Ventura

Ventura Reviews

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4.2
Based on 377 reviews
Cabin
4.2
Service
4.2
Excursions
4.2
Dining
4.2
Activities
4.2
Value for money
4.2
Entertainment
4.2

First time on a ship this large and we were pleasantly surprised. Food was delicious. Entertainment was excellent. Overall a great cruise with the scenery to match. We've already booked another cruise on this ship.

Verified customer
1 cruise
27 Aug 2018

Excellent Service. * Jay our cabin attender, was impeccable 10/10 * Buffer service really good * Reef staff are very good and it help make our holiday (ie parents get a break), only critisism is that sometimes the softplay gets over-crowded. * Waiting staff in general were excellent * Reception exellent

Verified customer
1 cruise
27 Aug 2018

Excellent ship for a family holiday. The under 11s enjoyed the Kids' Club. We chose Ventura as we didn’t see the need for ice rinks and dodgems! Also as we went to Norway the indoor pool was much used. It would have been too cold for outdoor water slides, so the children didn't miss those. The food suited all our party - from 7-74 - with tables for 10. The waiters were very patient with the children and brought the kids's menu meals first. The entertainment was well mixed with dance shows, singers and magic. I consider the Headliners theatre shows the slickest and most energetic on the oceans! (I have sailed with 5 other lines). As expected staff in all areas were most helpful and polite. The ship was clean and embarking and disembarking efficient. We will chose P&O again, but without the family we will choose adult only ships! Only downside was the size of the sports court - half the size of Arcadia - so we didn’t play family tennis or cricket.

Verified customer
1 cruise
27 Aug 2018

Absolutely terrible! Over crowded, full of chavs, felt more like a butlins! Only positives were the select dining and the room with a balcony had a lovely feel. The morning of disembarkation couldn’t even get any breakfast as it was so crowded. Never ever again!

Verified customer
1 cruise
26 Aug 2018

Went on a solo cruise on the Ventura on 15th Oct to the Canaries. My first cruise. Had the best time ever. Brilliant entertainment, lovely food and helpful courteous staff. The cabin girl Christine who cleaned my room every day was a delight. My balcony room B243, although a bit dated ie. carpet and curtains, was clean and comfortable. The stop offs were well organised and the daily news letter was very informative. The only down side was having to get off the ship upon our return! Will choose Ventura for my next cruise ??

Verified customer
1 cruise
16 Nov 2017

' Not as good as expected - could do better! ' Ventura - canary Island cruise 29/10/17 Super cabin - deluxe balcony with lounge, excellent cabin steward Enjoyed the quality and variety of the food Lisbon and Madera were lovely, took the tram ride and toboggan ride at these - very good (if not cheap) Generally poor service on ship (especially Saffron restaurant), staff looked disengaged, senior staff conspicuous in their absence around the ship Poor timing of entertainment in the evenings, lack of interesting daytime entertainment on sea days. Never once saw the hand rails being cleaned or staff enforcing hand sanitising - very worrying. Looks like I'll be returning to Thomson/TUI or whatever they are now calling themselves, as my previous four cruises with them were excellent

Verified customer
1 cruise
14 Nov 2017

My daughter and myself went on a 2 night taster cruise to Bruge on the Ventura. Never having been on a cruise before - we both went with an open mind, but can honestly say we were thrilled with the whole experience, from check in, to the lovely cabin we had (although we will choose an outside cabin next time). We were recommended to go on deck for the departure and had a great time - even though getting served at the bar was a bit hit & miss - but the waiters did their best to get everyone served. The restaurants were wonderful, and never had to wait for a table. Do try the fine dining experience (for a supplement) - we booked the Epicurian, and were not dissappointed with the quality of food and the professional service. Good choice of bars serving fab cocktails, and the entertainement was really good. Can't wait to book another short cruise on this great ship.

Verified customer
1 cruise
12 Nov 2017

We have cruised many times, with Cunard mainly,and Royal carribean.Howeverthis cruise easily outshone each...Our mid ship balcony cabin was spacious, spotlessly clean,and beds comfortable.Steward was delightful,so courteous and respectful,and kind.We enjoyed all entertainment,it was varied.Dining was simply the best...Ever,We chose to sit at a large table and we're very happy to meet really friendly like minded people.Because of dietary requirements,,my wonderful Head waiter brought Menus ,to order for the next day,The food was delicious,and presented well by friendly,but always professional waiters.We had early sitting for dinner,at Baytree,and lunch at other restaurant,I have never been so well looked after...The tours were good value we felt,All in all I cannot wait to do another cruise,and it will definitely be either Ventura or Adonia.

Verified customer
1 cruise
7 Oct 2017

Just returned from a 7 night cruise to Spain and Portugal. This was our 2nd cruise the other being on Aurora. So you do find you spend a lot of time comparing them both. Nevertheless, it was a shaky start, we requested early sitting 18.00 and was allocated 2nd sitting 20.30. This resulted in my wife and i spending the first 2.5 hrs on board queuing up and being sent away twice only to come back later etc which we did anther 2 times. In the end we opted for freedom dining as we just could not get first sitting. However freedom dinning is the way to go, it was superb. We never waited and all but one day we had the same table and waiters, so we could get to build up a relationship with. And they were fantastic. My daughter has special diet needs and the head waiter visited her every evening to go through the next day's menu. They always came up with suitable alternatives if needed. The dinning was fantastic, loved the formal nights as we opted out of that last time. They even let us use our bottle of wine we won in the ships quiz. Seriously this is a nice vessel considering its office block styling. Sorry! bit of a traditionalist here. Much prefer Aurora's curved stern. We had a superior delux balcony cabin. This is on deck D. (The widest part of the ship excluding the bridge). The room was superb with a double bed and a double settee bed and still enough room to swing a cat. The balcony was a good size however there is one drawback. As you are lying their relaxing and taking in the rays every one on the decks above you can see right down on you. So no naughty sunbathing there then. Entertainment was ok. Loved the Blue Jays 50's rock and roll tribute band. Headliners were good well my kids loved them. On sea day's there is all sort of small things to do i even had a go at learning to juggle. The guy teaching us had a lot of patience. Cabin spend is one beef i do have. in a party of 5 of us two in one cabin and three in the other all paid full price but, the cabin spend was £125 each for 4 of us and the 5th person dipped out! with nowt. However service charge is taken for all 5 of you from the cabin spend total. No reason given on this. Lisbon we opted to go it ourselves for the tram ride and saved a packet only missing out on canopes and drinks on the tram. We did have to queue which i guess on an excursion you would not. All the same would recommend this ship.

Verified customer
1 cruise
11 Aug 2017

Have just returned from a six day cruise on the Ventura. We have not cruised on a P&O ship for several years as our last four cruises have been with Cunard. We had a superb cruise on Ventura. The cabin was spacious and kept clean and tidy. All the staff were friendly, especially those in the Baytree restaurant. We had not boarded the ship with unrealistic expectations but could not believe how good the cruise was. It was a happy ship and people really seemed to be enjoying themselves. We felt the cruise was excellent value for money and would not hesitate to book with P&O again. We will also book through Iglu again as it was effortless as usual.

Verified customer
1 cruise
24 Jun 2017