Having previously cruised with Celebrity and RCL, we were keen to see how P&O compared, this was also our first cruise from a UK port.
The only thing we would suggest as an area for really improvement is the website, RCL/Celebrity is far better to use, but after that P&O really impressed. In simple summary P&O is not necessarily better than the other two in an one area but it is consistently good at everything where as Celebrity and RCL both have areas in which they excel but some real short-comings in others.
Compared to Cape Liberty in New Jersey Southampton is a joy. Clean, slick and very very well organised.
Ventura is a modern and pleasant ship, our stateroom R705 was well appointed, simple things like a kettle and laundrette were nice touches compared to the American operators. In-room entertainment was a little bit limited but the pay to view movies were good value.
We joined P&O excursions at Olden & Molde, both were well organised and enjoyable although all cruise ship excursions seem overpriced to me. Disembarkation/Embarkation was easy at every port.
We tried all the restaurants on board, The White Room was OK but East was the one that impressed the most. Our first in the main dining room we were allocated the second sitting the service was incredibly rushed and then at the end the waiter introduced himself and the team, from then on the service in the main dining room was fine.
A real strength was the evening entertainment, really good quality performances with good variety. Timings worked well to get everything fitted in each night.
Overall a really enjoyable week, -must have been good we have just booked Azura to the Caribbean