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Ventura Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Ventura Cruise Review by chelseauk

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2017
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Shower

5th cruise first time with P&O (Previous with Celebrity, RCL and Princess).

Mixed bag this cruise some things were really good, The entertainment squarely aimed at the brits (comedians, tribute acts) was of a really good quality we went to the shows more on this cruise then ever before. Embarkation was a breeze and the ports were good, The Cabin bed was really comfortable and the Art class brilliant,

However the food in the MDR was really samey basically meat (or fish), potatoes and two veg. With repeats on the mains and deserts. Once you took out the always available, todays roast and from the grill it was probably only about 3 mains per night that were new. Virtually no pasta, curry etc (when they did do lasagne it came with 3 veg). The veg was pretty much always mange toute, green beans and carrots (Not sure is they got a job lot) but it is going to be a while till i eat them again (14 nights....). I think there was roast beef at least 5 times. The buffet was also pretty poor as an alternatve (uninspired).

My real gripe was the MDR meals are 5 courses (well there are if you want to make everyone else on your table wait). The menu is written so soups and salads appear with starters so most people order either a starter, soup or salad, a main and a desert or cheese (The cheeseboard often took ages to arrive, often had 3 - 4 small bits of cheese left on it and maybe a choice of 2 crackers). Service was woefully slow (Waiters seem to have too much todo). When a fellow passenger didn't like the soup that seemed to be of no interest (on other cruises the waiters would have at least offered something else). I made the mistake of one night trying to order a san pellogreno lemonade in the MDR - sorry can't have that here.

Service in the bars was poor mocktail taking 20 minutes (so was watery), and running out of drink menu items (But i'm not a big drinking so i just didn't bother after that).

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Cabin Review

Outside Twin with Shower
Cabin LC E208

The cabin itself was okay, small TV (locked so no HDMI). But the view was okay. Not been at the front before and the sea movement when the weather was bad was not great. BUT there were two real issues.

1. In rough seas the noise was awful, groaning and banging from the hull, so we had to get ear plugs.

2. The toilet simply stank (even after a clean) it was the most nasty smell ever (Think really bad public toilets)

When it was calm you could hear the rehersals in the theatre about 4pm and the shows but when they finished it was quite.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


not much to do but pretty enough, cathederal is worth a look.


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Took the train to antbes - not a bad day out. Cannes itself is pretty dull :)

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Did behind the scenes tour, cruise appointed guide was good but vatican guide was poor (halting english and charged off without keeping group together). Would have been good with better guide.

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Simply not enough time in pompeii - need 3 hours got 2. Price didn't include ticket so prebook like we did or you lose loads of time. Pompeii itself 5 stars !

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Not much to do in Gibraltar after being there before (cruise ships like the cheap fuel). But visited the museum and the moorish baths aren't bad.

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