Mini Cruise: Ventura Cruise Review by clamper

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Sail Date: May 2013
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Southampton
First of all for the price I payed I cannot really complain, but in just 4 short days i'm not overly impressed with P&O.
The good bits - the ship is spotless the cabins and beds fantastic room maid brilliant, food in main restaurants.
The not so good - entertainment (pub & club standard) & timings of shows.
The really poor bits - Buffet restaurant quality, pools & spa pools.

Let me elaborate on my mini cruise to Brugge & St Peter port on Ventura, check in very good & well organised our room was spotless, we had a quick walk round the ship and soon found ourselves completely lost now your thinking well it's a big ship! wrong it's the smallest we have been on the deck and room numbers don't work shouldn't a room on deck 8 be say 8204 not E204 you get in a lift you don't know where you are going, then you have to map out your journey from one end of ship to the other unlike the independence you can walk from one end to other without More changing deck any deck!
There should be little signs outside lifts should tell you where you are forward, back, left right etc everyone had a little map it was quite funny watching everybody who was lost!
Anyway the food in main restaurants was very good with good service, drinks service a little slower we ended up taking drinks in with us saved the long wait (starters finished & main course started before drinks came).
Now the not so good entertainment was not the standard of RCI if you have been on RCI you will know what I mean. If your on 8:30 dining you only get the one show there was six shows on different locations all doing 8:30 and 10:30 starts so when you finished dining you had to make a choice of what you wanted to see we just went to the Arena after seeing some of the acts they were ok just not my cup of tea, the volume level seemed to drown out there ability!
Now the bad all but two pools and one spa pool were shut even my lads said it was chaos and didn't go in with the weather fantastic at sea this was really poor and a few people were griping about it.

The buffet restaurant choice and quality wasn't very good in fact it was poor again RCI do it miles, miles better, I had a curry at lunch time one day it was by far the worse curry i've ever had period.
On the plus side when it shut for lunch and opened for afternoon tea this was miles better and was a pleasure, so we just did this.

Tips for excursions on this trip
Zeebrugge - Get the free transfer bus to train station get the train one every hour staff will tell you the times about 6.50 euros return each then taxi to Brugge town square 7 euros each way go and go early in morning and get a full day.
St Peter port - Get up early for the tenders because by 10:30 its manic and get either a taxi or bus from the bus station its 10 min walk along the front to where your going. Less

Published 06/05/13

Cabin review: LCP204 Outside Twin with Shower

P204 Cabin was really good and plenty of room the anchor and ropes that tied you to the docks acted as a great alarm clock so don't bother packing one!This really didn't bother me but reading other reviews I know what they are talking about.

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