We are seasoned cruisers and have cruised many times before most recently with Royal Carribean, NCL and Princess so this was our first P&O cruise and we must say were not impressed in comparrison! Embarkation/Disembarkation This was very efficient we arrived at Southampton around 11.45 and we were on board the ship within half an hour very organised lots of desks open to check you in. Great start to our holiday or so we thought! Disembarkation was very organised you are given coloured cards and get off once your colour has been called however don't try and get off before your colour is called as you will be sent back. Cabin The smallest cabin we've had especially the bathroom which was very petite. We had an inside cabin on deck 12 which was fine despite being a bit smaller than what we are used to. Our steward did a good job throughout although we did miss the small finishing touches that we ve always had like towel animals being left on your bed at night. Other than that it was fine. Food & Drink The food was the highlight probably some of the best food we've had on any cruise I am wheat and gluten free and they were great at accomadating me with this. If there was something I didn't like on the menu the chef would make it especially if he could, as I pre-ordered my meals the night before the same with afternoon tea as long as I pre ordered they would accomadate me. The White Room was FANTASTIC well worth the £25 per head extra charge. Drinks were very reasonable around £2.25 for a can of beer £4.20 for a cocktail. The downside to this was the waterside buffet on deck 15 it was a NIGHTMARE! The restaurants closed at 9am for breakfast so if you wanted a lie in you had to go to Waterside, we have never ever had to queue for breakfast or for a seat before on this cruise we constantly had to queue it was awful. We chose freedom dining which was ok but if you want a table for 2 be prepared to wait up to an hour most nights as we had to wait, a bit annoying that you cant book a table like we could last year on Royal Carribean. Entertainment The only word for it is RUBBISH! Very poor throughout the cruise a long way off the standards of the american cruise lines and not enough activities during the day.We felt like we were on a floating butlins or a package holiday at sea not what we are used to at all. Ports Of Call Lisbon, Vigo, La Rochelle and Brest. The ports of call were ok but we much prefer the med if you are going to cruise Europe we did a tour in Lisbon and La Rochelle which again were o.k but over priced like most excursions. What they don't tell you is there are free shuttle buses at every port which is useful but we had already booked our tours so were unable to make use of these in Lisbon and La Rochelle. In vigo we got off and walked into town which we thought was a bit of a dump and Brest we didn't get of the ship so cant comment on that. Service The service was ok not the most friendly service we've had but we didn't have any problems either the staff were pleasant but didn t go out of there way where service is concerned. Ventura "ROLL" We were told this at breakfast yesterday by a lady sitting on our table that she was told by someone at P&O the Ventura is known as The VENTURA Roll and boy did she rock. We have cruised out of New York in winter we have cruised Alaska and never experienced movement like this before it was VERY VERY ROCKY. Alot of people were suffering from sea sickness that we spoke to. She is not a very stable ship at all the swells and sea conditions we were told by the captain were fine. If the Ventura rocks like that in ok weather I dread to think what she would be like in bad weather. Summary The demogarphic on this ship was vast I have never seen so many tattoo's in one space before, there were alot of babies and alot of diabled and wheelchair passengers on board. We feel this cruise was aimed at the more cheaper end of the market which is why it gave us the feel of a floating butlins or package holiday at sea. The ship was full 3,500 passengers and this is the first time we've felt it was crowded, we have often been on large ships but have never felt crowded before. The food was great however not much else was as i've said above and in future we will pay a bit more and stick with Celebrity and Royal Carribean and will certainly never cruise with P&O again.

The Ventura

Ventura Cruise Review by Sealegs5

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We are seasoned cruisers and have cruised many times before most recently with Royal Carribean, NCL and Princess so this was our first P&O cruise and we must say were not impressed in comparrison!
Embarkation/Disembarkation This was very efficient we arrived at Southampton around 11.45 and we were on board the ship within half an hour very organised lots of desks open to check you in. Great start to our holiday or so we thought! Disembarkation was very organised you are given coloured cards and get off once your colour has been called however don't try and get off before your colour is called as you will be sent back.
Cabin The smallest cabin we've had especially the bathroom which was very petite. We had an inside cabin on deck 12 which was fine despite being a bit smaller than what we are used to. Our steward did a good job throughout although we did miss the small finishing touches that we ve always had like towel animals being left on your bed at night. Other than that it was fine.
Food & Drink The food was the highlight probably some of the best food we've had on any cruise I am wheat and gluten free and they were great at accomadating me with this. If there was something I didn't like on the menu the chef would make it especially if he could, as I pre-ordered my meals the night before the same with afternoon tea as long as I pre ordered they would accomadate me. The White Room was FANTASTIC well worth the £25 per head extra charge. Drinks were very reasonable around £2.25 for a can of beer £4.20 for a cocktail. The downside to this was the waterside buffet on deck 15 it was a NIGHTMARE! The restaurants closed at 9am for breakfast so if you wanted a lie in you had to go to Waterside, we have never ever had to queue for breakfast or for a seat before on this cruise we constantly had to queue it was awful. We chose freedom dining which was ok but if you want a table for 2 be prepared to wait up to an hour most nights as we had to wait, a bit annoying that you cant book a table like we could last year on Royal Carribean.
Entertainment The only word for it is RUBBISH! Very poor throughout the cruise a long way off the standards of the american cruise lines and not enough activities during the day.We felt like we were on a floating butlins or a package holiday at sea not what we are used to at all.
Ports Of Call Lisbon, Vigo, La Rochelle and Brest. The ports of call were ok but we much prefer the med if you are going to cruise Europe we did a tour in Lisbon and La Rochelle which again were o.k but over priced like most excursions. What they don't tell you is there are free shuttle buses at every port which is useful but we had already booked our tours so were unable to make use of these in Lisbon and La Rochelle. In vigo we got off and walked into town which we thought was a bit of a dump and Brest we didn't get of the ship so cant comment on that.
Service The service was ok not the most friendly service we've had but we didn't have any problems either the staff were pleasant but didn t go out of there way where service is concerned.
Ventura "ROLL" We were told this at breakfast yesterday by a lady sitting on our table that she was told by someone at P&O the Ventura is known as The VENTURA Roll and boy did she rock. We have cruised out of New York in winter we have cruised Alaska and never experienced movement like this before it was VERY VERY ROCKY. Alot of people were suffering from sea sickness that we spoke to. She is not a very stable ship at all the swells and sea conditions we were told by the captain were fine. If the Ventura rocks like that in ok weather I dread to think what she would be like in bad weather.
Summary The demogarphic on this ship was vast I have never seen so many tattoo's in one space before, there were alot of babies and alot of diabled and wheelchair passengers on board. We feel this cruise was aimed at the more cheaper end of the market which is why it gave us the feel of a floating butlins or package holiday at sea. The ship was full 3,500 passengers and this is the first time we've felt it was crowded, we have often been on large ships but have never felt crowded before. The food was great however not much else was as i've said above and in future we will pay a bit more and stick with Celebrity and Royal Carribean and will certainly never cruise with P&O again.
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