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Ventura Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Are cruises, like hotels and clubs, going down the nick ?

Review for Ventura to Canary Islands
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2016

How lucky are these cruise companies to keep such loyal, hardworking crew ?! On this ship (as on Fred Olsen Boudicca my other review) almost to a "man" they worked hard for long hours regardless of start/finish time whilst ,no doubt as instructed, remaining energetic, cheerful and courteous. Without this elite standard of relentless service the cruise we've come home from would have sunk without trace. Political-correctness-gone-mad prevents me from penning comments about ethnic origins and contracts up for review versus permanent posts awarded to whatever ethnic group. I loath the gratuity loading system and, this time, opted out.I feel that, somehow, this is an underhand method of massaging the company's wage bill. Instead I generously tipped the many who afforded us special service, spending far more than would have been added to my on board spend. On the reverse side, these diligent crew who were drinks waiters seemed driven beyond the desire to provide a service. Could they be target/commission/threshold motivated ? They frequently chimed into conversations and company with an absence of the commonplace courtesy of their colleagues. However, no great problem.

The standard of food was excellent. The menu was varied and imaginative. These people can cook and present fish dishes, by the way !

The restaurants, along with all the other venues, excepting the arena theater to a degree, just aren't commodious enough to COMFORTABLY accommodate all who wish to avail themselves of them. A great percentage of two seater accommodation in the restaurants were no more than multi seater tables split by inches. A squashy backrest served as one seat into the bargain. The seating arrangement in the Tamarind, Havana and red room was so ill designed it made attending the venues not uncomfortable exactly, but not as carefree as one would hope on holiday, let alone a cruise. It wouldn't take an interior designer of note to fathom out furnishing plans in what, otherwise, would do in the perfectly spacious rooms- simply someone with a bit of common sense. Mr. P&O has never tried to get a seat and remain comfortable in these venues, I'll bet.

Cabin Review

Cabin HF/Balcony Shower Only

Port Reviews


A really slick, clean environment. A lovely surprise.


At this time of year, unless the ship needed to dock, this port could arguably be missed out. The weather was mild but I thought the day could be better spent sailing further south. I know, though that Lisbon's an interesting place to stop.


I love the Spanish. All of these Canary islands have a pull for me because of the locals.


See "Lanzarote"

Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)

See "Lanzarote"

Madeira (Funchal)

OK place but nothing to write home about. Ronaldo's statue and toboggans excepted.

La Coruna

A really lovely authentic Spanish place.

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