Chose this cruise simply because we wanted to visit the Caribbean without having to fly.
We have previously cruised with Royal Caribbean, Princess and Celebrity, but were told by other cruisers that "P&O is the best" so we were very excited at the prospect of sampling "the best". However if this cruise on Ventura is anything to go by, then P&0 is in my opinion very far from being THE BEST. Try Celebrity Eclipse for starters!
The shore excursions were excellent, well organised with brilliant local guides.
On board entertainment - variable. Some guest performers were truly very talented, others simply loved themselves, and watching/listening to them perform was painful!
The dining experience was either brilliant or awful - no half measures.Some of the main restaurant meals (Saffron) were superb others inedible. A lamb leg steak so tough that I could not get the knife through it. The first forkful of what looked like a beautiful piece of Hake only to end up with my mouth full of fish bones - (not a good experience).
The disembarkation process almost turned into a riot. One person with a microphone tried to organise the movement of 800 passengers who had been crammed into a Theatre for over an hour.Anyone with a grain of common sense could have told them that it would not work, as people pushed and shoved instead of leaving in an orderly manner row by row, as "instructed" A miracle that no one was injured.
In short, I'm in no hurry to repeat the P&O experience.
Cabin layout good, quite comfortable and well equipped. Adequate storage space.
However the cabin decor looked very grubby and well worn.The carpet very heavily soiled and stained in several places.The bathroom tile grouting was very badly marked with black mould, and the surface of the bath very damaged and worn (it looked dirty so I tried to clean it off!)
Wold not bother again. Tapas meal was very good.
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