We chose P & O as we have sailed with them before, we chose the Ventura as we wanted to go to the Canaries,Madeira and LIsbon also thought the weather would be good, unfortunately it was not as good as we hoped, but that's not P & O's fault. Boarding at Southampton went really smoothly and we were in our cabin quite quickly.
We had a balcony cabin on deck 11 which was lovely and clean, the cases arrived soon after and we met out steward a lovely young lady called Sunting, hopefully I got that right.
Then came the life jacket drill at your muster station which you find on the back of the door, our was at the Glass House.
The beds were made as soon as you left the cabin for breakfast and then turned down at night whilst you were out and the towels and flannels changed. The tea/coffee gets refilled all the time in your cabin which is nice if you want to make a drink and sit on your balcony.
Meals: We decided to go Select so we had dinner and some breakfasts in the Bay Tree Restaurant nice knowing your table was reserved at night and you had the same waiters, ours were William and Rodell, who were absolutely brilliant and so pleasant and helpful.
The dinner menus were excellent and such a variety, the deserts were out of this world.
Breakfast we occasionally took in the Waterside buffet especially if we wanted to ashore early, you could not fault the selection, every thing you could possible want. Make sure you get a table first as it is very busy.
Sindu at East is a beautiful restaurant there is a cover charge of £20 pp but well worth it, the service is first rate and the food is excellent, we booked a table before we left the UK but you can book on the ship.
Entertainment what can I say there was so much to do if you felt inclined, my wife joined the Line dancing class on sea days with Abby, who she said was so much fun the dance floor was packed, very popular. There is also talks, demonstrations the list is endless, when you get the Horizon paper every evening in your cabin, trying to fit everything in is impossible.
The Headliners shows are very professional make sure you see everyone, the Arena gets packed each night, but the seats are well spaced so you can get a good view where ever you sit. Make sure you see the show called "Astonishing" you will certain be amazed. Stephen Mulhern came aboard in Lisbon to see the show, as it was the first time it had been shown and he had produced it.
Overall the shows in the Tamarind,Havana and all over the ship were very good. Will say that both of these bars get very busy and it is sometime hard to find a seat, but the entertainment is worth it. Also the Arena shows up to date films, we saw the Greatest Showman, Black Panther and Darkest Hour, good it the weather is not sunbathing weather.
On this cruise we called at La Coruna, Madeira, La Palma, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lisbon. We only went on 1 excursion which was to the Medieval Walled Village of Obidos thoroughly enjoyed it and if you go you must try their local drink called Ginja, a cherry liquor in a chocolate cup, you drink it, then eat the cup only 1 euro what a brilliant idea.
We found the service from every member of staff was polite and always very helpful you could not ask for more.
You dock in the ports and in a couple of ports there is a shuttle bus to take you to the town and back, running frequently, but you can walk . There are always Hop on and off buses in the cities if you want to see around.
Overall apart from the weather I could not fault this cruise and will certainly be booking another.
This was a lovely Medieval walled village just 2 streets with lots of tiny shops and a castle which is now a 5* hotel, try the local drink called Ginja, fantastic cherry liquor in a small chocolate cup, drink up and eat the cup only 1 euro. We were there for about 2 hours and had a nice journey back through the City of Lisbon.View All 12 Medieval Obidos Walking Tour Reviews