Just returned from a 14 night cruise on Ventura to include Casablanca and Madeira. Overall good cruise, great weather, great destinations. However the cruise could still have been better. We had an outside balcony cabin that was fine other than a wall that squeaked badly whenever the ship rolled. Shower head needed replacing (more like a tap than a shower) and the soap dispenser in the shower cubicle was broken (they always seem to be broken), otherwise no complaints. Our steward, Stevely, was good keeping the cabin clean and tidy. Hygene: Outbreak of Norovirus well handled by cew, but could it have been prevented in the first place? I witnessed many examples of passengers handing food directly with their hands from the serving dishes in the buffet and entering the buffet without using gel. P&O need to be more vigilant and demanding when it comes to hygene. Dining: Mixed experience. Sindhu, excellent, great value for money. Buffet good although a little crowded at peak times and hygene issues. Epicurean, food good (but not brilliant), enviroment good, service first class. Worth £28 a head extra, maybe! Main restuarants (Cinammon and Saphire), a bit crowded, pretty noisy and waiters always rushing around. Food good on some evenings but poor on others. Overall not the best dining experience. Glass House at lunchtimes was very good, well worth the extra. Entertainment: Best Headliners company we have ever seen, well done. Other entrenainers were good including Tom O'Conner. Daytime entertainment, usual blend of talks and quizzes, not my cup-of-tea. Films shown in the Havana show room a waste of time, not enough room and passengers jostling to get best positions. Drinks etc: Good service in all bars although waiters seemed more 'pushy' that on previous cruises (notably In Tamarind).

Good cruise, but could still have better.

Ventura Cruise Review by Davepandoreviews

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Just returned from a 14 night cruise on Ventura to include Casablanca and Madeira. Overall good cruise, great weather, great destinations. However the cruise could still have been better. We had an outside balcony cabin that was fine other than a wall that squeaked badly whenever the ship rolled. Shower head needed replacing (more like a tap than a shower) and the soap dispenser in the shower cubicle was broken (they always seem to be broken), otherwise no complaints. Our steward, Stevely, was good keeping the cabin clean and tidy.

Hygene: Outbreak of Norovirus well handled by cew, but could it have been prevented in the first place? I witnessed many examples of passengers handing food directly with their hands from the serving dishes in the buffet and entering the buffet without using gel. P&O need to be more vigilant and demanding when it comes to hygene.

Dining: Mixed experience. Sindhu, excellent, great value for money. Buffet good although a little crowded at peak times and hygene issues. Epicurean, food good (but not brilliant), enviroment good, service first class. Worth £28 a head extra, maybe! Main restuarants (Cinammon and Saphire), a bit crowded, pretty noisy and waiters always rushing around. Food good on some evenings but poor on others. Overall not the best dining experience. Glass House at lunchtimes was very good, well worth the extra.

Entertainment: Best Headliners company we have ever seen, well done. Other entrenainers were good including Tom O'Conner. Daytime entertainment, usual blend of talks and quizzes, not my cup-of-tea. Films shown in the Havana show room a waste of time, not enough room and passengers jostling to get best positions.

Drinks etc: Good service in all bars although waiters seemed more 'pushy' that on previous cruises (notably In Tamarind).
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