Would like to inform everyone interested in P&O and Ventura specifically that we have just had an excellent two week cruise in the Mediterranean. We had the odd complaint about specifics as usual but, overall, the holiday was extremely enjoyable. We took friends with us who had never cruised before and they had a wonderful time and want to do it again. We had been on the same ship in the Caribbean in 2009 and we found it much the same. The cabins were very comfortable with an almost complete lack of noise from neighbours either side. The cabin steward (Savio) was excellent and our room was kept lovely and clean and our towels refreshed whenever required. The food in the main restaurants was very good. We think the evening meals in Cinammon were possibly better than 6 years ago. The buffets for breakfast and lunch are always excellent. Very geared to the British taste. We did not dine in the speciality restaurants. How much food does anyone need, after all? We did not have any trouble finding a sunbed on the 4 sea days (all of which were sunny). Considering there were 4 in our party I consider this an indication that some of the claims about being unable to find a space are somewhat exaggerated. Maybe not in your most idea location but still in the sun!! People still seem to have to rush upstairs at 7am to get their towels out though! I like a short swim every morning and had no problems with the Spa swimming pool which is child free. I can see that in the height of the season the main pools would be a nightmare with too many children.
Our main gripes were the prices of the drinks - which of course are ridiculous on all cruise ships nowadays and P&O's excursions and lack of information about ports for anyone wanting to "do their own thing". We went on one excursion and it was, to put it plainly, awful. £41 each for about 2 plus hours travelling in a coach and no time to look around the town we wanted to see. Heard others making similar complaints. So, my advice is - don't book excursions. Do research on the destinations before you go and use the "Hop on Hop Off" buses. Altogether a pleasant experience.
The cabin was good. The sound insulation was excellent from either side but there was some banging from overhead. There is plenty of space in the cabins and they are cleaned very well. The kettle for early morning tea is a big plus for P&O.
Always an excellent destination. Took the ships shuttle boat - this worked well as we had very limited time on day of embarkation.
Nice place for local shopping and plenty to fill a day wandering around the old town. Be advised ship docked out of town so had to take courtesy bus which was £3 per person each way. Taxi drivers in short supply if you don't want to do an island tour!
Very very dramatic entrance in to the fjord and up to the town. Courtesy boat supplied as Ventura too large to dock. If you want to climb up to the top of the fort you need to be fit! It was a bit crowded as there were a couple of smaller cruise boats in as well.
Very poor. Spent hours on the coach going to a farmhouse to taste olive oil. Then hours back to Tuscania which was a pretty little hilltop town where we had 15 minutes of free time which was almost as long as it took to walk back to the bus. Risk an Italian cab if you don't want to go to Rome!
Interesting place. Would have liked to have seen more of the island. Took the hop on hop off bus which took us a way out of town to a nice viewpoint.
Possibly not the best port to go to. Took the hop on hop off bus again which got us to a couple of areas we would not have seen otherwise. Much of it is a big built up modern town which we do not find very interesting but we did find the pirate ship built for a film and a lovely garden up on a hill which we discovered completely by chance. The old streets are very narrow and very interesting.
The gardens were lovely - we didn't have time to see them all. The old part of town, the palace and the harbour were all really good to walk around but I personally did not like the casino side of town. There were a lot of road works while we were there and it was difficult to get to where you wanted to go. I was also quite surprised by all the modern buildings. There is a lot more to see than you can do in one day.