we chose the ventura because of the sailing date (winter sunshine), the itinerary and the price. embarkation with a wheel chair was smooth and little waiting, the balcony was adequate as was the cabin. after a couple of days I realised that I had not taken any pictures of the ventura usually I'm clicking away at everything and that is the thing about the ventura it is a basic no frills ship, built the same time as royal Caribbean's independence of the seas the difference is startling - the independence gives the impression of no expense spared, the ventura no expense spent food - probably the most important for a lot of people, the meat and fish were excellent and cooked correctly however the vegetables were not, either over cooked or under cooked, p&o please note you cannot eat under cooked potatoes, only chips and mash were edible, most people complained and the reason given for not cooking the veg properly - it is all new menus sir - unbelievable entertainment - some very good some average some rather poor - nowhere as good as ncl or royal Caribbean, the headliners show was repeated again and again and again, there were a lot of p&o regulars who were very disgruntled entertainment quizzes - very popular with a lot of cruisers - it was so poorly organised and amateurish, so many questions repeated again and again that people gave up mentioning it - p&o IT IS NOT DIFFICULT you have 28 night cruise with a set number of quizzes prepare them all before you set sail and why oh why do you have two quizzes at the same time - one quiz had 15 teams and the other had just two teams and then you would have a stint of a few hours with no quizzes- TRY ORGANISING IT the staff excellent apart from a couple of members of the entertainment staff who treated the PAYING customers like morons but having cruised a fair few times I have never ever heard staff talk back to the guests as did those two members of the entertainment staff at one point there was very nearly a bust between guests and staff, the staff decided that there would not be a quiz as stated in the programme but instead there would be a hi de hi game, fit for 6 year olds - only when the guests threatened to walk out was a quiz reinstated excursions - because one of our party had difficulty walking and standing for long periods we chose the easy excursions - not bad at all and not bad value either, the last one we did was st kitts and nevis which I would not class as easy but medium disembarking with a wheel chair - frankly appalling we left 2 and a half hours after we should have and there were people we left behind who probably had to wait another hour or so - no explanation nothing - p&o get yourself organised surely you want to get people off the ship for the next cruise I did enjoy the cruise, met some lovely people but with just a bit of simple organisation and cooking the vegetables especially the potatoes properly (it is more difficult to cook meat and you did that superbly) the cruise would have been excellent value and so much more enjoyable, a number of p&o veterans were thinking twice about going with p&o again, warning p&o there is a difference between being value for money and being a budget cruise line

28 Nights on the Ventura

Ventura Cruise Review by ashleyg13

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Suite with Balcony and Bath/Shower
we chose the ventura because of the sailing date (winter sunshine), the itinerary and the price. embarkation with a wheel chair was smooth and little waiting, the balcony was adequate as was the cabin.

after a couple of days I realised that I had not taken any pictures of the ventura usually I'm clicking away at everything and that is the thing about the ventura it is a basic no frills ship, built the same time as royal Caribbean's independence of the seas the difference is startling - the independence gives the impression of no expense spared, the ventura no expense spent

food - probably the most important for a lot of people, the meat and fish were excellent and cooked correctly however the vegetables were not, either over cooked or under cooked, p&o please note you cannot eat under cooked potatoes, only chips and mash were edible, most people complained and the reason given for not cooking the veg properly - it is all new menus sir - unbelievable

entertainment - some very good some average some rather poor - nowhere as good as ncl or royal Caribbean, the headliners show was repeated again and again and again, there were a lot of p&o regulars who were very disgruntled

entertainment quizzes - very popular with a lot of cruisers - it was so poorly organised and amateurish, so many questions repeated again and again that people gave up mentioning it - p&o IT IS NOT DIFFICULT you have 28 night cruise with a set number of quizzes prepare them all before you set sail and why oh why do you have two quizzes at the same time - one quiz had 15 teams and the other had just two teams and then you would have a stint of a few hours with no quizzes- TRY ORGANISING IT

the staff excellent apart from a couple of members of the entertainment staff who treated the PAYING customers like morons but having cruised a fair few times I have never ever heard staff talk back to the guests as did those two members of the entertainment staff at one point there was very nearly a bust between guests and staff, the staff decided that there would not be a quiz as stated in the programme but instead there would be a hi de hi game, fit for 6 year olds - only when the guests threatened to walk out was a quiz reinstated

excursions - because one of our party had difficulty walking and standing for long periods we chose the easy excursions - not bad at all and not bad value either, the last one we did was st kitts and nevis which I would not class as easy but medium

disembarking with a wheel chair - frankly appalling we left 2 and a half hours after we should have and there were people we left behind who probably had to wait another hour or so - no explanation nothing - p&o get yourself organised surely you want to get people off the ship for the next cruise

I did enjoy the cruise, met some lovely people but with just a bit of simple organisation and cooking the vegetables especially the potatoes properly (it is more difficult to cook meat and you did that superbly) the cruise would have been excellent value and so much more enjoyable, a number of p&o veterans were thinking twice about going with p&o again,

warning p&o there is a difference between being value for money and being a budget cruise line
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Suite with Balcony and Bath/Shower
Cabin AB
it was adequate, good shower on the small size and I am only average build but with a curtain !
the tv was poor the sound was set so low that you could not hear it without standing next to it, no subtitles available - not good enough in todays cruise market
the ncl spirit is 10 years older and has real class and quality about it
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