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Ventura Review

4.0 / 5.0
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776 reviews
12 Awards

Damp squib

Review for Ventura to Italy
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2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Apr 2014

This was our first cruise with P&O and it was a bit of a curate's egg, after a series of little disappointments, we came away feeling rather underwhelmed.

This is a fly cruise but we got the full budget airline experience, being charged extra to sit with the person you are going with is a real bugbear, the charge could just as easily be made upfront. Our plane got changed and although we had booked seats with extra legroom, we did not get them in the change.

We had a very easy processing, with pretty much everything to schedule. P&O want you to be at the airport three hours before the flight which for us appears excessive, perhaps they have had enough problems in the past to make this necessary. The luggage found its way to and from our cabin with no problems. Perhaps the only issue was the embarkation procedure. There were around 20 check in desks, and once you got to them it all went very smoothly, however everyone had to queue up to put their bags on a table, decide if they wanted a photograph taken and then collect their bags. Considering there could be three photographers waiting at a gangplank trying to take your photograph when you were going into a port but only one photographer on the way in for processing, this could have been thought out more carefully.

Cabin Review

Actually this is another example of what we were talking about. The grade we opted for did not have a balcony. We went knowing that there was no balcony. We did not expect a balcony, but the company does say this grade has a balcony in some of its communications?It was supposed to be an unobstructed view however but that that turned out on your definition. If you stand at the far end of the room and look out of the window it is unobstructed. If you stand by the window and look out however there is a an obstruction.

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