We had had such a good time on our previous cruises we wanted to share it with our family so we treated Paul’s Dad John, and his elder brother Dean to a 2 night Ventura cruise from Southampton. This was our first experience of P & O, The Ventura is a fairly new ship, and we were excited to be sailing on her.
We sailed from Southampton, the weather was dry so we headed up to the pool deck for the sail away party to join in the fun, the atmosphere was great, particularly when the ships horns went off and both Dean and John jumped out of their skin! P&O do seem to have the best sail away parties that we have experienced.
We had adjoining balcony cabins on the Ventura that were very comfortable, and having the door open between the two balconies was great. The cabins were decorated to a high standard, very spacious and comfortable. We have previously stayed in inside, promenade and balcony cabin on a variety of ships and do prefer a balcony cabin if the budget allows, here are our reasons why.
The entertainment was excellent and on one of the nights Jimmy James and the Vagabonds played 2 shows in the Majestic theatre. We were very impressed, fair play for a man who was born in 1940 he can still belt them out and is still a great entertainer. During his performance the ship seemed to take a sharp turn to the left, Jimmy gracefully did a little shuffle across the stage and continued to belt out their hits!
We also spent time in the Metropolis bar, situated at the aft of the ship on Deck 18. On the back of the bar wall it has 20 metre floor-to-ceiling video wall which displays dramatic cityscapes, so you might gaze ‘out’ upon Paris, New York or Sydney as you sip your favourite apéritif, which was pretty cool.
Our dining experience on our 2 day Ventura cruise was mixed. For our evening meal we dined in the Bay Tree dining room, where we chose to share a table with 3 lovely elderly ladies who were great company. Unfortunately, the service was not as efficient as we had experienced before, both the waiter and busboy seemed inexperienced which is unusual, not sure if this was the case, of new ship, new staff? It wasn’t the 5 star service we had experienced with other cruise lines. However, the standard of food and service, during breakfast, and lunch in the buffet restaurants was excellent.
One issue we did have was that Dean’s luggage went missing and didn’t turn up until the 2nd day. The first night was formal night and he had to borrow a shirt and tie, which when you are only on a 2 day Ventura cruise, was really less than satisfactory!
We really wanted to like the P & O brand as they do some cracking deals out of the UK, but we did struggle. Would we sail with P & O again, not sure? Perhaps 2 days was not enough to get a comprehensive opinion?
Saying all that, we did enjoy our 2 day Ventura cruise, you can’t beat quality family time and we did laugh all the way back to Southampton.
Have you been on the Ventura? Are you a fan of P & O? We would love to hear your comments below.
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