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Ventura Review

4.0 / 5.0
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804 reviews

First Time With P&O

Review for Ventura to the Southern Caribbean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Dec 2014
Cabin: Outside Twin with Shower

Having cruised twice before in the Med with Thomson and having enjoyed my experience thoroughly as a special treat I decided to book a surprise cruise to the carribean for my wife's 50th Birthday. We booked a week prior to travel and flew out from Manchester T1 early on the 6/12/2014. The chartered flights with Thomas Cook airlines went very smoothly, good quality food and service and the fact that this was chartered by P&O which meant we loaded the cases in Manchester and then didn't touch them again until they arrived at our cabin door on the ship made the flying experience really great.

We arrived in Barbados to gorgeous warm sunshine and where then off loaded by P&O directly onto the transfer coach and taken directly to the port, no hassle with customs etc. on arrival at the ship we then went through a short process to take our photographs, present our credit card and be issued with our boarding cards. Again this was very swift and professional. The ship as an awesome site, biggest that we have been on. The cabin allocation again was swift but we did encounter a problem in the cabin with the set out of sleeping arrangements, we had requested a double room but where allocated a twin and unfortunately this couldn't be changed to a double due to the configuration of the lamps attached to the bedside tables, this was the main weak area of the service we received as INfeltvthat P&O didn't do enough to rectify the fault..

The facilities on board are great, choice of 4 swimming pools, plenty of sun beds, great waiter service, brilliant gym, sauna, spa and plenty of places where you could escape and relax. Food on board was good, plenty of choice and most of it served 24/7. We also used the Beech House for a small surcharge which was good, the MarconPierre and Athol Cuutcher restaraunts also seemed nice. We had early dining in the Bay Tree restaraunt at 6:30 which we found too early. Service again was outstanding but portions where a little small. Evening entertainment was good, we did the theatre after dinner then onto an internal bar such as Havanah, Tamarind or Metropolis and finish off the night with a few drinks on deck.

Cabin Review

Outside Twin with Shower

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The cabin was good, clean, comfortable and we felt in a good position, close to the Atrium which gave good access to other areas of the ship. Our cabin stewardess Rosylin was fantastic, very friendly, always willing to help and advise, polite and willing to talk. The fact that we where almost front to mid on a lower deck ( deck 5 ) helped with my wife's sea sickness although this cruise was very smooth indeed. We did meet a couple of people who had upgraded to balcony cabins but regretted this after noting that during sea days their balcony was on the shaded side of the ship and therefore ended up on deck. Overall we where happy with the cabin.

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