Add a review of your last cruise for a chance to win £100 in Amazon Vouchers*

Ventura, Western Mediterranean and Atlantic


A Christmas cruise booked to replace one cancelled due to covid rules. We normally sail Cunard, but p&o we’re the only line taking kids at Christmas so we “jumped ship.”

Overall we had a lovely time, the onboard entertainment wasn’t upto much, especially as it had been sold as a Christmas cruise with lots going on, the food was ok, nothing to write home about (Princess and Cunard both far better especially in the speciality restaurants). Cabins were tired and in need of updating. Crew worked so hard given the lower numbers of them due to covid and having to pull double duty as stewards and bar staff!

Shore excursions - we did two this time in Tenerife and Lanzarote. Both were excellent! We took a trip to Siam water park in Tenerife and and took the e-twizzy your in Lanzarote, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

The weather on shore was gorgeous, the weather at sea bloody awful, Ventura is not made for those types of seas.

The pools were closed most of the cruise due to weather and Madeira missed due to weather.

Overall I would do this itinerary again on a different ship if I were to cruise at Christmas time.

I would sail p&o again, but only if it were really good value for money or in a suite (which was sold out this time so we had two balcony cabins).

Post Date: 16/05/2022
Cruise Overall
Ship Overall
Service Onboard
Public Rooms
Boarding & Disembarking
Value for Money
Review Images
Customer Reviews
Graham wrote a review in Aug, 2021
Arcadia is an adult only ship. The crew from the Captain down were excellent and the cabin steward was exceptional. The food was very good at all times and in all restaurants. The morning messages...
Marion wrote a review in Aug, 2021
treated like royalty by staff although in one of the ordinary cabins. staff excellent and destinations wonderful
Nick wrote a review in Aug, 2021
Covid testing excellent, very well organised. Embarking, an absolute fiasco, queing for well over an hour and by the time we were actually on the ship, over two hours. Our acknowledged booking to eat ...
Skelly wrote a review in Aug, 2021
Iona maiden voyage 7th August, one week no ports touring the UK. The weather was not good, not P&O fault but did detract as a UK based holiday. We had a new conservatory mini suite that was absolutely...

Related Cruises

Western Europe
  • 7 Nights
  • P&O Cruises, Ventura
  • La Rochelle
Canary Islands
  • 14 Nights
  • P&O Cruises, Ventura
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Cádiz, Lisbon
Short Break
  • 5 Nights
  • P&O Cruises, Ventura
Spain And Portugal
  • 13 Nights
  • P&O Cruises, Ventura
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Coruña