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Ventura Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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P&O Plain & Ordinary ??

Ventura Cruise Review by Janice Bancroft

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2011
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower

Starting with the positives:

All Ports of call made up for the short falls of P & O.

St.Marten take water taxi to beach great shops typical port duty free.

Grand Turk dune buggy excursion great but island small so don't waste money on any island tours, beach great but take to right of quay for seclusion. Shops good.

Tortola 16$ pp gets a shared taxi to Great cane beach or Brewster's beach if you want less crowds be careful of crashing waves a few sore faces and a very bad injury to a fellow cruiser sadly.

St Kitts railway not to be missed very popular so book early rum punch on board train very strong pina colada bliss.

Antigua treated ourselves to helicopter ride to Montserrat to view volcano and abandoned villages glad we didn't miss this holiday highlight.

St Lucia went in shared taxi to waterfalls and volcanic spring also good views of Pitons quite a bit of travelling wish we had taken boat trip to view Pitons instead roads very winding.

Dominica went on excursion with PO to TiTou gorge (pirates of caribbean two shot here)and hot springs escape fantastic and if you land lucky and get Elephant and Cammy as guides they may tell you some jokes too blue for general airing but great fun.St Vincent got taxi to wallibou beach scene of pirates of Caribbean one, our driver also took us to wallibou falls, botanical gardens and Port Charlotte thanks Vivienne and it cost just 20$ pp bargain.

Then sadly to Barbados at end of cruise went to Harrison's caves the 8Th wonder of the world but a tad too commercial.

Negatives now:

Cabin L255 at great location on lido deck and you wake up to great views most mornings. You also get good view to crows nest.

We were on second dining at 830pm waiters never even introduced themselves!! company at table was exceptional and we made great friends. Unfortunately if you choose second sitting on night of shows at 8pm and 1030 there is no chance you can view them standing room only so a bit of a raw deal here.

General buffet breakfast and lunch hard to get seats and waiters too slow to clear tables very seldom smile and cleanliness poor hardly clean tables between guests. Very British plain fare served, you definitely wont starve but repetitive.Cereal bowls always hot!!

Sun beds impossible to get even though you are not allowed to reserve them selfish cruisers do there was even a proper fight between guests about this not very good PO should do something about this to save future disputes IE attendants? decks always had empty plates glasses lying around for ages with staff walking past them !!Also we were leaving on Saturday and we had to attend immigration at 7am on Friday, again no shows on Friday only entertainment worth seeing was on LIDO deck at 10pm we don't finish diner till after 10 so missed that! ship like ghost ship on Friday night no atmosphere on what should have been a fun last evening we were lucky to have good friends to enjoy socialising with on last night. Also had to vacate cabin at 9am on departure day and didn't get picked up till 2pm so last two days of holiday not so relaxing. Having said all that still managed to have lovely holiday but it was more down to ports of call, fantastic weather and a lovely circle of friends. If P&O want to keep customers returning they need to step up there service.

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Cabin Review

Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
Cabin JG L255

Good size cabin, quiet location within easy reach of elevator's and buffets. Good view of crows nest and awakened to great views on port days. Plenty of closet space and room under bed for cases. No need to take shampoos,conditioner, shower gel and lotion our cabin steward Thomas replenished them as needed. Hairdryer great.Balcony fair, enough room for two recliners, table and foot stool.Room service good nice to have breakfast of a morning bliss.Nice to have tea tray and again constant supply of biscuits tea and coffee.Beds very comfy.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

St. Maarten

Short boat trip to beach. Duty free shops great.


Helicopter to Montserrat a highlight. Shopping not as good here.


Shopping good. Harrison's cave great but a wee bit commercial.

St. Kitts (Port Zante)

St Kitts railway a must pina colada bliss rum punch strong!!


Shopping not so good. Take a trip with PO hopefully you will get Cammy and Elephant as guides to TI Tou gorge and hot springs escape.

Grand Turk

Shops here excellent beach at edge of quay go to right at end of quay if you want more secluded area. Dune buggy rides great fun. Island only small so no need for expensive tours here.

St. Lucia

Took trip by road to view Pitons and waterfall and volcanic spring might be better to take boat to view Pitons as road very long and winding.Cost 65$ each.

St. Vincent

Get taxi to wallibou beach scene of pirates of Caribbean our driver Vivienne took us there and wallibou falls. botanical garden and Port Charlotte for 20 $ each bargain.

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