Our very first P&O cruise taken recently on the Venturs was a mixed bag of reactions. First of all it is the very first time we have ever had a delay in sailing and the 15 hours we spent on board before sailing was spent trying to find our way in this huge vessel.
This was certainly the very best cabin with the most comfortable bed we have ever had on any cruise. The cabin was immaculate and well planned so that we had room to move and our clothes were easy to unpack and store in the roomy wardrobe area. The cabin steward did a first class job every day witrh clean fresh towels and no sooner we left the room for breakfast in the morning and our room was cleaned and replenished immediately, we never came back to an unprepared cabin. The service in this respect was first class.
The food also was of a superior standard and the choices were varied and numerouos. Quality was first class although the waiters did not provide much more than an adequate service. We had to ask the waiter on a number of occasions for things we expected to be on the table, e.g. NO steak knives - apparently this ship does not carry steak knives. As each course was served, the waiter had to place soup spoons, knives etc in relation to what was ordered. Why can't the tables be set up to provide all the required cutery?
The formal nights were also something of a disappointment, out of the four we attended only one had a pre-dinner reception. The other nights had no reception or after dinner show, so why were they classed as special nights? they were exactly the same as all other nights (except we had taken care to dress extra special).
We enjoyed the cruise, despite having to miss out one port of call due to the delayed sailing but we have decided that the ship was too big for us, and we prefer the smaller ships with a more intimate atmosphere and more organisation on the gala nighhts.