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Ventura Review

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
870 reviews
12 Awards

Exceeded all expectations

Review for Ventura to the Western Mediterranean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Public Rooms
Fitness & Recreation

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Sail Date: Jul 2014
Traveled with children

Having read several reviews, we were very concerned that we had made a poor choice in booking a P&O cruise. Talk of "chavs" and "Butlins" filled us with dread - whilst reports of poor standards on board had us dragging our heels to the departure lounge.

Wrong I'm afraid....

As part of our "package"  - we stayed overnight in Mestre before joining the ship in Venice. Arriving at the port just after 11am - the embarkation procedure was completed efficiently and we were taking our first tour of the Ventura by 11:30am. Like the majority of other passengers we were encouraged to head for the buffet restaurants for our first meal on board. The same restaurants remained extremely busy for the remainder of the cruise. Whilst we acknowledge the efforts of the staff to keep an even flow of food and passengers - the general standard was adequate and on par with the budget "eat all you like" establishments back home. Just ok....

Cabin Review

Clean, comfortable and a reasonable amount of space. My son used the over head Pullman bed which was made up every night by our cabin steward. Good use of mirrors to crest an illusion of space.Sufficient space to hang clothes - although I'm not sure if this would be the case for a two week cruise. Other reviews in this forum note experiencing some vibration. I would agree - although this was not uncomfortable.

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