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Ventura Cruise Review by Coventry Bob: Pampered Luxury on the Caribbean Seas


Coventry Bob
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Member Since 2010
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Cabin Not Rated
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.5
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 2.0
Value for Money 5.0

Pampered Luxury on the Caribbean Seas

Sail Date: February 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Barbados

The Ventura certainly lived up to the hype in the P & O brochure with one exception. The holiday cruise was a joy from the moment we arrived at Birmingham airport through to our flight home. The excellent service with the staff on board going out of their way to ensure we had everything we wanted to make our holiday perfect.

We had a superb stateroom with balcony on deck 11 - great views when sailing into the islands, very quiet and great location close to forward lifts. 24 hour room service available at no extra charge - great choice for breakfast on sea days Impossible to get any cold water - design problem possibly. Excellent maid service in room.

Dining arrangements and the food offerings were outstanding with ample choice of food choices with too many options generally the norm. The onboard facilities, swimming pools, gym, pub venues, snack bars, shops and the art gallery are all first class. In all these areas the Ventura excels however just one major area of More disappointment was the entertainment. The choice was very varied however it was below standard compared with everything else on Ventura - one favourite comedian Manual Martinez we have enjoyed on previous cruises was scheduled to perform and although spotted on the boat never performed ! The inclusion of an ex BBC weather reporter for the late night entertainment in the main theatre remains a mystery.

The other complaint we had ( and also voiced by other passengers) was the hideous design of the Havana night spot/bar which comprised seating areas with barriers which restricted the views of the artists! A design fault which should be rectified.

Was the cruise value for money -yes without a doubt Are we going to travel with Ventura again - yes definitely (Can't believe the entertainment would be this poor again) Would we recommend the boat to friends and relatives - undoubtedly Highlights - the food, the service, the friendly staff and the sublime food in the White Room (Pierre Marco White restaurant) We will be talking about this holiday for a long time.. If you are thinking about cruising on the Ventura - book now you won't regret it Less


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Port and Shore Excursions


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Fantastic beaches - we had a glorious time on Eagle beach a $2 return bus ride from the cruiser dock. Don't be tempted by more costly taxi rides to other commercial developments on other beaches.

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The real gem of the caribbean islands but head for the french side - spend a pleasant hour in Merigot and then visit Orient beach for a chill out session. Superb - we can't wait to return.


We took a personal guide around the island which is beautiful with beaches alongside the active volcano in the north. Friendly people wanting to sell you a cool drink on the beach - heaven. Beware the water taxi from the cruiser dock - they transfer hundreds of passengers to the local beach which can not accommodate the numbers arriving.

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