fab first time cruise tothe caribbean
This was our first cruise, and we were gob smacked!
I loved every bit of the cruise, the food (freedom dining) in the cinnamon resturant was beautiful, the buffet, white room and the steak house were all excellent.
The shows were of good standard, and the ship was spotless, and bars offered something for everyone. The gallery was a nice addition too. We used the ship photographers- if you've heard of Venture Photography, the ship photos were of the same quality, but 1/3 of the price.
We used the spa, and treatments we very good- however their booking system is a bit caotic. We had an outside cabin and was really pleased with the decor, space and facillities in the room.
embarkation was great, really makes you want to cruise all the time, not lugging you bags around. Leaving felt a bit more stressful- as for first time cruises we would have like the information a few days earlier- but for all our worries- P&O had it covered, and once More
again it was great someone else to cart the suitcases around!
We truely loved and if I had the money I would cruise everytime- The Ventura is great for families or couples- i've reccommended cruising to so many people! Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Antigua. We did the ultimate antigua day, so we went on the rain forest canopy tour, which was good, however they charge you $15 for a photo, as they stop you taking your own camera, which i thought was a bit of a rip off. We then went on the catamaran and had a GREAT time the crew had us dancing and laughing and i geniunely think everyone loved it, i think the catamaran company were called waddi-cat
Barbados. We only had a half day here- due to travelling back to the UK, but we went turtle snorkelling, and i got to swim with 3 or 4, which was great, the group of us was quite large, so it did feel a bit crowded at times.
A few more days at sea and we were at St. Lucia. The port doesn't do St. Lucia justice, so make sure you explore! we did ATV (quad biking) which was great fun, we got seriously muddy! i've givent eh port a 2 bsed on the port area itself- which isnt great, but the island is lovely
St. Maarten, our favourite stop- absolutely beautiful!! Even the port is nice, and there is a lovely beach in walking distance. We would really love to go back. Went on the Island RIB adventure- great day out, lots of fun and laughs had.
The port was a water taxi or you can walk, the locals are polite and welcoming and the bucket of beers ( i had OJ!) when you hire your sun bed, goes down a treat!
Next day was St Thomas- prepare yourself for the queues for immigration- this annoyed alot of people, but i have queued just as long in airports to get into a country. We went into town in the morning- be prepared for some full on locals! The shops in the main bit of town are mostly diamond jewellery shops, if you head towards the marina there's more choice. In the afternoon we took a tour of St. Thomas and went up the cable car to get the most of the views- parts of the tours were a bit dull, but the views at the end are worth it- try the Baileys Bushwacker!
The port is very good, and in the afternoon look out for the huge lizards
We sailed from Southampton, to tenerife- where we went to Siam Water Park- a great day- the wave pool is AMAZING! and the weather was a nice 25c of October,