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Winter Holiday by Cruiser49675176

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

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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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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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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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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4.0

Sailed 19th-23rd April, Bruges and... by dannywright

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Sailed 19th-23rd April, Bruges and Guernsey. As we have children one of which has ASD we always tend to use the buffet service for food as we find it easier, the food on this trip didn’t seem to be as good as before and not as much variety. I was not impressed with the tender at Guernsey as it actually leaked soaking my son and I and when I expressed my concern that it wasn’t good to know that one of Ventura’s life boats leaked to a member of staff on the tender I got a reply of “yeah someone mentioned that before”!!! Surely that would be of high priority to put right?!?! Apart from these couple of niggles it was a pleasant trip for a few nights but this being our second trip on Ventura we probably won’t do a third and stick to Britannia in future

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3.8

Disappointed in parts! Let down by staff! by witham

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Disappointed with P&O but I know others will disagree as everyone has their favourite line & ship but she’s not ours!

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5.0

Wonderful 12 night cruise down... by drewpeacock

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Wonderful 12 night cruise down the Iberian coast, ports that the stopped at were excellent and the weather was very good! Had a bit of movement when going through the bay of biscay but otherwise really enjoyable trip. The staff were absolutely amazing and the food was excellent (especially in the beach house) a definite 10/10 cruise.

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5.0

Well were do I start... by janheaton1970

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Well were do I start just back from our first ever cruise also we got married while on this amazing ship the staff are so great always friendly and willing to help us with anything c

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4.0

This was our first cruise... by Yan

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This was our first cruise with a sea view only cabin as we have always had a balcony cabin previously. As we left Southampton in mid March the weather wasn’t too great so we didn’t miss having a balcony until we got to our first port of Madeira. Overall I feel that if the price difference isn’t too great I would prefer a balcony cabin, although our cabin size was fine.

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4.5

Nice cruise break by headaway

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Choppy seas, plenty to do onboard, nice places to visit.

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4.6

Fabulous First Cruise Experience by lynandpaul

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We liked it so much we’re going again next year !!!

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4.9

Loved it! by Townie140

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Was apprehensive about being a family ship but with only 178 under 18's on board - apart from a couple of them being a nuisance - it was a great experience.

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4.2

Enjoyed cruising for Christmas & New Year by ladylarko

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Enjoyed the cruise great service very clean professional friendly staff ... the only surprise and disappointment was the food both in the buffet and main dining rooms ... I think skimped on quality ingredients... no bananas ... little choice of cheese

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4.1

Nice per Christmas get away. by StevePink

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

P&O need to cater for a younger generation, so to keep their future clientele, most if not all of the entertainment and activities was set in the 50's & 60's, newer modern entertainment and activities for the 20 to 50 year old set for 80's & 00's required, not the 70. Staff excellent however not much can be said for the majority of passengers with their comments and attitudes with lack of manners to staff and fellow passengers. This cruise was more Saga than P&O.

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3.2

Lovely time by Zena510

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Wasn’t impressed wth the Canaries. Lack of historic interest. Ship very nice. Balcony cabin with larger balcony good. Food ok but repetitive. But if a bumpy few days at sea on this occasion. Same old stuff on ship shops. Activities during day a tad uninteresting for us. Seems to be a gap in what they can provide for younger guests - as in 25-60. Although we had a nice time we didn’t enjoy this cruise as we have the others we’ve been on.

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4.0

Just back from a 3... by sjr36046326498

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Just back from a 3 night mini-cruise on Ventura. Enjoyable time, lots of big groups and parties onboard - understandably - but it wasn't at all rowdy that I noticed and was actually a really nice atmosphere. The ship itself surprised me. I haven't sailed on her since 2012 and it almost seemed a different ship. A lot of the venues felt fresh and modern. In particular, the Metropolitan Bar and Havana Bar had really nice modern decors. The cabin, a superior deluxe balcony on deck 9, had slightly dated fixtures and fittings but was perfectly comfortable, well appointed and generally in a good condition. Certainly compared to the basic balcony cabin I'd experienced first time around, I'd say the extra space, including sofa, bigger balcony, full sized bath and little perks like bathrobe, slippers, champagne and chocolates, we're well worth the extra fare. The only downside for me was the buffet. Some of the serving stations, especially at the very aft end of the Waterside Cafe are very cramped and at busy times can be very frustrating. The food was ok and was a fairly typical selection. I personally found the puddings all lacked any real taste and we're bland though. The Beach House is a good value specialty restaurant located at the aft end of the buffet area in the evenings only. There is a small cover charge and some dishes such as the lava stone fillet steak attract another small fee on top, but it is well worth it. Staff were all very friendly and efficient. The entertainment was par for the course including a musicals themed show and a guest comedian. The highlight though was 'Astonishing', a new singing, dancing, illusion theatre show. It was quite spectacular and modern (if you ignore the two cringe inducing old style cruise show songs in it!). On the whole this short break on Ventura was really enjoyable and I'd have no issues booking a longer cruise on Ventura. Despite her age, P&O have done a good job refreshing and modernising her to a point where she compares admirably with the youngest in the fleet, Britannia.

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4.0

Went on 3 night mini... by MissGaladriel88

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Went on 3 night mini cruise, loved the ship. All the staff were fabulous especially Edward in the cinnamon restaurant who went above and beyond for our table. Buffet was good, although preferred the mid ship buffets as the ones at aft were very cramped and they let people in from both sides and people clash in the middle. Only one downside for us was The Beach House restaurant, our main meal was cold and inedible, we passed on this info at the time but nothing came of it. Over all the ship was fantastic, shows were amazing especially Astonishing. Wish there were more Christmas style photos taken on black tie night as would of loved one by the big tree but the only way to get one by the tree was straight after boarding, but we took our own pics by the tree. Will definitely love to go back on Ventura

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3.0

Home from 11 nights on... by alan24

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Home from 11 nights on Ventura doing the Med/Gib/Lisbon. Weather was a bit crazy but not utterly terrible and Cartagena was stunning. I got such a vibe from the place and fell in love with it. Met some truly great people (Phil and Mike) who made my holiday better in every way. Food was top notch. I ate in The Beach House and Sindhu. Well worth the extra spend. The downside was that deck 14 stunk! The smell was awful. Toilet smell (being polite). I’ve written to P&O about this. It was a case of ‘hold your nose and run,’ which is what I did! I love Ventura. She’s a great ship and I’ll be going on her again soon but P&O really have to sort the smell out! Quickly. Big love

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We loved our cruise overall.... by kellymarie4

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We loved our cruise overall. However the ship has a lot of decor snaggings that need attention. Tiles missing in the pool, cracks around the edges, damage inside the lifts including areas taped up, ripped seats in the havannah, dirty stained chairs in the buffet area, there was a dint in the wall on the corridor to our room. We found the starters in the main restaurant (bay tree) often resembled and in some cases tasted like pet food. We preffered the buffet food. We dined in Sindhu and that was amazing. However when approached to book a table we were told there was an offer available but werent told this was only at selected times and when we had to reschedule we didn't get the offer. We had to ask our room attended for shampoo, conditioner and toilet roll more than once even though he had been in our room every day twice a day, they weren't refilled when running low. I have cruised several times before and had made a big deal to my partner (who has never cruised) about how you feel like royalty and how everything on cruises is 5* but I'd rate it a lot less in comparison to other ships i have been on. Including another P&O.

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4.6

Great mini cruise. by cazzy

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Lovely mini cruise. Ventura needs a good refit, cabins seem are very dated. Good food and great service.

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