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We were on from 22/nov....cruise was ok but nowhere near as good as other cruise ships. Cunard (British), Costa (Italian) and NCL (American) are far better...try any of these lines next time.
You're all more than welcome to add me on Facebook. Gary James Shore. ☺️
Yes we did!! How random. Lol... missing the breakfasts too... actually cooking my own was hard today lol
Did you bump into each other at any time? It would be good to put a face to a name. ☺️
yeah it was brilliant :) ... not as varied an age group as last time tho haha
Hi Sailer samm. Did you enjoy the cruise? X
hey :) .. i think me and my friend sat with you and your lovely family for breakfast yesterday morning ! it was great to meet you xx
Fantastic trip. Excellent entertainment. The holiday blues have definitely kicked in with me too x
This time yesterday I would be eating my delicious starter.... sad times I got the holiday blues!!! But what an amazing trip.... hope everyone got home safe x
We loved it as always xxx
Where are you both from?
Probably we never left the tamarind club haha
I think you two were watching the violinist on the table behind me the other night. ☺️
That'll be good! ☺️ ☺️
We are going round Spain and Italy next time and I can't wait
Had a fantastic time. I thought the entertainment was amazing! Loved We3! ☺️
Hope you enjoy! Where are you going next time? I had a great time too. The entertainment was amazing! ☺️
Had the most amazing time we and Sian are well known and we are going to be back on Ventura in 8 weeks time
I like your optimism xx
Fantastic cruise. Hope everyone else had a great one too. All that's left is to get home and start booking the next 😀👍🏻
Really enjoyed my first cruise. Shame it's come to end but all good things do. Met wonderful people and made good friends
Loving every minute of this hols... hope everyone's enjoying too xx
Five days on and doing great for a first timmer who normally gets SS on a lilo !!
Great ship,good food,good company, fab entertainment and wonderful cabin,what more can you ask for as a 1st cruise
As soon as I got on board I went straight to the buffet to an amazing roast beef dinner absolutely stunning 👍🏻😀
Think I have put on a stone already 🐽🙈
And relax :). Enjoy y'all.
Sat nav says 40 miles away glad the sun is shining... hoping the jacuzzis are warmed up
hehe almost time !!!
Me to woke at 4 am so unbelievably excited 😊
Sat nav says 40 miles away.... looking forward to boarding and having an awesome holiday!
Safe journey to everyone heading down to Southampton. See you on board!
i woke at 6 ... couldnt sleep ... sooooooo excited
im just so excited !!!! .... cannot wait for that first cocktail lol
The day has finally arrived. We have all been waiting so long for. Happy cruising to everyone. See you all on-board.
4am- me neither x
Omg 17 hours to go... so excited can't sleep...
Enjoy the wine. ☺️ I'm pretty excited now.
Arrived in Southampton, enjoying a few glasses of wine at the hotel. So excited. See you all tomorrow 😄
Should really go and pack now,less than 24hrs to go.
Now at 0 days to go. Just 22 hours left 😀👍🏻
Bags packed ........no doubt forgot something!!
One more sleep!
Arrived Southampton. Settling in my hotel room. Ready for tomorrow
At Amsterdam airport waiting to board
On my way to Southampton soon be there.
Taxi all booked up for tomorrow. Now I need to pack my case, get a hair cut and contain the excitement!
Let's hope KLM doesn't lose any of the bags...
well done ... i cant help thinking ive forgotten somthing lol
All packed and ready to go... bet everything will be creased when I unpack
Is everyone staying at the Premier Inn? Lol... sure to bump into a fellow cruiser....
Hate ironing.... but all done
My folding is poor, so it's the iron for me. 😉
hmmmm good point ... im a lady and i dont iron unless essential ! .. im a good folder haha
Cheek! Ha. What u gonna do if you're single?? 😀
wow men iron ? ...
I know stayed there before c u tomorrow if u want can meet you and your family for a drink in their bar
Hotels lovely len I'm here now really handy for everything xxx
In Southampton before cruise the Christmas market is brilliant for the kids flying Santa was brilliant xxxx
yep you can indeed .. you can take as much as u like as long as u only drink it in your cabin otherwise youll need to pay corkage x
Can you take bottles of drink on board in your hand luggage?
You'll need more than one G&T
I plan to iron on board with a G&T in one hand....
I'm in London today travelled from Southampton, waze saved me 40 mins or so. I swear by it
Good luck 😁
Doing the shirts tonight 😣
I'm done. Ironed the sh** out of everything lol. Bored now and want to go :)
You've got to start somewhere. 😉
oooo yay ... do we have a rough idea on what temps to expect ? i am packing my bikini lol
The weathers looking good in cadiz for us.
I am lucky, now retired, coming to Southampton tomorrow, by train only 2hour journey,staying at the premier Inn West Quay
2 days. That's all lol :)
So far only done trousers...
you have to pay for internet useage onboard. i just wait until we are in ports and check emails etc then :) .
juat be warned once you done this cruise youll be hooked !
im working today and tomorow so the days should fly by :) ... cant wait to get my glad rags on x
Last working day before the cruise... Never been so excited for a Monday morning. Tomorrow flying to Southampton... 😊
Can't wait haha wish it was Wednesday already !!!!
Packing started, final decision on what's going in the case tomorrow night lol 😁
I've used the net on Ventura and it was ok. Used it for Facebook etc so it's fine for that :)
Not sure about the Internet. It's my first time on P&O, but on princess cruises the Internet is OK but a bit slow.
I'll be on the M6 toll road as I'm driving down from Manchester. Leaving here about 5am just to be on the safe side. See y'all there :) Safe journey Krissy.
You'll love it. Ventura is a great ship.
Fingers crossed hopefully!
The road works were further north so the toll road won't help Perhaps the app Waze will show you how to miss the traffic delays
Are the road works on the M6 the part which can be avoided by using the M6 Toll Road? If not how long are they there for?
Well we used it in October to drive from Oxford to Blackpool both ways and it costs about £5-00 but the road was clear not busy the best part of the journey There are also roadworks on the M6 for around 10 miles both ways and depending on what time of day the road could be very slow going
I'm imagining if you have to pay for it does that mean it'd be clearer and easier to drive? And by passing a large city like Birmingham would be advantageous no? It is the M6 toll road I'm referring to haha!
No all the roads are in England are free but there is a toll road to bypass Birmingham which you have to pay on but you don't have to use the toll road stay on the M6
Fingers x'd! I didn't realise you had to pay to drive on certain roads as in Scotland all roads are free!
Yes I am! December 1st I take it yours is the 30th then? A St Andrews birthday if you were Scottish haha!
You will be fine because most of the route will be either a motorway or A roads and well signposted
Did I see a post that you were celebrating your 30th birthday on this cruise ??? I will be celebrating my birthday in Lisbon and will be 76 years old Hope to meet up with you on the cruise
I have never drove so I have no clue as to where these junctions are. I have downloaded waze which is an app like Google maps but gives real time traffic reports and diverts you the quickest way so hopefully that will help. I'm awfully nervous as I normally fly down argh!
Hi Kris have you looked at the map about your trip to Southampton like I said if you leave the M40 at Bicester and take the A34 for Abingdon & Newbury this is a dual carriageway all the way till you join the M3 just after Winchester
What is the internet like on the ship ?
You'll love it. ☺️
That was the hardest part of the pack which 10 dresses to pack 🙈
so exciting .. i cant wait to wear all my pretty dresses :)
It's great. You'll love it as much as I did I hope. :) enjoy.
Yes my first cruise as well don't really know what to expect but looking forward to the journey
Me too first time,Feeling same
First time on a ship feeling anxious and excitement 🚢
Same here. We all waited so long but only 3 days away
Packing done!!! It's really happening wish today was Wednesday...
3 sleeps !!!!! .... packing today :)
It looks like the road closures are on the M3 motorway close the the M25 but if you leave the M40 at Oxford you can join the A34 then pick up the M3 after Winchester I live in Oxford and use the A34 to the M3 The M3 is closed this weekend to demolish a bridge over the motorway but should be cleared early next week
Thanks I will check that out !
Try the sat nav app Waze, very good at traffic diversions.
hoping my sea legs are ready ! ...
I am travelling from Scotland and it's the first time we have drove down normally we get a flight however I'm not a great flyer and wanted to take opportunity on the baggage allowance being more laxed.
However driving from Scotland to the other side of the country seems a tad daunting.
I have Google mapped it and it seems OK taking 7 hours however I saw on another thread that part of a motorway was closed at the weekend near Southampton.
Does anyone have any info on driving to Southampton or the roads etc we are driving down on Tuesday hoping to avoid rush hour but any hints or tips would be greatly appreciated !
The baggage company to my suitcase today next time I see it will be outside my cabin
Sea legs always on been across when it's been a roller coaster in June and a mill pond in December - so who knows - bring it on - can't wait
Yes Alan sea legs on don't care about any weather just going to have a great experience and a good time.c u there
We all got our sea legs on? Could be bumpy on the BoB. Hoping we have clear horizons.
See y'all on Wednesday:)
Ok cheers so you at the hotel
I think it's because we have booked a family suite len brill see you there xxx
How did you arrange that, I am also staying at the premier Inn West Quay
I've got 12-30 made up because we are staying at premier inn west quay before and there check out is 12 can't wait really looking forward to this cruise happy holidays everyone xxxx
We check in at 3-30
First timer myself. That's great. They will be good and interesting excursions
cannot wait !!
We are first timers on the cruise and we have booked
C u there !
The magnificent 7, days that is left, yahoo
Dresses are out packing has started.... roll on holiday... xx
Single days to go. Just round the corner now.Next week here we come.
Oh no... get well soon
9 now - yes!!!!!!'
It will feel like Christmas when we get home - getting ready - will be fab
You'll have a great time :) Ventura is a great ship.
I was on Ventura around this time last year. Decorations went up probably around 10/12th December as I recall!
11 Days 6 hours and counting! ☺️ ☺️ ☺️ ☺️
"put ya hands up"
Usually no Christmas decs up until Christmas cruise
Yes Tracey that would be wonderful. Seen YouTube videos of ventura with decorations/Christmas tree up looks really stunning.
Only 13 sleeps to go, cant wait, hope they have some Christmas decorations up.be nice to see them.
I've asked this already but.......... Any single Lady's on board? 😉 x
That's all my clothes packed just essentials left, baggage company collection next Friday, ready and waiting, good to go. Can't believe the cruise is so close after waiting over a year when booked, time has flown bye
Yeah same here not long now
2 weeks to go... my first cruise and super excited
Thanks Bob and sorry to hear that. Wishing you a speedy recovery. All the best!
Thank you alan24 andlen0269 have a good time
Sorry to hear you cannot make the cruise, wishing you a speedy recovery, get well soon, all the future cruises to look forward too
Sorry to hear that. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
I would like to wish you all have a great cruise and to all you fist time cruising you will have a good time and hope that the weather will be dry for you to see the great ports that you are going to but I can not now make the cruise as I am not well enough to do the cruise as I have got problem with my liver and Pancreas so got to go in to hospital to get it looked at
So have a great time not long now just two weeks tomorrow
16 days omg...
Yeah will be great for them am really looking forward to it so is my wee one
Yes will be good for them all to make lots of friends.. then more time spent in the kids club! 😊
Great to know there are other youngsters. From what I gather there is a noddy theme and a climbing style soft play area. The pictures on the website look very good.
Hi myself and partner are travelling with our 3 year old son jst turned 3 last month. Our first cruise also
We have a 2 and 4 year old.. both in the youngest kids club and they are very excited about it!
Have a great time. Welcome on board.
Looking forward to my first cruise with wife and young child. Is anyone else travelling with a 2 year old? I've been advised there are fantastic facilities.
See you all on board
We are in the teens now won't be long for single figures. Roll on these days.
3 weeks to go!
Do we have any theme nights?
Booked the following tours:-
1. Leisurely La Coruna
2. Leisurely Malaga
3 Secrets of the Rock, Gibraltar
4. Lisbon by Tram and coach
Interested to know if anyone else have booked any of these tours or have been on them before who could tell me what they are like.
Thanks in advance
Hi len I have been on a few cruises now but when I book my cruise its still like the fist time I get so excited and do the count down think
A Deck Balcony
Yes lets hope that the sea is nice and flat for you len
What cabin have you got
Thanks bob I am sure I will really looking forward to it.
All I hope that all you fist time cruising will have a great cruise
I was in the med in December last year and I got a sun tan but you just don't know
I think mine is half 2. The difficult thing is to try and not get down there too early lol.
lol I was knew hours but wasn't sure about the seconds... great guessing. Our checking in time is 3 so could technically work out the mins and seconds... eeek exciting
OK........... So I guessed about the minutes and seconds lol 😋 x
☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️ 25 days, 8 hours, 45. Minutes and 10 seconds.
Omg 25.... 🙈👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Me too... difficult to predict the weather down there
Same as here and a few summers things
I am taking a bit of everything, summer/ winter clothes
Yeah know the feeling I check in at 3pm also
so whats everyone packing ? ... i have no idea what tempuratures are going to be like and im stuck ! x
aww we dont check in until 3 :(
Etickets are here --- yay --- feeling excited and happy and counting down the days - everyone else excited????
Hope everyone now has their e-tickets and cannot wait to go
Great, have a good time
We have our tickets checking in time 1 30 so excited😀😀😀
More the merrier. Have a great time
Thank you :)
27 now!!! 😀😀😀😀😀
Welcome aboard !!
Just booked today. Happy days :)
Never done a Med cruise but looking forward to it :)
You can take as much as you like for your cabin and balcony - you pay corkage in public areas
Let the addiction begin
I know so need a holiday!! So just checked and it's 28 days even more exciting eeeek
Thank you. 😀😀
We will generally allow a small, reasonable amount to be taken on-board for you to enjoy in your cabin however, taking bottles of alcohol into restaurants or lounges will incur a corkage fee of £15 (prices are subject to change) per item (any size) per occasion.
Taken from p&o website hope it helps xxx
Your allowed as much as you can carry or in your case as long as it's for the cabin only xxxx
Sneeking that should say.
You could always try seeking some on and see what happens? Lol. 😉 x
Not sure. On princess cruises they always take alcohol off you and give it you back when you leave. Not sure how P&O work it. It's my first time with them.
What sort of drink wise are we aloud to take on the boat
Just upgraded from an obstructed outside to a balcony garauntee for 190 for all 4 of us.. happy with that
It can't come quick enough. 😉
30 days n 4 hours wooo hooo!!!!
Wish to know if flight tickets come with e-ticket.
Sorry about this and I know I keep saying the countdown but so excited first cruise, 30 days to go.
So hope you enjoy it - it can become me addictive be warned ! Lol
My first cruise so really looking forward to it
Feel the same. Can't wait
Counting down time now - so looking forward to having a relaxing good time onboard - new adventures making new friends - making more memories - oh my days I can't wait!!! Feeling blessed -
If it's your first visit to Gibraltar go up the rock - visit st. Michaels caves - you can get a mini bus tour from town.
Hope it comes very soon
Hopefully your cabin will be assigned next week and you can get your e-tickets. Hope to see a post stating you have your tickets
No matter how many cruises I go on I'm always soooooo excited I love the count down the preparation the receiving of the tickets - the drive down to Southampton for the stay over the night before - omg I cannot hardly wait!!! Let's get on board !!!!!!
Jess hope you get your e-brochure,which includes your e-ticket, very soon then the excitement will increase as it is your first cruise, my first cruise also.
I know we will get them but it's our first cruise just really excited how long to people wait intill they allocate the cabin
Jess have you booked a cabin number? If not you won't get them till they allocate it don't worry you will get it as soon as they assign it xxxxx
Ok don't rub it in
15.00 for us
Yeh updated it
You have updated all your passport info Yeah? Could be that maybr
33 days to go and still no holiday information booklet arrived 😞
ours is also 3pm :(
Why not nothing to lose give it a try
Contact P&O customer service and ask them to ease your frustration then when you know it will be all smiles. Good luck
Not got ours yet - but still excited
Why is it taking so long for us to get our tickets
We always stay at Chilworth manor the night before - love it there starts my holiday off a day earlier - park the car there and a taxi takes you to the port - simply relaxing
Went on cruise personaliser and it says there are 3 black tie nights and 7 casual nights
Got mine last week
Do you know roughly when the tickets are available
No restrictions when cruising from Southampton unless you're flying in
Bit warmer than uk tbh we've done this a few times in Oct and Nov and it varies lots -
Anyone got there e-tickets yet
Yeah we got 15:00. 😕
Of I were to phone p and o say a week before sailing do you know if they offer upgrades on the cheap?
Should get it when it's 5 weeks. I've not got mine yet. ☺
Waiting for our e-ticket is so frustrating 😡😡😡😡
Just printed E Tickets whoo not long now 😁 X
If you booked where P&O choose your cabin no. You should receive it soon once they allocate you a cabin
Do everyone get their e-ticket at different times because we don't have ours yet
Lucky you my time is 15:00
We are still unable to get our e tickets as it says the cabin isn't assigned yet. Does anyone know how long have to wait
Just looked at our e tickets.. 13:30 check in time, happy with that!
I can't wait!! ☺
Not long now! So excited😊
At last Cruise ticket ready to print as from today. Almost there. YEAH
The excitement is brewing into the 30 odd days left...been counting since 215 days...
Don't know for certain, I would guess at 3. That's usual for a cruise of this length. ☺
How many black tie and formal nights are there on this cruise, anyone know
Can anyone tell me what is the weather like,in November /December at the places we are going to on the ventura November 23rd Iberia cruise.
We have also booked this tour 😊 really looking forward to it!
Thanks. Have booked the P&O tour - Secrets of the Rock. This is the only tour I will be doing as I intend to do my own thing at the other ports of call
I love gib if you are not going on a tour and just going to the centre don't get a cab as its not far on foot just follow the crowd
Fellow cruisers the big 5 O is here 50 days to go. What a rush
Will be my first time in Gibraltar
Hope you like Gib. My hometown... I'll be meeting my family for coffee... know the rest of the rock 😉
Looking forward to the Gibraltar tour.
What trips are you all looking forward to? I'm pretty excited about going around Benfica's stadium. 😀😀
So excited 😁
I know I can't wait
Can't believe it's that close now.
Bring it on!! ☺ ☺
8 weeks today 😊
Received mine a week ago.
Okay thank you
You won't need to put your toiletries in clear bottles then, just pack them as normal. ☺
We are just wondering if we need to be our shampoos etc in clear Bottles
We are not flying we coming from the uk we are sailing from Southampton
I'm guessing you're flying from the US? If it's in your case it doesn't matter, but if it's in hand luggage it needs to go in clear bottles.
Thank you. Do you need to put it in clear bottles
Got mine last week. 👍
Hi. You usually get basic toiletries, but I'd recommend taking your own and just using those if you run out. ☺ X
Still waiting for mine
Received mine about a week ago
Is anyone else still waiting for the holiday information booklet to arrive ??
Hi everyone, this is mine and jess first cruise. Not sure about packing for shampoo and other toiletries? Is it the same as a plane ? Please help xx
Getting excited now 60 days to go!!!
Now 60 days to go. Getting there.
We are on the 23rd November can not wait deck 9 D Deck.
We are staying at a premier inn at Didcot the night before we sail, we always take the car with the parking at the port always good and not had any
Problems On any of the cruises we been on touch wood.
This is my first cruise going to take a mixture of summer/winter clothes
Yeah mine came today also
Whoo our holiday information booklet & luggage tags have arrived. 69 days to go 😀
70 days to go! Has anyone sailed a similar itinerary at this time of year? Inwas wondering what type of clothing to buy/pack. We sailed a similar trip last year but in mid Oct and it was warm enough for shorts and to go swimming in the Sea in the more southern ports.
Thanks my provider told me this exactly as you said.thank you.
I sailed in October last year and there were 60 children on. The following week was half term and they were expecting 600!
If you are just sending text messages you are probably better just sending them from you phone and paying the per text price. Just don't put data roaming on (especially at sea).
Received today my e-brochure with the luggage labels. Not long now
Thanks will do
Wait till we get into port Len there will be plenty of places offering free wifi xxx
Only want to message my daughters to let them know all is well now and then
Ok thanks. Works out expensive over the length of the cruise
Meaning after 24 hours the next day you pay again xxx
No as I u understand it you have to pay every 24 hours it did used to be the case you could buy hours at a time but that changed earlier this year xxx
Do you know when you said 24hours does that mean it stops same time the next day or can you spread the 24hours over your cruise.
Ok thanks for your help
Morning Len unfortunately not you have to pay for it I believe it starts at 7.95 for 24 hours and that's just to browse social media think it's about 25 if you want to have full access xxx
Can anyone tell me if wifi is free on board the ventura
I know what you mean also will be difficult to sleep due to the excitement of the forthcoming cruise
Ill be to excited to sleep started at 352 days to go I'll be at the dock to wave Ventura in lol xxxx
Yes bob have stayed there twice, no issues also booked evening meal and breakfast which I had before also excellent, thanks for your info
I don't know if you two have stayed there before but me and the wife stayed there when we was going on canard from the mayflower and the beds was very hard did not get much sleep but the breakfast was very good and if you up early you can see the ship come in
Don't know in each group but they are only allowed 660 between 2-12 xxxx
How many kids do they take within each group
At the premier Inn West Quay
Just for information I've spoken to p&o today there are 73 children on board there's 19 in the 4 year old group and 15 in the 9 year old group didn't find out bout the others as there my kids ages plenty of playmates xxx
I'm staying there too great minds xx
Yes bob that's right my hotel is near dock 10 walking distance if I want. I find this way really relaxing no worries if train delayed have all day to get there.
Yes len me and the wife have booked in to a hotel the night before we normally travel down on the day but this time we thought we have a change we go out and have a bite to eat in Southampton then back to the hotel and its not to far to go to the cruise ship as I see that we are going from the mayflower terminal
Staying at the premier Inn West Quay Southampton night before the cruise,not far from docks,arranged for luggage to be collected at my home addressing and taken to the ship and return, purchased train tickets to get to/ from Southampton,home station Croydon, only £5 per ticket(advanced fare). I like to do it this way so that I avoid any problems getting to Southampton on the day, i can then relax and enjoy. Anybody doing a similar thing.
It's usually the first full sea day? Or the day after we board. But don't quote me on it. ☺