We stupidly believed the Thompson reps who assured us "if you enjoyed Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas you'll enjoy P&O Ventura" - please learn from our mistake; Royal Caribbean beats P&O at every level: The whole ship seemed in need of a full refit. Entertainment wasn't worth seeing - Karaoke had better singers! Walls in fine dining were covered in dust and grease. Where was the hand-gel? Even the lifeboat muster was more theory than practice - don't know how they get away with that. P&O have spoiled the idea of cruising for us - boring and old fashioned - poorly trained crew, completely overworked! Felt sorry for them really. No idea of service or even hygiene. P&O seem to rely on a faithful customer base who seem too embarrassed to admit they might get a better deal elsewhere. Couldn't believe some of the things they were prepared to put up with because; "well, we've sailed with P&O for years and we get a good deal" - it seemed quite sad really.

Possibly the most poorly maintained ship in service - avoid.

Ventura Cruise Review by PTCRUISER_999

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2015
  • Destination: Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
We stupidly believed the Thompson reps who assured us "if you enjoyed Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas you'll enjoy P&O Ventura" - please learn from our mistake; Royal Caribbean beats P&O at every level:

The whole ship seemed in need of a full refit.

Entertainment wasn't worth seeing - Karaoke had better singers!

Walls in fine dining were covered in dust and grease.

Where was the hand-gel?

Even the lifeboat muster was more theory than practice - don't know how they get away with that.

P&O have spoiled the idea of cruising for us - boring and old fashioned - poorly trained crew, completely overworked! Felt sorry for them really. No idea of service or even hygiene.

P&O seem to rely on a faithful customer base who seem too embarrassed to admit they might get a better deal elsewhere. Couldn't believe some of the things they were prepared to put up with because; "well, we've sailed with P&O for years and we get a good deal" - it seemed quite sad really.
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Cabin Review

Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
Cabin JA A606
An outside balcony double room on P&O is drab and poorly maintained - an interior room on Royal Caribbean is superior!
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