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Ventura Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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The Most Disappointing Cruise I've Ever Been On

Ventura Cruise Review by alginon

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2018
  • Destination: the Mediterranean

P+O have certainly dropped their standards no doubt in search of greater profits that come at the expense of their passengers.

We have been on several P+O cruises before and was always reasonably satisfied but this one was bad from start to finish.

We missed three ports out of the seven scheduled stops and had only half a day instead of a full day in Zante, I appreciate that the weather was bad but my complaint is that P+O didn't tell us untill onboard and at the very last minute, plus inspite of the very substanial and additional savings they must have made, offered only a glass of wine as compensation stating repeatedly that we had signed their terms and conditions and health and safety as excuses.

When I say their standards have dropped I really do mean it, this was very expensive cruise by P+O standards and we were expecting a little bit more than usual but almost emediately we could see the changes and shortfalls.

1 Large flying/crawling insects all over the ship

2 Dirty and greasey tide marks around the pools

3 Slashed seating and stained dining chairs

4 No cushions on the outside wicker chairs or glass tops on wicker tables

5 Theadbare carpets in various areas

6 No proper wine waiter / waiter service at meal times was well below previous standards

7 Dirty smelly cigarette/ash bins in smoking areas

8 Room service now charged for

Plus many more

We have comlained to P+O has did many more of the passengers but apart from a standard acknowledgement we havent had any other reply.

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This port was missed

Athens (Piraeus)

The Acrpolis is well worth a visit, but Athens its self is not. Watch out for the taxi drivers they will really rip you off


Dont bother with the ships tours, you can walk into town in 15/20 minutes and theres plenty of tours available from there. Taxis etc are also availble from the port into town

La Palma

Well worth a visit, buses take you from the port into town and back again

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