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1,721 P&O Southampton Cruise Reviews
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Geronimo99
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Overall this was a pleasure with, if I want to be picky, a few grouches. Ship can get a bit overcrowded and shovey if you turn up at peak times for meals in buffet restaurants. Also, to be sniffy, some passengers would seem ... Read more
grahamkidd
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
I'm going to try to offer a fair and realistic account of our cruise, always mindful of the fact that cost cutting has resulted in a cruise costing around £60 PPPN. We have cruised 7 times previously, of which one was aboard ... Read more
normol
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
most things pretty good without a wow factor. Dining in main restaurant was a very pleasant experience with good food and great service. The evening buffet sadly was not so good very limited choice and apathetic service We ... Read more
Iltar007
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
We have just enjoyed a 12 night cruise onboard the Arcadia departing from Southampton , talking in Gibraltar, Cartagena, Valencia, Tangiers, Cadiz and Lisbon with a couple of sea days. We boarded with little fuss and realatively little ... Read more
Nubiecruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I have just returned from this cruise as a solo traveller and think some people writing reviews must be talking about a different ship!! ARRIVAL and embarking was fast, painless and friendly (drove to Southampton. Porters took luggage ... Read more
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SeanLXIV
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
This was our first time on Ventura for 3 years, and she remains one of our favourite ships. I was a bit wary of what the weather would be like in early November but it was much better than I feared. Embarkation in the refurbished ... Read more
Sailor 5
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Do not pay any attention to poor reviews about this ship..... This was our 2nd cruise on Ventura,and there was nothing at all negative about our time onboard.Some people,it seems,just have to moan about something.P and O are a good ... Read more
gettinold
Member Since 2011
11 reviews
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
I booked this cruise due to the price P&O were offering which seemed a bit of a bargain. My mistake. Having now come home I see that the lower price is due to the many cutbacks P&O have made. I have traveled with them before and ... Read more
kitkatkaz
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
Hygiene was a concern, a used tissue on the gangway on embarkation. Cabin was OK, but was unwell and had nosebleeds, told by cabin steward when asking for clean sheets that this was not a hotel and they change the sheets every 3 days. No ... Read more
Clodia
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
390 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Azura Transatlantic: not the cruise from Hell! Warning: long review! Just back from this cruise, with my oldest friend; it was certainly “interesting” and actually made me realise how P and O cruises (of which this was my ... Read more
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moopy
Member Since 2009
1 review
19 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We just wanted a short break and this fitted the bill for my daughter and I, she is 31 and I am 62. We were in cabin E120.I have been on Venture on a 14 nighter but my daughter had never cruised before. Ship was still nice and kept clean ... Read more
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Nigel2553
Member Since 2016
1 review
P&O Cruise Ref: X620. If I could give this ship 0/5 for a review I would, but as I can't I'll have to rate it as 1/5. The ship was due to go into port for a re-fit straight after this cruise & to be honest I wouldn't bother ... Read more
Rebjohn
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
Cruise chosen as we wanted to explore a bit further into the Adriatic. As such we enjoyed going ashore taking some excursions which were good and also self exploring. The ship being larger than vessels we usually cruise on took some ... Read more
ericiris
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
We chose this cruise to revisit Venice but arrangement for getting ashore was a nightmare. We are 86 and 84 and the majority of passengers were of a similar age. Shuttle buses were not provided so we were faced with a 1000m walk to a ferry ... Read more
Shorty1946
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We married on the Ventura 5 years ago,so thought we would celebrate our fith Anniversay on a similar route but this time on the newest addition to the fleet. We have also had the pleasure of sailing on the Azura and Oceana. Not quite ... Read more
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Sueosb
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our 2nd cruise having previously been on a Thomson one so our expectations were high. Sadly we were disappointed. I will try to keep it simple with pros and cons. PROS Food was very good in all restaurants including the ... Read more
ArtisticSoul
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Always wanted to go to the Caribbean, having sailed with P&O to the med on the Ventura we were looking forward to this trip, so myself and family (1 14 year old son, partner and father went) We sailed from Southampton, the crossing to ... Read more
gymswim
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
179 forum posts
16 helpful votes
I thought I would focus my review on the features of this lovely new ship I loved the most. Overall the interior of the ship is stunning. The variety of finishes of wood, fabrics, metal and marble used with effective lighting accents ... Read more
Golf12345
Member Since 2015
1 review
23 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We are back from our first ever cruise on Ventura. We would definitely recommend Ventura for first timers. We had a really good time. We were apprehensive but needn't have worried. We chose Ventura as it seemed to have everything we ... Read more
dave2
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
8 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was only our second cruise, the first being on the Azura in May. We enjoyed that one so much we immediately booked this one. We began to have second thoughts on reading the negative reviews about the Ventura, we needn't have ... Read more
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Evelynthompson
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
chose this cruise as it was a British ship 11 nights on the Ventura first time with p&o. We had a fabulous time really enjoyed it nice inside cabin cabin steward was fantastic. Food was very good nice venues plenty to do. The captain ... Read more
Busiris
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
After a poor 2015 cruise on Aurora, we decided to give P&O another chance. Glad we did as the this was a very enjoyable cruise. Food, service and entertainment where excellent with a wide range of restaurants and bars to suit all ... Read more
traceyabill
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our second cruise and we had previously been on the ventura about 11 years ago (the first trip after its maiden voyage). We went back to the ventura as for only two nights we didn't want to spend most of the cruise looking for ... Read more
Adrian G
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
197 forum posts
9 helpful votes
This was my 11th. cruise and my third (in a row) on P&O. I always said I wouldn't travel on the really big ships, but Britannia has single cabins and this particular cruise fitted with my holiday time from work-and this trip almost ... Read more
tojo1973
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
After 20 cruises with various companies including P&O this was our most disappointing we had a balcony cabin (the shelf the two chairs and table provided could not be used together.) on the plus side the cabin though smaller than some ... Read more
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