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This was our first cruise and we had a great time. The ship is vast, but we soon found our way around (not everyone found it that easy though). It felt luxurious, with lots of art and other touches that made the decor feel special. The food was excellent - both in terms of choice and quality. A good range of different bars (drinks were all reasonably priced) and plenty of things to do both during the day and the evening. The staff were friendly on the whole, particularly those that we saw regularly such as our waiters at dinner. We were on a Norwegian Fjords cruise so the weather was mixed, it wasn't really sunbathing weather so we didn't make much use of the pools. We'd definitely recommend both the ship and the cruise although you need to be prepared for such a large ship, particularly if you've been on cruises on smaller ships in the past.
Wonderful ship, wonderful staff, wonderful shows, wonderful food, wonderful itinerary, wonderful everything. Had a fantastic two week cruise on the P&O Ventura calling at Cadiz, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Florence, Rome, Valencia and Gibralter. Everything about this ship is first class, we couldn't fault anything. Can't wait for our next cruise with P&O although nothing booked yet. The entertainment was brilliant. We had 3 comedians and then there were the ships dancers and singers, The Headliners. You wouldn't find better in the West End or on Broadway. Roll on next year, only trouble is choosing where to go.
We have just returned from a great cruise on board Ventura, sailing from Southampton, which saves all the airport hassles. The ship is very large, which means it has lots of variety of entertainment and dining venues but in spite of the large number of passengers on board it was always possible to find a quiet corner if you wanted to. The entertainment provided by the Headliners theatre company was second to none and the standard of dining was excellent. The ports we visited were excellent, starting with Cadiz, then on to the lovely city of Barcelona, next was Monte Carlo which was a fabulous place to visit, we then went to Livorno for Florence or Pisa, next we went to Civitavecchia for Rome, again a fabulous day there, though only a short taster for all the delights on offer there. our next port was Valencia, which again proved to be a lovely city, our final port was Gibraltar which has a lovely 'British' feeling then back home to Southampton. Two weeks disappeared all too quickly!
Just come back off med cruise on Ventura. Very large ship. Food fantastic, staff on board very friendly and very helpful. The staff in the Saffron restuarant were brill. Went on holiday with mum and dad, it was their first cruise and mother suffered a bit with sea sickness, the staff in Saffron made sure mother always had exactly what she wanted off menu and couldn't do enough for her. Rooms a fantastic size. Entertainment staff on board not best, not very friendly and quite boring. Guest entertainers great. Especially Martin Daniels and Rob Linekar. Photograpers a bit of a pain, but thats quite normal on a cruise ship. Found shore excursions a bit expensive, but always try to do own thing anyway.
Couple in '50s sailed in March 2011 from Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, St Kitts and Tenerife to Southampton. We had a balcony cabin and found the room to be a good size.The beds were very comfortable.The shower/toilet adequate.(The shower was always hot and very powerful). The Waterside (buffet) restaurant we found very busy for most meal times. O.K for convenience if you can put up with the search for seats. There were always seats available but often had to search. The food in there was O.K. but not on the same level as the other eating places. Breakfast we found quite poor at times and particularly busy. If it suits you, try to eat in the waiter dining rooms for meals. Generally better meals all round. We ate at set dining in the Baytree restaurant. The service was excellent and the food choice was good. Quality of food was generally very high. We did have a meal in Whites (speciality) and found the meal outstanding. Even if the extra cost was a bit pricey. We were slightly disappointed by the service which we found a little bit unwelcoming. Most of the cruise was in sunbathing weather. Getting a sun bed on the lido deck was challenging. However, there were always beds available, not always in the best locations. The entertainment was like most cruises. Some good, some not so good. We had 5 days at sea and found the daytime activities somewhat limited. Overall I found this ship very good and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Yes we would cruise on Ventura again. Maybe not for 5 sea days though!
In the last six months we have had two cruises with P&O Cruises, onboard Ventura and Azura. Both were great. We booked with Iglucruise, they were without fault and we had everything we asked for and more. Everything was organised for us. We flew to Barbados to meet Ventura and met Azura at Southampton - this was my first time without flying to the ship and for people who don't like flying this was so easy. Both were very organised and I not go on a cruise before speaking to Iglu first. Thank you for two lovely holidays, we will be in touch.
The cruise itinerary was excellent and Ventura was able to dock at all ports. Embarkation and disembarkation were very well organised. Ventura is a very family friendly ship and there are good facilities for children. There are four alternative dining venues. We found the food in the main dining room of mediocre quality. However, the food in 'East' and 'The White Room' was excellent although these restaurants make a cover charge. The Lido was always very crowded and we found it difficult to find a table. Overall service in the restaurants ranged from OK to excellent. Entertainment areas can be crowded in the evenings, particularly the Tamarind Club and Havana Club. The Theatre was excellent though and performances by the Ventura show team very good. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise, although we found the ship to be very busy during the sea days and it would have been nice to have a child free lounge in the evenings.
When flights are on time and every thing runs like clockwork the whole experience is enjoyable rather than stressful! Fortunately, for us that is how our trip was. From the flight out to Barbados & the Translantic crossing to Southampton - even the weather was kind (mar/apr). We played short tennis, table tennis, used the gym all to indulge in the lovely food and some times over indulge!! Also took advantage of the range of drinks that were available without too much effect on the waistline - supposedly. All in all service was good - met some great fellow cruisers. Swam with stingrays. Loved it!
Both enjoyed the cruise very much. The staff were so friendly and helpful. Food was amazing, from the formal silver service to the buffet style. Lots to do and shows to see. A big choice of style of bar and music available or just relax with background music and chat to friends, or other passengers who all seemed happy to chat! From a personal point of view , we chose the early sitting for dinner but in future will choose the later one as we seemed to be always rushing to get ready, shirt ironed etc, especially on 'port days'. Also was impressed with the Iglu people.
This was our first cruise experience flying to Barbados and sailing back to Southampton and we loved it. Enjoyed the food, entertainment and luxury. The ship was clean and the outside stateroom perfectly adequate. We are about to book our next cruise again with P&O. Highly recommended.