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3 P&O Cruises Ventura Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Mediterranean

Having only ever cruised with Disney we weren’t sure what standard to expect but we were pleasantly surprised. The cruise was for my fathers 80th birthday and we had a party of 7 including 2 children aged 15 and 12. The ship has ... Read More
Having only ever cruised with Disney we weren’t sure what standard to expect but we were pleasantly surprised. The cruise was for my fathers 80th birthday and we had a party of 7 including 2 children aged 15 and 12. The ship has recently had a refit of the public areas to include new carpets throughout. Everywhere was immaculately clean. We were particularly impressed with The Arena which is a great venue with comfortable seating. We felt this should be used more preferably for the showing of movies which were shown in the bars which had inadequate screens and seating. The Costa Coffee Lounge was great, always busy but great service and a nice place to relax with a good coffee. We opted for freedom dining which worked perfectly and we did not experience any waiting for tables as suggested by other reviews. Staff were attentive, polite and immaculately presented. We all remarked how clean and smart the staff were throughout the ship. The menus were varied and service was efficient. The food was good overall, well presented and tasty. We had afternoon tea in the Epicurian which was superb and worth the premium. We also had dinner in the Epicurian and Sindhu which both have excellent service and tasteful decor. Excellent staff and a few nice touches made it extra special and worth a visit. We used the gym and spa facilities which were both excellent. Our children loved the ship and both enjoyed the kids clubs. We found the 9 to 12 kids Club sign in/sign out restrictions tricky to manage as the children are unable to contact you if they want to leave the club and consequently we had to take frequent trips up to top deck checking that they wanted to stay or leave. Disney have a gps bracelet where children of that age can sign in and out independently which we thought worked better. Evening entertainment in terms of bars etc was really good with lots of activity and we particularly liked the Glass House and The Exchange with The Casino. We arranged our own on shore excursions - getting on and off the ship was swift and straightforward. Transfer coaches were readily available and ran frequently. Coaches at all ports were of a high standard. Disembarking the ship was easy and straightforward. Our coach transfer to and from Southampton was excellent and the coach was modern and comfortable. The whole party really enjoyed the cruise and would highly recommend it to others. Our Cabin was superb with a lovely balcony and we would highly recommend Deck 9 D316 We will definitely cruise with P and O again Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We were a family of five travelling in three balcony cabins, R303 - accessible cabin, A254 and A251. Embarkation was a farce, chaotic and not helped by rude and unhelpful G4S staff. Didn't see the point of being given an ... Read More
We were a family of five travelling in three balcony cabins, R303 - accessible cabin, A254 and A251. Embarkation was a farce, chaotic and not helped by rude and unhelpful G4S staff. Didn't see the point of being given an embarkation time as this was totally ignored and we were waved disdainfully towards the queue. As a first timer any questions we asked were ignored. All very pleased with our cabins, the accessible cabin was large and well thought out for use by a disbabled guest. Buffet - this was very busy on the first couple of days and choice was not great. Improved greatly over the rest of the cruise and we used daily for breakfast and late lunch. Main Dining Room Saffron - food and choice excellent, service excellent. My daughter, a vegetarian, was given exemplary service with advance orders taken for the following days menu. Sindhu - the only select restaurant we visited and the meal was well worth the additional cover charge. Entertainment- varied and good, house bands were excellent, a couple of the 'tribute' acts bordering on mediocre. 'Gary Barlow' looked like the man himself, didn't sound like him at all. 'Shania Twain' didn't look like or sound like the singer at all. The headline act was Bernie Flint who I'm sure would be unknown to at least half of the passengers. Plenty to do on board, very busy on inside decks when weather not too good though. Service - generally good with staff bordering on indifferent to excellent. Drinks could be slow at times particularly in The Exchange. All of our cabin stewards were excellent. Please beware of the advertised unlimited photos for £99 offer, this is not what it seems. We had an issue over this which to be fair was resolved to our satisfaction. If you are looking to take advantage of this speak to one of the photo team first to make sure you are aware of the numerous, unadvertised, terms and conditions. We had excursions at most ports between us and all were pleased with guides, content and value for money. Special mention for the FC Barcelona, Rome on your own and Pompeii tours. Dress codes - not adhered to in some instances. Would appear that a jacket isn't required on Black Tie, saw one female passenger in main dining room wearing white jeans as part of her outfit. Evening casual, again in dining room saw a female passenger wearing a frayed denim miniskirt. If you're going to have a dress code at least police it so the rest of us who have made an effort don't feel hard done by. Unable to visit Cagliari due to adverse weather leading to an unexpected, rough, additional day at sea. I thought that the ship would cope better with the rough seas, overall we had a couple of days of uncomfortable ship movement. We enjoyed the convenience of no fly but not the four sea days of dull/inclement weather and when looking a Med cruise again would take this into account. All enjoyed our overall P&O Ventura experience and would cruise on her again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was a family cruise. Fifteen of us. Accommodated us all very well in the dining room with two tables next to each other. Also accommodated one vegetarian every night with a special menu. (Cruisers need to make known at time of ... Read More
This was a family cruise. Fifteen of us. Accommodated us all very well in the dining room with two tables next to each other. Also accommodated one vegetarian every night with a special menu. (Cruisers need to make known at time of booking if anyone is a vegetarian). All balcony cabins were good except one. There was a persistent knocking sound. After reporting to reception was moved to another cabin. Went during school holidays but did not really notice any children on board - we did not spend time by the children's pool. All the ports were walking distance - Vigo Oporto Lisbon Guernsey - no need to book excursions we felt. Entertainment was very good. Food was good although puddings a little disappointing. Also the buffet a little disappointing - not much chocolate in the way of cakes! We cruise every year but had five new cruisers in our party. The younger adults in our group said it was nice but were not hooked on cruising. One felt a little sick but soon overcame this. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Ventura Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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