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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
This was my second cruise on Ventura as a single passenger. I was a little apprehensive going back as I had such a wonderful time last year but I need not have worried it was just the same and more. From my cabin steward to the bar ... Read More
This was my second cruise on Ventura as a single passenger. I was a little apprehensive going back as I had such a wonderful time last year but I need not have worried it was just the same and more. From my cabin steward to the bar staff in all of the bars, from the bow to the stern of Deck 7 (Promenade Dec) the entertainment was brilliant, from the Metropolis on the Sky Deck down to the Restaurants on Dec 6 it was amazing. Brilliant service, lovely food, extremely friendly people. A packed entertainment programme filled each day - but if you wanted to just laze on the deck that was just as amazing. Saw a school of dolphins off the port side one evening before sunset - just breath taking. I am booked on Arcadia next year I hope that this will be just as good. If you are a single/solo traveller and thinking of a cruise - book it - I very much doubt you will be disappointed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
I would like to say this is second time with p&o and would recommend them. Before I went I did read some reviews on Ventura but don't take everything to heart. but I feel I wanted to address some things that were said. all the ... Read More
I would like to say this is second time with p&o and would recommend them. Before I went I did read some reviews on Ventura but don't take everything to heart. but I feel I wanted to address some things that were said. all the staff on board were polite no matter where you met them. and couldn't do enough for you. we ate dinner in bay tree and waiters and food was excellent. and we went to buffet during day and sometimes we did have to share a table but this is how to get to know people. and yes we did go wrong way sometimes but we weren't on our own but it adds to the fun. the shows were always good and saw some good comedians as well. so do not be put off by reviews, go and make your own minds up. from Sue a very happy traveller who will be cruising with p&o next year Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
I don't normally leave reviews, but feel that I need to on this occasion for the benefit of first time cruisers like ourselves. After booking our cruise from Southampton to Gurnsey, Portugal and Spain I went online to read reviews ... Read More
I don't normally leave reviews, but feel that I need to on this occasion for the benefit of first time cruisers like ourselves. After booking our cruise from Southampton to Gurnsey, Portugal and Spain I went online to read reviews and comments...I wish I hadn't as I felt quite disappointed and nervous due to the negative comments and complaints. I guess some people are hard to please and can find fault with anything....my nervousness was immediately put to rest from the moment we boarded Ventura. The embarkation ran smoothly and P&O were very organised and professional with every attention to detail covered. Once onboard....wow..wow..wow!!! Our balcony cabin was compact but offered everything we needed for a good nights sleep...there was too much going on to stay in there for long periods of time. Although we cruised in the school holidays, the children aboard were kept busy in the clubs and the swimming pool areas were never too much of a problem. The days at sea were obviously busier but never over crowded which I thought they may have been. All swimming pools and swimming pool areas were immaculate and despite other reviews, there were plenty of sun loungers to be found just not always in the busier and more popular spots. All the staff could not do enough for you, courteous, polite and always checking that you had everything. Our cabin steward was incredible...Manoj....thank you. We chose freedom dining and eat at the buffet style restaurants all week. The variety and choice of food was outstanding (24 hours every day). I think at times I did notice small queues for the waiter service restaurants, but you were provided with an electronic pager and beeped once your table was ready. We used room service once which was perfect and came with some lovely little touches. The port stops were nice, but unfortunately for us the weather was not. We only had one sunny day in Lisbon. Due to the poor weather conditions we were unable to stop at Gurnsey and our crossing over the Bay of Briscay was very choppy. I must admit I didn't like that too much. I cannot comment on the shows or films as we chose to retire early most evenings. I enjoyed the Spa resort, the prices were competitive to salons in the UK. The shops were adequate and offered a nice variety of goods. We were able to view our online account 24/7 on our TV in our room, this was settled very easily on the last night by the card which had been registered on the embarkation day. I could go on, and on .....I'm just so glad that we had this amazing experience which will stay with us forever....thank you P&O and Ventura. 2 travelling adults and 1 teenage son (17 yrs) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Have just come back from one of my best holidays ever. This was our second cruise , first one was with the Royal Caribbean. We were a little dubious about this holiday as we had read some of the reviews regarding Ventura and they were not ... Read More
Have just come back from one of my best holidays ever. This was our second cruise , first one was with the Royal Caribbean. We were a little dubious about this holiday as we had read some of the reviews regarding Ventura and they were not good.THE SHIP WAS AMAZING ! Spotlessly clean, crew so friendly and helpful, plentiful of food in all restaurants and delicious, so much to do, shows and bars brilliant, swimming pool areas great. The main theatre had excellent shows twice nightly and there was entertainment in some of the bars. It was hard to choose some nights of which bars to go to as there was so much going on. The excursions were very well organised and so were the free shuttle busses to take you out of the port. What more can I say except that we were very sad when the holiday was over. We are now looking for next years cruise with P&O. Thank you Ventura for the most amazing holiday ever ! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
My second voyage on Ventura, and still as good as last year. The crew create a happy environment, the ship is spotlessly clean, the cabin (' inside' was more spacious than I thought it would be) and looked after superbly by ... Read More
My second voyage on Ventura, and still as good as last year. The crew create a happy environment, the ship is spotlessly clean, the cabin (' inside' was more spacious than I thought it would be) and looked after superbly by the cabin attendant. I just cannot understand the ' moaners ' who write the reviews they do. Dined in Saffron most nights on freedom dining and always managed a table for two, same at breakfast. Did try ' Sindu ' one night- excellent, and the ' Epincurean ' on two nights for a change of scene. The Epicurean IS worth the extra for a special night, quiet ambience, and service 5* and above, the chateau briand was amazing, the crepe suzette too. Theatre- Headliners as good as always, and the 'Octaves ' a good guy group, ( did perhaps rate the ' 4 tunes ' on last years cruise a shade above... but just personal preference. In the Tamarind - Daniel Boys- amazing voice, should have been given the Theatre.. and he would have filled it. Ports- Guernsey had to be missed due to poor visability. Lisbon was interesting, but rather hot... Tip... we did the 3 sights tour ( as the Discoveries Monument is a bit far out) then the last stop is the city where we stayed longer and were able to walk back to the ship, rather than the tour bus back. Porto - We took the ships shuttle bus to the city and back, Great for walking, the old town down to the river... Funicular up to the top of the bridge, walk across it and take the gondola down, have lunch by the river on that side and walk back over the lower level part of the bridge back to the old town. La Caruna - walk into the old town and along the Promenade to the Roman Lighthouse - YES a longish walk, stop for coffee on the way - DO climb the 240 steps up!!! and then continue along the Prom to the long beach and left into the town and back to the ship. Embarkation and Disembark was fine, we use ' acp ' parking on the other side of the River Test ,they provide a first class service. The ship was full but felt never crowed, NEW sunbeds and plenty of them, always somewhere to sit. The food in the restaurants WAS varied and hot and still up to a high standard, DO remember Ventura is a large ship !!! some critics if they want 1-1 6* should try say Regent/Seabourn with £££££ to match. Yes will sail P&O again and have already booked the next voyage. The prices are in £ on board, and the drinks prices reasonable, quality wines too. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Enjoyed this cruise but don't book cabin E215 if you like going to bed early. Cabin is above main theatre and you can hear thumping noise (drums presumably) with every performance. This also included afternoon rehearsals which ... Read More
Enjoyed this cruise but don't book cabin E215 if you like going to bed early. Cabin is above main theatre and you can hear thumping noise (drums presumably) with every performance. This also included afternoon rehearsals which normally started around about 4.0pm. We were not too bothered as we attended the late night quiz every evening and the shows finished at 11.30p.m but if you want an early night this is a cabin to avoid! Apart from that the cabin is fine with plenty of light. Everything else was of a normal high standard. Had freedom dining and met many interesting fellow travellers. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This was our first cruise ever - a 'gift' for our wedding anniversary. We were put in cabin B344, an inner one. Although we personally found the temperature to be a bit warm (as we like to sleep in cool temperatures), most ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever - a 'gift' for our wedding anniversary. We were put in cabin B344, an inner one. Although we personally found the temperature to be a bit warm (as we like to sleep in cool temperatures), most would find the 23C all-round room temp to be very cozy. The cabin was certainly big enough for two of us and the queen bed quite ample. We had 2 nights of gale force 8 winds and slept like babies; the most we knew of it was a gentle rocking of the bed and an announcement by the ship the next morning. My wife walks with a stick and we found crew to be very attentive. She was whisked into the ship almost immediately for embarkation, avoiding any crowds or lines of passengers, and we were set into the buffet room to enjoy lunch while the rest of the ship embarked. The same was true of disembarkation - off the ship before the rest of the passengers and out into a flagged-down taxi before the rest arrived. The buffet rooms were lovely - clean and spacious with tons of tables and waiters everywhere waiting to get you another drink or take away your tray the moment you were finished. No table was too far away from a window to not enjoy the view. The food itself was great - we're not into fine dining, we just eat food - and there was plenty of variety for all tastes and lots of it. Everything from cold cuts and rolls, little nibbles, to several main dishes and sides. The desserts were to die for! And it really was 24-hours a day, though you may find yourself switching from one side of the dining room to the other, depending on the time of day. (Little ones had their own tea time at 4-6pm, so they could go to daycare when adults wanted to enjoy themselves.) There were tons of little areas around the ship where you could sit and have a drink (or 10) and we never had to wait more than a couple of minutes for a waiter to take our order and deliver a delicious cocktail. There were a large number of heated pools and wonderful whirlpools -easy to get in and out of - and these all had bar areas and seating around them as well as counters serving fast foods, ice creams, etc. We had signed for low-impact activities, a couple of tour buses, and they had quite a few to chose from and quite a few grey heads and people with mobility problems on them. Again, first on/first off, lots of attendants helping on and off the bus as well as into/out of attractions. We certainly couldn't fault the customer service if we tried. And the excursions were great as well with knowledgeable tour guides. We were so happy with our experience we signed up for another cruise - a 10-night one, on the same ship - on our second day. We did, however, book a balcony cabin. We would personally recommend an inner cabin if you don't plan on doing much besides sleeping it it, but if you like to get away from the crowd, you may wish at least a cabin with a window. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
We stayed on the Ventura so just thought I would write a review since we were massively impressed with our first time cruising, so here are some tips: When it comes to Gratuities(Tips) you automatically pay a fee a day, we took this ... Read More
We stayed on the Ventura so just thought I would write a review since we were massively impressed with our first time cruising, so here are some tips: When it comes to Gratuities(Tips) you automatically pay a fee a day, we took this off, you just go to the reception and ask to have them removed, that way you can tip who you want to tip throughout your cruise, we did this and ended up tipping more but that way we knew the staff got them. When you arrive go straight to the Waterside Café or Beachside all on deck 15 as you can have food straight away, especially if you had been waiting a long time to Embark. The restaurants that are inclusive are Cinnamon and Safron, they serve the exact same menu and is inclusive of your all inclusive cruise. Could not fault the food at all! They serve Breakfast at Saffron and Cinnamon, then a buffet breakfast in waterside so you can help yourself. Then at dinner it is a 3 course meal and tea it is a 5 course meal. Forgot to mention the hot pizzas and afternoon tea in the waterside. Shows were fab and you don't need to book, they run twice in one evening. The maids are spot on, ours did our room 3 times a day, they constantly check for dirty towels. Overall it was amazing, going on my honeymoon in 5 months, were trying the Oasis of the Seas, Royal Carribean! AMAZING! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2015
Got on board, after a stress full drive down the motorway, had a long wait to book in, found we had mislaid our Euros, the young man on Reception left the ship went to our car and brought back our Euros that had dropped out in the car, ... Read More
Got on board, after a stress full drive down the motorway, had a long wait to book in, found we had mislaid our Euros, the young man on Reception left the ship went to our car and brought back our Euros that had dropped out in the car, what service. Our inside cabin was very spacious and very well looked after by our steward, much better than our cabin on Oceana which really should only be sold as a twin bedded cabin. The food and service both in Waterside and Saffron was very good. The entertainment by the Headliners Theatre Company was as usual on P&O ships very good but the icing on the cake for us was that we got another chance to see The Octaves, who we had seen in March on Oceana, they are not only nice young men who are prepared to chat to you but they also sing very well, seeing them again really made our cruise . We didn't do any excursions this time but enjoyed walking round Vigo Lisbon & Oporto, we couldn't get off at Guernsey due to weather conditions, which seems to happen often, obviously safety first but what is the point in having a stop there if people cannot get off, surely P&O would be better going somewhere else. Disembarkation was easy but were not told a particular place to wait so was a bit confusing. This cruise with P&O was one of the best we have done with them so we are looking forward to going on Ventura again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
Having not sailed with P & O for a few years , we booked this cruise many months in advance and having read recent poor and scathing reviews we were wondering what we would find onboard Well we found a fabulous ship, wonderful crew ... Read More
Having not sailed with P & O for a few years , we booked this cruise many months in advance and having read recent poor and scathing reviews we were wondering what we would find onboard Well we found a fabulous ship, wonderful crew and we had probably the best cruise we have experienced. I really am puzzled by the bad reviews about this ship. To start with, wherever we were onboard, any crew we met were friendly and polite, that includes the dining room, buffet restaurant, decks, anywhere! The food itself, well I am sure the evening meals are bigger than before with P & O, we thoroughly enjoyed every evening meal. The buffet food too was great, a slight problem was we thought the area around the self service food was a little cramped. Entertainment was undoubtedly top class, I've seen many Headliner shows on P & O and this crowd were amazing, the stage sets and costumes too seemed to be better than before. The other entertainers were varied and enjoyable also. There were very interesting talks given, and demonstrations too. In fact we kept saying how much the overall experience had improved. So we were stunned to hear other guests moaning about the entertainment, waiters etc, truly baffled. I really do wonder if some people can ever be pleased especially given the amazing value of this particular cruise. We felt quite indignant on behalf of the ship's crew, especially having seen some of the other passengers ignorant manners when being served in the dining room, I wonder what impression the Brits give sometimes. We have sailed with many other cruise lines and loved most, however a big thumbs up to the crew of Ventura, they deserve it! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
Not having sailed with P & O for a few years, and reading some very negative reviews from recent cruisers, we were not sure what to expect on this week long cruise. To start with, the embarkation was fast and efficient, we were ... Read More
Not having sailed with P & O for a few years, and reading some very negative reviews from recent cruisers, we were not sure what to expect on this week long cruise. To start with, the embarkation was fast and efficient, we were onboard within half an hour of arriving at the port terminal. Naturally everyone heads to the buffet restaurant and it is obviously crowded, to be expected. The first night's dining was superb, followed by excellent entertainment by P & O's Headliners troupe. Each day we commented on how everything actually seemed to have improved since we last sailed with P & O, especially the entertainment, but also the food and friendliness of the crew wherever we went on the ship. So we were surprised and a little perplexed to hear other passengers moaning about the entertainment, and also the unfriendliness of some of the waiters. I realise that everyone has different tastes but really, what do people expect? This cruise had 4 top notch song and dance shows, a talented group of harmony singers who went down a storm in the theatre, a comedy ventriloquist, a very funny Magician / Comedian, Gary Barlow tribute and Whitney Houston tribute singers, talks, demonstrations, films etc etc. I defy anyone to find this much variety anywhere else especially for the price I know this cruise was sold at all along. On the flip side, we saw passengers with very dubious manners when being waited on by the crew, we cringed more than once in embarrassment, what they must think of some of the British passengers I dread to think. So a very big thumbs up to P & O's Ventura and her crew, absolutely superb cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Never having cruised with p and o before, we were very pleased with the cruise. The cabin,balcony, was lovely,the entertainment was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. Having booked at the last minute, it was extremely good ... Read More
Never having cruised with p and o before, we were very pleased with the cruise. The cabin,balcony, was lovely,the entertainment was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. Having booked at the last minute, it was extremely good value. The only criticisms of Ventura in our opinion are that the library which we always use on cruises had a limited supply of books and the shelves were only a third full after a few days, the buffet was very cramped with not enough room for people to get round and our third complaint was that Havana lounge was far too small when an act was performing in an evening with many people having to stand. We have always cruised with princess before and have used the buffet there quite a lot, but on Ventura we only went twice and gave up as it was not a pleasant experience. However these are minor annoyances which did not spoil an otherwise perfect cruise, and we would certainly choose Ventura again when the next last minute deal comes up. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2015
We have just returned from a fantastic Spring 13 night cruise on Ventura, to the Iberian coast. It was a fabulous cruise with 7 ports of call, so lots of interesting things to do. We were blessed with beautiful weather throughout our ... Read More
We have just returned from a fantastic Spring 13 night cruise on Ventura, to the Iberian coast. It was a fabulous cruise with 7 ports of call, so lots of interesting things to do. We were blessed with beautiful weather throughout our cruise.We had two late evening departures which were lovely. We will never forget dining on the outdoor terrace of the White Room whilst in Gibraltar until 11pm, with amazing views, weather, food, wine and service all coming together to create an outstanding evening. Indeed, every meal was delicious, and consistently, the best food we can remember eating on board any ship. This was our first cruise on Ventura, and it is now our new " favourite ship"! So well done P&O. We had heard that the food on Ventura was very good, and we were not disappointed. It was consistently excellent every day. The dishes were absolutely delicious, and the accompanying sauces were superb. All four Gala Marco Pierre White dinners were outstanding. Every meal was divine, certainly no-one on our many tables ever complained or left any food on their plates! It was consistently, the best food we can remember eating on board any ship. The vegetarian choices were very imaginative and tasty, and Roby our head waiter was keen to offer me a special vegetarian menu every night. This was our first experience of Freedom Dining, and we enjoyed it very much. It suited us to choose different times to dine, as the whim took us, and to enjoy a wide variety of fellow passengers' company which added a new dimension to our dining experience. There were the usual range of entertainment choices on board. The casino was very well attended, as were all the shows. For the regular cruiser, it can sometimes be a challenge to find something new to do. For example, we would like a choice of guest speakers. We found all the staff very courteous,welcoming, friendly and enjoying their jobs. Our cabin steward, Chris, was very helpful and engaging. We had a couple of very minor issues whilst on board, and these were dealt with immediately and effectively. The service was faultless throughout the ship. Ventura has a very good vibe about her! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Booked at short notice good value price been with PP before but not the Ventura. Took hotel and taxi offer no probs little wait but not a problem. Walked on ship after cheque in again little wait but lots of passengers to board. To ... Read More
Booked at short notice good value price been with PP before but not the Ventura. Took hotel and taxi offer no probs little wait but not a problem. Walked on ship after cheque in again little wait but lots of passengers to board. To cabin and was surprised at size considering we were at front of ship on starboard side. Put to rest cabin great attendant more than helpful sea virtually calm all trip. Food/had free time dining 8.30 about each night have to say food was excellent lots of choose,breakfast and snacks taken between buffe and restaurant we have no complaints on any food issue. Ports of Call. Several Spanish Cities no trips taken enough to see without same walk off possible at all local buses available and taxi are cheap in Spain. Visited Alicanti, Malaga, Valencia, Gib. Cadiz and Lisbon weather fantastic. In all cities City trips cost about 15euros each. Lisbon bus was difficult not enough busses on service walked around City. Need to go back to all. Entertainment/not that good I have to say ranged from comedian to dance acceptable but not impressed by same. Acctivities when at sea/plenty to do played TT and Cinema lots to go to. In all great to be aboard enjoyed. Getting of the ship however was another story. It was the worst discharge of passengers we have experience long lines of passengers from the discharge point back into the ship it was not organised no allocated areas to await call to leave MAYHem....overall an enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We joined the cruise as first time sceptics, not expecting to enjoy it. From the straightforward embarkation process to the speedy disembarkation (so much faster than an airport) we loved everything about Ventura. We are in our 50s and ... Read More
We joined the cruise as first time sceptics, not expecting to enjoy it. From the straightforward embarkation process to the speedy disembarkation (so much faster than an airport) we loved everything about Ventura. We are in our 50s and 60s and were pleasantly surprised by the mainly younger clientele on board. We didn't like the idea of being surrounded by pensionsers. The service and food in the Saffron restaurant was excellent for the price. I can't praise the staff on board highly enough. Every single individual was friendly, helpful and efficient. Bar prices very reasonable. One small niggle was the fact that we had to wait 20 minutes in cold and rain for our return coach from Blankenburg back to Zeebrugge. Seemed rather unnecessary as there was only 1 train per hour and it would have been easy to have plenty of coaches waiting for the train. The spa was great. Again friendly, helpful staff. Clean facilities, although the steam room did have a rather musty damp smell which was a bit off-putting. A great two nights - we would definitely go on another P&O cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2015
We travelled to Southampton by car and our luggage was taken by porters and car handed over to be parked very easily. The check in took longer than expected as there was a problem with the computers but , once in board we could access our ... Read More
We travelled to Southampton by car and our luggage was taken by porters and car handed over to be parked very easily. The check in took longer than expected as there was a problem with the computers but , once in board we could access our cabin straight away . The cabin was a on C deck with spacious balcony , a comfortable bed and tea / coffee facilities. The shower room was small but adequate with plenty of hot water, shower gel , shampoo and conditioner, plus body lotion. Our steward Remy was very attentive and kept the cabin spotless....loved the towel animals and little chocs on the pillow a nice touch ! We were allocated freedom dining in Saffron dining room and the food was fantastic , although we rarely managed to eat all five courses. We tended to eat breakfast and lunch at the buffet , which, despite being busy was very well run . We didn't use the other food venues so can't comment on them . All the staff on board were very friendly and greeted us with a smile . The entertainment was very good at the Arena theatre , we enjoyed the shows very much . There was also entertainment in other venues , spoilt for choice really ! Drinks in the bars , theatre and restuarants were reasonable prices and we also served promptly . You could even grab a costa coffee if wanted. There was always lots going on all day , all over the ship , the choice was yours whether or not to join in . For those who wished to curl up with a good book there was a librarary on board too. The children were well catered for with their own clubs and had their choice of pools to choose from . ( there was an adult pool too ) We stopped at several different ports during our cruise but didn't use the ship excursions , preferring to do our own thing . We used the shuttle buses a few times but these were expensive for the distance covered . In Gibralter we shared a taxi for eight people at a cost if twenty two pounds each . The driver took us to the rock , caves and tunnels then dropped us in the centre to explore the streets and squares ourselves. When we returned to the ship there was a sail away party , complete with flags, where Rule Brittania , among other songs , was sang with gusto by all who attended, along with vigorous waving of flags, great fun . The young lady passenger who performed Irish Dancing alongside the pool was very good , well done ! In Lisbon we used the hop on hop off bus but could have walked to see most if the attractions as they were centrally located . We used a private guide with other passengers in Rome and were fast tracked into the Vatican museums , a must as the queues were very long , perhaps two hours long ! In Palma , Vigo and Barcelona we simply strolled and enjoyed the lovely cafés outside. Monte Carlo was explored using the hop on hop off buses which took us all over . Disembarkation went smoothly I thought , despite the huge amount of passengers. Our luggage was put outside our cabin the night before and was waiting for us in deck order in the terminal . The one thing I would critisize would be that the entertainment is the same on all ships and has been for five years ! As this was our first time with P&O it really didn't matter but it might put me off going on other cruises with them .....think this needs to be addressed . All in all a lovely cruise . Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
Great room, great staff, great food and seemed to be filled with really nice people sailing with us. Staff always reminding people to cleanse hands before entering buffet or retaurant and signs up in toilets, etc. Whole ship was ... Read More
Great room, great staff, great food and seemed to be filled with really nice people sailing with us. Staff always reminding people to cleanse hands before entering buffet or retaurant and signs up in toilets, etc. Whole ship was spotless and staff could be found washing hand rails and door knobs all through the day. We saw the man in charge of buffet, Beach Bar, etc, always patrolling. One day he went mad at staff because he found 1 chip on the floor....hig standards to be sure. Gripes: A lot of upselling, especially drinks waiters, they watch you and pounce! In fact they huddle when a place is quiet then it's a case of which one of them reaches you first...pack mentality! Often food is whipped away if you are up getting a cup of tea...never leave it unattended they are over efficient!! Children....not a problem BUT two nights running in the Havanna lounge, we wnet after 12. A lady kept leaving her children while she danced te night away, they children were aged 3-6. The poor kids were left to sleep on chairs, all unattended and the mother certainly was not watching them. We complained to the bar manager but he just kept saying @It's a family disco'. I pointed out the age of the children, the time of night and the fact that the mother was nowhere to be seen. Nothing was done about this. I ended up sitting watching the kids just in case........ Entertainment not too great but comedian Mark Walker is a must see. The pianist in the Red Bar was funny, friendly and skilled. All staff were very willing to help, always said 'Hi' as you passed them and were always smiling. Photos: Expensive and they don't always upload all the photos, a little disorganised in that sense. The cruise highlights are usually recorded but seems they didn't replace whoever does the recordings after he quit his job at the beginning of the cruise. That was a shame and definitely must have been a financial loss to P & O. We would definitley recommend this ship and the cruise itself. However, travellers should think twice before booking the organised trips as they are very expensive. We went ad hoc and used the taxis and buses at each port....saved a fortune and ended up seeing much more. We will definitely cruise again because it was so cost effective, you couldn't get a five star hotel, the food and service in each country for the price of a cruise. More to the point it makes it so easy to see each country without packing your bags and travelling to each location! Brilliant time had by all. Thanks to all on the Ventura. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2015
Although we have cruised a couple of other times with different cruise lines, and we really should have known better than to take to much notice of the bad reviews, we were a touch apprehensive when holiday time arrived.The check in at ... Read More
Although we have cruised a couple of other times with different cruise lines, and we really should have known better than to take to much notice of the bad reviews, we were a touch apprehensive when holiday time arrived.The check in at Birmingham Airport was smooth and the flight on the new Dreamliner was ok with the exception of the meals which at best can only be described as filling.We arrived in Barbados on time,and were quickly shown onto buses which took us straight to the cruise terminal ( no waiting around for luggage and going through immigration etc ).The embarkation was quite quick and slick and we were on board in the cabin, and changed within 1/2 an hour. The balcony cabin on Riviera deck aft was not enormous but lovely and clean and perfectly adequate for a 2 week cruise ,the walk in shower was large enough with an ever ready supply of hot water and plenty of clean towels and toiletries supplied.We spent the first full day on the beach at the Boatyard and had a very good day.We were allocated freedom dining in the Cinnamon restaurant and can honestly say we enjoyed every meal,we had a very good choice on the menu and always received first class service from the waiters.We breakfasted at the Saffron restraunt or in the Waterside Buffet and there was always seating available or we were seated straight away. The entertainment from the Headliners and the various Solo artists , duos etc through to Tom O Connor were first class and i can honestly say that we enjoyed all the shows tremendously.A special mention to Tom O Conner who packed the theatre 4 times any delivered very funny shows without a swear word or rude joke. Ponta del Garda gave us the opportunity to visit the Crater Lakes and a Pineapple Plantation along with some beautiful gardens and was a welcome break during the atlantic crossing. This brings me to the only slight negative on the trip for us and it was that we thought there could have been more variety with the daytime activities that were offered ,but this is personal and i am sure a lot of the cruisers were more than happy with what was offered.To sum up,far better that we expected and certainly not as bad as a lot of reviews made out we had a fantastic time and will certainly travel with P & O again.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Good flight out on dreamliner, quick efficient service to ship, lovely cabin superior delux d218 only drawback first nite not much sleep as directly above lifeboats and noisy where maybe a rope or something was loose and made banging ... Read More
Good flight out on dreamliner, quick efficient service to ship, lovely cabin superior delux d218 only drawback first nite not much sleep as directly above lifeboats and noisy where maybe a rope or something was loose and made banging noise, but was sorted next morning, visit lovely islands our favourite was Grenada, food good chose freedom dining in the Saffron restarant, charming young boys as waiters, new lots about the food being served, entatainment quite good but could not always get a seat, all staff went out of their way to help you, looking to book another cruise for my husbands 70thtaking our daughter who has special needs so will need to choose the right cabin. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2015
We arrived at Glasgow Airport with some anticipation as a fortnight before our cruise date we were informed of a change of aircraft for our outbound flight to Barbados from a Boeing 767 -300ER to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. We had previously ... Read More
We arrived at Glasgow Airport with some anticipation as a fortnight before our cruise date we were informed of a change of aircraft for our outbound flight to Barbados from a Boeing 767 -300ER to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. We had previously booked our seats 18a and b. While sitting in the departure lounge we were quite disconcerted when we noticed our parked aircraft suddenly surrounded by Airport Fire Service Appliances with all emergency equipment in operation, after an extensive examination of the aircraft all emergency staff stood down and boarding of the aircraft began. First impressions of the aircraft were good, appeared to be very light, spacious and roomy. Once seated, I was next to the window which was bigger than on previous aircraft and offered a better view I noticed the seat was only slightly narrower but had much better legroom ( I am 6' 1" ) the seatbelt was longer, ventilation was much improved. Having pre booked seats in the 2-3-2 layout of the 767 aircraft we were seated in a row of 3 seats on the 787 no other passenger was seated beside us which was good as it gave us some extra space, this applied to our return flight as well. Once airborne I found the aircraft to be somewhat quieter than usual, the flight crew were very pleasant and cheery and looked after us better than our last long haul flight on BA.Only thing I did not like was the fact there is now no choice of food in economy class, oh sorry there is "Take it or Leave it"' I appreciate costs have to be kept down but it is a long flight to endure without something to eat if you do not like what is offered, in this case Pasta Bake . After a relatively quick flight time of 7 hours 45 minutes we arrived at Barbados alighting from the aircraft I felt quite refreshed and bright, we experienced P&Os usual seamless transfer to the port and took approx 20 minutes to check in and board the ship. We had booked cabin C102 (Port side just below the ships Bridge) but prior to departure found we had been upgraded to A430 (Port Side Midships adjacent to Lifts), while losing out on the large C Deck Balcony we found our new cabin to ideally situated for all of the ships amenities.We have occupied this type of cabin before so it was no suprise to use , the cabin was clean, showing some signs of age( the ship has been in service for 7 years), such as the balcony handrail needing revarnishing but certainly nothing worth complaining about. Our cabin steward Harak introduced himself to us, he was very friendly and only to happy to comply with our request for ice and lemon to be provided on a daily basis. I also requested a feather pillow as I do not like foam pillows. Throughout our cruise Harak was very attentive without being obtrusive, our cabin was kept spotless and on some evenings we returned to find an additional occupant in the form of a towel animal. Our luggage was delivered to the cabin within 4 hours of boarding. Thereafter we called at our usual port of call Breakers Bar for something refreshing to quench our thirst, only to be disappointed to find P&O no longer have draught "Banks" lager on board, however our disappointment did not last long as we were offered Draught "Peroni" lager which fitted the bill perfectly. After freshening up we attended "Emergency Drill" and thereafter had an enjoyable meal in the Beachouse Buffet. Dining: We had chosen Freedom dining and were allocated Cinammon Restaurant although after the first night we could have chosen to dine in either Cinammon or Saffron dining rooms. While not deaf I find it difficult to hear table conversation if seated in the centre of the dining room and therefore always request a table near to a wall or in one of the alcove areas, this request was met by Arun the restaurant manager and we were seated at table 111 attended to by Monal and Raj, and wine waiter Jack, the service provided by these three Gentlemen was in my opinion excellent. We had met a former colleague and his wife who were on their first cruise at the airport, and had invited them to join us at dinner which they did, on the first formal night we had a table for four and one of the main course choices was Lobster, I knew from previous experience that the portion could be on the small side and I asked Monal if I could have two portions my request was met and thereafter every night we ate in Cinammon Monal offered myself and our fellow diners an additional portion of their main course choice. All food served was piping hot, very tasty and most enjoyable, however I did overhear other passengers commenting that some of the food was bland and tastless, possably depends on what they had chosen. I personally like strongly flavoured, spiced food but as I have said found all my food to be tasty. We also made use of the Glasshouse, Waterside Buffet, Beachouse(Waiter Service), and East for Evening Meals. Glasshouse: We attended a "Taster" Dining night in the Glasshouse at a cost of £30 per person. The meal is limited to approx 20-30 people and has to be booked in advance as it is popular and is held two or three times per 14 night cruise. It is a four course meal including a large fillet steak, each course is accompanied by a selected glass of wine to comlement the food. This meal is excellent value for money. Waterside Buffet: The main buffet restaurant hosts various theme nights throughout the cruise such as Caribbean Night, Tandoori Night, Great British Menu Night,etc,we chose to attend on Tandoori night and had an excellent meal although not as highly spiced as I like, but they have to cater for all passengers not just me. Beachouse(WaiterService): This is part of the buffet situated at the aft end of the ship on the starboard side and is turned into a waiter service restaurant in the evening(non book able), there is cover charge of £5.00 per person and a very small charge on some of the menu choices EG: £2.50 for a lava rock cooked fillet steak. They used to charge £7.50 for this prior to the introduction of the £5.00 cover charge for entry. East: I never had the inclination to use this restaurant on previous cruises as I didn't think it was my idea of an Asian Restaurant, but as we had a large amount of OBC, the boss decided we would give it a try. What a revelation the food was superb to such an extent I felt I had to have a second visit which was even better . We had excellent table companions in Graeme and Carol,Pat and Keith, Gordon and Jean we met up most evenings and were allocated a table in the sector covered by Monal and Raj. On the last Formal night our table companions had all elected to dine at other venues and we therefore elected to share with other passengers within our usual area, we were most surprised to be joined for our evening meal by The Venturas Captain Simon Terry, he was an excellent table companion.On all of our cruises with P&O this is the first time we have ever seen the Captain dining in one of the MDRs. Breakfast: This was always taken in the Beachouse about 8.00am before the busy time, varied selection of food through cold meats, cheese, fresh fruit, cereals, full English , with poached eggs/Omellettes, black pudding/ waffles/ pancakes on request, I always found breakfast a tasty start to the day. Lunch: Lunch was a very tasty Pizza from the deck 15 Pizzaria, the chef Jayghill was only to happy to make me a Pizza of my choice from the available ingredients , the Pizza Menu only lists a selection of 5, but as long as they are not to busy(such as Sea Days) Jayghill and RJ(Assistant Chef) would make passengers their choice per ingredients. Ports Of Call: We have been in all of the Ports before and as the boss is prone to car sickness if not driving we tend not to do excursions , however on this cruise we decided while calling at Tortola we would do the excursion to Jost Van Dyke an Island off the North Coast of Tortola. Jost Van Dyke is reached after a ferry trip of appox 1 hour and is a fairly underdeveloped island, on arrival in a small bay you are transported by road a short distance to another bay where there is a beautiful white beach with a few small beach bars including the famous "Soggy Dollar Bar" the home of the "Painkiller" Cocktail. All Sunloungers/sun Brollies are free of charge for those on the excursion and a barbecue Lunch and one free drink provided,additional drinks are at a small charge(Rum Punch $2.00). The beach is quite popular with the sailing fraternity and throughout the day we were joined by a number of large and small yachts . Entertainment: Having cruised a number ot times we are well used to P&Os Entertainment but we still enjoyed the Headliners shows as each troupe puts their own mark on the shows, I thought this years group gelled very well and complimented each other's individual contribution. I am not a fan of comedians but attended both shows by Roy Walker which I found very entertaining, no swearing, no outright smut but a wee bit risqué , and no running about the stage shouting at the top of voice like a madman .(Perhaps a sign of me reaching old age). Bars: During the day we usually made use of the open deck areas near to Breakers Bar, where we were served by Edwin who within a day or two new our names and our order off by heart, we found the waiters attentive but not in our face, in my opinion the waiters can't win some people complain they are subjected to hard sell, others that they cannot get service. I have always found a polite No thanks suffices,after all they are only doing their job. Prices were on par with a busy town centre pub. In the evenings we always had our nightcap in the Glasshouse where we were well looked after by Stephen and AJ. All the Glasshouse staff were very friendly and prepared to spend a couple of minutes in conversation, however this is a popular bar and can be busy. Staff: Throughout our cruise we found all staff we had dealings with to be friendly, efficient and helpful, we have read reviews on this site stating that staff on Ventura were surly, unhappy and not prepared to interact with passengers, well they must have had a complete crew change as we had no experience of that type of behaviour. Some of the crew have an excellent command of English while others have not and this may give some passengers the impression of rudeness, I have always found if you take the time to speak to crew members they will do their best to reciprocate. However some of my fellow passengers(a minority) have obviously forgotton how to say Please and Thank You. Weather: Having cruised in the Caribbean since 2005 mostly in February/March we found the weather this year to be erratic in that we had rain every day of the first week, not a lot but unusual and strong winds throughout both weeks. This did not affect our overall enjoyment of the cruise however. Overall impression of ship: Ventura has now been in service for seven years with one refit in that time, she is showing some signs of wear such as dents and scrapes within the lifts, carpets showing wear, balcony handrails needing varnished etc but nothing that can't be dealt with by ongoing shipboard maintenance. After all she does carry approx three thousand passengers every fortnight none of whom ever drop anything on the carpets, bang into things or accidentally damage fittings. To finish we had a great cruise overall, nothing to cause complaint and we met some very nice people including those who we chose to dine with and others such as Jacquie and Ian Ramage. While onboard we took the opportunity to book next years Caribbean Cruise which will be taken aboard Azura as Ventura is not venturing to the Caribbean. Disembarkation When disembarking at Barbados we had to vacate the cabin by 0900 however you are allowed to remain on the ship and use all facilities until your flight is called, thereafter you disembark and board buses which take you to the airport and then are fast tracked through emigration and security and into the departure lounge. Your luggage is transported direct from the ship and the next time you see it is on the baggage carousel at your home airport. P&O have this procedure well organised. To round off the cruise we flew home on the Dreamliner and it's the best sleep I have ever experienced on an aircraft.   Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2015
Although the title may give it away I am going to try & give a fair assessment of our holiday as well as address some of the negative comments a minority of travelers - reviewers seem compelled to make. We have cruised the Caribbean in ... Read More
Although the title may give it away I am going to try & give a fair assessment of our holiday as well as address some of the negative comments a minority of travelers - reviewers seem compelled to make. We have cruised the Caribbean in Feb for the last 6 years as 2 couples on ocean village, Thompson, princess & the last 3 years with P&O Azura & twice on the Ventura. Between the 4 of us we have also sailed with Royal Caribbean, Holland America & even the Island Escape. What some companies lack in catering they make up for in entertainment say & on the more luxurious ships the drinks are expensive & so on but they all have their merits, we have always enjoyed our cruise holiday & since our first one we have taken no other type of vacation. We travelled to manchester on the 12th feb from the northeast & stayed at the raddison for the night before our early morning flight on Friday. I like this hotel, although pricey you can comfortably walk along the skyway to check in, a lot better than shuttle busses. It would be nice to have more Newcastle flights though. We were on the Thomas Cook flight in the premium cabin which was fine, good seats, free drinks & good movies. After the 8 hour flight 40mins later we were at the Barbados port check in, 1/2 an hour after that we were on board enjoying a beer at Breakers Bar having dropped our hand luggage at our immaculate cabin. There really is nothing to complain about with this process & don't forget you check you're luggage in at departure & then it is at the state room on the ship, on what other type of holiday would that happen? With our flight being on the 1st day of the 2 day check in we spent our 1st days holiday on the beach at sandy lane in glorious sunshine while the rest of the flights checked in (these holiday makers have their day in Barbados on the return) Moving on quickly to the 1st sea day on Ventura which is where the next area of cotroversy arises, the sun bed saga! Yes young families like to have the beds next to the kids' pool so there' up earl,y other people like shade, others have their preferences, one thing for sure you're never going to get a lounger of you're choice wandering the decks at 10-30 am after a leisurely breakfast! We've never had a problem getting 4 beds together so honestly nothing to moan about here. I have to admit that just for a change we booked the retreat this time at £350 per couple for the trip & made good use of it & we perhaps trimmed a bit off our usual on board spend to justify that, you will all have worked out by now that we don't fill empty bottles at the water stations or smuggle gin & vodka back on board in water bottles, some people still do! Moving onto the islands in general & addressing what to do on shore days, you either go it alone, stay on the ship or have a P&O organized trip, the latter is mentioned in various reviews as being overly expensive, however everybody we have spoken to about their trips results in positivity, we've always enjoyed the rare organized trips we have been on. The alternative to this is a tour or journey by local taxi services, dependent on the wealth of the island in question the trip can be a 'hairy' ride in a van that wouldn't pass an M O T test in this country, to an ok ride in a mini bus, the choice is yours. Basically you get what you pay for. Food on this floating 5 star hotel attracts various forms of comment, all I can say is, every boat I have been on from so called 3 star to 5 has been in my opinion of a very high standard, putting a very high percentage of onshore establishments too total shame, the Ventura is no exception, this trip we enjoyed freedom dining in the cinnamon restaurant for dinner, also the glass house & white room, great service & meals, the buffets on deck 15 more than adequate, I find the whole dining logistics for 3,000 guests totally fascinating, how people can find fault with any of this is staggering. I have to say at this point that as 2 couples we are proud to each have up & coming young chefs as sons, both have worked in Michelin star kitchens & this year one made the final stages of professional master chef, take my word for it, the catering is just fine! We enjoyed the entertainment on board, good comedian Paul Eastwood, the ventriloquist Gareth Oliver, magician & Tom O'Connor ( a bit past it but hey, it's only an hour out of your evening!) In general, life on board the ventura is all you would want for a great vacation, predominantly British tourists from all walks of life, a good mix of young couples, families, teenagers, middle aged & elderly all getting along with one another, this trip I thought was especially sociable, all the bars busy & bustling just ideal, again some people can find fault with this, reading other reviews about 'undesirables' & paying more to avoid this, come on! There is no doubt that when chatting to some 'seasoned' cruisers you get the impression of missing the old days, ways & traditions, but times & passengers have changed thankfully, plus the fact the modern ships are bigger, better equipped & cope with the rigures of the oceans far better, (stabilizers, thrusters etc.) No matter which modern day ship you are on you would never know you were in the company of 3, 5 or now even 7,000 passengers. I have to say the final sail away from St Maartin was classic Brit nostalgia, moored next to the gigantic Oasis of the Seas, the entertainment crew did an amazing job as we sailed off, fab. Yet previous reviewers compare this to Butlins, honestly! Personally I have to say you will never see more of the world other than by cruising, I couldn't spend 2 weeks on any Caribbean island, a day is enough. We would never have been able to go to all the amazing capital cities of Europe if we had not done it by cruise ship, so all in all a most marvelous way to holiday & is it so wrong that it is becoming more available to more & more people? Of course not, you can't go wrong with this type of vacation, give it a go you won't regret it. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2015
Starting with the chartered flight from Gatwick. Boarding very painless, fairly quick and no delays. Plane ok, seats don't recline, which is fine for a daytime flight, but not good on an overnight home with no sleep and having to ... Read More
Starting with the chartered flight from Gatwick. Boarding very painless, fairly quick and no delays. Plane ok, seats don't recline, which is fine for a daytime flight, but not good on an overnight home with no sleep and having to drive 4 hours when you land! Only a very limited choice of free films, the rest you have to pay for £4, which if you are on a Thompson or BA flight are free. Drinks also charged for, food disgusting. Normally i can tolerate airline food, this was the worst ever and i'm not a fussy eater! Boarding at Barbados was chaotic. Standing in a line for half an hour in a boiling hot warehouse shed waiting to get our seacards. More check in stations needed at busy times. Once on board everything was fine, cabin ready and nice and clean. The ship was already very busy and the signs at reception said there were no upgrades available as the ship was full. The library is very small all the popular books had already been checked out, luckilly i took a couple with me, there were no book swaps available either. We had been allocated freedom dining, but a quick visit to the restaurant manager soon changed it to second dining in the MDR. First night we did the deck buffet, food was very nice with a good choice, but unfortunately a bit cold. We had an early night due to the travelling which was when we discovered that cabin E205 (outside) is right above the theatre, and you could hear everything. This is fine if you don't want an early night any time during the cruise, as the last show is 10.30 and finishes at 11.30pm. A visit to reception the next day was successful as they changed us to a cabin further down the corridor which was nice and quiet E410. The only problem was that someone was coming into that cabin on the Friday and we left on the Saturday so would have to go back to our original cabin, this was not a problem for us. Entertainment was very good, the headliners theatre company are very professional and would give a west end show a good run for their money! Tom O'Conner was guest comedian, not our cup of tea but very good. Had to get to the theatre early to get a seat, unfortunately people who had been to first sitting and seen the show earlier also went again for the second show which didn't leave a lot of seats for those coming out of second sitting around 10.15. Food was very good, perhaps not as much choice as there has been in the past, but very tasty and enough choice for us. We didn't pay for any of the optional dining places, I didn't see the point when we had already paid for food. We also ate in the Waterfront Buffet some evenings, this was fairly quiet and the choices were very good, we had a tandori, seafood and asian nights. Entertainment staff were good fun, the sailaway parties were enjoyable and they made an event out of them. The excursions were fairly pricey, we did most ports on our own for a fraction of the cost, everywhere was easy to get around, but the two we did through the ship were very good, these were a snorklelling trip in St Martin and the Farewell to Barbados on the last day which dropped us off at the airport. Again another long wait to leave the airport. We had a slight issue on the last Thursday when we went to swap back to our original cabin, they had out someone in it, so we moved to deck 12, unfortunately it was an inside and we didnt realise till 11.30pm when we went to bed! So back to reception next day where the staff once again were very helpful and moved us to a balcony for the last night, so I have 4 cabin reviews to do! Overall, personally i prefer Royal Caribbean, but would not rule out another cruise on Ventura. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
Flight with Thomson much improved on past experience with the Deamliner and a great flight crew. We flew premium economy which is worth every penny especially with the extra luggage allowance. We were a little concerned about the cruise ... Read More
Flight with Thomson much improved on past experience with the Deamliner and a great flight crew. We flew premium economy which is worth every penny especially with the extra luggage allowance. We were a little concerned about the cruise given some pretty adverse reviews we had read with references to things not being as good as they used to be. We cruised on the Ventura 3 years ago and had a great time. We were not disappointed this time either! We had a fabulous break. We did have a fabulous suite that gave us access to the White Room for a very civilised breakfast with staff tuning into our preference for decaf coffee and hot milk by day two. Every staff member we met, even those cleaning the glass panels on the stairs were friendly and always smiling. I do think that those who report staff as being unhelpful or unfriendly should do a bit of self reflection to see if it is their demeanour that prompts that behaviour. Food on the first evening in the Bay Tree restaurant was poor but thankfully from night two menus provided lots of choice, portion sizes were fine and quality on the whole pretty good. Our waiters Christopher and Amit were keen to serve us well and Christopher provided each lady with a rose made from a napkin as a gift. Of the few downsides the sun lounger problem has yet to be cracked by P&O. People reserved sun beds from 6am and then did not appear to use them for hours. On sea days this meant all beds gone by 9.30.am. Not good. P&0 do need to police this as I fear they may loose custom as a result. It was the one constant negative we heard when chatting with others who generally had no other adverse comments about the cruise. The Metroplis is a lovely venue for a quiet drink and the duo who were the regular guests artists added an extra dimension to this venue since our last cruise on the Ventura. The Ventura provides the opportunity for a variety of holidays within one ship. You can have a sun based holiday , eat masses all day via the Buffets, hit the pub and karaoke or have a balcony cabin to help avoid the sun bed issue, a more formal dining experience in the Bay Tree and select dining restaurants , entertainment in the Arena and quiet drinks in the Metroplis or Red Bar. Something for everyone. We were impressed with the facilities for the children who seemed to have a great time away from the adults as much as possible! The night nursery was a godsend for some young parents we chatted too. We are booked on a world cruise with P & 0 so that should provide some reassurance to those reading negative reviews which we feel are a little unfair. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
We have just returned from cruising with Ventura and it has been the best one ever, done 9 before, first with P&O, but this one was amazing. Flights with Thompson Dreamliner were good, only flew economy but the leg room was good. ... Read More
We have just returned from cruising with Ventura and it has been the best one ever, done 9 before, first with P&O, but this one was amazing. Flights with Thompson Dreamliner were good, only flew economy but the leg room was good. Flight attendants were superb and couldnt do enough to make the journey comfortable. Check in on embarkations was quick and painless. We visited Grenada, St Lucia, Dominica, St Kitts, St Maarten, Tortola, Curacao, Bonaire and of course Barbados. The food was excellent, served hot and with fabulous waiters. Drinks on board were reasonable but they do let you purchase alcohol from their shops to drink in your cabin and do not take shore purchases to be returned on disembarkation, not like any other cruise company we have sailed with before. Entertainment was first class, had two tribute singers, Robbie Williams and Freddy Mercury, fabulous comedians and Opera boys (like Il Divo) were exceptional. Headliners, ships dance troupe were really talented along with the singers. The speaker David Prebus was one of the most interested speakers I have ever listened to, we actually had the pleasure of having dinner with him My only compaint was trying to fit it all in :-( Well done MV Ventura, captain Charlie Carr all the staff on board. Anyone reading this, do yourself a favour and book, we cant wait to come back Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
Great cruise , the transfer after arrival at Barbados Airport was perfect as we went from the plane straight on to buses parked on the Tarmac and a 40 minute journey to the ship. Once off the bus we went into a large shed at the port and ... Read More
Great cruise , the transfer after arrival at Barbados Airport was perfect as we went from the plane straight on to buses parked on the Tarmac and a 40 minute journey to the ship. Once off the bus we went into a large shed at the port and had a photo taken ,credit card details done and passports checked , all very efficient and reasonably quick. We then boarded the ship and made our way to our cabin after our boarding picture was taken. The cabin was good and clean , bed was comfortable and we had a balcony which was a good size. Food and entertainment were very good and shows were well worth going to every evening.Wine in the restuarant was approx £15 a bottle and bar prices were very reasonable with no surcharge on them , so prices cheaper than most city centre bars. All ports were interesting and trips available at good rates when purchased from local tours, which gave you plenty of time to enjoy and to return to the ship. On day of departure we were out of cabin for 9 am but hand luggage is stored for you in the Arena theatre ,allowing you to go in to Barbados for a few hours before returning to ship for your Airport transfer . All in all any negative reviews I read did not match my experience except I would prefer less smoking areas on board. Also tips per person per day are £3.95 which is very reasonable compared to other cruise lines , so all things taken into consideration I would certainly cruise with P & O again . Read Less
Ventura Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 3.0 3.9

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