Chose this cruise for itinerary and sailing from Southampton. No complaints with embarkation, we arrived early as did most people because of the weather but the wait was not too bad and went very smoothly. Once on board attended the emergency muster which compared to other cruise ships was pretty poor, no headcount to make sure everyone attended. Ship - It is a large ship and I,m sure we didn't see everything, not the easiest to navigate round but it is a nice ship. There are smoking areas on deck 7,15 and up one set of stairs from deck 15 and at rear on ship at the poolside bar. If deck 7 is closed off its because of bad weather and avoids injuries with heavy doors, it's for passenger safety so don't complain just go to the other areas. There are plenty shops, bars, seating areas. We see other comments about not enough seating areas, this is because people sitting about in the same places every day, just explore the ship and find somewhere else, there is a huge seating area with glass all round on deck 16 and is nearly always empty. We understand that on a previous sailing there had been a Nora virus outbreak. One thing that the ship needs to get to grips with is the hand cleaning, there are not enough sanitiser stands on the ship as compared to others but also not enough people using them. Dining - We had freedom dining and are both vegetarian, on past ships we have struggled but not here, the choice was great as there is a choice on the main menu and a separate vegetarian menu, the food was always hot in the dining room, we also had breakfast in the dining room every morning. We met so many nice people which made the cruise great. The Waterside buffet area is nice but the lay out is not good, anyone with half a brain can see that it should be a one way system, this would save on time,frayed tempers, accidents and spills. The food Was plentiful but we only went for a snack and not main meals. Cabin - room was a good size with great storage space for clothes, only down side was the shower had a curtain which is changed once a week, on second week the curtain was too short so the water went out onto floor. Our cabin was deck 12 A627 with small balcony Entertainment - Not the best , in the evening there were only a handful out of the 2 weeks that we enjoyed, we went to the 10.30pm shows and always got a seat. The daytime entertainment was an insult, same old same old every day with the timetable filled with talks about health & beauty, table tennis, cricket, port talk, and knit & natter!!!!!! The lectures could be seen on the Tv in your cabin, for a whole 2 weeks every day was a lecture about different drugs!!!! The channels on the Tv are limited but was not a problem for us. Come on P&O is this the best you can do. Ports & Excursions - most of the time we went ashore ourselves but the organised trips are a huge and I mean huge rip off so, if you can do the trips yourself I suggest you do because if you go with the organised trip you don't get much time to do anything. We had to go ashore using the ships tender at one port, the ship asks you to make sure you are fit enough to get on and off the tender, I must say a lot of people with sticks and walking aides were not true to themselves and should not have been on the tender. Service - the staff in the dining rooms were very friendly and polite and nothing was too much trouble, staff in the buffet areas were the same. The entertainment staff... Where were they!!! The officers were always polite but the one set of staff I thought were unfriendly and un-inviting were the security, not once was there a welcome from them as people embarked or dis-embarked. The staff in the shops were friendly whether you wanted to spend money or not. On every ship you meet people who just love to boast & compare about past ships they have been on but mostly complain. You can't please all of the people all of the time, all I can say is that there is good and bad on every ship and like any religion or political group if you could take a little bit of every ship/cruise line and put it together you would be happy... Perhaps. The Ventura is a nice enough ship, the itinerary was good, the cruse on a whole was good value for money. The weather was good for April apart from getting caught in the tail end of storm Frank for 3 days on the way out, that is beyond P&O,s control.

All in all a good cruise

Ventura Cruise Review by sam16

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2016
  • Destination: Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
Chose this cruise for itinerary and sailing from Southampton. No complaints with embarkation, we arrived early as did most people because of the weather but the wait was not too bad and went very smoothly.

Once on board attended the emergency muster which compared to other cruise ships was pretty poor, no headcount to make sure everyone attended.

Ship - It is a large ship and I,m sure we didn't see everything, not the easiest to navigate round but it is a nice ship. There are smoking areas on deck 7,15 and up one set of stairs from deck 15 and at rear on ship at the poolside bar. If deck 7 is closed off its because of bad weather and avoids injuries with heavy doors, it's for passenger safety so don't complain just go to the other areas. There are plenty shops, bars, seating areas. We see other comments about not enough seating areas, this is because people sitting about in the same places every day, just explore the ship and find somewhere else, there is a huge seating area with glass all round on deck 16 and is nearly always empty. We understand that on a previous sailing there had been a Nora virus outbreak. One thing that the ship needs to get to grips with is the hand cleaning, there are not enough sanitiser stands on the ship as compared to others but also not enough people using them.

Dining - We had freedom dining and are both vegetarian, on past ships we have struggled but not here, the choice was great as there is a choice on the main menu and a separate vegetarian menu, the food was always hot in the dining room, we also had breakfast in the dining room every morning. We met so many nice people which made the cruise great.

The Waterside buffet area is nice but the lay out is not good, anyone with half a brain can see that it should be a one way system, this would save on time,frayed tempers, accidents and spills. The food Was plentiful but we only went for a snack and not main meals.

Cabin - room was a good size with great storage space for clothes, only down side was the shower had a curtain which is changed once a week, on second week the curtain was too short so the water went out onto floor. Our cabin was deck 12 A627 with small balcony

Entertainment - Not the best , in the evening there were only a handful out of the 2 weeks that we enjoyed, we went to the 10.30pm shows and always got a seat. The daytime entertainment was an insult, same old same old every day with the timetable filled with talks about health & beauty, table tennis, cricket, port talk, and knit & natter!!!!!! The lectures could be seen on the Tv in your cabin, for a whole 2 weeks every day was a lecture about different drugs!!!! The channels on the Tv are limited but was not a problem for us. Come on P&O is this the best you can do.

Ports & Excursions - most of the time we went ashore ourselves but the organised trips are a huge and I mean huge rip off so, if you can do the trips yourself I suggest you do because if you go with the organised trip you don't get much time to do anything. We had to go ashore using the ships tender at one port, the ship asks you to make sure you are fit enough to get on and off the tender, I must say a lot of people with sticks and walking aides were not true to themselves and should not have been on the tender.

Service - the staff in the dining rooms were very friendly and polite and nothing was too much trouble, staff in the buffet areas were the same. The entertainment staff... Where were they!!! The officers were always polite but the one set of staff I thought were unfriendly and un-inviting were the security, not once was there a welcome from them as people embarked or dis-embarked. The staff in the shops were friendly whether you wanted to spend money or not.

On every ship you meet people who just love to boast & compare about past ships they have been on but mostly complain. You can't please all of the people all of the time, all I can say is that there is good and bad on every ship and like any religion or political group if you could take a little bit of every ship/cruise line and put it together you would be happy... Perhaps. The Ventura is a nice enough ship, the itinerary was good, the cruse on a whole was good value for money. The weather was good for April apart from getting caught in the tail end of storm Frank for 3 days on the way out, that is beyond P&O,s control.
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Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
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Cabin was spacious, had everything you need, well stocked tea & coffee. Plenty storage space normal size shower room, plenty water force in the shower. Balcony is one of the smaller ones but nothing to complain about, there is no obstruction of view. Cabin is directly across from launderette which is handy if you need to use the iron or wash anything and there was absolutely no noise from it. Lifts in good location
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