ocean village to ventura
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On the formal nights there were quite a lot of people like us,so eventually all us ex OV1 people will take over
But we are and we love it. Ventura is the nearest thing to OV you will ever find. You don't have to participate in the formal nights, but the truth is it's lovely.
OV wasn't about rebelling, it was an introduction to the cruise scene. But at the end of the day it worked on us lol.
We love dressing up !
BTW the beach house is the nuts !!!!
RCCI Independence of the Seas - Mini-Cruise - 2nd-5th June 2010, P&O Arcadia - Mini-Cruise - 17th-20th Sept 2010, P&O Ventura - Caribbean Jan 2011, P&O ventura - Europe easter 2011, RCI independence of the seas - mini cruise October 2014. Anthem of the seas- May 2015, Anthem of the seas mini cruise October 24th 2015
The formal, is formal if you want to be -- must say most Guys did dress up (women just wore same gear as OV anyway)
If you are not *dressed-up* thier is also no problem walking around ship (shops/bars etc)- or eating in buffet etc and we never found anyone *frowned* on fact if you were not in penguin suits.
I would def go for the *anytime dining* the *early sittings* seems to be the *older P & O-ers* so they had all tended to have gone to bed by the time the *youngers* left eating places.
The buffet is small and not on parr with OV in the slightest -- but if you want to see a show - sadly the buffet was best option as the resturants tend to use the biggest part of evening up - the same as if you go out for a meal in UK -- it can be a 4 hr thing -- ok, but not if you want to see shows etc .
We enjoyed the V , sat at a table of eight and dressed in my £50 M&S DJ. We would both sail on the V again (plus it was £1500 cheaper than OV).
sailing on grandeur of the seas in october , we would never had cruised if it wasnt for OV and if the brand was brought out of retirement we would be back on board . I think V is a good successor as a cruise for all.
PS never mind bating the PO boards you should try the RCI board . I was called cheap tonight lol
Kept an eye open for ex OVers sporting their tattoos but found more than ever saw on two OV trips.
Cant wait for the new P&O large ship in three years, maybe Ventura will be OV3 by then