SOUTHAMPTON-based P&O Cruises has unveiled plans for a massive £26million pound makeover for Aurora this winter.

The refurbishment will take place from November 29 to December 18 in Hamburg, Germany ahead of the vessel's Christmas and New Year cruise and before the South America and Pacific Adventure world cruise itinerary departing January 8, 2015.

Launched in 2000, Aurora's last refit was in 2009. The planned changes include a new look livery design, which celebrates P&O Cruises long established heritage.

It will feature a contemporary version of the Union Flag on her bow and a new blue funnel with illuminated rising sun designs.

P&O Cruises marketing director Christopher Edgington said: “This is a massive investment.

“ It's all part of our ongoing 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.”