Fab!: Ventura Cruise Review by Lynn and John Plant

Ventura 5
Lynn and John Plant

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Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton
From the minute we stepped on the Eavesway coach from Preston we experienced first class service! The staff on Ventura were absolutely fantastic ALWAYS happy, polite, efficient and eager to be of service, such a refreshing change from the usual British service! Our cabin was spotless, and perfectly adequate, our cabin steward John made sure it remained so throughout our cruise.

We opted for Freedom dining which meant that we sat with different people each meal, this was perfect for us and we had the pleasure of meeting lots of very nice and interesting people. The food was always beautifully presented, there was always a good choice of menu and it was always delicious!

The only real criticism was the price of ordinary lager. The only draught lager was Stella Artois which my husband dislikes and so he had to settle for cans of lager which proved very expensive.....a 330ml can of carlsberg cost £3.50...that meant a pint cost £7.00 which was really quite More outrageous when compared to Stella which cost half of that!

The wines were nice, I drank Bili Bili Shiraz which was lovely and cost £17.95 per bottle, which is probably comparable to British restaurant prices.

The entertainment on offer was very good, and the cinema offered some excellent films on the days we were at sea.

We didn't use the pools because the weather wasn't brilliant but there was always plenty to do so that was no great hardship. Apparently there were about 700 children on board but the kids clubs must have been excellent because it never felt as if there were many children on board.....and those that we saw were very well behaved!

Of the places we visited, our favourites were Monte Carlo and Barcelona. I had looked forward to our tour of the Vatican on Easter Saturday but unfortunately it was so busy and overcrowded we were just pushed along with the crowds and not allowed to stop and browse the beautiful art work.....there was actually no enjoyment, it was all just too uncomfortable!
I think most passengers were surprised and disappointed that our stopover in Cadiz was suddenly changed to Gibralter.....we're still not sure about why the decision was made...apparently it had something to do with paying VAT if we did not visit a non EU country ????

All in all we had a fantastic time on the beautiful Ventura, and despite the few negative comments, we really loved our time on the cruise and will certainly be cruising with P&O again....in fact we have already paid our deposit! Less

Published 04/18/12

Cabin review: JFB625 Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower

our cabin was perfect for us. It was bigger than we anticipated and was attractively furnished and decorated. The shower room was small but adequate and the shower itself was very good. The balcony was very private and of course gave us fantastic views!!! We were very pleasantly surprised at the amount of wardrobe space and drawers, plenty of room also to store our suitcases. No complaints.

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Port and Shore Excursions

City Tour

My husband loved it the 5 rating is his!.......i wanted to see La Sagrada Familia ):

I went shopping but was very disappointed!! Gibralter felt dirty and very old fashioned. The main shopping street seemed to go on for miles, but it was just full of the same types of shop....jewellers, cameras, cigarettes and booze! Admittedly they were all very cheap, but you are only allowed to bring back a very limited amount it hardly seemed worth the visit.

City Tour

dvery pretty area, marred by graffiti. Trolley bus tour was very enjoyable

Beautiful .... very clean, very pretty.

Sistine Chapel

As above, beautiful but too busy

St. Peter's Basilica

I think this would have been much more enjoyable on a less busy weekend...I'm sure that on a quieter day the tour would have been lovely.

The area seemed very depressed, and the graffiti was dreadful.
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