We had cruised on Ventura last September and were a bit anxious about such a big ship as we had found Britannia not to our taste. However we loved her and so were happy to book again for this May.Arrived in Southampton at 1pm for our timed slot of 1.30pm and were amazed that in less than 1 hour we were on board eating a delicious lunch in the Cafeteria. We had requested Freedom Dining as usual and were very happy to be given that option. It worked well and we shared tables with many nice people and found the change added to the enjoyment of meeting new people on a daily basis.The menu has been refined slightly from previous cruises but we were nearly always spoiled for choice. My Crab starter one evening was the best I have ever had anywhere. The weather was not as good as previous cruises with rain for the first 4 days but gradually improved.For the first time there were a number of small children on board and because it was so unpleasant outside the indoor areas became a bit crowded at times and the noise level at the indoor pool was a bit high. Not good if you wanted to relax with a good book..but we managed.!! For the first time ever on a criuse we were attracted to an offer for the Sindhu @ East Restaurant and so made a booking.What a good decision. The whole experience was superb from the attention of the staff to the delicious food we ate. So impressed that we booked again when the menu change happened during the second week. Would not hesitate to eat there again when we cruise next time God willing. There were three new ports of call for us..Valencia,Ibiza and Cartagena. All three worth a visit but Valencia was stunning. Hope to go again some day. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our 6th crise with P & O and can't wait to do the next one when time and funds allow.

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Ventura Cruise Review by bettyanddavid@gmail.com

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Shower (Part-Obstucted View)
We had cruised on Ventura last September and were a bit anxious about such a big ship as we had found Britannia not to our taste. However we loved her and so were happy to book again for this May.Arrived in Southampton at 1pm for our timed slot of 1.30pm and were amazed that in less than 1 hour we were on board eating a delicious lunch in the Cafeteria.

We had requested Freedom Dining as usual and were very happy to be given that option. It worked well and we shared tables with many nice people and found the change added to the enjoyment of meeting new people on a daily basis.The menu has been refined slightly from previous cruises but we were nearly always spoiled for choice. My Crab starter one evening was the best I have ever had anywhere.

The weather was not as good as previous cruises with rain for the first 4 days but gradually improved.For the first time there were a number of small children on board and because it was so unpleasant outside the indoor areas became a bit crowded at times and the noise level at the indoor pool was a bit high. Not good if you wanted to relax with a good book..but we managed.!!

For the first time ever on a criuse we were attracted to an offer for the Sindhu @ East Restaurant and so made a booking.What a good decision. The whole experience was superb from the attention of the staff to the delicious food we ate. So impressed that we booked again when the menu change happened during the second week. Would not hesitate to eat there again when we cruise next time God willing.

There were three new ports of call for us..Valencia,Ibiza and Cartagena. All three worth a visit but Valencia was stunning. Hope to go again some day.

All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our 6th crise with P & O and can't wait to do the next one when time and funds allow.
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Outside Twin with Shower (Part-Obstucted View)
Cabin NA E612
We had booked an obstructed view cabin again and were equally impressed. We looked between two lifeboats and so it was still a pretty good view..would certainly book one again. A nice roomy cabin even with a Queen sized bed and the usual big walk-in wardrobe which still allowed for freedom of movement when dressing etc.
Our cabin steward was very pleasant,quiet but totally efficient and we nearly always returned from breakfast to find all had been prepared for the day.It was always clean even under the bed which isn't always the case.
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