We did enjoy the cruise but a few parts were disappointing! Are departure was smooth apart from we didn't book parking in advance. We were told just to turn up,it was included in our package and someone would take our car when we arrived. But apparently we had to book it before, we then saw a very small print at bottom of email,you must book it your self !! So we had to pay £135 to sort this but p&o on board did add this to our on board spend. Our room was great queen size bed and a fold out sofa bed for the teenage boys but was a bit worn and springs made lots of noise when my son moved in the night. balcony was large. Lots of choices of films on TV. The room was cleaned twice a day with tea & coffee refills,chocs and biscuits! Ship is very large,takes awhile to find your way. Pool at back is very nice place to Sit and get some sun ! The staff are all lovely We had freedom dining .... Food was like pub grub nothing special, and uninteresting old school 80s food. we did eat at sindhu twice,well worth the extra money £15ph. Drinks well priced some great wines at good prices,soft drinks can soon add up for the kids over 13 days so be careful. Free cold water and coffee,teas are available at buffet,so make use ! You can bring on your own drinks but must be drunk in you room there doesn't seem the be a limit! But would Carry on in hand luggage to avoid breakages ! The weather was warm in its 60s, we had 3 sunny days the rest was over cast but that's just pot luck ! The boys enjoyed the pools on board & my oldest loved the gym never was busy lots of great machines. The sea days were a bit boring shows ok, if any good they were packed !!! So get there a hour before or you will be standing ... Tom Jones & Phil Collins are great ! And there was a great band which played a lot in the tamarin bar got everybody dancing. Queuing didn't find a problem everybody has to wait. The restaurants give u a pager,if they can't sit you straight away. Buffet seats hard to find but you can always walk in the next loung or eat by pool. Pizzeria is free and are thin and delicious. Food off shore avoid the restaurants near by with laminated picture menus.... walk up side streets,we found great tapas bars in Tenerife and Lisbon and well priced ! Lanzarote was the worst place we visited nothing really to look....I recommend you do a excursion !!!! We Wished did :) High lights Lisbon,grand canaria,Madeira Tenerife. grand canaria we didn't sail until 8pm so when back off shore later, we found a lovely out side bar covered in amazing lighting at bottom of shopping centre just near boat port !! cheap drinks,no wines though, Only Spirits served in big wine glasses lots of ice big measures...drinks 11.50 euros; great night cap ! The travel back was so slow and could have stopped off in brittany. But I suppose p&o make more money if your spending on board. The people on board are mainly older but in school term times sure this changes. My son really liked the kids club staff are great ! We did come out of the tips only because we were charged for the children too £240 a bit expensive we thought. So we tipped our cabin man and some waiting staff. We would have preferred to tip every night after our meals at table. Maybe p&o should pay more wages then we wouldn't be expected to pay in to tip. Would we go again maybe but would try Mediterranean/Caribbean Caribbean cruises liner next time for us looks more fun and modern:)

Nice Break by All

Ventura Cruise Review by Worldsmyprawn

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2015
  • Destination: Canary Islands
  • Cabin Type: Family Suite with Balcony and Bath/Shower
We did enjoy the cruise but a few parts were disappointing!

Are departure was smooth apart from we didn't book parking in advance. We were told just to turn up,it was included in our package and someone would take our car when we arrived. But apparently we had to book it before, we then saw a very small print at bottom of email,you must book it your self !! So we had to pay £135 to sort this but p&o on board did add this to our on board spend.

Our room was great queen size bed and a fold out sofa bed for the teenage boys but was a bit worn and springs made lots of noise when my son moved in the night.

balcony was large.

Lots of choices of films on TV.

The room was cleaned twice a day with tea & coffee refills,chocs and biscuits!

Ship is very large,takes awhile to find your way.

Pool at back is very nice place to Sit and get some sun !

The staff are all lovely

We had freedom dining .... Food was like pub grub nothing special, and uninteresting old school 80s food.

we did eat at sindhu twice,well worth the extra money £15ph.

Drinks well priced some great wines at good prices,soft drinks can soon add up for the kids over 13 days so be careful.

Free cold water and coffee,teas are available at buffet,so make use !

You can bring on your own drinks but must be drunk in you room there doesn't seem the be a limit! But would Carry on in hand luggage to avoid breakages !

The weather was warm in its 60s, we had 3 sunny days the rest was over cast but that's just pot luck !

The boys enjoyed the pools on board & my oldest loved the gym never was busy lots of great machines.

The sea days were a bit boring shows ok, if any good they were packed !!! So get there a hour before or you will be standing ...

Tom Jones & Phil Collins are great !

And there was a great band which played a lot in the tamarin bar got everybody dancing.

Queuing didn't find a problem everybody has to wait.

The restaurants give u a pager,if they can't sit you straight away.

Buffet seats hard to find but you can always walk in the next loung or eat by pool.

Pizzeria is free and are thin and delicious.

Food off shore avoid the restaurants near by with laminated picture menus.... walk up side streets,we found great tapas bars in Tenerife and Lisbon and well priced !

Lanzarote was the worst place we visited nothing really to look....I recommend you do a excursion !!!! We Wished did :)

High lights Lisbon,grand canaria,Madeira Tenerife.

grand canaria we didn't sail until 8pm so when back off shore later, we found a lovely out side bar covered in amazing lighting at bottom of shopping centre just near boat port !! cheap drinks,no wines though, Only Spirits served in big wine glasses lots of ice big measures...drinks 11.50 euros; great night cap !

The travel back was so slow and could have stopped off in brittany.

But I suppose p&o make more money if your spending on board.

The people on board are mainly older but in school term times sure this changes.

My son really liked the kids club staff are great !

We did come out of the tips only because we were charged for the children too £240 a bit expensive we thought.

So we tipped our cabin man and some waiting staff.

We would have preferred to tip every night after our meals at table.

Maybe p&o should pay more wages then we wouldn't be expected to pay in to tip.

Would we go again maybe but would try Mediterranean/Caribbean

Caribbean cruises liner next time for us looks more fun and modern:)
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