Third time on Ventura and 5th cruise with P&O, chose for the ports of call, and enjoy exploring on ones own which these destinations offered. This ship is now 8 years old, and yes some signs of wear here and there, but standards are maintained. We had an inside cabin mid ship, which having had one before, for six nights was just right. Suggest if a longer cruise and in the med when warm and sunny a balcony would be one to go for. Cabin Steward as always on P&O courteous and kept the cabin ship shape, it was clean and no wear in our cabin. Food......... I cannot believe some of the comments on these forums, the cuisine was superb, amazing choice - we had Freedom Dining in the Cinnamon - waiters attentive, and always smiled, good choice of wine. Used the Waterside buffet once for lunch, again choice good, and one evening in the Glass house for a change of scene, again perfect for me. Breakfast I prefer the waiter service and the choice there too , breakfast was in the Saffron, and again could not fault the food or the service. Entertainment - Just one ' Headliners show ' Reel to Reel ' easy to get a seat in the theatre on the first performance ( I think though it was not a full ship ) - I have found on each ship the cast work very hard, and the changes of costume so quick is amazing. Maxine Mazumber - as Dusty have enjoyed on Britannia and did so again on Ventura, along with Jai McDowell. Maxine was given the Theatre on Britannia, which she deserves, here is was the Havana Did attend a talk on ' Titanic ' by a knowledgeable speaker, who was brought up in Belfast where the ship was built. Guernsey - Interesting St Peter Port, we did our won coastal walk. La Rochelle - Blue sky and warm, did the three towers climb and walked around this beautiful town. Bilbao- Took the ship's shuttle bus to the city, then walked.. to see the Guggenheim, do not miss the ' huge dog ' floral display, took the funicular to the highest point with good views, then the ' metro ' to Areeta to see the Getzo Suspension Bridge... it's then a lovely walk back to the ship around 2.6km... past old mansions, you can see the ship from the bridge, so no problem getting lost- sadly it was drizzle but warm... In the evening we have always liked and still do the Metropolis Bar at the aft for pre dinner and after dinner drinks. Would a cruise P&O again - certainly yes, in fact Oceana changes her itinery for 2017 which looks good. I somehow feel many who write reviews are in the 1950's !! who think cruise is for the few, we have moved on....

Excellent cruise and good ports of call

Ventura Cruise Review by Sea Blue Skies

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Third time on Ventura and 5th cruise with P&O, chose for the ports of call, and enjoy exploring on ones own which these destinations offered.

This ship is now 8 years old, and yes some signs of wear here and there, but standards are maintained. We had an inside cabin mid ship, which having had one before, for six nights was just right. Suggest if a longer cruise and in the med when warm and sunny a balcony would be one to go for. Cabin Steward as always on P&O courteous and kept the cabin ship shape, it was clean and no wear in our cabin.

Food......... I cannot believe some of the comments on these forums, the cuisine was superb, amazing choice - we had Freedom Dining in the Cinnamon - waiters attentive, and always smiled, good choice of wine. Used the Waterside buffet once for lunch, again choice good, and one evening in the Glass house for a change of scene, again perfect for me.

Breakfast I prefer the waiter service and the choice there too , breakfast was in the Saffron, and again could not fault the food or the service.

Entertainment - Just one ' Headliners show ' Reel to Reel ' easy to get a seat in the theatre on the first performance ( I think though it was not a full ship ) - I have found on each ship the cast work very hard, and the changes of costume so quick is amazing.

Maxine Mazumber - as Dusty have enjoyed on Britannia and did so again on Ventura, along with Jai McDowell. Maxine was given the Theatre on Britannia, which she deserves, here is was the Havana

Did attend a talk on ' Titanic ' by a knowledgeable speaker, who was brought up in Belfast where the ship was built.

Guernsey - Interesting St Peter Port, we did our won coastal walk.

La Rochelle - Blue sky and warm, did the three towers climb and walked around this beautiful town.

Bilbao- Took the ship's shuttle bus to the city, then walked.. to see the Guggenheim, do not miss the ' huge dog ' floral display, took the funicular to the highest point with good views, then the ' metro ' to Areeta to see the Getzo Suspension Bridge... it's then a lovely walk back to the ship around 2.6km... past old mansions, you can see the ship from the bridge, so no problem getting lost- sadly it was drizzle but warm...

In the evening we have always liked and still do the Metropolis Bar at the aft for pre dinner and after dinner drinks.

Would a cruise P&O again - certainly yes, in fact Oceana changes her itinery for 2017 which looks good.

I somehow feel many who write reviews are in the 1950's !! who think cruise is for the few, we have moved on....
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Cabin Review

Inside Twin with Shower
Cabin OA C404
Inside Cabin - well looked after by the Steward, by today's standards the TV may be small
( on Britannia it's a large flat screen ) but not easy to modify even with a refit!!!
Always constant hot water power shower, bathroom small but fine ( again Britannia has the edge) Beds were comfortable, tea & coffee biscuits still a P&O feature.
Plenty of hanging space.
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