Booked at a Large well known T/A (never again!!) Names were mixed up on booking and several minor problems there meant more discounts every time they made a mistake.
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.