My two weeks on Ventura are over, and I am now back in a decidedly chilly UK.
So what’s the verdict on P&O’s superliner for the 21st Century?
Well it was much better than I would have expected if I had believed all the critical reports from the first few months of operation.
I was also aware before I boarded the ship that P&O already had plans to deal with some of the issues that had come up – such as increasing the number of sun loungers, and improving the freedom dining option which had been a bit of a problem early on.
Turning the Cirque Ventura deck over to sunbathing space certainly seems like a sensible move, because space is in demand on the sundecks on sea days.
Freedom dining worked well for us in that we rarely had to wait for a table to be available, and never for longer than it took to order a cocktail. We were always able to have a table for two.
Where it did fall down was that, in order to meet the demand, tables were turned over quickly and we rarely had time to relax between courses. It might be the price that has to be paid for avoiding the tyranny of set times for dining, but it did not help the digestion.
I can’t quite work out what’s happened with the buffet restaurants. The Beachcomber, which was billed as the family-oriented venue with “menus inspired by Marco Pierre White