Living just 20 minutes drive from the port this is what appeals about cruising though it is probably not our favourite type of holiday. Embarkation was swift and 30 mins after dropping off our luggage we were in our cabin.
This was our 6th P & O cruise, our first onboard Ventura. Had always shied away from Ventura thinking the ship is too big. However, very pleasantly surprised. Yes she is bigger than the other P & O ships but didn't feel so large that we would get lost or miss things, in fact navigating the ship was easy.
Booked a basic inside cabin but got upgraded to outside part restricted view so that was a bonus. The cabin is well laid out with plenty of space to move around. Loads of storage space and liked the open plan wardrobe. Bathroom was smaller than other ships but perfectly adequate.
Opted for 2nd sitting fised dining, table size 6, which we got. Enjoyed the company of our table guests. The waiters, including wine steward, were friendly and enjoyed it when we involved them in conversation, they work hard and the service couldn't be faulted. Always something on the menu to suit everyone though wish the main meals weren't accompanied by various potatoes or veg and that these were brought out separately with the potatoes & veg of the day.
Enjoyed a beer or two in most of the bars and again the service was efficient, the staff like it if you engage in conversation with them.
The entertainment was varied with something to suit everyone from traditional pianist, singers and groups to comedians and tribute acts as well as the ship's headliners company.
Having cruised the Med before did not join in any excursions as we did our own thing.
Disembarkation was as swift as embarkation which surprised me since there were more passengers and luggage to unload than previoulsy experienced.