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Having been on Ventura twice before I was looking forward to the cruise. I had had a balcony and inside cabins previously and chose an outside cabin for this cruise. The cabin was fine but the two pullman beds restricted movement and space ... Read More
Having been on Ventura twice before I was looking forward to the cruise. I had had a balcony and inside cabins previously and chose an outside cabin for this cruise. The cabin was fine but the two pullman beds restricted movement and space was limited with nowhere to sit in the cabin other than on the bed or the one chair at the dressing table. The bathroom was adequate and the hanging space for clothes was excellent though drawers were too few. The location of the cabin was excellent and quiet. Having taken advantage of an excellent price offered by a relatively late deal I knew there would be a 'variety' of clientele on board. However, it seems that P & O's policy of discounting certainly 'lowers the tone' somewhat. It beggars belief how some people can behave as they did, which was reflected in the number of people being ejected from the ship. Well done to P & O for doing this so discretely. I have to say how well P & O deal will matters. I understand why P & O discount fayres, but perhaps they should look at the way it is done that would maintain standards. However, on several occasions I saw inappropriate attire in the reastaurants. Silly hats and vests may be OK for some cruise lines and Butlins but if this is the direction P & O are heading it seems to be putting off the more 'traditional cruiser'. This probably sounds a bit snobby but quite frankly I don't want to spend my holidays with such people. The entertainment on board was generally very good with one ot two exceptions. The Headliners are a talented group of singers and dancers but it would have been nice to have more than backing tracks and pre-recorded vocals to support them, but I suppose it's the way the entertainment industry is these days which is driven by cost. One problem with 2nd sitting diners is that we were unable to see the shows in both the Arena and the Havana lounge due to the timings, so we had to make a choice. Meals were excellent but the withdrawal of silver service at dinner is a lowering dining standards and increases waste food. The Waterside buffet was fine but difficult to find a table for breakfast. I was a little uncomfortable with the system of deducting a set amount each day for tips 'for our convenience'. I consider myself to be a generous tipper having always tipped my cabin steward and dinner waiters with the odd tip here and there for other staff. Being uncertain as to where my tips would go I decided to remove the daily amount and was more comfortable tipping in person. I realise that this is so that P & O can reward all staff with tips more fairly, but this shouldn't be the responsibility of passengers. I doubt if I will travel on Ventura again unless it's an attractive itinerary. The sunbed saga persists and we read requests not to reserve them, but P & O do nothing to solve the problem themselves. P & O's organisation to and from ship is excellent particularly with regard to transfers and baggage. Ventura needs a quiet lounge area with comfy seating. Considering everything, I enjoyed the cruise. The vast majority of passengers on board were lovely people but the presence of a significant number of 'anti-sociables' reduced my enjoyment somewhat. I look forward to my next cruise with P & O. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We read all the negative comments/reviews after booking we just though most people only write poor rather than good reviews this has taken me 3 months to write now, the flights were with BA great, transfers good, booking in good ,cabin was ... Read More
We read all the negative comments/reviews after booking we just though most people only write poor rather than good reviews this has taken me 3 months to write now, the flights were with BA great, transfers good, booking in good ,cabin was a great size with balcony (free Upgrade) cleaned 3 times per day, mini bar. TV with a news channel in English we thought this was poor as there were lots of other foreign channel with other TV shows on not saying i watch TV all day but its nice to have something to watch. they did have films to pay for on demand. food lots of choice if you wanted cafe/buffet food or restaurant your choice, they always had a good mix of salads, fruit, pizza, pasta, chips & burgers then a daily special good to try when you have already paid for in advance, several bars all samey really. a disco if required great pools in & outdoor Jacuzzis good waitress service now to my disappointments entertainment quite tacky, if you haven't taken up the expensive drinks package then a service charge is added to everything you buy but i think if you don't drink too much you are still better off paying as you go, there is a free 24hour tea/coffee fruit tea water station in the buffet area in melamine cups i would take a china mug with you if your as fussy as me or borrow a cup from the restaurant. they come round wanting to take your photo all the time i think they got the idea when i scowled at the camera man several times, bit of advise always do your homework on the ports that you are visiting £8 per port transfers per person can add up when sometimes you can get off the ship and walk to the bus stop and get the bus for £3 return. we walked on a few. nice to be on land, it was a nice relaxing holiday visiting some lovely ports make the most you time away, didn't meet up with many British on board but if you like to be left alone & do your own thing this is the trip for you, i have only traveled on British run ships before and i did miss chatting to people on board & the entertainment there are also compulsory gratuities approx £40 per week, overall i would say i was happy with our holiday & service 8/10 Read Less
Sail Date November 2011

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