Our flight to Barbados was with Thomsons & we had booked premier class we were very happy with the flight & service. Had read that premier class was not worth the extra money but we felt the £99.00 each way represented good value for money, with only 35 seats in premier it was much quieter and felt less cramped the service was very good, good choice of entertainment blankets & pillows provided along with a small amenity pack.Despite the snow our flight left slightly early.
Really nice to leave your luggage at Manchester and not have to collect it in Barbados.check in staff at Manchester very strict on weight allowance, we saw people having to repack and throw things away just for being 1kg over weight.
Couldn't believe how big Ventura was when we first saw her.
We were on one of the last coaches from the airport so had to wait for a while in the immigration sheds at Barbados.
Found our cabin easily and surprisingly we found our way around the ship without too many problems. I found it helpful to remember that if I was on brown coloured carpet I was at the front of the ship, red mid ship & grey rear of the ship.
Very happy with our cabin mid ship on deck ten C deck, no noise or vibration and C deck have double size balconies half of which is shaded and private and half that you can enjoy some sunbathing on although this part is overlooked.
Decent size cabin clean & comfortable with tea & coffee making facilities replenished daily.We had requested a double bed & found this a bit uncomfortable as it was two singles joined together.
Powerful shower complimentary shower gel, shampoo conditioner & body lotion provided.
We had chosen freedom dining & found this worked well for us we prefer to eat early & were allocated a table for two whenever requested.
Had breakfast & lunch in the Saffron food & service very good.
Tried the buffet at breakfast & lunch on a couple of occasions & while the food was good sometimes the tables, trays & cutlery were not as clean as they could have been.
In the evening we went to either the Cinnamon or the Beach House the service in the Beach House was very good.
The entertainment was mixed some good some not so good but there is so much choice I think most people would find something that they would enjoy.
Captain Hamish Reid was was, friendly & entertained people on a daily basis with his dry sense of humour.
All the public areas were clean, bright & modern & ventura is a lovely ship.
The majority of the crew were kind & helpful. We met people from all walks of life & found everyone to be friendly & there just to enjoy their own holiday.
The sail away parties were fun especially when other ships were leaving port around the same time.With the exception of the weather which was poor at times we could not fault all that Ventura offered.Would I cruise again no but that had nothing to do with Ventura cruising was simply not for me although we had calm seas I did not enjoy the movement of the ship & will probably not cruise again.