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MV Aurora – Past and Present

MV Aurora

© Erwin Willemse

Aurora – © Erwin Willemse (Velsen-Zuid 14/10/2018)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Jos L. Meyer Werft GmbH Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 640) as a Passenger Ship for P&O Cruises

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: £375 million
  • Length: 270.00m (overall) 242.60 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 33.60 m
  • Draught: 8.20 m (Summer)
  • Tonnage: 76152 gross/40037 net/8486t deadweight (Summer)
  • Engines: 4 x diesel/electric MAN B&W 14V48/60 diesel
  • Power: 588000 kW/HP
  • Speed: 24.0 knots (Service) 29.0 knots (max)
  • Passenger Decks: 10
  • Capacity: 1975 passengers (max)
  • Crew: 850
  • Call Sign: GUSS, ZCDW9
  • MMSI Number: 310556000
  • IMO Number: 9169524
  • Port of Registry: London/UK, Hamilton/Bermuda
  • Sister Ships: Oriana

Current AIS Location

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December 15th 1998: Keel laid.

January 8th 2000: Launched.

April 15th 2000: Delivered to P&O Cruises, London. Manager; P&O Princess Cruise, Intl Ltd.

April 27th 2000: Officially named, by HRH Princess Anne, in Southampton.

May 2nd 2000: Maiden cruise from Southampton. This cruise was curtailed after 16 hours due to overheating bearings. She returned to Southampton.

May 15th 2000: Resumed her cruise schedule.

August 2001: Registered Owner; Carnival PLC

July 24th 2003: Registered Manager; Carnival PLC, Southampton.

February 2004: Registered Owner; Carnival PLC, Southampton.

© Chris Hunsicker  © Chris Hunsicker

© Chris Hunsicker (Cowes, 04/09/2005)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Rotterdam, 12/08/2007)

2009: Refit.

2014: Repainted in P&O’s new house livery with a stylised Union Flag on the bows, and the funnel painted blue instead of the customary P&O yellow.

2015: Refit.

© Erwin Willemse  © Erwin Willemse

© Erwin Willemse (Velsen-Zuid 14/10/2018)

March  2020: Arrived in Dover for a period of lay-up.

© Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping),

May – June 2020: Continued to use the port however, periodically, made extended journeys (Ie Weymouth Bay etc) possibly to avoid the removal of  Classification and Flag State requirements.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Chris Hunsicker, Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping), Erwin Willemse and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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