Ventura Cruise Review by IreneW: Excellent value

Ventura 5
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Excellent value

Sail Date: January 2014
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Barbados

As a first time cruiser I was really impressed with this ship. It was clean and well appointed, the food was good and the service prompt and friendly. Having booked at the last minute we got excellent value for money. The Thomson Dreamliner flights were probably the most comfortable economy class flights we have had. The transfer was quick and easy. I was impressed with the infection control procedures, just a shame all passengers didn't follow them.

Our cabin was small but well appointed, tea and coffee, a fridge with daily ice provided by our excellent steward and a very comfy bed. There was not much to watch on the TV. Lots of towels and you could take the blue ones ashore to use at the beach.

All the staff were attentive. I was impressed with how quickly the tables were cleared. There was never any sign of litter and I only saw one fly in a fortnight!

The food in the Beach house restaurant at night was our favourite. The freedom dining option was More flexible, meaning that we could pick our entertainment and then fit dinner in to suit our itinerary.

There was plenty of choice of entertainment and food venues.

The drinks were not overpriced and the service charge was reasonable.

The Sailaway parties were not my cup of tea, but you didn't have to go far to find a quiet spot to sit and watch the land disappear and the sunset.

On sea days the decks are packed with sunbeds, some people had two each, one in the sun on in the shade, perhaps P&O need to employ a sunbed policeman.

In conclusion two weeks in the Caribbean for £71.43 per person per night, including flights, can't be beaten.

Two tips don't buy the bottled water, the tap water is fine. Do your own thing when ashore, it's cheaper. Less


Published 02/15/14


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Good firm bed.Good steward.Nice to have a fridge and ice so that we could have a drink in the cabin.

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Its not really fair to rate a whole island on a five hour experience. This was my favourite because of the beautiful beach 10 minutes away from the port. All the others were good too except for St Lucia were we were hassled by unpleasant hawkers.

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