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Ventura Review

4.0 / 5.0
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870 reviews
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Amazing staff, but the ship was lacking

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vjmehra
First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Aug 2018
Cabin: Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower

Having never been on a cruise before we found a 2 night mini-cruise on the P&O Ventura over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Southampton to Guernsey and back).

My first point would be that if P&O run this mini-cruise again they should probably consider making it 3 nights and try and include Jersey as a port of call, it would have just been a slightly better length than 2 nights, which was perhaps a bit to short to fully appreciate the cruise experience (and also its nice to see multiple places).

As it happened, having been to St Peter Port fairly recently, we didn't actually disembark, so stayed on the ship all day, hoping to take advantage of the reduced crowds...sadly most places seemed closed, so this plan wasn't quite as smart as we thought!

Cabin Review

Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower

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The cabin was okay, without really being amazing. Having never been on a cruise before and only having seen pictures, I did expect something perhaps a bit grander, especially the bathroom, which had a tiny shower and a toilet not dissimilar to those found in early 2000's student accommodation!

The shower didn't drain properly, which was mildly irritating, but hardly the end of the world and the bathroom was functional, but was cramped and not aesthetically pleasing.

The Queen sized bed was okay, reasonably sized, however the room decor felt very dated. The TV was very small and the entertainment system was very limited.

The balcony was big enough for 2 to sit comfortably and we didn't have a restricted view...however when sitting the railing was exactly the height of our eyes, meaning we couldn't really see the view properly without standing. Now it may be that from a safety point of view this is a requirement, but I'm sure someone can come up with a slightly better design to improve visibility when sitting down (I'd imagine newer ships have full glass balconies for example).

Noise from the next cabin with the balcony door open is inevitable, so no complaints there, however whenever anyone walked around in the cabin above us it did feel like the roof was going to cave in!

Port Reviews

Southampton

There didn't seem much in the cruise terminal, however it was very easy to get from the taxi drop off to the terminal and additionally we managed to get on-board incredibly quickly.

When disembarking, this was also very quick and we were able to get a taxi from the taxi rank within 10 minutes, which was surprising!

St. Peter Port (Guernsey)

Purely a rating based on a previous visit to St. Peter Port, its nice picturesque town with plenty of nice restaurants (although make sure you pre-book as they get booked up). We didn't disembark this time round, so can't comment on that experience.

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