We have just returned from a fantastic Spring 13 night cruise on Ventura, to the Iberian coast. It was a fabulous cruise with 7 ports of call, so lots of interesting things to do. We were blessed with beautiful weather throughout our cruise.We had two late evening departures which were lovely. We will never forget dining on the outdoor terrace of the White Room whilst in Gibraltar until 11pm, with amazing views, weather, food, wine and service all coming together to create an outstanding evening. Indeed, every meal was delicious, and consistently, the best food we can remember eating on board any ship. This was our first cruise on Ventura, and it is now our new " favourite ship"! So well done P&O. We had heard that the food on Ventura was very good, and we were not disappointed. It was consistently excellent every day. The dishes were absolutely delicious, and the accompanying sauces were superb. All four Gala Marco Pierre White dinners were outstanding. Every meal was divine, certainly no-one on our many tables ever complained or left any food on their plates! It was consistently, the best food we can remember eating on board any ship. The vegetarian choices were very imaginative and tasty, and Roby our head waiter was keen to offer me a special vegetarian menu every night. This was our first experience of Freedom Dining, and we enjoyed it very much. It suited us to choose different times to dine, as the whim took us, and to enjoy a wide variety of fellow passengers' company which added a new dimension to our dining experience. There were the usual range of entertainment choices on board. The casino was very well attended, as were all the shows. For the regular cruiser, it can sometimes be a challenge to find something new to do. For example, we would like a choice of guest speakers. We found all the staff very courteous,welcoming, friendly and enjoying their jobs. Our cabin steward, Chris, was very helpful and engaging. We had a couple of very minor issues whilst on board, and these were dealt with immediately and effectively. The service was faultless throughout the ship. Ventura has a very good vibe about her!

A Spring Adventure on Ventura

Ventura Cruise Review by South Coaster 123

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We have just returned from a fantastic Spring 13 night cruise on Ventura, to the Iberian coast. It was a fabulous cruise with 7 ports of call, so lots of interesting things to do. We were blessed with beautiful weather throughout our cruise.We had two late evening departures which were lovely. We will never forget dining on the outdoor terrace of the White Room whilst in Gibraltar until 11pm, with amazing views, weather, food, wine and service all coming together to create an outstanding evening.

Indeed, every meal was delicious, and consistently, the best food we can remember eating on board any ship.

This was our first cruise on Ventura, and it is now our new " favourite ship"!

So well done P&O.

We had heard that the food on Ventura was very good, and we were not disappointed. It was consistently excellent every day. The dishes were absolutely delicious, and the accompanying sauces were superb. All four Gala Marco Pierre White dinners were outstanding.

Every meal was divine, certainly no-one on our many tables ever complained or left any food on their plates! It was consistently, the best food we can remember eating on board any ship. The vegetarian choices were very imaginative and tasty, and Roby our head waiter was keen to offer me a special vegetarian menu every night.

This was our first experience of Freedom Dining, and we enjoyed it very much. It suited us to choose different times to dine, as the whim took us, and to enjoy a wide variety of fellow passengers' company which added a new dimension to our dining experience.

There were the usual range of entertainment choices on board. The casino was very well attended, as were all the shows. For the regular cruiser, it can sometimes be a challenge to find something new to do. For example, we would like a choice of guest speakers.


We found all the staff very courteous,welcoming, friendly and enjoying their jobs. Our cabin steward, Chris, was very helpful and engaging.

We had a couple of very minor issues whilst on board, and these were dealt with immediately and effectively. The service was faultless throughout the ship. Ventura has a very good vibe about her!
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Cabin D203
We had a superior de luxe balcony which was worth every penny for the extra space, and lovely for in- cabin dining on lazy evenings, plus the luxury of a bath to soak away the efforts of a long day out exploring. The cabin was very spacious, with plenty of storage. I see that the ship had a refit in 2013, including carpets throughout, but our carpet was rather stained. However, once this was pointed out to our steward, it was cleaned the next day while we were out.The bedding could be refreshed, as the duvet and sheets were rather thin. I like a soft pillow, and our steward, Chris, responded to my request very promptly. Nothing was too much trouble and he arrived every evening at 5.30pm with a fresh bucket of ice for our early evening G&Ts. The balcony was a good size, furnished with 2 reclining chairs, footstools and table, with plenty of room to move around. (We would have preferred a less exposed balcony, with an overhead cover, but none are available on D deck, with just a handful on E deck.) I would not book this cabin again due to the exposed balcony, but try for one on E deck. Also, if you are early to bed, there is some noise from the theatre drifting up from 2 decks below, but this did not bother me at all.
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