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martin - Answered a Question by west (30 Aug 08 15:08)

Stick with it, we went on the Ventura and to say we are fussy is an understatement our group ranged from 3 years to 60 years and we had a wonderful holiday, if I could afford to book up again soon I would. The ship is wonderful and the food, well all I can say is go on a diet beforehand and just go for it, you'll certainly never go hungry. We didn't go into the restaurants for which you have to pay a supplement we didn't think it was worth it, the food in the 'standard' restaurants couldn't be beaten we thought.

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ward - Answered a Question by west (05 Aug 08 12:11)

I would say you should change to P&O Oceana.

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marven - replied to ward (08 Aug 08 21:50)

My husband.myself and 2 children aged 12 and 15 went on ventura in May for 7 nights and it was our 1st cruise.we thought it was great,we didnt have any problems ourselves but we didnt have other ships to compare it to either.we have also booked for next year for 14 nights because my children liked it so much.I have to say the negative remarks can put a person off because I am having second thoughts myself but what I have to remember is, what one person likes the other might dislike.ventura was a lovely ship when we went on her and have got some lovely memories .think carefully before you cancel.happy cruising.

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marven - replied to marven (08 Aug 08 21:58)

This should have been an answer to the question by west of cwmbran and not for ward of crewe sorry for the mistake.

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birkett - Answered a Question by west (05 Aug 08 12:49)

I never think it is worth doing this - ask yourself why you chose Ventura in the first place. Most people have really fond memories of their first cruise - they really do compare most favourably with a hotel based holiday. One of the downsides to a site such as this is that it is all too easy to focus on negative reviews - I'd say stop looking for a while, get the glossy brochures back out and look forward to what I'm sure will be a fabulous experience.

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Buckley - Answered a Question by west (05 Aug 08 14:41)

Hi You have had 2 good bits of advice,but if your having doubts then maybe you should? A lot of the negative reviews are from the traditional P&O Cruiser so look at the age of the critic, and those from first time cruisers will give you a bit more idea. With P&O they let you change booking with out a charge but you could end up paying the fuel surcharge and any price difference but your agent will soon work out any additional cost.Oceana get some very good reviews and is getting a Marco White Restaurant , Arcadia is child free and has a Rhodes restaurant and has an oriental one.Best of luck and hope you enjoy your cruise?

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Jones - Answered a Question by west (05 Aug 08 22:43)

Hi I truly sympathise with your dilemma. We (a party of 10 in all ranging in age from 7 to 80) were booked to go on Ventura on 18th July. We have previously cruised with Costa, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. I was getting increasingly worried because of all of the negative reviews. I compared this to reviews given to Independence of the Seas as this too is a new ship. I had been on the inaugural sailing of IOS so was interested to see what was said. IOS got excellent reviews, as it should, and I was even more worried. I changed our booking to Aurora and it was the best thing I ever did. We have just returned from 16 nights on Aurora and all 10 had a fantastic time, most of the people we spoke to on Aurora are repeat customers to this ship and the reviews that I had read for this ship were all excellent. I would suggest that you think long and hard about this as it is a lot of money. I am certainly glad that I took note of the reviews and changed my booking. Please let me know if you want any further info., this decision is not easy and I hope that you make the right choice and go on to have a fantastic time!

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Carlisle - Answered a Question by west (07 Aug 08 13:08)

We heard the Ventura was a nightmare, but would suggest Aurora, Oriana or Oceana, but not the Arcadia.

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Mitchell - Answered a Question by west (07 Aug 08 14:58)

I think you should stick with Ventura. Particularly if you are young at heart or have children travelling with you as the average age is probably lower than on some. I think the actual ship (internally) compares favourably with the QM2, however I have not travelled on any other P&O ship to compare it with. If you are on for a couple of weeks it's good to have the space and variety that a large ship like Ventura offers. MPW restaurant is great, well worth a visit or two. Cabins are lovely, again they compare very well with QM2, so I say give it a try I'm sure you'll love it.

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Goodwin - Answered a Question by west (07 Aug 08 17:27)

Ventura is nothing like a nightmare and whilst not our ideal P&O ship, that's Aurora, we will no doubt travel on her again. My advice - stick with your booking.

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