This was our first time in the Caribbean and also with P and O. The good. The P and O charter flight both to and from Barbados were faultless, flights on time both ways, you put your bags on at the airport and do not see them again until in your cabin, on the return, you put your bags out of the cabin before 11pm the night before departure and pick them up again at the home airport. When you arrive in Barbados, you get off the plane and straight onto a coach for the ship, this is followed by a very quick and efficient check in process, overall superb. Cabin steward, Raju, one of the nicest we have ever had on a cruise, extremely polite, efficient and totally un obtrusive. The standard of food was good overall. The majority of the staff did not appear very happy and some of the bar and waiters certainly appeared overworked with a constant stream of superiors checking on them. The ports of call are superb, very friendly people and safe to get around. It is easy to book tours through the ship, but also easy to get tours off the ship without feeling conned. If you are in St Lucia, I would certainly recommend Cosol Tours, absolutely fabulous. The bad This is not an old ship, yet is already showing signs of wear and tear, dirty carpets in hallways etc. It is the first time we have seen basic maintenance being carried out on sea days in public areas, necessitating the closure of public areas. Closing the Beach hut buffet area at lunchtimes on sea days, which only added to the queues in the adjacent main buffet area. Given the size of the ship, the main theatre is too small, if you want a seat you have to be in place at least 30 - 40 minutes before the show starts. The few shows we did see were nothing more than OK, one of the resident bands were very good but only put on a silly times and in the smaller venues. As above in the good, the majority of the staff are lovely, but I was surprised as to how some of them were treated by fellow passengers. Do not get me wrong, if anyone has a cause for concern, they are perfectly entitled to complain, but we personally witnessed some staff being spoken to in a simply appalling manner, The ugly We are from Scotland and I like a drink as much as the next person, but I have never seen sights like it on a cruise. P and O should warn people going on booze cruises or Rum Runner trips about the dangers of very strong alcohol in unusual heat. Sitting on deck 15 just before a sail away we saw ( which turned out to be perfectly healthy people ) collapsing quayside and being wheel chaired on board by uniformed and medical staff purely through drink. On the same night, we were next to a table where a man passed out over dinner, he had been on a booze cruise, none of these people were youngsters. We will certainly return to the Caribbean as it is gorgeous, however, it will more than likely not be with P and O, not because of the staff.

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Ventura Cruise Review by csmjfmbe

Trip Details
This was our first time in the Caribbean and also with P and O.
The good.
The P and O charter flight both to and from Barbados were faultless, flights on time both ways, you put your bags on at the airport and do not see them again until in your cabin, on the return, you put your bags out of the cabin before 11pm the night before departure and pick them up again at the home airport.
When you arrive in Barbados, you get off the plane and straight onto a coach for the ship, this is followed by a very quick and efficient check in process, overall superb.
Cabin steward, Raju, one of the nicest we have ever had on a cruise, extremely polite, efficient and totally un obtrusive.
The standard of food was good overall.
The majority of the staff did not appear very happy and some of the bar and waiters certainly appeared overworked with a constant stream of superiors checking on them.
The ports of call are superb, very friendly people and safe to get around. It is easy to book tours through the ship, but also easy to get tours off the ship without feeling conned.
If you are in St Lucia, I would certainly recommend Cosol Tours, absolutely fabulous.
The bad
This is not an old ship, yet is already showing signs of wear and tear, dirty carpets in hallways etc.
It is the first time we have seen basic maintenance being carried out on sea days in public areas, necessitating the closure of public areas.
Closing the Beach hut buffet area at lunchtimes on sea days, which only added to the queues in the adjacent main buffet area.
Given the size of the ship, the main theatre is too small, if you want a seat you have to be in place at least 30 - 40 minutes before the show starts.
The few shows we did see were nothing more than OK, one of the resident bands were very good but only put on a silly times and in the smaller venues.
As above in the good, the majority of the staff are lovely, but I was surprised as to how some of them were treated by fellow passengers.
Do not get me wrong, if anyone has a cause for concern, they are perfectly entitled to complain, but we personally witnessed some staff being spoken to in a simply appalling manner,
The ugly
We are from Scotland and I like a drink as much as the next person, but I have never seen sights like it on a cruise. P and O should warn people going on booze cruises or Rum Runner trips about the dangers of very strong alcohol in unusual heat.
Sitting on deck 15 just before a sail away we saw ( which turned out to be perfectly healthy people ) collapsing quayside and being wheel chaired on board by uniformed and medical staff purely through drink.
On the same night, we were next to a table where a man passed out over dinner, he had been on a booze cruise, none of these people were youngsters.
We will certainly return to the Caribbean as it is gorgeous, however, it will more than likely not be with P and O, not because of the staff.
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