My wife chose this cruise and it has been 6 years since we were last on the Ventura. The Waterside buffet area is badly in need of a refit with dirty seats, split seams on some of the upholstery and badly chipped paint work in many areas. The food throughout the ship could only be rated as OK, smaller portions than previously, barely warm, (breakfast in the Beach House was regularly cold), several of my 'always available' favourites taken off the menu. Vegetables were at one time served separately but now just served on the plate.
The cabin and waiting staff were as good as ever.
Sun beds were abused as is always the case by people leaving towels on them while they went off for two or three hours, despite warnings that reserved beds reserved would be monitored but this was not enforced, leaving passengers always looking for vacant sun beds.
Particularly annoying was moving the evening dancing and dance lessons to the postage stamp sized dance floor in the atrium. This floor was not big enough to accommodate all of those who wanted to take part and we spoke to several people who wanted to attend the dances but didn't bother because of lack of dancing space. Also not enough seating in the atrium for those who did attend the dances. Ironically the Costa Coffee next to the dance floor had vacant seats most of the time but there was a notice advising that you were not allowed to occupy these seats unless you purchased a drink.
After going on 9 or 10 P&O cruises I believe that they have become a very penny pinching outfit and I will not be travelling with P&O again for some considerable time.
For me the best part of this cruise was the coach journey back home
Cabin was good. Cabin steward was excellent
We never take P&O excursions as they are very expensive and not good value for money