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Ventura's target market is families. If a cruise is advertised with free places for kids there are going to be a lot of ankle biters even if it's term time. If this is not your idea of a cruise choose another ship. Having said that P&O standards are definitely slipping and cost-cutting is becoming apparent. There are a lot of people on Ventura and most will not have witnessed any bad behaviour, only heard about it. If you are booked on Ventura have a lovely time.
I have heard about behavior on Artemis which was quite appaling and to be quite honest if it had been me I would have quite happily left the ship, and I also heard from someone who went on Artemis on it's last transatlantic crossing and it was really bad the ataff were bad, the ship was clearly not able to withstand bad weather and it was just a nightmare, when they complained they were offered a £30 off their next holiday and a letter saying that they were very sorry they had not enjoyed the holiday on the Ventura. clearly P & O need to get their act together fast...
Ventura or Artemis?
Both people were unhappy with artemis, but P & O wrote back to onw calling it Ventura.
Have a look at the Daily Telegraph travel section website...........there are many comments there. It looks as if the cheap prices and casual dining are attracting the sort of people who are happy with a Butlins type of holiday rather than the sophisticated holiday that cruising used to be. If you pay cheap........you get cheap !
I wouldn't take too much notice of the papers, they do exaggerate alot! And also....who's to say that the people causing the disruption onboard weren't booked into the suites rather than one of the cheaper cabins?
Did you bother to read any of the comments ? Oh, and by the way as a journalist for over 40 years at least I can spell ! Anyway as NCL are now offering Botox treatments on eight of its ships you can now come ashore with a fixed smile even if you haven't enjoyed the holiday !
Perhaps I have a warped sense of humour but I loved the botox comment, very witty. After reading some of the recent reviews there seems to be an absence of funny commedians on ships lately, a career change maybe!
As a journalist you should be familiar with the phrase 'target market'. I'm not part of Ventura's target market and so will sail on a ship where traditional values are still evident. Cheap is not necessarily bad, some people love Ventura, but I'm sure she's not for me.