I agree by and large with the other comments. I dont find 'Little Britain' funny but many many do and I dont expect the tv schedules only to provide the things I like. Therefore you should not expect to like everything all of the time on a cruise either. Exercise choice by going to see something else, there is usually an alternative. On dress can I just say to O'Brien and N & A Down (or is it just Neil?) Have either of you been on Ocean Village? You keep knocking them. I am Elite, Captains circle (princess) and nearly Gold on Portunus (P&O)and I have just LOVED my week on OV1 (12th June) so much so I am going again on 28th Aug. Strange to say but after a busy hot day in Greece people shower and Change For Dinner !!! Everyone is at least Princess standard of Smart Casual with most ladies 'dressed up'. My husband enjoyed the lack of truly formal wear but that did not stop many from looking great. No one was "sloppy" in their dress (the shop Gems was busy and the clothes on sale are the most expensive, designer I have ever seen at sea). The entertainment was brillient and I note that Ventura has copied OV in having modern dance shows with elements of aieralists and circus skills.
Mr Down, you do not know what you are talking about and your predjudice and ignorance is showing. OV is NOT a, quote "Scruffy holiday". I too have, to quote you "given up cruising with P & O for many other reasons some time ago and voted my disapproval of them with my feet". Princess food (standard, quality and diversity), atmosphere and the dollar exchange rate drew me away three years ago. PS My family have been on all P&O ships bar Ventura.
Poor comedians good or bad shows are all in the eyes and ears of the passenger,we have seen acts that we thought were bad and walked out on to read reviews saying they were great,even to the point of watching the same production shows done by different troupes one being better than the other.As for the dress code it sadly seems to be the trend to dress down but would think reading the Artemis reviews that most people will follow the recommended code,we do not bother how others dress it is up to them, we try to follow the dress for that day its part of the fun.As for enforcement probably wont happen?
Sailed part of Aurora's world cruise 2008 and saw a gentleman without jacket being refused entry to dining room on Informal night. Also heard of person being asked to leave Crow's Nest bar on formal night for not wearing a jacket. I think dress code is followed more on traditional P&O ships - Oriana, Aurora, Artemis and Arcadia. Several of the comedians on this trip were poor and some only did one show instead of the three scheduled for them. I think the problem now is they are raw. In the past they built up experience over many years in clubs etc (now in decline) and when they made it to cruise ships they were quite polished and could really 'work' an audience.
It is time P and O and similar companies stopped living in the past.Dressing for dinner is a throwback to the days when cruising was a luxury only afforded by the rich.
We now live in an age when any old Tom Dick and Harry can go on cruises.So why not throw the dress codes overboard along with the formalised seating arrangements in the Dining Rooms?
I pay lip service to the dress code with my £20 Asda Suit and £1.50 Oxfam dickie bow which I abhor wearing.But when in Rome......
As for ropy comedians simply don't go and support them.Like voting for politicians it only encourages them.
No matter what just enjoy!There will always be something on a cruise to delight and annoy you in equal measures.
Why are you knocking P & O for their dress code, they were one of the first to introduce scruffy holidays as per Ocean Village? If you don’t like the style change your cruise line. I cannot comment on the comedians because I gave up cruising with P & O for many other reasons some time ago and voted my disapproval of them with my feet …… Neil .
Having travelled on various P & O ships and seen different comedians, then I have to report that the F word was not in their vocabulary. It's a pity that people find it funny to use bad language to supplement their poor vocabulary, but it seems to be a sign of the times, which to many of us is unacceptable. Also we have been on ships where the dress code is adhered to at dinner and cocktail parties, but instantly exchanged for what I call sloppy dress, i.e. jeans, tea shirts etc after the main event, which in my view lowers the tone of the evening. I am cruising on the Artemis in November, and hopefully language and dress code will be in order. If people want to lounge around in everyday wear and not want to make an effort to dress for dinner etc, then maybe they should choose the Ocean Village - cruising for people who don't do cruising.
I really do not think that you can hold the Ventura up as an example of anything to do with the other ships in the P&O fleet! I think that P&O have done their reputation no favours at all with this ship. As already commented, the Aurora is probably the ship that you will find nearest matches the traditional P&O standards. As the Artemis is an adults only ship, and so tends to attract a more mature clientele, then you shouldn't find adherence to the dress code a problem. I am afraid that so far as the resident comedian on any cruise is concerned, then you pays your money and takes your chance! The last P&O cruise I went on had a very good comedian that prided himself on NEVER having to swear to get a laugh. and he was VERY funny! I am sure that if you are cruising on Artemis for TEN WEEKS as you indicate above, then you will have a range of comedians to enjoy or otherwise. I am sure that you will find at least some of them to your taste! Happy cruising.
I cruise regularly on the Artemis and am happy to state that the comedians are of the 'old school'--no bad language just very funny.
Dress code on all P&O Ships applies to all venues.
Just love Formal Nights-so many beautiful evening gowns on E-Bay!