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9 P&O Cruises Ventura Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

We went on Ventura for our yearly cruise with 4 children under 11. We arrived at Southampton around 10 am. . It was a smooth embarkation with at least a 2 hr wait. Which wasn't the best for our 2 yr old daughter, but there was space ... Read More
We went on Ventura for our yearly cruise with 4 children under 11. We arrived at Southampton around 10 am. . It was a smooth embarkation with at least a 2 hr wait. Which wasn't the best for our 2 yr old daughter, but there was space for her to play. We went through security nicely and easily . When we boarded the ship we went up to the waterside(buffet)which was good for children but not a lot of choice for the adults. We had an announcement from the captain our stateroom was ready so as quick as we could we rushed up to see, we had a balcony NOT OVERLOOKED by other decks above on E our cabins numbers were E1921 we highly recommend this cabin for people who want to be near the water. Also you have a view of the whole ship, on deck 8. when the ships engines were turned on we felt the ship shudder. we went on deck and the sail-away party( best ever on a ship in a long time) there was karaoke, conga, dancing, famous bands and lots more! the next morning we woke up at sea, the ship rocked quite a bit. if you like prom decks ventura is the place. it has a full rap around prom deck you can even walk around the bow! food was good apart ( my son had a allergic reaction to prawns, bless him!) waiters excellent really kind and lovely. kids club was great lovely youth staff with all the kids in minds. entertainment good apart from ( 1st seating are due to watch their performance from 6-7 pm and that show is empty because they go and have a drink, then when its 2nd seating performance the 1st sitting think its alright to go and then sit in 2nd sitting seats and 2nd sitting have nowhere to sit .) THE BAD THINGS the ships layout is rubbish, you struggle to go from one end of the ship to the other. 0 points for people with disabilities p&o there are not enough lifts ( we struggled a lot with trying to find a lift). now the ships main POOLS are split in to two and are cramped and small as on other ship example- the MSC Opera has one long pool deck. in the buffet ( as on most ships these days ) does not have enough seats even though they have 2 buffets on 1 deck. the ships these days are just to big and in my opinion bigger may not always be better. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was my 10th. cruise and my second on P&O. As with my previous reviews, I will split the review into sections... Embarkation/Disembarkation. Brilliant! Arrived at the docks in Southampton and joined a queue for car parking ... Read More
This was my 10th. cruise and my second on P&O. As with my previous reviews, I will split the review into sections... Embarkation/Disembarkation. Brilliant! Arrived at the docks in Southampton and joined a queue for car parking (free from P&O). The car parking was by CPS and my car was taken to a secure area for the two week cruise. CPS is not a "fly-by-night" company and the secure car park is surrounded by a high wire fence and patrolled by security staff. I went into the P&O area for passport checks (basically a formality) and was given my ship keycard. The whole process took less than 45 minutes with minimal security procedures-although my bags were x-rayed. On board, my bags were outside my cabin within a couple of hours. No mess, no fuss, just fantastic organisation. Disembarkation was a little different due to unforeseen circumstances (see "On a sad note" below) but when we were allowed off, I was in my car within 30 minutes and back on the road home. A genuinely pleasurable experience. All cruise companies need to be as good as this! Demographics. This ship is targeted at British passengers. All of the passengers were from the UK with a contingent of Scots and a handful of Northern Irish. There was an Australian family on board, but they were on the ship with relatives from the UK. The ages of the passengers was quite varied but I estimate the average age was around the late 50's/early 60's range (I am 52 myself) and there were NO kids on board-apart from less than a handful on under 10's, a few toddlers and quite a few under a year old. Why would anybody bring a child that young on a cruise? After my last cruise with dozens of screaming kids running amok around the ship, this was very refreshing. Food. I selected first sitting (6.30) and was on a table for eight but after a couple of evenings, four of the diners (two couples travelling together) decided to go to the "anytime dining" option which left four of us. Myself, Carolyn a retired Army Major, Richard from Liverpool and Maureen who is in her late 70's. Maureen recently lost her husband which meant we were all single travellers. After a few dinners together we got on like a house on fire. The food on offer was top notch with a varied selection each evening. I will say that some of the menus didn't float my boat and I won't eat some of the offerings on principal (game, venison, veal) but the restaurant did have a "standard" menu available each night. Our two waiters were brilliant. I asked for an extra gravy boat and each night they brought me one without being asked. Carolyn and I went to Sinhdu-an Asian style restaurant run by Michelin Starred chef Athul Kotcher. This carries a small charge (£15 a head) but was well worth the money. I went to the buffet (Waterside Cafe) for breakfasts and again as with my last P&O cruise, it was basically "full English" every day. Although there were other options-cereals, porridge, smoked fish, muffins-I was disappointed with the selection, often choosing beans on toast for something different. But the food was of a good quality as was the lunch selection, afternoon tea and night time with a vastly varied selection of foods. Pizza, curry's, roast meats, seasonal veggies etc. All in all, very good. Cabins/Ship interiors. I had a window cabin with a partially obscured view. The cabin felt quite roomy and was kept spotless by my cabin stewardess, who's name I don't remember. The interior decorations were in keeping with previous cruise ships-not my taste-but was also kept completely spotless by the staff. Talking of staff.. The lower order of staff (waiters, cabin crew) were almost all Indian with just a few Filipino. They were very polite and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. Most of the officers were white European with a few Indian. Again, all very helpful. Our intinerary/excusions. We visited Barcelona, Livorno and Civittavecchia (Italy), Alicante (Spain again) and Gibraltar. We were supposed to visit Monaco (the reason I chose this cruise as I am a huge F1 fan) but due to adverse weather conditions, the Captain abandoned the attempt following advice from the Safety Officer. This was due to very high winds and heavy rain. We couldn't dock in Monaco as it's too shallow and Monaco itself is only one mile long. The ship is over 1,000 feet long so tenders would have to be used. A large percentage of the passengers were very disappointed that we couldn't go to Monaco as most of them were also F1 fans and had trips booked-myself included. But the Captain said no and we left for Livorno. My excursions were "The best of Barcelona" including the Sagrada Familia Bascilica designed by Antonio Gaudi. The streets around the Bascilica were extremely crowded and it wasn't enjoyable. Anyone who want's to visit the Bascilica, I suggest you do so on your own-but be prepared to put up with literally 10's of thousands of people. Wine tasting in Livorno and Civittavecchia and parks/churches/museums in Alicante. I did have a trip booked in Gibraltar but decided not to go as I wanted to do some shopping. I booked these online several weeks before the cruise. Although some were a little pricey, I think that they were just about value for money. AGAIN please note...If you do your own thing in a port of call and you're not back in time for the ship-TOUGH. The captain has a schedule to keep and will not wait for stragglers. Entertainment day/night. I'm not a show person but I did attend one of the shows-a comedian. He was ok but I think he could have got a little closer to the bone as I felt that his act was toned down a bit. There were the usual in-house troop "Headliners" doing Broadway/West End shows. I didn't see one but I was told they were very good. We also had guest singers and tribute acts-Niel Diamond, Tina Turner. Again I didn't attend but reports were all favourable. After one of the guest singers had left the ship, two of the "Headliners" singers took over for one night. These two blokes were terrible. They sung in the Tamarind Bar but after a few songs, people started leaving. I was at the bar talking to fellow passengers and these two guys were useless. Apparently, they had just singed new contracts-I think P&O have made a huge mistake. They were just two gay guys camping it up on stage-rubbish. If the "Headliners" were all like this, I felt sorry for anyone who saw a show. Daytime activities were not my taste-quizzies, fitness courses, outdoor games etc. I avoid quizzes as I used to write them as a hobby and it would be unfair for me to take part. There was Mr. Colin van Giffen-a British bloke who gave lectures on various subjects, including the history of the Sptifire, flying boats, the Schnieder Trophy, T. E. Lawrence (as in Lawrence of Arabia) and various other subjects. These were very enjoyable and very well attended to the point of standing room only! On a personal note... I was disappointed by the attitude of some of the passengers who thought they were above the rest of us. As I have mentioned above, talking to fellow passengers at the Tamarind Bar in particular a rally driver on holiday with his wife a a couple of friends. We recieved a message from the bar staff that we were "talking too loud". I would like to say that the singer on stage-Josh Warne-was very loud and the passengers who complained would have had great difficulty hearing us. I spoke to this guy the next night and told him I went to the reception to make a comment on the record about this-although I didn't make an official complaint-my views were written down. I don't know if anything was said to staff or passengers, but my comments must have been heard by those that needed to know as we were not spoken to again. I was also told that decks 5 and 6 were all one group of people and that these passengers refused to talk to anyone but themselves. A bit too stuck up for me! Why go on a cruise with 3,600 people if you're not going to interact with anybody? On a sad note.. As we were rounding the Isle of Wight on the way to Southapton, the "man overboard" alarm was raised at 0320 hours BST on Saturday October 10th. The ship was searched from top to bottom and no stone was unturned in this search, but the man was not on board. The Captain turned the ship around to search for the passenger at his last known sighting-around 10 miles south of the Isle of Wight. We were joined by several lifeboats from the south coast along with the local Air/Sea Rescue helicopter. The ship searched from around 0500 until around 1000 when we were released from the search by the rescue teams so that we could dock in Southampton. The search carried on until around 1830-but unfortunately the man was not found. The authorites called off the search at 1900 as it was too dark to continue. I'm not going to include the mans name in this review as he still hasn't been found. I expect that his body will be found on the south coast of England or the northern coast of France in the next few days/weeks. This is the first time I have been on a cruise and we have lost a passenger overboard. I have read of people who have vanished from cruise ships around the world and it must be a nightmare for his family. Conclusions.. Food-very good. Staff-excellent. Alcohol-Too dear. Bottled beers almost £4 a bottle with draught beers-John Smiths, Stella, Carling, Guiness also at almost £4 a pint with some premuim beers over £4 a pint. Entertainment-reports from fellow passengers said very good-but my experience of the shows in the open bars wasn't too good at all. Excursions-a little pricey but I think they were worth the money. Expect crowding at the more popular places such as Barcelona, Pisa/Florence from Livorno and Rome from Civittavecchia. One of my fellow diners-Richard (who has severe mobility problems) told me Rome was "a nightmare" especially around the Colloseum. The ship itself-a "medium" sized vessel around 115,000 tons felt a little too big but navigation around the ship was easy. Marks out of ten? I'll give this trip eight out of ten. Much better that my last trip on the "Azura" in 2013. Recommended? Yes-for the first-timers and experienced cruisers...But as I have already mentioned, avoid the excursions at the more popular destinations. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Me and my sister's first time cruising, we were accompanied by my dad and step mum who had cruised before. My dad had chosen to drive down and use CPS parking which went smoothly, picking up the car at the end of the cruise was no ... Read More
Me and my sister's first time cruising, we were accompanied by my dad and step mum who had cruised before. My dad had chosen to drive down and use CPS parking which went smoothly, picking up the car at the end of the cruise was no trouble and it only took him 10 mins. We went to the Mayflower terminal to board Ventura. We arrived at 2pm which I'd say is the worst time to arrive. They had seating but it was all taken up at that time. We waited two hours in total before checking in and boarding which was seamless. First impressions of Ventura were excellent; finding our cabin was no trouble, they have ship plans and deck levels near the lifts to view for quick reference. I loved our cabin (C637) balcony cabin on Deck 10, it had loads of space for me and my sister, and the bathroom was a reasonable size although it rather reminded me of an airplane toilet but slightly larger. Our cabin just had the shower. Service onboard was excellent; in the buffet they always cleared the tables away quickly; in fact they will often take your tray away if you want to just have your plate on the table. In the main dining rooms the waiters were really good and professional despite them being busy sometimes. We always found the service a bit slower in the dining rooms though so if we needed to eat quickly we chose the buffet. We tried the Glass house, East and Beach house restaurants and service was excellent. Also all the staff including the cleaners always seemed to greet you with a smile. Our cabin steward Rajesh was really nice and our cabin always looked spic and span. I like their turn down and make up service too. On the whole, I enjoyed the excursions although we went on one tour which was advertised to give us some free time to wander around but the lady only gave us half an hour free which by that time we needed a drink and a snack which took nearly half an hour so it wasn't 'free time' in my opinion. Loved the entertainment on board, the headliners company really blew me away with their talents on the stage. Getting into the theatre early is a must on those nights they perform! There were quizzes daily, we took part in one or two. We watched a film in the arena but screen quality was bad as they had clearly just had the video image stretched out onto a bigger screen. Watching a film in the Havana club was slightly better as they used a smaller screen. There were some free films to view on the cabin tv which we took advantage of sometimes. If you want to watch your own without paying for the chargeable ones I recommend a portable dvd player or tablet with preloaded films. We didn't go to one port which happened to be the last one; Guernsey as we needed to go via tender and the water was too choppy by the pontoon. We had extra entertainment laid on instead which included an extra film to watch. Food - couldn't fault it and the same standard whether in the buffet or dining rooms. Can't understand why we get free pizzas but not free ice cream though. Disembarkation was smooth - we chose to disembark ourselves as we wanted to leave early with having a 5 hour trip home and apart from waiting for lifts carrying our own luggage we were off the ship in twenty minutes. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
As a first time cruising couple travelling with a 2 year daughter we were a little sceptical about the entire holiday and what we would encounter on board the ship. We didn't need to worry however the staff bent over backwards to help ... Read More
As a first time cruising couple travelling with a 2 year daughter we were a little sceptical about the entire holiday and what we would encounter on board the ship. We didn't need to worry however the staff bent over backwards to help us and interact with our daughter at every step of the way. So lets break it down - We arrived in Venice and had a walk around having spent the night in a hotel and got on the ship around 2ish. The check in process and embarkation were a breeze, plenty of staff around and helpful dock workers taking our bags for loading. We explored the ship for a bit and made our way to the cabin for 3 o'clock and our bags were already there and waiting. Riviera deck inside cabin R744 Breakfast is a self service affair with a choice of fresh fruits, cereals, muffins, meats, cheeses, smoothies and full English breakfast and according to my wife a horrible porridge personally all porridge is horrible so….. There is a continental side at the aft of the ship with waffles apparently however this seemed to finish at 7.00am and we missed it every day. We mainly attended the mid section of the ship. This was the only time that you can get access to anything other than water coffee or tea free of charge with pure orange, apple and pineapple available. Lunch is the same sort of setup as breakfast with a mixture of hot and cold food and usually with a curry or something as well High tea - sandwiches, cakes, scones and cream……… all good………not for the waistline though…. Dinner - We ate at the Bay tree restaurant on the first sitting our waiters Mark and Sheldon were amazing and never stopped trying to play with Faye (our 2 year old) and make her smile. It took all week but eventually she was high fiving and laughing at them. The food here was rich and well presented with a standard classic menu that was always available and a menu that changed daily. It could have done with a little more variety by the end of the first week. The children s menu had a good selection of standard foods like fish fingers, burgers, chicken breast and you could pick and mix to create your meal with vegetables and potatoes etc. We only used the bay tree in the evenings and should have tried the buffet selection for the evening meal. As the first sitting meant we missed every sail away party and a few other events. The food arrives quickly and no sooner than one course is cleared the next is arriving which can make it feel a little rushed. On the first formal night we had a guest menu from Marco Pierre White - however we found it lackluster and the 2nd formal menu had nothing special about it which was disappointing as we had expected something from East. Speaking of which we booked a table there and included for our 2 year old - the food was simply spectacular. Everything we had hoped for the menu was varied and Atul actually visited each table chatted with guests and posed for photos. In hindsight we should have checked out the evening menus at the restaurants before deciding what to do for dinner. They were posted outside and its normally only a slight detour to check whats on or go for the buffet and then go play. Our daughter would have benefitted from this as she could have gone to play with Mr Bump or the family disco sooner. Entertainment - There was plenty to do on the ship had we ditched our daughter. Not much in the way of family events to get involved with at least not for a two year old. However she loved the Reef kids club and the staff there were brilliant with her. The events whilst not spectacular were definitely entertaining. Trying to keep track of what was going on was tricky. The horizon newsletter that is distributed each evening with the listings could be a bit better laid out as tracking what was going on was done by time rather than rooms and areas. There were plenty of bar areas to relax and unwind and the Tamarind and Havana were good places to sit and listen to different music acts and a cinema in the afternoon. Now we have done it once we would certainly have a better idea how to organise our time better the second time around. Cabin and service - Simply excellent, The cabin was always clean with fresh towels and we even got some jelly beans for the little one and a balloon on the first night which she loved. Every staff member from the backroom cabin crew,cleaners and the plumber that we met to the waiters, bar staff and officers were all friendly approachable and couldn’t do enough to help. I could write suggestions and improvements for ages but suffice to say we had a blast – it might not be as fancy as other cruises but we loved it and were already discussing another one on our trip home. One thing make time to visit the Spa the ladies and treatments were awesome - I would highly recommend the hot stone aromatherapy massage in particular (I had 2) when you go say hi to Edyta for me! :-) John, Kelly & Faye   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was our second cruise, the first last year was on the Azura and we did not expect the Ventura to be as good. The cabin steward was excellent and couldn't do enough to make our cruise more enjoyable. We stayed in a 3 berth cabin, ... Read More
This was our second cruise, the first last year was on the Azura and we did not expect the Ventura to be as good. The cabin steward was excellent and couldn't do enough to make our cruise more enjoyable. We stayed in a 3 berth cabin, the last one on the starboard side. The extra berth was dropped down from the ceiling and was put down after we went out for the evening and put back up when we went for breakfast. We suffered a couple of bruises when going past to the loo in the night but nothing too bad. The itinerary was great and we enjoyed every port visited. My favourite excursion was the Herculaneum with a P & O excursion, the guide was extremely knowledgable and made the tour very interesting. Ports visited included Kotor, Corfu, Civitaveccia, Ajjaccio, Lisvorno, Naples. The younger people in our party enjoyed the water park in Corfu very much. Personally I'm not a fan of fly / cruise and prefer going from Southampton, especially when trying to pack enough clothes for 2 weeks, but it did give us 2 more days in the sun so shouldn't complain. I'd recommend this cruise whole heartedly however. There was a group of 13 of us altogether (family and outlaws) and we all enjoyed.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
My mother-in-law is a keen cruiser and decided to introduce her grand-children to cruise-culture by booking a 16 night Eastern Med cruise for three generations of her family. As any sort of 'package' holiday or Center-Parcs-style ... Read More
My mother-in-law is a keen cruiser and decided to introduce her grand-children to cruise-culture by booking a 16 night Eastern Med cruise for three generations of her family. As any sort of 'package' holiday or Center-Parcs-style experience is anathema to me, I really did not expect to enjoy it. This was reinforced by many of the reviews of the 'Butlin's-at-sea' type on this and other sites. I am pleased to say that my prejudices were largely unfounded and I find myself back on dry-land, sadly missing the whole experience! Embarkation was very easy, although it should be noted that suits in bags are must be taken on board yourself, as they are not taken by the porters. We turned up a little early and were on the boat within an hour or our arrival by car at the docks. The kids immediately dug into the buffet although I was, for the only time on the cruise, not feeling hungry due to slight sea-sickness (while still in port - oh dear!). Cabins were available after a further hour and luggage turned up well before we left the dock. As soon as the ship started to move, all untoward motion seemed to stop and I was completely unaffected after that. The cabin (deck 12, outside) was fine, with a dinky shower/toilet room and twin beds which we had pushed together to form a double that evening. There had been slight confusion over the booking but this was easily smoothed over. The balcony was just big enough for two to stretch out but we managed to fit in 5 for late-night drinks. The carpets are probably ripe for replacement (some stains visible) but had obviously been cleaned as well as possible and the decor was in reasonable order. I understand the ship is being re-fitted in March 2013 so this will probably be sorted out then. We fell into a routine of pre-dinner drinks, usually in Metropolis, Deck 18, at the rear, where views over the ocean (with occasional whales) were lovely. The Atrium and Red Bar were also used but were smaller and sometimes too full for our party. Cocktails seemed to be of a slightly higher standard in Metropolis and came a little more quickly here too, although staff were efficient in all bars. The duo that played most nights, Into the Drift, were a friendly pair of accomplished musicians who knew their audiences well and were happy to play arrangements of modern stuff for the kids. I saw little of the rest of the entertainers but my mother-in-law lapped it all up! Food was the main pleasure on the boat. I expected to have to eat in White's to get decent quality (paying extra for the privilege) but in the end did not bother. In the evening, freedom dining in Cinnamon was of a very good hotel standard, with many more 'hits' than 'misses'. Poached eggs always had runny yolks; steaks were always cooked as requested (even blue) and squid was lovely and soft. After one try in the buffets, I avoided them, as being too crowded and noisy, with distinctly worse food. The wine-service was a little erratic, with orders being taken before choosing food and then not arriving until after the starters. However, the choice, quality and pricing was pretty good, especially with the packages on offer. Make sure you ask for the Stilton after the meal, as this was not always advertised although many of the other British cheeses were very good and nearly always served warm. For mornings, I nearly always went to Saffron, where cooked breakfasts were excellent. The choice of fruit and pastries was, however, better, in the buffets. Chefs specials were nice but could range in size from tiny (corn beef hash) to huge (kedgeree). Lunch was also nice in this restaurant, with a curry of the day option popular with the kids. I was disappointed to find that, with so many Indian staff on board, curries were under-spiced and unadventurous, with few chutneys, no raita etc. Afternoon tea was the universal favourite meal, taken at 4pm with a choice of teas, scones with clotted cream, crumpets, teacakes and several delicious freshly baked varieties of freshly-baked cakes. This was always good-humoured, with tables of older children coming to enjoy the ceremony, as well many of the more elderly passengers and families. We did try Ramblas Tapas one lunchtime and it was excellent, for a few pounds more. I did not try any of the organised activities, mainly because I needed to visit the gym everyday to lose weight! This facility was heavily used for the first two days of the voyage and then nearly empty after that and it had everything I needed. TV coverage of the Olympics was sporadic and usually focused on obscure events with no GB interest. The 'Butlin's' style elements of the cruise intruded from time-to-time (discos until 12 on the upper decks, crowds of kids in the pools, vastly obese people cramming food in the buffets, teen-scene at night) but it was entirely possible to get away from this in the restaurants, internal bars and other quiet public spaces. It really felt like two cultures being entertained separately with little friction; our teenage children probably enjoyed the livelier side of things while the adults relaxed, ate and chatted in peace. The 'British' atmosphere on the boat was actually pleasant, and contrasted nicely with the ports we visited. The staff were always efficient and polite and sometimes genuinely friendly, despite long hours and low pay. We were happy to pay the automatic tips and a little extra for especially good service. So, overall, an unexpectedly good experience, which I might repeat in a few years. If doing it again, I would avoid July/August if possible, mainly because of the heat whilst onland but would be happy to cruise P&O and Ventura again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
My wife and i booked our cruise to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday on board,everything was well organized and smooth as soon as we checked in at Gatwick and was greeted by a friendly P&O lady representative who assisted our ... Read More
My wife and i booked our cruise to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday on board,everything was well organized and smooth as soon as we checked in at Gatwick and was greeted by a friendly P&O lady representative who assisted our very speedy check in.Our flight took off on time at 9.30am and had a hassle free flight,nice lunch,choice of menu even! and as much to drink as you wanted included in the price,we actually enjoyed the flight,a first! Arrival in Barbados was ok and straight onto the bus and to the ship,my wife took a change of clothes onto the plane,very wise as it was very hot in Barbados. Through the Friday school run traffic,you can see the ship,but it takes ages along the congested roads to get to the port .Check-in at the shed was as quick as it can be and not too stressful at all,your first of many photo shoots(more about that later)how many people actually buy this photo after 12 hours traveling,not many! Then you see the Ventura in all her glory that really is a moment,smiling staff ready to guide you to your cabin,we were able to choose our cabin online off the ships plan whilst talking to our booking agent over the phone (cruise 118)who was very helpful and gave us lots of advice,which we took,thank you to Gavin, To get to our cabin,each time,we just had to walk through a million pounds worth of art,tough eh! Our cabin was outside with window lovely double bed and very comfortable and most importantly QUIET!!!!!!!!!!!Luggage was delivered a couple of hours later by our lovely cabin steward who kept our cabin spotless and we had a different towel sculpture every evening when he turned our bed down with chocolates on the pillows. We chose club dining(as advised again)at the bay tree restaurant at 6.30 -7 this was perfect for us as we could fit in the shows and the cabaret most evenings.We loved the Theatre venue but hated the Havana venue as it was very anti social with the ridiculous booth type layout .bad for the artists. as they can only see the tops of peoples heads as they strain to see over the barriers,for goodness sake P&o sort this out,Couldn,t fault the food but were grateful for the small but adequate portions.as we both put on too much weight!The wine packages don,t add up,they were all over £76 FOR 6 Bottles it was much cheaper choosing our wine with dinner on a nightly basis, we would suggest the package be 6+1free. Now returning to P&0 photo package,we were offered an album of five photos during the cruise for £125 we considered this excessive and would ask P&O what happens to all the remaining non purchased personal photos unwanted or unaffordable by the 3.000 passengers on board.Surely your personal album should include all your photos as they are of no value to anybody else,and as P£O is a environmentally friendly company? what do they do with the pile of unclaimed photos.Shame on you! So to end our review,to all the silver seventies crashing bores we encountered on board,you know who you are,you did not spoil our holiday and why do you think that P%O translates into :personally ours or: preferred oldies!! what is it with these people, P&O no longer can survive without opening up cruising to a wider and a more tolerant passenger.We will cruise again ,we will be selective as we discovered ,other passengers paid twice the price for the same package,you don,t get twice the holiday!CAVEAT EMPORIUM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Arrived at Southampton our car and cases were whisked away and within 30 minutes we were on the ship heading for the restaurant. Ventura is an amazing ship and our cabin was complete luxury, very comfortable beds we all slept really well ... Read More
Arrived at Southampton our car and cases were whisked away and within 30 minutes we were on the ship heading for the restaurant. Ventura is an amazing ship and our cabin was complete luxury, very comfortable beds we all slept really well and the cabin was always kept clean as was the rest of the ship. The kids club was fantastic although I feel the staff were to young to be really good, not there fault! My son could come and go as he pleased and when we had a bit of trouble finding him we just asked security to help look and they were happy to help. As was every crew member we encountered, nothing was to much trouble for them The food was very good and we never waited long to be served a drink. We dined at 6.30 every evening and our waiter was great he knew my sons name from the start but wasn't all over the top which we liked. I saw 3 shows which were really good and we all enjoyed the entertainment provided, there was something for everyone on Ventura and feel sorry for the people that have slatted the ship as I feel these people would struggle to enjoy anything. Arrived back at Southampton and from when we got in the line to disembark to when we were in our car was no more then 20 minutes, a complete joy compared to the hassle of airports. We can't wait to be able to return to Ventura and want to say thank you to P&O for a wonderful holiday. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
This was our second cruise with p&o. Both med cruises. Service was exceptional, food always lived up to expectations. Entertainmet varied and of good quality. Headliners presented broadway style musicals and deserved to be introduced ... Read More
This was our second cruise with p&o. Both med cruises. Service was exceptional, food always lived up to expectations. Entertainmet varied and of good quality. Headliners presented broadway style musicals and deserved to be introduced as such, spectacular and brilliantly choreographed, Beegee tribute was fun and entertaining. Martin Daniels and his comedy magic show amazed and amused us. George King and his gardening jokes, jept it clean and family orientated.However, the stars of the cruise, from our families point of view, were the tireless and patent childrens entertainers. Each age range have their own group of reef rangers with activities throughout the day. Crackers and Cheese entertained with funny and wow factor magic hows and fun houses. Most days they were in the buffet for childrens noddy tea with balloons and magic. They were genuinely interested in the children, who inevitably stopped them around the ship. Even when they were off duty and wondering around the port stops, they always took the time to chat and have some fun with the children. Genuinely nice couple as well!! Adults being entertained is one thing, but when children feel like they are safe and entertained then everyone can relax and enjoy them selves. Well done P&o and well done reef rangers and especially Crackers and Cheese!!! We will travel again with you Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Ventura Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 3.0 3.9

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