OK, I admit, we didn't have very high expectations of the cruise but it turned out to be an amazing holiday.
That's mainly because the Norwegian fjords are breathtaking.
Some pictures attached to show you that a huge ship like Ventura is dwarfed by the amazing scenery.
In wow order :
Olden - mindblowingly pretty, we just wandered around the town for a few hours rather than doing an excursion
Flam - famed for its railway which was a great experience
Bergen - beautiful
Stavanger - our first port of call, hard to tell because it was pouring with rain and everywhere was closed because it was Sunday.
We had never sailed from Southampton (and it was blowing a gale when we boarded) but the ship was stable and comfortable despite the weather. The CPS car parking and getting on board was a breeze.
The captain, Neil Turnbull, made it so memorable with his dry Northern humour with phrases like 'my job is to try to go to the correct ports on the correct days' and 'I shall have you ashore with the speed of a thousand gazelles'.
We feared the P&O regulars may be a little, how can I put it, mature - but there was a nice mix of ages on the ships as it was peak school holiday season (August 2019).
Food - very good quality.
Entertainment and shows - better than we have experienced on other cruises. Totally Tina was great, Sam and Mark from kids TV were on doing a show, singer Jaymi Hensley, the current Joseph in the West End, did a couple of nights and lots more.
Fitness equipment and spa was the best we have experienced on a cruise ship.
Oh sure, there were a couple of staff who hadn't got the memo that we were on holiday but it didn't spoil anything.
Overall, we really enjoyed P&O Ventura but we absolutely loved the Norwegian Fjords!
First time in an inside cabin and we enjoyed it.
On the plus side, you sleep in complete darkness (obviously, because there is no window) so we slept for longer. Plus, you are more in line with the centre of gravity, so less likely to feel the ship's movement.