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78 P&O Holiday Cruise Reviews

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kersh
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
1,500 forum post
0 helpful votes
We travelled down from Lancashire the day before sailing and stayed in the Holiday Inn at Eastleigh. This was a comfortable hotel and a relaxing start to the cruise. Boarding was stress free as we had priority boarding and we were on ship ... Read more
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Two 2 Tango
Member Since 2012
8 reviews
204 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2012
The start of the holiday was via Eavesway transfer, big mistake; the coach was the type used for school runs, the toilet did not function and it was like a day out from the chest hospital with lots of people coughing very flemmy coughs ... Read more
JK-Florida
Member Since 2012
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I will start by giving an honest review about this cruise as it was our first with P&O. Embarkation We arrived at 2.00 pm for embarkation at the Ocean Terminal and we were greeted by the staff and porters. The car keys were handed ... Read more
ancient
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
We have cruised for the passed 5 Christmasses so when P&O Azura was cruising to the Canaries on 15th Dec for 12 nights we thought we would book the cruise. Embarkation at Southampton went very smoothly and preference was made for scooter ... Read more
MarkusDY
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
64 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We booked the Christmas and New Year cruise on the Azura and had been looking forward this all year. As this was our first cruise on P&O and we had many friends telling us how wonderful this cruise was going to be, I was slightly ... Read more

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pennib
Member Since 2010
10 reviews
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
This was our second time on Ventura - the last one was the infamous Christmas cruise in 2008. We'd been on Azura for a month at Christmas and New Year 2010, and as Ventura is the same layout as Azura we knew our way around as soon as we ... Read more
Bollinger_Babe
Member Since 2007
17 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was the 28th cruise my husband and I have been on. We have sailed with several of the better-known cruise lines and this was our 4th with P & O. Having read many of the negative reviews about Ventura on Cruise Critic I must say ... Read more
keith dutton
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2011
After a christmas cruise on the arcadia 5 years ago which was superb we decided to try P&O again and booked the christmas cruise on the Ventura. This being our 18th cruise on various cruise lines, we do know the standard to expect. ... Read more
nottheusualtoday
Member Since 2011
1 review
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Joining the cruise couldn't have been simpler. Parked in Southampton using Parkatmyhouse website. Cost was only £51 for seventeen days! Check-in procedure was speedily accomplished. Cabin was ready and well prepared and spotless. We ... Read more
bittlenutuck
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2011
We flew out from M/C on Sat 3 Dec to Barbados without a hitch which is more than can be said for earlier flights on Fri and those from Gatwick who seemed to have major problems and delays. Embarkation was no problem at all and handled ... Read more

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dennis meakin
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
Have just returned from our fist ever cruise over the xmas period on the Ventura. only booked it 2 weeks before sailing, so got a very good deal. Overall the ship is fine,but there are a few things that I think PO could look into. We ... Read more
Richard Barrett
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
By 12.15am every night the only place with any music playing was from a disc in the disco!All the bars closed down by before midnight or 12.30 in the Casino and the only place to get a drink was in the disco where there were never more ... Read more
catherine halliday
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have just returned from a fantastic holiday on Azura with my daughter and her husband who were first time cruises. I must say that almost everything about it was enjoyable and positive. All the ports of call were very good, even Ocho ... Read more
Janice Bancroft
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2011
Starting with the positives: All Ports of call made up for the short falls of P & O. St.Marten take water taxi to beach great shops typical port duty free. Grand Turk dune buggy excursion great but island small so don't waste money on ... Read more
Angela & Tony Cook
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2011
Just returned from Orianas cruise to the eastern med before its refit,having read some of the reviews from previous cruisers we find it hard to believe what some people want from a cruise,yes we had issues with the (plumbing)after two ... Read more

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Brenda Wilson
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Having cruised on Ventura we decided, my disabled son, myself and a friend, to give Azura the once over. Before you go P&O send a brochure for wheelchair users about suitable excursions, although personally we did not use it. We traveled ... Read more
John Lindley
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
14 October left Southampton. Once again only 30+ minutes to boarding from leaving the car. But as the Exlipse and QM2 + one other were sailing at the same time getting to the port was actually very slow, crawling traffic from Rownham ... Read more
Daveann
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
ports Valencia - impressed with the state of the town - seems very clean and tidy - the new buildings, looked very good - quite a hot, sunny day for late October did the Lladro tour - DW really enjoyed it - be sure to ask for the ... Read more
Michael Buckingham
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2011
This was a dissapointing experience for my wife and myself. We found the cabin to be very small, as was the shower room. We had an outside cabin with balcony on Lido deck 12. The balcony furniture was not as shown in the brochure or on the ... Read more
Jacky Taylor
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2011
Embarkation and disembarkation at Southampton port were seamless. Ventura is a huge ship but all its facilities and where they are takes some fathoming out especially when some of the lifts don't go to where you want to go. Our aft cabin ... Read more

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batfink
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
This was our second cruise to the Canaries on The Ventura. The first was also with P&O on the Azura to the Caribbean. We enjoyed the cruise, but we did prefer the Azura, and while this may have been partly because the destination was more ... Read more
swiba1
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
We wanted something special and that's just what we got. Oriana is a splendai ship, if a liitle dated in places. But let's start at the begining:- Check-in and embarkation went without a hitch, you must remember this is all new to us. ( ... Read more
Nigel and Denise
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
My husband and I sailed on Ventura in September to the Med. We cannot understand some of the reviews that have been put on this site, only that these people were on a different cruise to us! The food on this cruise was amazing - how ... Read more
Jez
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
Welcome to P&O - now owned by Carnival Cruise Line.We chose this Cruise for the Itinerary and The Fall.Sadly we ended up seeing only 6 ports of call out of 9. We missed Rhode Island ,Aurora then broke down at Portland Maine and missed out ... Read more
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Goodrum
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
Having sailed on the old Adonia which was wonderful and Arcadia in the carribean i was looking forward to our 3rd cruise with P&O on Ventura, we sailed from Southampton and after arriving at the new terminal which was very busy, we waited ... Read more

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