It took around 45 minutes to get through embarkation, and we had a superior deluxe balcony cabin ( D709 ), which was great for two of us - fridge, two tv screens, full size bath and seating area. Our toilet did try to overflow with clean water a few times, but you could usually hear it filling up, and if you pressed the flush button again, it usually stopped. If anything, the pillows were the only dire thing, being comparable to bags of sand in comfort. Our steward (Noel) was nice and did a very good job, remembering to fill our ice bucket more times than he forgot. The Bay of Biscuits was predictably a bit rough going out from Southampton, but we took sea-sickness tablets which seemed to work, although some other passengers were affected badly and spent a lot of time in their cabins. On the return journey, it was much smoother. One thing P and O excel at, is schemes to part you from your money. Photographers lurk on every port terminal, at evening meal times, and at the regular "formal" nights, with pics starting at £11-80p if you can't be bothered to take your digital camera. They try to sell you beauty treatments, "pictures" from an art gallery, gold-plated chain (by the inch), excursions, and bingo tickets fly alongside the casino/slots. As it was a Christmas Cruise, we got their version of a "Christmas Market", where tubloads of low-end watches/jewellery and failed clothing were wheeled out. Entertainment was fine, particularly the Headliners, but their "pay a supplement" restaurants were mostly empty, and the battleground buffet restaurants would benefit from either more seating, or by extending to use the underused "supplement" restaurants.

Enjoyed the food and the service; other parts could be better.

Ventura Cruise Review by SheShe90

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It took around 45 minutes to get through embarkation, and we had a superior deluxe balcony cabin ( D709 ), which was great for two of us - fridge, two tv screens, full size bath and seating area. Our toilet did try to overflow with clean water a few times, but you could usually hear it filling up, and if you pressed the flush button again, it usually stopped. If anything, the pillows were the only dire thing, being comparable to bags of sand in comfort.

Our steward (Noel) was nice and did a very good job, remembering to fill our ice bucket more times than he forgot.

The Bay of Biscuits was predictably a bit rough going out from Southampton, but we took sea-sickness tablets which seemed to work, although some other passengers were affected badly and spent a lot of time in their cabins. On the return journey, it was much smoother.

One thing P and O excel at, is schemes to part you from your money. Photographers lurk on every port terminal, at evening meal times, and at the regular "formal" nights, with pics starting at £11-80p if you can't be bothered to take your digital camera. They try to sell you beauty treatments, "pictures" from an art gallery, gold-plated chain (by the inch), excursions, and bingo tickets fly alongside the casino/slots. As it was a Christmas Cruise, we got their version of a "Christmas Market", where tubloads of low-end watches/jewellery and failed clothing were wheeled out.

Entertainment was fine, particularly the Headliners, but their "pay a supplement" restaurants were mostly empty, and the battleground buffet restaurants would benefit from either more seating, or by extending to use the underused "supplement" restaurants.
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Cabin D709
No complaints other than the terrible cheap pillows.

Lots of clothes hangers and although the carpet was a bit worn, it still was ok.
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