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.
An outside balcony double room on P&O is drab and poorly maintained - an interior room on Royal Caribbean is superior!