Ventura Cruise Review by gladwell: Very good, with a few tweaks could be excellent.
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Very good, with a few tweaks could be excellent.
Thoroughly enjoyed our Cruise, the organisation onboard and disembarking for the Shore, was fantastic and the ship appeared spotless in all areas.
Our Cabin Steward was exceptional, quiet and unobtrusive, but twice a day our cabin was serviced with nice little touches like towel animals. We were sorry that he, Altivey, finished his stint, before our trip was over.
We found the Buffet food good, a different theme each night and if you didn't like that Genre, there was always a Roast on offer. There have been some niggles by other critics about how quickly/ slowly the food is served in the Saffron or Cinnamon Restaurants, how can the waiters please every one? Some cruisers are in a rush to get to the first Show, others want to linger.
We thought the Four Tunes and the Headliners provided excellent shows and we liked the Comedians. We found you couldn't have a leisurely meal and make the first show, the alternative was waiting around till 1030pm for the second More show. The Musical Director and his Team were mostly good , but perhaps could have showed their talents more often, besides the Sailaways.
Having your photo taken so often was nice and gave you a great variety of shots to choose from, but it was too expensive for you to buy most of them.
I found the Guides on some of the Tours quite tedious and often hard to listen to or understand. I felt English people with Local Knowledge would have been more interesting, I didn't want to hear the history of almost every building I passed or the geneology of everyones ancestors. Facts I forgot in most cases as soon as I heard them. A bit of current local knowledge would have been preferable. The Excursions were of course pushed and it would have been good if the Ship gave more information on visiting the ports independently.
We would have loved to see behind the Scenes of the Ventura but at 75 Euros per person for the privilege, we, and most others, declined, thank you.
In common with most people, we could not get a Sun Lounger because they were claimed by the Towels and Belongings of their, usually absent, owners. P and O saying this is not allowed, is NO deterrent.
Despite the few niggles, would I cruise with P and O again, definitely. Less
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Spacious comfy bed. Enough storage and hanging space, extra hangers provided on request. Kept spotless and well stocked until last day. Would have loved a bath, but Shower was good. Had problems with Toilet not flushing on more than one occasion but when reported was quickly rectified. Usually peaceful.