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Review: Ventura

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

Standards have plumetted

  • By SilverTraveller ExChefDiner7311

    1 review

  • February 2015
  • Wife
  • Special occasion
  • Balcony
  • Barbados

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There is absolutely nothing ‘Special’ about a P&O Cruise anymore. Standards have plummeted to ‘lows’ that are unacceptable in view of the claims made in P&O Cruise Brochures.

For a company that sells its cruises on ‘The Fine Dining’ experience. Silver Service has gone, but they won’t tell you. You have to find out for yourself. Wine waiters have an impossible work load, not leaving their previous duty until they are already required for Dinner Service and then too many tables. It’s blatantly obvious then that most tables are not even going to get their wine order taken until after they have started eating and most will not get their wine until they have started main course. This is far from ‘Fine Dining’ and nothing like the claims made in the brochure about “attention to detail to the whole food and beverage experience.”

Dress Codes are now ignored with people without shirts regularly ignored by Crew in Self Service Restaurants. Has anybody considered that a dress code requiring a shirt in a restaurant might actually have something to do with hygiene? I don’t suppose for a minute that chefs are excused ‘whites’ in the kitchens and are therefore allowed to drip sweat over food. Why then should a customer be allowed to visit the buffets without a shirt?

Claims in the brochure about Ventura “having places where you can find peace and relaxation” are simply untrue unless you retreat to your cabin. Firstly ‘Agadoo’ type Music is played all day on the top decks at such a high volume that it is difficult to talk and impossible to ignore. Secondly, you are hounded by ‘upselling’ as soon as you sit down. Previously, the Restaurants that require a supplement to be paid, were only sold by crew outside of these restaurants, now crew are ‘patrolling’ the decks all day approaching customers that are attempting to relax quietly. On top of this drinks stewards are noticeably more pro-active sometimes approaching you before your empty glass even touches the table, and photographers approaching you three times as you leave the ship in port, within hearing of when you politely refused their colleague. Yes, you could simply say “no,” but we go on holiday to relax and the brochure does claim that this is possible. Well it isn’t!

This is just a small part of a lengthy complaint that has been sent to P&O.

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  • Su
    about 6 years ago
    We travelled on the Ventura whilst exploring the Carribean. I must say I agree with you about standards. We have cruised with many different companies and p and o are our least favourite. Our experience in the restaurant was not good with our waiter, who was rude, and had little time to spare. Compared with Cunard it scores very low.
  • worldtravellerplus65
    over 6 years ago
    Sadly the reviewer's cruise history is not known therefore it is difficult to know his yardstick. True to say standards are not what they were in the past, as in all walks of life now, but I have to say with the experience of 10 Princess & 2 Celebrity Cruises to compare I would suggest he votes with his feet. His experiences seem alien to me, but I would like to read the full version sent to P&O.