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P&O Ventura Reviews

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User Rating: 6 out of 66 out of 66 out of 66 out of 66 out of 66 out of 6
Date: 04 May 2017
Author: Janet Wyatt
Summary:  Just returned from a cruise on Ventura. Didnt start well with a fire drill delaying us boarding by nearly 3 hours. Our Cabin C252 on deck 10 was great. It was an inside and had a small clothes hanging case storing are outside the compact bathroom. No noise in this room and never had a problem. Staff on ship were without exception fantastic. Food in the cafeteria was frequently repeated but adequate and in the dining rooms better. We did freedom dining never waited to be seated but happy to share and met some lovely people. Did miss the free squash though. Shows really need a bit of diversity. Motown and loud noise do not really make my day. One magician and three comedians. Highlight for me were the revolvers a 1960's group who had us dancing in the aisles and the two pianists. One tip if as on ours your fellow cruisers like the shows get there early, its a very small theatre for the size of ship. Speakers and painting classes fantastic. Ports all good and suggest you keep your eyes open for example at Mykonos we found the shuttle boat to town half the price of the bus and took us right into the centre of town. Trips we did were very satisfactory. Bad weather in one port resulted in the captain finding us another port to visit fantastic have not had this happen before. Will definitely cruise PO again.
User Rating: 5 out of 65 out of 65 out of 65 out of 65 out of 65 out of 6
Date: 26 Apr 2017
Author: Ian Roxburgh
Summary:  I tend to use a number of cruise lines, depending upon the itinerary being offered and, from time to time, return to P&O. This time it was to the Greek Islands on Ventura in April 2017, a first on that particular ship. While I notice some negative changes - something that is, I fear, common across all of the cruise lines - I think P&O continue to offer a very good product and one that tends to suit my particular tastes; the more traditional, British style of cruising. First of all, the staff and crew provide an excellent service and there is a feeling of being welcome on board. Excursions, drinks, gratuities, etc. remain reasonably priced in comparison with the major American lines where these things have become, frankly, a rip-off. Entertainment, from guest lectures to theatre shows to invited performers, was generally superior to that which I have experienced on other lines. The Headliners worked very hard and are certainly talented but the themes of their shows have become rather predictable.....and clichéd. There was a very good - and varied - selection of films on offer in the Arena Theatre on sea days. I enjoyed, too, the formal nights where the vast majority of passengers comply with the dress code. I still tend to opt for traditional set dining and am pleased that this remains on offer, but there is now, commendably, the choice for those who prefer freedom dining. Catering was my one major disappointment and confirmed comments read in previous reviews. A highlight of cruising for me has always been the dining experience but, sadly, this is no longer as it was. Evening dining in the Bayview Restaurant I would describe overall as adequate, occasionally good but rarely memorable. I particularly missed the fact that the waiters at dinner no longer appear to have time to develop a real rapport with their guests. They once had the time for a bit of chat and banter and there was something very special about the way that they used to very quickly learn about your little likes and dislikes and cater for these accordingly. They do try their best and I apportion no criticism to them but perhaps they now have more tables to cope with and, given the freedom dining setup, training is less focussed. The menu in the self-service Waterside Restaurant at lunch was again adequate but singularly uninspiring most of the time. The speciality restaurants, for which a cover charge - increasingly expensive - is made, are very good. Would it be over-cynical, however, to suggest that the drop in standards in regular dining is a deliberate attempt to push passengers towards these venues? What about Ventura itself? Overall a lovely ship and reasonably well maintained. The cabins, I felt, were a little smaller than what I have been used to, especially the bathrooms, but this did not, in any way, detract from the overall experience of the cruise. The chairs in the cabin had seen better days but this was only a niggle. There seemed, always, to be at least one elevator out of service and this often meant a bit of a wait at busy times. Unrepaired wheelchair/buggy damage is evident in most of these and perhaps, given the noticeable increase in the number of these mobility aids being used around the ship, not surprising. There was one occasion, in the second half of the cruise, when a main engine malfunctioned but this was rectified quickly and with no noticeable effect on the itinerary or timing. This itinerary was excellent; quite a number of relaxing sea days and it was great to have full days in most ports. On my last cruise with P&O, I found that half-days were the norm and this seemed inadequate. Perhaps this is the best time of year to go, before the season gets fully underway and there is greater competition for berths. Resorts are much less crowded too. Another big plus for P&O is the provision of a good shuttle bus service where needed and where they are permitted to operate one by local regulations; free of charge for those on Select Fares. We were unable to enter the port of Katakolon as scheduled due to exceptionally high winds but were delighted by the fact that arrangements were made to visit Cartegena instead. My hope now is that P&O don't choose to pare back any more, further reducing standards. I, for one, would be prepared to pay a little more on the overall fare rather than see any further cutbacks that could become seriously detrimental to what is currently a very satisfactory product.
User Rating: 3 out of 63 out of 63 out of 63 out of 63 out of 63 out of 6
Date: 05 Apr 2017
Author: Dee
Summary:  Disappointed in this ship . Having cruised on many P&O ships large,medium and small. I can say this is by far the worst buffet I have ever tasted. The food was tasteless and lacked variety. The specialised restaurants were good . We had freedom dining and ate in the saffron dining room. We found the staff pleasant and welcoming and the menu choices were good. The main public areas and cabins are tired looking . The ship could do with a refurb. The Havana is an excellent venue for having a drink whilst enjoying the entertainment .
User Rating: 1 out of 61 out of 61 out of 61 out of 61 out of 61 out of 6
Date: 12 Mar 2017
Author: David Trevett
Summary:  Just returned from a 14 day cruise to Canary Island, Madeira and Cherbourg. Ventura has many good points but main dining rooms are very noisy and crowded. The menu is good if you like seafood otherwise not a great choice. The staff did not seem to want to in gauge possibly because they spent their time handing out survey cards at every opportunity. The atrium is small and was used for old time dancing catering for a very small majority, still there was also juggling. After leaving Cadiz there was not much to review as we sailed past Lisbon and ended up in Cherbourg (France on a Monday when all is closed and only a maximum of 5 hours to explore the local Hypermarket) I must mention the Waterside as this was by far the least enjoyable café I have eaten in to date.
User Rating: 3 out of 63 out of 63 out of 63 out of 63 out of 63 out of 6
Date: 10 Mar 2017
Author: David Trevett
Summary:  Just returned from a 14 day cruise to the Canary Islands and Madeira on Ventura. Large cabin on D deck, good size but in need of upgrading. The dining rooms were very good but menu limited if not a seafood fan, the waterside was not to our taste as limited seating and poor food choice. The other dining venues are worth a visit and the Glasshouse on taster nights was very good. Entertainment generally average for a cruise ship with the Bingo well supported.
User Rating: 4 out of 64 out of 64 out of 64 out of 64 out of 64 out of 6
Date: 17 Feb 2017
Author: David Truckle
Summary:  Just returned from a 28 day round-trip to the Carribean. Overall good cruise although Ventura is looking a little tired in places. Entertainment good with one notable exception, a singer/commedian. Half the audience walked out of the theatre within 15 mins! Embarkation very smooth and quick. Disembarkation was total chaos, not enough trolleys in the luggare area (plenty of unused ones outside), too many people both inside and out led to complete chaos. Dining - Select resturarants very good (particularly Epicurian), Waterside was also pretty good but Saffron (freedom dining) was dire. We only ate there 4 times, 2 meals were moderate with the other 2 terrible. Poor quality food badly presented. Saffron is crowded and noisy, not a pleasent dining environment, hence we dined in the select dining restuarants, despite the extra costs. This is our 11th cruise with P&O and the quality is definitely declining, but still tolerable (particularly when the sun shines!)
User Rating: 6 out of 66 out of 66 out of 66 out of 66 out of 66 out of 6
Date: 07 Jan 2017
Author: Alan Purvis
Summary:  Ventura was my first cruise ship to have a nice holiday. We got a superior delux cabin. It was amazing. We went back again and third time to the sister ship Azura. Both are beautiful comfortable but Ventura is my favourite at P&O. I and my fiancee really enjoyed every minute. Going back this year :) Alan&Andrea
User Rating: 2 out of 62 out of 62 out of 62 out of 62 out of 62 out of 6
Date: 06 Jan 2017
Author: Chris
Summary:  Just returned from the 5th December canary islands cruise. The Ports were great and it was nice to see the sun. Food was excellent and service was generally very good.... HOWEVER, even though we have been on 7 cruises before, this ship seemed incredibly confusing to get around - even after 10 days I was still consulting the deck map - and I have an IQ of 150. The cabin was awful - we paid extra for an outside and it was at the front (deck 8). Noise all through the night from the sea banging against the bow and the crew doors slamming all night. Reception were unhelpful and unsympathetic. Worst of all were the handful of kids on board who totally made their presence felt - we had a toddler in a nearby room who was just allowed to play and scream in the corridor most days. We hoped to avoid this but clearly some parents don't mind taking their kids out of school in term time. We have never seen so many tattoos, and the blokes weren't much better. Butlins at sea for 12 days. Clearly a family ship and one we will not "venture" onto again. As usual, P&O allow smoking on half of some decks, including the prom deck! Have a healthy walk round the ship and breathe in stinking smoke for half of it - stupid! Disappointed - and we'll choose a different cruise line in future.
User Rating: 5 out of 65 out of 65 out of 65 out of 65 out of 65 out of 6
Date: 30 Dec 2016
Author: Chris Robinson
Summary:  Did a trip to the Mediterranean on 23/11/2016 aboard this ship. She rides well over the dreaded Bay of Biscay since she is over 100,000 tons so the trip started well. Entertainment on board was superb over the 11 nights, weather conditions were very good, especially at Malaga where we took a P & O organised coach trip to Fuengirola & Benalmadena. Very good value for money & much enjoyed by my family who had never been to the 2 towns mentioned before. Overall a very satisfying holiday experience, food on board was excellent & staff very friendly.
User Rating: 5 out of 65 out of 65 out of 65 out of 65 out of 65 out of 6
Date: 27 Dec 2016
Author: T Coombs
Summary:  We have been on 4 cruises now, all with p and o, azura, ventura twice, and britannia, all have been fantastic, the only thing i would say, it when we went on cruise before you get two days to embark the ship and we have embarked day early and the day the ship sails, i would not embark again the day the ship sails, because when you disembark, the last day, the n ight before, we felt like we were wanted on the ship, everything stops, not much entertainment, but apart from this, love p and o. We are just about to try another cruise company to see how they compare.

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