More negatives than positives

Ventura Cruise Review to Europe

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 7
Helpful Votes: 67

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5

Spain And Portugal

Sail date: October 01, 2017

Ship: Ventura

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: B742

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

The buffet food made the cruise very disappointing and with the layout of the ship, and the boredom on sea days when there is inclement weather, means I won't go on Ventura or probably P & O again. RCI or Princess in future.


5 out of 5
Embarkation was first rate

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Main dining was good, often with 5 courses. Buffet was probably the worst we have had on any of our 20+ plus cruises with various lines. Sadly lacking in variety at breakfast, with food often cold and sausages normally burnt at the bottom and stuck to the dishes. Rolls on a couple of days were so hard around the edges, it was as if they had been left out all night. RCI and Princess breakfasts often have in addition to the usual grilled offerings, hash browns, pancakes, eggs cooked to order, corned beef hash ,etc. Lunch was a bit better but available drinks are just coffee, tea (decaff tea rarely available) and water. .Never semi skinned milk, always full cream . Again on other lines there is always, lemonade and other fruit drinks available and staff come round with coffee, tea etc, but not on P & O. We went to the Saffron dining for lunch a couple of days, but choice there was very limited and staff didn't seem bothered if they served you or not

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Only shuffleboard and quoits on top deck , although there is a sports deck for golf nets ,tennis etc: No jogging track and it is impossible to do walks right round the upper deck without having to take diversions. When weather is too blustery to go outside, nothing extra is arranged inside, so you sit around bored most of the time. Quizzes that were planned were quite good.


4 out of 5
In house performers were probably the best we have ever seen, absolutely superb. Tribute acts and star acts were quite good, but I thought the lead singer of sound wave (resident band) was poor and shouted more than sand

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Good everywhere except Saffron

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Design of ship is not very good. You have to walk and change floors to get to different parts, rather than take a lift straight there. Cleanliness was good

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin was comparable to any other we've been on. Plenty of storage and a nice balcony

Ship tip

Don't book to have a forward high deck cabin, because in bad weather, Water leaks down form the pools an wets the corridors. Its going in for repairs in March 2018 to Hamburg.

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

4 out of 5

Cadiz (Spain)

5 out of 5

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5

Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France

4 out of 5


5 out of 5

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5

Cartagena, Spain

5 out of 5

Gibraltar (U.K.)

5 out of 5
Not long enough. Half day is too short


5 out of 5
Best ever
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