Flew with Thomson fly Manchester to Barbados great flight free drinks loads of leg room seat back entertainment (extra charge for "premium" films)and arrived fresh (ish) at Barbados. No formalities whatsoever right down the plane steps onto waiting mini buses to the ship. Checkin at the port was super quick within an hour of landing we were on board. We were in a mini suite (Princess' name)for our stateroom. I can't help but compare to Princess because to all intents Ventura is just like a Princess ship.
Food was in someways better than Princess especially breakfasts, but evening meals were better on Princess better quality and more of it.....not that we went hungry.
We were on anytime dining waits were minimal often had a table for 2 with no problem.
Entertainment on a par with Princess.
Ports of call were all good esp St Vincent where we took a powerboat ride along the island to a waterfall, to do some whale watching, see Pirate of the Caribbean location and a beach stop.
Disembarkation was a breeze, you need to be "Immigrated" at set times according to your flight.
Cases are left outside your room by midnight and the next time you see them is at your home airport. What could be easier???
Its a coin toss whether I would choose Ventura or Princess next time if the routes were similar!