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  • Entered service
    01/04/2008
  • Tonnage
    116017
  • Wheelchair Accessible Cabins
    19
  • Number of Decks
    14
  • Number of Elevators
    12
  • Number of Pools
    4
  • Number of Restaurants
    11
  • Formal Nights
    Yes
  • Kids Club
    Yes
  • Maximum Capacity
    3574
  • Number of Crew
    1205
  • Refurbished
    2018
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4.2Out of 5
Cabin 4.4
Service 4.6
Excursions 3.5
Dining 4.5
Activities 3.9
Value for money 4.3
Entertainment 4.1



couple
couple 1 Jan 2007

ship too big and the quality of service slowly declines as the number spaces to sell increases

couple
couple 1 Jan 2007

Having just completed our first P&O cruise (aboard the Ventura )I thought I’d post my comparison with the Celebrity Solstice class ships, as most of the cruises we have done were aboard Celebrity, the last one being on the Silhouette this time last year. The ships are roughly the same size in tonnage , but Ventura carries more passengers, and I believe has a higher ratio of crew to passenger. So on that score the Silhouette seems to come out on top. I would also say the Silhouette has a plusher interior, but that said the Ventura is still a nice interior just not as glitzy. On the Ventura we had a superior deluxe balcony cabin, because it had a bath. On the Silhouette we had a standard cabin; albeit in the past we have an Aqua Class cabin. Again the Silhouette cabin has a bit plusher feel, but doesn’t compare in size and storage to the Ventura. Without doubt the Ventura cabin wins hands down. Can’t comment on standard cabins on Ventura, other than to say a few passengers remarked on how tight the shower was. Obviously food and drink are a big factor in any cruise. We’ve never had any complaints on a Celebrity boat about food. Quality, choice, service have always been consistently good. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about Ventura. In the main food was ok, but never exceptional, and in a few cases quite bad. Both ships have speciality restaurants, for which you pay a premium; although quite a bit more on Celebrity. We tried them all on Ventura and found their top restaurant – The Epicurean to be passable but not memorable, but did enjoy Sindhu, the Indian themed restaurant, and the Beach House. There was, generally, a noticeable difference in the waiter service, with Ventura being very mixed, and at time not overly efficient, whilst Celebrity consistently good. If you are a foodie then, based on our experience, Ventura is not for you. Conversely, when it came to entertainment we think Ventura was much better. The ship had an excellent entertainment team and programme. The shows in the main theatre were of a good standard, and the final show on the last night – “Astonishing” – was probably the most enjoyable production we have had on any cruise. All round the entertainment team was more engaged with passengers; even at disembarkation they were high profile and involved with folk waiting to leave the ship. Passengers on Ventura were 99% Brits; whereas Celebrity has a more mixed nationality passenger base., but mainly American. So many features on Ventura were targeted to British taste, including prices in sterling and 3 pin plugs. Certainly the Brits made more of an effort about dressing up on formal nights; in contrast Celebrity and others appear to be moving to a more smart casual style throughout the cruise. In summary Celebrity is a bit more upmarket, but of course quite a bit more expensive. If I had a choice between a like for like cruise, at same price, I think I’d opt Celebrity, but the lure of the Ventura cabin, with its decent size, and bath, might be hard to resist. Best on Celebrity – the food Best on Ventura – cabin; closely followed by excellent entrainment team.

couple
couple 1 Jan 2007

First holiday with my partner and we both enjoyed it, we have already booked another cruise. Excursions were difficult for my partner who had difficulty in walking far and fast. Coaches parked too far from places of interest, I will know better next time.

couple
couple 1 Jan 2007

Wonderful cruise. It was everything we hoped for. Excursion to Rome was excellent. The two guides were very knowledgeable and really looked after us.

couple
couple 1 Jan 2007

The Ventura is a tired ship in need of update. Balcony and furniture covered in white paint splatters. Cabin chairs worn and thread bear. Toilet has black stains. Cabin walls scuffed and dirty. On the plus side, crew members excellent and food good with wide choice.

family
family 1 Jan 2007

My 4th cruise with P&O and 2nd time on Ventura. The cabins seem in need of a make over and had to ask to get my cabin toilet recleaned as smelt very strong of urine. Deck 5 cabin p220 which was quiet during day but show times at 830 and 1045 meant we could hear everything which wasn't ideal with a young baby. Over all the eating experience was brilliant and a good seletion of food across the ship, especially in the main dinning room. Always something for everyone (unless you're over fussy). My little boy could always eat something and he's dairy free. An enjoyable cruise and look forward to cruising again with P&O on Iona.

couple
couple 1 Jan 2007

Very good!

group
group 1 Jan 2007

Excellent service by staff. Excellent food and drink.

couple
couple 1 Jan 2007

Nice ship, nice food. Excursions very expensive. Onboard photography at £24 for a photo is outrageous! The entertainment was ok but very repetitive. On the whole, P&O are a good company and the ships are nice. We have got another cruise booked.

family
family 1 Jan 2007

Good value for money, great ship, outstanding service.




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