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P&O Ventura Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises from Southampton

P&O Cruises
Ventura
Destination
Southampton

Traveler rating

Excellent

24

Very Good

40

Average

33

Poor

19

Terrible

9

Cruise type

Family Cruises

127

Senior Cruises

62

Romantic Cruises

43

First-Time Cruisers

38

Entertainment Cruises

38

127 P&O Ventura Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises from Southampton


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LJventura

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Overcrowded, poor organisation, poor management and very poor entertainment

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Made a mistake by booking Ventura - Very noisy ship especially in the atrium with dance classes going on all day so unable to relax in the bar or coffee lounge. This went on in the evening so instead of having a ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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jjlondon

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Standards have dropped on P&O

We chose this cruise as we have been on Ventura before. I can't express how disappointed I and the rest of my party were. The headliners seemed under rehearsed, the special guests weren't special - comedians that ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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beckyrushton89

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

Holiday of a lifetime

Where do I begin? The cruise was absolutely fantastic. Whoever faults this cruise needs there heads checking. The ship itself is beautiful, In fabulous condition. The rooms were cleaned every day and night. Our room ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Cking1998

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Love P&O but standards are slipping

We love cruising and love P&O but standards seem to be slipping a bit. Embarkation/disembarkation: Emabarkation was very smoothe. Cases taken at Southampton and was on the ship within the hour. The same goes ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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1871 supporter

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

P&O cost cutting

Give Ventura another try as this was only cruise from Southampton for Oct school holidays. This time not impressed with Ventura. Check in was quite slow Once on board we went to buffet, very poor selection ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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MK_Cruiser1955

7 Reviews Written

50 Helpful Votes

What Has Happened To P&O?

Some background detail first of all. P&O has been our cruise company of choice but I have been trying other cruise lines to review for my travel blog. This cruise was a long awaited return, after just over a ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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cazchad

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Norway Fjords - July/August 2019

What an amazing experience overall with very little to fault! Embarkation was swift, we used CP Parking and had priority boarding through our suite booking. It took us less than 20 minutes from arrival at the ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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Matt2801

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Good but could improve

As first family crew chose p and o. Buffet food was average and bland especially at dinner time.Very difficult to find a table at buy times. Staff in buffet restaurant not particularly friendly. Believe other ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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MarkandSuzie

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

The ups and downs

Firstly embarkation was a breeze. Turned up early and no hanging about. A porter came over collected our cases and off we went. But if you take a suit bag you have to carry this on yourself. Straight onto the ship, ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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AnnaAnnaAnna

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Disappointing in almost every way

This was a family cruise around the Fjiords with frequent cruisers. The boarding was very efficient and our cabin (Superior Deluxe Balcony) could not be faulted when we first arrived. However, the food across ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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Cruisyfloozy

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Just a sailing Butlins, but with worse service.

Family getaway over the Easter hols. Boarding was OK and smooth. Cabin was ok (inside twin with 2 bunks) but too small for four people. Service for food and drink was painfully slow, no fault of the staff, ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Espire

6 Reviews Written

25 Helpful Votes

P&O still the best at formal dining but weather hiccups reduced enjoyment

This was the first cruise for our daughter and son in law with two children age nine and six. We as grandparents have been on Ventura before. Our daughter was impressed with how smart the ship was and we, since our ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Hopesprimgs

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Chaos & Calm a 'Tale of two cities'

Had good responses from people using P & O. Having had Cruises with Royal Caribbean & Cunard, we thought we would see how they compared. Firstly, the boarding chaos was never explained by any P & O official. (It ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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AuroraCruiser08

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Excellent Christmas and New Year Highly recommend

Absolutely excellent cruise. Went with my parents and grandma. I'm 16 and love cruising. A great way to get away from the mayhem of a modern Christmas and enjoy a traditional Christmas with grandparents and friends. ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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wicklow1

6 Reviews Written

33 Helpful Votes

Nice Ventura Cruise

This was our second P & O Cruise of 2018 and also our second on Ventura, the last being in June 2017. We selected an 11 night cruise down the West coast of Europe and just into the Mediterranean. As normal we ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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Lesanne

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Bad weather in the bay

Embarkation was quick and we were able to go on the ship straight away, the atrium was decorated with a large tree. Despite very poor weather on the run down to Madeira for 2 and half days, the captain changed ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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wise11

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Busy half term cruise

The embarkation process was smooth, arrived and checked in within 30 mins. Our cabin was indoor, c366 and was as expected. Not a huge amount of hanging space/storage but for a short cruise was adequate. It ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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Golden man

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

A good holiday

We normally sail for around two weeks, and we were worried that 7 days would be too short to enjoy our holiday, however the Ventura did us well. Embarkation was extremely quick with little to no waiting, we were on ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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Jedi61

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Such a disappointment and total waste of money

It had been a long held dream to sail to Santorini ................ Unfortunately we did not get to see Santorini or Mykonos on this cruise (the whole reason why we booked the cruise) and of course no one can ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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Brambles118

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Three night mini cruise to Cherbourg and Le Havre

The embarkation was reasonably quick after being kept waiting in our car for 15min by a lack of baggage porters. Once on board lifts were a problem due to one on each floor aft end out of order causing ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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tiggs1603

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Exceeded my expectations

A wonderful first time cruise for my family on the cruise ship Ventura sailing from Southampton to the Canary Islands. We all had a wonderful time, food was very good most of the time, waiter service & cabin crew ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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scpowell

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Worst cruise

this was my first and last cruise with p and o drinks very expensive the draft beer tasted discusting ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Cruiser2018x

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Generally enjoyable but inferior experience compared to other cruise lines

Our family party booked a seven-night cruise of the Norwegian fjords: Southampton - Stavanger - Alesund - Olden/Louen - Bergen - Southampton. Embarkation Brisk and efficient as one would expect with a cruise. ...
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Sail Date August 2018


Jayne T avatar

Jayne T

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Such a disappointment

We are regular P&O cruisers and had a party of 12 for a much and long awaited cruise with family. Embarkation was great and we were excited about the widely reported refurbishment - couldn't find anything different ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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gerrydowley

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Farewell P&O

We chose this short cruise to take our two Granddaughters on to see if they would like a longer cruise with us at a later date. Big mistake!! We have cruised with P&O before and had a great time but this was a ...
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Sail Date July 2018


Ventura Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.1
Dining4.03.8
Entertainment4.03.6
Public Rooms4.04
Fitness Recreation4.03.8
Family4.04.3
Enrichment3.03.3
Service4.04
Value For Money4.03.6
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