saw her was on the South America cruise in Tobago on a snorkel trip and before that over 30 years ago.


Our second formal night of the cruise and Garry had booked us a special meal at the Chefs table. This was held in the ‘secret room’ in the Glass House.

We started with canapés and a glass of bubbles in an area of the glass house before we were escorted into the ‘secret room’ where the photographer was waiting to take the official photo.


There were ten guests and two hosts. The executive Chef Eldon D’Silva sat at one end of the table and Deborah Thomsen the Hotel General Manager at the other.


A glass of Tattinger champagne was served with a tea cup of the most delicious white tomato wine and cream soup. Eldon explained how the flavours were expressed from the tomatoes. Samir the head wine waiter introduced the champagne and explained how the dryness complemented the sweetness of the soup.


The explanations of the food, the cooking process and the wines were given before each course. Eldon and Samir answered any questions.


A delicately spiced chicken dish followed with a glass of Kung fu girl Riesling from Washington Estate.


The next course was Lobster and scallops served with Sauvignon blanc Cloudy Bay from the Marlborough Estate. More scallops were cooked and offered around the table. They were so sweet and perfectly cooked.


The main course was the Onley beef fillet served with the ardent wine Chateauneuf du Pape Maison Favier. Any of the wines were available for the main course. I stayed with the recommended one but Garry went back to the Cloudy Bay as he isn’t keen on French Reds.


The hosts changed seats to allow all guests to speak to them both.


The chef then surprised me with a birthday cake and everyone around the table sang Happy Birthday which was a lovely extra touch. It was also another passengers birthday so they sang to him as well.


The desert was a Double chocolate Raspberry Parfait creation and was exceptional. It tasted as good as it looked and was served with a sweet wine Chateau Petit Vedrines Sauternes.


The penultimate course was the Artisan cheeseboard with biscuits bread and fruit and served with Grahams port, followed by coffee and another creation of a burnt sugar basket containing different chocolates and petit fours.


The whole meal was unbelievable and an amazing array of different tastes and textures which the Chef and his team had produced to tantalise our palates.


It was a fabulous night and a birthday meal I will never forget.

It was around 11 p.m. when it finished and we staggered back to the cabin.


We missed the evening entertainment which was Stephen Williams Jr a Magician and illusionist in Carmens and the Headliners Fantasy show in the Curzon theatre.


Friday 10 January 2020 2nd Sea day to Barbados.

There was no Fab Abs today but even had there been I wouldn’t have made it. After last nights fabulous food and wine we slept later than usual although we were wakened at around 4a.m, with an announcement over the speaker system. Not sure if this was intentional to go into the cabins.


After breakfast I went to fit steps then walked around the deck to make up for not going to the gym. The sun was out and it was quite warm.

I got a bed on the aft deck and it was lovely up to midday when it clouded over. It was still warm enough but the sun had lost the battle with the clouds. We did notice that the ship had speeded up and was cruising at 23 knots which will certainly get us into the warmer weather quicker.


I missed the Battle of the sexes as I was happy on deck but caught up with our Team Captain June later on to find that it had been a draw again.


I spent a lazy afternoon and stayed out until the sun really got socked in by cloud and it became cool.


The evening entertainment was Jon Courtenay in the theatre. He is an excellent comedian and a musician as well. Our issue was the show was word for word the same as when we last saw him. There are so many repeat cruisers that the Cabaret acts should make an effort to find new material and mix it up a bit. As we were sat near the back at the end of a row we found a chance to get out and as we did others followed us.


We headed to Carmens for a drink where the party band The Choice would be starting their Country & Western show. Sunil my fav gin man found me and told me they were planning a gin event and would I be interested. Omg would I, is the pope a catholic?


The Choice are a very talented band and Amanda the entertainment host started off the dancing and the floor soon filled up. A slight criticism is that the drummer is far too loud. During these party nights we like to have a drink and chat but it was impossible to hear what anyone was saying. We did finally meet up with David & Lesley having not seen them since they boarded. We eat at different times so go to different show times. We need to meet again in a quieter bar so that we can catch up properly.


We left quite early as we were both tired and I wanted to be in the gym by 7 am in the morning. When we returned to the cabin there was a voucher from the liquor shop allowing a litre each of drink to be purchased for in cabin drinking. The prices in the shop are reasonable so we will probably take them up on this offer.

The Horizon had been delivered and a quick glance showed no early morning exercise class planned. Very disappointing as in the past these have been a daily event and on the long cruises very well attended.


The ships clock go back another hour over night putting us at GMT -2

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Saturday 11 January 2020- 3rd Sea Day to Barbados


I was up and about early and went to the gym at 06:30. I did my warm up and was part way through my Pilates when the gym instructor turned up to do a stretch class. There has hardly anyone there for the class as it hadn’t been advertised in the Horizon, however there is now a gym class schedule and it was on that. I just wish they would get their act together.


I went into a corner and finished my Pilates regime and continued with an abb workout. I found Garry walking the decks so finished my days exercise lapping the prom deck.


I had no intention of going into fit steps as the sun was hot and on the aft deck. I got a sun bed at 8 a.m. and Garry got into the hot tub whilst I went to the buffet for some fruit and yoghurt for breakfast. No time today for a long winded restaurant breakfast as the sun was calling me.


It got to 26 degrees and the ship was still speeding towards the Caribbean at around 23 knots. Looking at the map we appear to be over half way from the Canaries to the Caribbean with 3 full sea days plus tonight before we are due to dock in Barbados on Wednesday.


I left the pool at 3 p.m. aware that it was the first full day in hot sun since we left Mauritius last May. Although the Canaries had been sunny and hot last cruise we had been in port so not out in it all day.


Another excellent meal in the Alexandra restaurant then instead of going to the theatre to see Pamela Ivonne Cole, tribute to Aretha we went on deck and spent the evening there. The stars were out and it was full moon, the air was warm it is just what we cruise the Caribbean for.

The headliners were in Carmens with their show Top of the Billboards but even they couldn’t entice me inside on this balmy evening.


The clocks go back another hour overnight.

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Sounds wonderful. Can I ask about your Chef’s Table meal? I am a non meat OR fish eating vegetarian, was there a vegetarian menu?
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Fabulous way to enjoy your birthday meal, Sue. Thanks to you and Lindsey for the update.

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Sounds wonderful. Can I ask about your Chef’s Table meal? I am a non meat OR fish eating vegetarian, was there a vegetarian menu?
I think you would have to ask. There is a photo of the menu on my Facebook page I will try to post here,

Just tried but it is too big.

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CaroleF wrote:
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Thank you very much for posting these; I can imagine being back on Aurora, we were on the 65 night South America trip two years ago and are hopefully back on her in July for the Norway trip. Enjoy that lovely Caribbean sun.

Carole
Carole we loved the South America trip so much we have booked it again for next year.

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Update from Sue

Sunday 12 January 2020, Sea Day to Barbados

As the clocks had gone back another hour overnight I was up very early and in the gym for just after 6 a.m. Many pax were already in there so I wasn’t alone. I think I actually prefer to do my own regime it is just having the dedication to do it.


I got a sun bed on deck around 7 :30 a.m. and again it was already very busy. Garry had some laundry to do but then he came back to save the loungers whilst I went for the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon breakfast in the restaurant. The conversation around the table was how bad last nights entertainment had been in the theatre. Apparently many walked out. Looks like we didn’t miss anything.


We had a bit of liquid sunshine early morning but it only lasted a couple of minutes before the hot sun was back.


We are still doing 23 knots and on the interactive map we look very close to Barbados. We have suspected for a couple of days that there must be a medical reason for the speed and use of fuel.

The Captain came over the speaker system and confirmed our thoughts and we will arrive in Barbados at 21:30 tomorrow (Monday 13th )so we will have an extra night and day there. He wasn’t sure if immigration would clear the ship that evening but as it’s a formal night I doubt we would have got off at 10 p.m. The crew will have a whale of a time if the officials allow disembarkation as we will be there for three nights and three full days. On the downside someone is extremely poorly and I hope they can get the medical attention they need in Barbados.


I stayed in the sun and my butler brought me lunch at my sunbed. Then followed this up with an ice cream Annoyingly the bar on the aft deck is rarely open and no iced water is left there for the passengers to help themselves.

Occasionally a waiter comes round but it’s not the same as having a bar open.


The clouds came over about 3 p.m. but as I felt quite toasted I decided to head for the cabin and shower.


After dinner we gave the entertainment a miss again and sat out on deck drinking and chatting. The entertainment was Steph Webber in the theatre who we would have liked to go and see but sure we will catch up with her again in the future. The illusionist was in the Carmens Lounge but although reports have been very positive I just don’t enjoy these acts.

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really enjoying these reports its lovely to have some sunshine (yours!) along with the wind and rain. (mine!)..thank you.
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Update from Sue, trying this on my phone, so fingers crossed.
Monday 13 January, final sea day to Barbados.

It must have rained quite heavily over night as the decks were soaked early this morning.

Gaining 4 hours over 4 days meant that I was wide awake before 5 a.m. after trying to go back to sleep I gave up and went to the gym.

I wasn’t alone and by 6 a.m. it was busy. I then walked the deck for 20 minutes and once again was surprised how many passengers were out at that time. It was a beautiful morning and the decks dried up very quickly.


I got the sun beds sorted just after 7 am and other than breakfast I stayed there until 3p.m, whenI had an appointment with my butler. He took his laundry hat off and put his hairdressing one on and coloured my hair.


Our 3 rd formal night of the cruise and after we dinner we returned to the cabin and changed in casual wear as we had no intention of seeing any of the entertainment on offer. The headliners were in the theatre with their show Destination Dance and there was a Black Tie Ball in Carmens. Another lovely balmy night as we watched the sail into Barbados.


Arcadia was still docked and we watched her sail away to carry on with her world cruise. It brought back memories to 2017 when we were on board for the World Cruise. A heavy squall came through but only lasted 2 minutes and we were under cover on A deck.


At around 10 p.m. the Deputy Captain announced that Aurora had been cleared and passengers could disembark. We decided to stay where we were but will get off tomorrow night after dinner.

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Another update from Sue

Tuesday, 14 January - 1 St Day in Barbados.

Despite the amount of alcohol I consumed last night I was awake early again and in the gym for 5 a.m. Today I was the first there. I did an hour of exercise before returning to the cabin to prepare for the day.


We breakfasted outside on the aft deck. Our plan had been a beach day but decided to leave that until tomorrow as I had not only forgotten to bring my snorkel tube but also can’t find my beach shoes anywhere so a shopping day instead.


We started in the terminal where the water shoes were 18US dollars. At home in Sports Direct they are about £6. We caught a shuttle taxi into the city and walked to Carlisle bay to find Hazzels Water world and hopefully buy the snorkel tube and beach shoes. On the way we spotted Pirates Cove which had been recommended by a friend (Thanks Linda) we checked it out and chatted to one of the locals there . We intend to go back there tomorrow.


Garry had researched Hazzels Water world on line. It was due to open at 10 a.m but wasn’t and after having a Banks beer in a local bar it still hadn’t opened by 10:40 so we gave up and walked back to the city.


We found a barbers in Independence square and Garry had his head and beard shaved at less than half price the ship wanted and a really good job as well.

We bought the snorkel tube at one of the Waterfront shops but the beach shoes were more expensive than at the port. We gave up and stopped at the Waterfront Bar, sat in the sun and enjoyed the view, beer and free wi fi. A lot of the ships passengers were there and when we were ready to move on people were waiting for tables.

We wandered around the city centre making small purchases until the heat got too much and we got a taxi back to the port, bought the expensive beach shoes, stocked up on soft drinks and walked back to the ship. Not the day we had planned but we saw parts of Barbados we hadn’t seen before.


We had a late lunch sat outside and finished just before a torrential downpour. It lasted about 15 minutes before the sun came out again and dried up all the rain. An afternoon siesta was much needed after my early morning and the walking around the city in the heat.


After dinner we headed back out to the terminal. We were disappointed that Coconuts the bar there was closing as we arrived. I had thought that with ships overnight in port it would stay open. We took advantage of the free wi fi and then headed back to the ship.


Jon Courtney was back in the theatre and the resident band in Carmens. Once again we ditched the entertainment in favour of the aft deck and the balmy evening.


Another two full days in Barbados to come.


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I am away at Warners from Friday to Monday,but am hoping to use the wifi and my mobile phone to post any reports that come through from Sue.

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Wednesday 15 January - Barbados 2 nd day

I woke early again but decided to give the gym a miss as we are going to the beach and I thought I would be doing a lot of swimming and snorkelling.

I watched Ventura docking opposite.


Pirates Cove had been recommended so that is where we headed. A beautiful beach on Browns Beach, Carlisle bay. It was much quieter than the Boatyard but quite lively. It was windy and lots of big waves coming in.

Our biggest disappointment was the bathroom facilities. Everything was quite awful although on the plus side the first time I went there was water soap and paper towels but these weren’t replenished. It was very rough.

The beds weren’t great no padding and at the slightest movement the head part lifted up and smacked the back of my head. It cost 16 US Dollars for 2 beds and a sun parasol. We were sat next to a group of people off Ventura. The lady I spoke to was not very happy and hadn’t a good word to say about P &O or Ventura. They should have been in Barbados on Monday to stock up but their itinerary had changed and they had been running low on food and other provisions. The reason given for the change was that the provisions couldn’t arrive until today. As we had arrived on Monday she accused us of taking their berth. Total rubbish and I told her so.


We could see further round the bay to Lobster Alive and the sea appeared much calmer there there . I think we will stick to that area next time or Harbour Lights. Pirates Cove is less expensive but we would prefer to pay more for comfort. There was no way we could have been enticed to eat here but others were.

There is no entry fee and many passengers were just sitting in the bar area using the very good free WiFi. No password was necessary so they didn’t even need to purchase a drink. If they changed the business model to charge a modest entry fee the extra income could be used to upgrade the facilities.


We headed back to the ship for a shower and lunch then I left Garry to get over his beach experience and I went back into the port area to meet Dai and Linda in Coconuts bar. They were cruising on Ventura and very happy with it. Another Facebook friend Lynne Cantle joined us. Great to meet up.


We had booked dinner in the Beach House for 7 p.m. it made a change not to have to rush to be ready for the ridiculous 6 p.m. dining time.

The Beach House was very busy but a perfect place to dine on an overnight in port. We didn’t feel rushed at all and had a leisurely meal sat outside. Virtually everyone wanted to eat outside and staff kept having to set up more tables and prayed for it not to rain which it didn’t.


We went up to the Tropical party and a local band were playing. It was at the front pool area which isn’t ideal for party nights as too small but does have a small stage for the band to set up. Aurora now has a fabulous aft deck because all the children’s facilities have been removed. This vast space is rarely utilised and the bar rarely open. We didn’t stay long at the party before retreating to the aft deck to have a drink and watch Ventura sail away. They were also having a deck party.


We had intended going to see the Brit tones in the theatre but it was just too nice a night to be inside.


Another day in Paradise tomorrow.

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A few days in Barbados sounds just the ticket.
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Another day in Paradise tomorrow.
Sue, I think that is called 'rubbing it in' when you see the lousy weather we are getting. Not jealous at all :mrgreen: :lol:

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Oh so envious Sue.

Loving the reports........keep 'em coming please!!

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Thursday 16 January 2020

The Caribbean wind had died down considerably overnight. Aurora left the berth around 1 a.m. tootled around for a while and then docked for around 6 a.m by the old flour mill which is now a concrete factory. Not a pretty sight but a short distance away we could see a lovely beach.

There didn’t appear to be many sun beds so we set off straight after breakfast. It was about a fifteen minute walk from the ship.


The water was lovely and I tried out my new snorkel. Not much to see as most of the coral had died but there were some fish around. We had a lovely day here and the weather was perfect. There was a bar, clean toilet facilities, and because we there early pads for the beds.


There was a Party Sailaway on the aft of the ship at 5 p.m. but cause of getting ready for the early dining time we didn’t get out there until just before 6 p.m. we were only just sailing away and although some music was playing there was no sign of any party dance going on.


The evening entertainment was Jimmy Tamley the ventriloquist who we have seen before and didn’t enjoy then and the Aurora Orchestra playing 40’s and 50’s music Carmens.


We opted for another evening on the aft deck. It is getting quite popular out there. We watched the lights of Barbados disappear as we sailed South to our next Caribbean port of Tobago.


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I've just arrived at Warners and Sue's e mail popped up so hopefully have managed to post it successfully. Nice and sunny ere in Cheshire.

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Thanks Sue for the latest update and special thanks to Lindsey for posting it. Enjoy your break, Lindsey - you deserve it.

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Lovely long update from Sue. Cold but sunny here in Cheshire.
Friday, 17 January 2020 - Tobago

A humid rainy morning welcomed us. As we had had two consecutive beach days we decided to stay In Scarborough. I had checked my notes from two years ago and they looked positive.

Either the town had gone downhill since then or I had been wearing rose coloured glasses.


Garry did the laundry first thing and it opened ten minutes early. As it had been closed for 3 days there were big queues at 8 a.m. I did some ironing but the irons are rubbish and I managed to scorch a pair of Garrys lightweight summer trousers.


We waited for the rain to stop and the sun to dry the ground up before we got off and were immediately accosted by taxi drivers. The good free wi fi in the port area was no more but we were told where we could find it at the mall. It was good there for us but not everyone who wanted it could get on. All of the bars we saw were grotty and very noisy. The nice craft market where we had bought coffee beans from wasn’t there. Many of the nice shops remained closed during our stay. We wandered around for a while but it was very hot and sticky so decided to go back to the ship for lunch and a Crabbies on the aft deck.


I set up my bed in the sun and had a swim. The sun was very hot in the afternoon. The ship was quiet as many passengers were on trips or at Pigeon Point. It was even loud on the ship as there was some sort of Carnival on just outside the dock area. The traffic was at a standstill for over an hour. This is probably why many of the shops had remained closed.


I went to the tours desk to check on my snorkel trips as on previous long cruises I have had them cancelled due to lack of numbers. My Curacao one is going ahead even though it isn’t fully booked, the Bonaire one is probably going ahead but is less than the minimum number required. I won’t find out until tomorrow. The Grand Turk one probably won’t go ahead due to lack of numbers and I have been advised to choose a different one. Grand Cayman one is well booked so not a problem.


The Sailaway had been moved back to the forward pool area so we had our own along with many more passengers on the aft deck. There had been call outs for missing passengers and we did depart later than predicted. I hope everyone got back on board as it’s a long swim to Curacao.


As agreed with the restaurant manager we went down to dinner 10 minutes later than opening time and the dreaded piano had already been turned off. The restaurant manager informed us that he had turned the sound down to a minimum. We had already decided to eat in the Glass House tomorrow so will find out on a Sunday how much difference that makes.


The chefs came out again tonight to chat with the passengers. I think they enjoy this as much as the passengers. I had a fish tonight I had never tried before. It was grilled Marlin. Absolutely delicious and cooked perfectly. I mentioned it to the Exec chef Eldon and he said it had been so popular with first sitting diners that he had to prepare more for 2 nd sitting.


The entertainment in the theatre was a flautist so we stayed on the aft deck until it was time for the 60s & 70s Deck Party. Garry didn’t want to move so I went up alone. I didn’t stay long. It was very hot up there and crowded but a perfect evening for a deck party. The resident band The Choice were playing, I had a couple of dances then went back to join Garry.


A few passengers there chatting and the gossip is that 3 passengers were removed from the ship in Barbados as they wouldn’t stop running on the prom deck early morning. The other sad story going around is that 6 crew members from Arcadia were attacked at gun point in Barbados and their belongings were stolen. I have no idea where passengers get their info from or how true it is.


We have a Sea day tomorrow to Curacao.

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Sue is having better weather than us. So foggy at Warners yesterday didn't go out, so far very frosty. Further update.
Saturday, 18 January 2020- Sea day to Curacao

A very early start this morning and in the gym for 5 a.m. I had missed for the 3 port days so was determined to get a session in.

I was on deck by 7 a.m, and wasn’t the first. I was going to get breakfast first before Garry told me there were people out there already.


It was fab first thing. Caribbean heat but not scorching as the sun wasn’t fully overhead. I waited whilst Garry did his morning walk and when he returned I went for a quick breakfast in the buffet. I sat outside with it and although the food is not as nice as the main dining room it sufficed and was much quicker and much pleasanter to be sat outside in the sun.


It was very very hot. The hottest day so far with very little breeze. I kept having to go in the pool to cool off. I saw June our Battle of the Sexes Captain in the pool. I asked her how we were doing, apparently awe lost big time and a new Battle was starting today. She asked if I was going to go but she knew my answer before she asked. I told her if it started raining or snowing at midday I would be there lol.

Garry couldn’t stand the heat so sat in the shade for a while before going inside to watch the football.


An officer came down to aft deck and I think he must be the bar manager as he wasn’t happy the bar wasn’t open when it was such a fabulous day. He gave instructions for it to be opened. I thanked him as it seems crazy for the deck to be full of passengers yet no bar.


My butler brought my lunch out from the the grab & go during the half time break in the football and I supported the bar and ordered a Crabbies to go with it. By 2p.m. I knew I needed to get out of the sun. It was sizzling hot so I returned to the cabin for a siesta.


We ate in the Glass House and I was very envious of the passengers who had booked the chefs table. This was the third one of this cruise. Exec Chef Eldon saw us in the dining area and came over to say hello as did Samir the Head Wine Officer. Samir had recommended a wine similar to the Billy Billy we used to drink. It was called JamJam Shiraz and he brought us a sample to try. It was excellent.

Our food was fabulous. We shared 3 tapas dishes as a starter, the Prawns, scallops and smoked salmon scotch egg, then Garry had the Haddock and I had the Sicilian Fish stew. We finished with the cheese board to share. As we were both having fish we ordered a bottle of the Albariño White wine. An excellent meal.


The Brit Tones were in the theatre and when we got there they had just started. We stood at the back for a while but decided that we would no doubt get chance to see them again on another cruise.


We walked on the prom deck to let our meal settle then sat on the aft deck. The evening temperature was perfect.


Tomorrow we are in Curacao.


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Thank you Sue for the reports, and also thank you to Lindsey for posting them.

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It sounds so lovely. Really tempting me.
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Sue, I am so hating reading your blogs, going on about all that Caribbean sunshine, snorkelling off golden beaches, eating breakfast alfresco in the sunshine, lazing about the ship sipping Crabbies and then off for a wonderful meal in the Glass House, makes me so very envious. :x :thumbup: :thumbup: :wave:
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Another update from Sue.

Monday, 20 January 2020 - Bonaire

Hot and windy Bonaire. We looked around the small market area . There were some lovely unusual hand made jewellery but nothing really jumped out saying buy me.


I had bought some glass jewellery a couple of years ago from elements which broke after a couple of wears. I had emailed the owner who agreed to exchange or repair. The owner wasn’t in when we got there but the assistant, once we loaded the email confirmation exchanged the earings and is mending the pendant and posting it to me.


We stopped for a drink but no beer for me as I am snorkelling this afternoon then went to the local supermarket to stock up on cabin supplies.

Bonaire has grown immensely since we first visited here in 2013. More ships are now visiting which must be helping the economy.

The water is so clear here that you can see the beautifully coloured parrot fish by the dockside.


After a quick lunch I went back out to join the P & O Double Reef snorkel trip run by Aqua Adventure.

It was very windy. There were only 23 of us on a catamaran which would take 80 so loads of room to move around. We were given a fruit punch as we boarded and set off to the first snorkel spot over a reef.

The sea was very choppy and not ideal conditions for snorkelling. We were split into two groups and got into the water. Bonaire is renown for it’s clear water but today it was quite sandy because of the wind. The reef wasn’t an ideal snorkelling area as it was far too deep and was really a dive area. The swim out was easy as the current was taking us but the swim back to the boat was exhausting. I am a strong swimmer but many of our group were older and less able. One lady got into trouble and had to be rescued by the very able crew. It was a disappointing snorkel but I hoped our second stop at Klein Bonaire would be better.

Back on the boat I asked for water to clear the salt and was charged 3 US dollars for a bottle of water. We weren’t even offered a cup of water.


The next stop at Klein Bonaire was much worse than the first stop. I have never done a snorkel trip on a boat which involved walking along a beach to then snorkel back to the boat. I asked a member of the crew whether to wear sand shoes or fins. He told me fins as it was soft sand. It wasn’t. There were large sections of coral and although I tried to walk over it In bare feet I couldn’t. Other passengers had ignored the advice to wear fins and had worn their sand shoes. I refused to go any further and another man joined me. We got into the sea and swam back to the boat. The snorkelling was virtually non existent. It was probably the worst snorkel trip ever. Another lady had to be helped to get back to the boat as the current and taken her past it and she just didn’t have the energy to get back.

The wind certainly made it a difficult day but the choice of snorkel spots didn’t help. I have snorkelled here on past cruises from catamarans and there are some lovely shallower reefs around Bonaire.

We were given a rum punch or fruit punch on the way back. One passenger summed the trip up perfectly when he said it was ‘a good workout’.


We had invites from the Loyalty team to dine at the Beach House as a party of twenty most cruised passengers. We had a lovely fun table with just five of us on it. Captain Pembridge visited every table for photos and chatted for a while We started with some fizz and canapés. It was a smaller menu than normal but plenty of choice. The red and white wine flowed all night. It was a great night, and as the ship was sailing into the wind we were sheltered from it at the back.


I was exhausted and after the meal we returned to the cabin for an early night.

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That trip sounds very unpleasant and for me would have been awful, as I’m not a strong swimmer, though well used to snorkeling.
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Hi all in grotty Saint Vincents today. Gorgeous day on ship. Just come into the terminal for wi fi.



Tuesday, 21 January 2020 -Sea day to Grenada.

It was still a bit dull whilst I was in breakfast and extremely windy on deck. The sun broke through and I found a sheltered spot out of the wind. I had to move as the jacuzzi kept spilling over but by then the sun was red hot and the wind was more of a breeze on the sheltered aft deck.

I spent another day in the sun. There was a bbq on deck which meant that the grab & go was closed so no butler service today. Although he did bring me a magnum down.


I had a very lazy day in and out of the pool to cool off.


It was the 4 th formal night, and a very nice basket of fruit and smoked salmon & caviar canapés arrived. There was no note or card with them so we are still playing the guessing game.

The evening entertainment was Jimmy Tamley the ventriloquist who we had no intention of seeing and the Headliners Top of the Billboards in Carmens. We were going to go to the 2 nd show but we didn’t end up going as we were having drinks on the aft deck and chatting to others with the same idea.


Tomorrow we are in Grenada.



Wednesday, 22 January 2020 - Grenada

It was a lovely sail in and as we got closer we could smell the spices wafting in on the gentle breeze.


A large MSC ship followed us in and blocked all balconies views on the starboard side of Aurora.


We got off early as we were on a mission to find an opticians to repair Garry’s sunglasses or failing that to buy some ones. He had researched one on line and had a map of how to find it. We left the terminal and walked through the narrow tunnel. This was hair raising as it was very narrow and no pavements. As it was rush hour there was no break in the traffic. I breathed a sigh of relief when we reached the other side but it was short lived as the next road didn’t have pavements either and was just as busy and narrow. We found the opticians, the glasses were mended and we set off back the same way we had come.


In the terminal taxi drivers were touting for business and for 25 US dollars each we joined a group for a trip into the interior of the island. The vehicle was air conditioned and we had plenty of room. Sone of the vans we saw were crammed full. Pastar our driver and guide took us to a spice shop, then into the forest reserve of Grand Etang and the Annandale falls which were beautiful. There is a fee of 2 dollars each to view the falls and the divers were there asking tourists for 5 dollars to see them dive, ladies with baskets on their head were asking for money to have photographs taken and a man with a monkey was doing the same. Such a shame that such a beautiful nature reserve has become so commercialised.


Our next stop was was in the highlands of the reserve where we saw the deep green lake cupped in the crater of an old volcano. The views were spectacular but again the charge to see them was another 2 US dollars each. There was free wi fi here and a bar which served homemade ginger beer with a real kick to it. I opted for a rum punch. We found a little shop selling nutmeg oil which was another mission completed. We also saw the monkeys playing in the trees.


Pastar took us back the same route, stopping at a viewing point and then headed towards the fabulous Grand Anse Beach. It was absolutely heaving. He dropped some passengers off there and then took the rest of us back to the terminal building, via another viewing point near Fort Frederick.

We looked around the souvenir shops in the terminal but nothing enticed us to buy. I had bought a dress in Bonaire for 10 US and here they were asking 22 US for the same dress.


Back on ship we had a late light lunch and I had a swim and a couple of hours on the aft deck.


The evenings entertainment was Terry Cotta’s second show in the theatre. He was hilarious and showed what an all round talented entertainer he is. Not only extremely funny but an impressionist and he has a great singing voice as well.


The Aurora Orchestra were playing Glen Miller big band music in Carmens but we went out onto the aft deck for another evening under the stars.


Tomorrow we are in St. Vincent’s.

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 - St. Vincent

It was a fabulous sunrise but as it was at the front of the ship I only saw it on the mast camera.


There was a bit of liquid sunshine but nothin much. St Vincent is a very green island. We had been here a couple of times and not had great experiences. The first time we went to a beach which was a dump with broken sunbeds and litter.


The second time we had planned to see the botanical gardens in the town but we couldn’t get past the very intimidating taxi drivers. So turned round and got back on ship.


This Island is beautiful inland and is where the Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed but having done the countryside in Grenada yesterday we didn’t want to do a long trip in a taxi again today.


We had decided to have a day on board Aurora but when we docked we noticed that a new terminal building had been erected. We ventured inside there for a look around. This was certainly a great improvement and a vast number of Aurora passengers were in there.

The hundreds of intimidating taxi drivers were gathered outside and if passengers dared to venture outside the terminal they were pounced upon. They weren’t getting much business .

We stayed for an hour caught up on e mails and had a look round the terminal shops before returning to the ship and my bed in the sun.


We had booked the Scenic Sailaway which was held on deck 14 above the Crows Nest. This is a huge area at the very top of Aurora and an ideal location for this event. We met in the Crows Nest and were given a glass of bubbles before we climbed the stairs to the top deck.

Here we were met with a Vodka and cranberry cocktail, the drinks just kept flowing. There were so many waiters that as soon as the glass was empty it was replaced with another. There were four different cocktails as well as wine on offer, Gin tonic and elderflower, rum punch and a whisky one as well as the a Vodka and a Cranberry. Lots of canapés being served as well. It was a great event and well worth the £20 charge.


The best thing about St Vincent for us was sailing away.

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it's a shame that the taxi drivers are stopping people exploring. Praps the tourist office should be told that they are being 'shot in the foot'?
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Another nice update from Sue .

Friday, 24 January 2020 - St Lucia

Another hot sunny day in the Caribbean. We were docked in the paupers dock whilst the Braemar and Mein Schif got the posh berths at Seraphine point.


When we went out on deck we realised that our iPads had picked up free wi fi from a building across the road. It was very fast and posted photos with no problem.


We caught the little ferry over to Seraphine point to look around the shops and bars there. I was amazed when the ferry arrived that it was full of passengers coming from the posh side to the paupers side. Perhaps they were coming to the market or had they heard about our free wi fi?


I bought a dress that just sort of jumped out at me and I got a free murano glass pendant that matches the dress. Garrys real ale radar which hasn’t been working this cruise zoned in on a little bar close to the Rum shack called Antilla Real Ale. They had four to choose from a Chocolate stout, Pale Ale, Light ale and a speciality Passion fruit beer.

All of the brewing products are imported from the UK. He was in his element.

Another couple from the ship were there and told us about an unofficial Brexit Party to be held at the pennant bar on the upper aft deck on 31 January.

Whilst waiting for the ferry back to the dark side I spoke to another passenger who recognised me from Facebook. Hi Elizabeth great to meet you in person.


We had a look around the market area but only bought a fridge magnet. 2 US here rather than the 5 US they wanted on the posh side.

We got into lunch just before they closed and my favourite Frito Misto was on the menu. It was to share but I have to admit I ate 90% of it. We then spent the rest of the afternoon on the aft deck with the free WiFi.


Once again no Sailaway party on the aft deck and because of the ridiculously early dining times the aft deck was deserted at 17:30.

The Captain announced that as storing was continuing we would be about 45 minutes late sailing away. As we have a sea day tomorrow it won’t make any difference to our arrival time in Antigua on Sunday.


Another excellent fishy dinner this time Sea bass for me and a Crepe Suzette to finish. Yum yum but the lbs are piling on and still another 5 weeks of temptation left.

We finished the night once again on deck 11 aft under the stars chatting to other pax who after numerous nights talking to them I realised that Joy was also part of the Aurora Facebook group when she referred to Garry my butler.


We aren’t seeing much of the entertainment on this part of the cruise but don’t feel we are missing anything.


A relaxing sea day tomorrow.

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Once again no Sailaway party on the aft deck and because of the ridiculously early dining times the aft deck was deserted at 17:30.
We always used to go to the sailaways when they were held on the aft deck but we don't bother so often now that it is held up top. Probably not very logical but we feel that the tiered system at the back seemed to add to the atmosphere and you could get some really good photos as memories with everybody looking down on the entertainment team dancing. Times they are a-changing and not always for the best.

Thanks Sue and Lindsey for the update.

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Re: Aurora Grand Voyage 2020

Post by GillD46 »

Pardon my ignorance, have I got it totally wrong or are you saying there are sail away parties that you actually have to pay for?
Gill

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