I was looking forward to the cruise, but was feeling very apprehensive given some of the reviews criticising the ship for various failings. I needn't have worried! Cleanliness - our cabin and the public areas of the ship...spotless. Our cabin was roomy and well equipped, the steward, Savio was a dream, very efficient and helpful.
Food -EXCELLENT! plenty of choice, well presented and full of flavour! If you didn't like what was offered there were the buffet and select dining options. Our waiters little Eric and Jessaly were attentive, pleasant, full of smiles and enjoyed showing us their magic tricks at the end of the meal. Entertainment was BRILLIANT just like the west end! The Headliners - P & O's own theatre troop were out of this world, full of energy and talent. They proved so popolar that they eventually had to perform 3 shows in an evening, no mean feat! A special mention must go to Clem Curtis, one of the Foundations, that performed as a guest artiste. All the entertainment team were there watching him, a standing ovation all round!
Organised trips were good and overall were good value for money. One change to the Itinary was that we stopped at Ponta Delgada not Tenerife, a move welcomed by most of the passengers.
Drinks in the bar were very reasonable, cocktails were delicious and generous.
One thing that we were anxious about before the cruise was the issue of shhhh children. No problems here at all. There were plenty of activities for them and their was an adults only pool too! My advice would be to have second sitting as I didn't see any children in our restaurant...The Saffron.
Some people moaned about the ship but IMHO would have moaned about anything.
So to sum up Ventura is a big ship , but had peronal small ship attention to detail. Interesting point Captain Charlie Carr was very people orientated and made time to walk around the ship every day talking to the passengers.
Good ship with a good captain. We will cruise with P & O again, my only concern... can it be as good?