Have been doing a few cruises with different companies trying to find the best to become loyal to. I have to say, in my opinion, P&O has been the worse experience so far. Although Ventura is one of their larger vessels, it was easy to navigate and numerous bars and venues, however, they were all relatively small in comparison and entertainment not spread out enough meaning everyone trying to get seats in one or two places. Same scenario with the sun decks, bit of a mare trying to find a bed or seat on the decks on sea days. As a solo traveller I felt as if I had an invisibility cloak on most of the time, would be ignored or bypassed by most waiting staff on the open decks and in venues. This was not the case on ‘Black Tie’ night when I was frog marched out of the restaurant, in front of everyone, for not having a jacket. Boarding at Southampton was very smooth along with valet parking. Cabin was kept very clean and well attended. Mediocre entertainment, although shoes in the theatre were really good (although technical difficulties on the last night meaning cancelled half way through). I did one excursion in Vigo which was really nice and well organised. Getting on and off the ship in port was also seamless experience.

Awful experience for Solo Traveller

Ventura Cruise Review by Mattyo10

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
Have been doing a few cruises with different companies trying to find the best to become loyal to. I have to say, in my opinion, P&O has been the worse experience so far. Although Ventura is one of their larger vessels, it was easy to navigate and numerous bars and venues, however, they were all relatively small in comparison and entertainment not spread out enough meaning everyone trying to get seats in one or two places. Same scenario with the sun decks, bit of a mare trying to find a bed or seat on the decks on sea days.

As a solo traveller I felt as if I had an invisibility cloak on most of the time, would be ignored or bypassed by most waiting staff on the open decks and in venues.

This was not the case on ‘Black Tie’ night when I was frog marched out of the restaurant, in front of everyone, for not having a jacket.

Boarding at Southampton was very smooth along with valet parking.

Cabin was kept very clean and well attended.

Mediocre entertainment, although shoes in the theatre were really good (although technical difficulties on the last night meaning cancelled half way through).

I did one excursion in Vigo which was really nice and well organised.

Getting on and off the ship in port was also seamless experience.
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