Ventura Reviews

43 reviews




3 out of 5

Winter Holiday by Cruiser49675176

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The weather for November was glorious! Ports were good , but have been before to most. But did enjoy trips at Madeira & Tenerife. Ship wasn't as good as others I been on but was ok

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4 out of 5

Relaxing break with some pleasant stops by Cruiser56435572

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trips off site made easy by berthing so close to each town. 12 day trip with 5 days at sea, leisurely whilst on ship but food was good and plenty to do to relax and do whatever you wanted. We had an excellent superior delux with balcony and sat out regularly. Only downside was anytime dining was limited by available tables, otherwise good value for money

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5 out of 5

Fab holiday by Cruiser77900445

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enjoyed all of it my only complaint was I have always used the gym in the mornings for some exercise classes but was very surprised to be told there would be a nominal charge for this but did not expect to pay £7 per session ,which I thought was a bit steep .

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3 out of 5

setting sail by Cruiser46653809

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A nice ship.  We had a cabin with the balcony and separate sitting area which was well worth paying the extra  as we found the normal balcony cabin a bit cramped. Walk in wardrobe is always easy to access which is another nice feature.  Due to bad weather could not stop at Monte Carlo but still a very nice cruise.  Choice of shows each night is always a bonus, but lack of interesting lectures during the day definitely needs some attention.  Crew always helpful and a nice clean ship.  Feel the dress code needs to be upheld more as noticed some people took advantage.  A good cruise and would recommend.

 

 

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4 out of 5

Loved the ship, had no... by frogemax

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Loved the ship, had no issues with the ship at all. Very clean and well looked after. Enjoyed the Canaries and loved Madeira & Lisbon. I thought the entertainment could be hit and miss - the headliners were very good but got fed up with tribute acts virtually every night. Prices were very reasonable in both the shops and the bars. We found the food and service in the main dining room very good and ok in the buffet. One real downer was kids dive bombing in the pool. I wouldn't go in the pools because I can't stand fighting through kids who's main aim is to jump in as near to people as they can get. It seems parents didn't bother to sort them out. Also found the spa very expensive - my nails broke so I went to have them done properly - spent over an hour listening to the technician trying to sell me so much rubbish that I didn't need or want. Then paid a fortune for the privilege. However, have booked P&O again but trying a different ship. Would do Ventura again but never near to a school holiday. (This cruise was at the end if a 1/2 term break). It's not that I don't like children, it's that I don't like parents who don't control them.

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5 out of 5

Enjoyable and relaxing Canaries cruise by Jopat4969

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Very enjoyable and not over expensive, however we thought the trips offered were overpriced.excellent service from all personnel , excellent range of food and entertainment

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5 out of 5

Fantastic canaries cruise by misterg

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)
Absolutely fantastic from start to finish, nothing was too much trouble for any of the crew,shows and entertainment excellent .now to start saving for the next one . Thanks to all for making it a memorable 1st cruise.

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5 out of 5

Another brilliant mini cruise to... by Emma77

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Another brilliant mini cruise to Belgium, looking forward to cruising again with P&O. Staff really friendly, the food was absolutely delicious and cabin very comfortable. Amazing!

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5 out of 5

Have had a fantastic time.... by Emma75

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Have had a fantastic time. First time cruising and can’t wait for the next one. So much to do on the ship and the staff were so helpful and pleasant. 😊😊

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4 out of 5

Just ok by gorlin

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This was our first cruise and not sure if we’d go again. If we did it wouldn’t be with P&O. They overcharged us on our bill when we got back and the ship was a bit too big , too hard to find our way around

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5 out of 5

First time cruising and what... by carl2385

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First time cruising and what an experience. Staff were first class, very helpful. Sea days were slightly boring but was nice to just chill out in the balcony and watch the world go buy! Would definitely do it again but would book more excursions and take advantage of the stops. The cabins were bigger than expected. Cleanliness of the shop was spotless. Great to see them maintaining the ship whilst at dock.

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3 out of 5

I agree with all that... by yorghan1

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I agree with all that seadogrob has said and now I'll add my bit. Embarkcation was and disembarkation was excellent. Taking most of your cases early was a good idea and then taking you down deck by deck was also better than on other cruise lines. However informing you to use your original luggage labels the night before you disembark was a bit of a pain as we had removed them early in the cruise as we thought we would be issued new ones as other lines do, so we had to go to reception to get more. Now for some negatives. We have done 20+ cruises and the food in the buffet was awful, especially breakfast. Eggs were often cold and hard, sausages we frequently had to scrape off of the dishes and they were burnt along the bottom. Rolls one day were hard around the edges as if they had been left out all night. Very little variety i.e fish,pancakes ,savories were often not available, and we weren't late risers. Lunch wasn't much better and the only cold drinks available is water. Other lines have much better and visible options. Maybe we've been spoilt by Royal Carribbean and Princess. Dinner in the restaurant was better than those cruise lines though , with 4 or 5 courses all well cooked and good waiters which is more than can be said for the lunchtime waiters in the saffron where we went a couple of times. We found them to be very standoffish and didn't seem bothered to serve you or not. Now for the worst part. The bloody ship leaks😬 My daughter and husband were on deck 15 forward and after the first night of bad weather the passage outside their cabin was soaking. This went on for several days in spite of staff trying to dry it. They were given a couple of bottles of wine and a free meal with wine in the epicurean as compensation. We found out later that more forward cabins and on lower decks had been effected and it is apparently caused by water splashing out of the pools in bad weather and finding its way through the floors. Apparently the ship is going into Hamburg in March for a refit and to cure the problem. One of the waiters told us he had to move cabins 6 times til they cured it on the part he was in. Anyway on a different topic the daytime entertainment is poor if there is bad weather because there is only shuffleboard and quoits outside and they don't arrange any extra quizzes if you can't get on deck so it can be a bit boring. The entertainment staff apart from that, are excellent. They were always on time and efficient at the outdoor deck games, the quizzes and sail away. The top member Wez is leaving but no-one seems to know how or why. The shows of a evening were superb and catered for every taste. Sorry this review has been so long but I wanted to express my views although others may disagree with my observations

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5 out of 5

This was our second cruise... by Garry356

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This was our second cruise with P&O and the staff and ship were first class. I would agree with other comments that this cruise was aimed at a more senior customer. The food was varied and very good as were the waiters. The accommodation was good but in need of a refurbish and considering we had a penthouse suite that was surprising. As was the extra cost of WiFi which in most hotels is now free? The separate dining arrangements for breakfast was outstanding and I congratulate the work of the staff. It never fails to surprise me that passenger's fail to follow the instructions of the crew. From life boat drill to disembarcation. If they are told to go right they go left and as to getting back to the ship on time!!! We only did 3 excursions which were well organised but for the fact some passengers decided to change coaches and cause a 45 minute delay. However none of this puts me off cruising with P&O

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4 out of 5

More negatives than positives by yorghan1

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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.

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5 out of 5

Wonderful Meditteranean cruise by kevin590123

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The very wet corridors and average food in the day restaurants aside, we had a great cruise. The weather a couple of nights was a bit rough but that is just something that could happen unplanned. Overall we enjoyed our cruise and would probably do it again.

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3 out of 5

Good shop but found that... by seadogrob

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Good shop but found that there were a lot of older and disabled passengers (75%) and it felt a bit like an older persons holiday. The daily meetings / activities were all geared towards older people e.g. WW2 talks, how to deal with back issues, wrinkle treatments, shuffle board etc. Excursions were very good. Overall something to come back to in ten years or more when we retire.

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4 out of 5

Felt like a Pensioner’s Cruise! by seadogrob

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This cruise was clearly targeted at older and disabled people. We spent quite a bit of time on our own balcony when not in port as there was not much of interest to do in sea days. Evening entertainment was excellent though.

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4 out of 5

Enjoyable Cruise by harista

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)
Disappointed not to have visited Sardinia but understand weather made this not possible. We enjoyed the convenience of not flying but of course this added to the number of sea days and overall we had four days of dull or bad weather. Surprised that during the periods of adverse sea conditions the ship moved more than expected for its size. Although we weren't sick as such it was uncomfortable at times particularly over prolonged period - 24 hours at one point. Ventura is a good ship with a good crew and really would have no hesitation with cruising on her again.

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5 out of 5

Fantastic experienc of my first cruise. by Nurse2008

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)
Onboard the P&O Ventura was my first cruise holiday and a brilliant family holiday all round. Fun filled days from start to finish with the activities, entertainment, ports of call, shopping & much more. I have already recommended to other family members and friends.

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5 out of 5

Great cruise. Best ever by jackiea

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Excellent all that we expected. Would recommend but be prepared for the heat. This was the last school holiday cruise so lots of children but no really bother.

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