We are just back from the Ventura's three night short cruise and have been more then pleased after reading some of the negative reviews here beforehand.
Our inside aft cabin (B721) was nicely decorated and more roomy than expected. We were woken by the engines as the ship was docking, but soon went back off to sleep. If you are a very light sleeper you may want to consider another location on the ship.
The food was fantastic, not one complaint. The buffet was fresh and plentiful, we didn't have to que once. Dinner in the main dining room was outstanding, from the food to the service, to the surroundings, just perfect. We also ate one evening in the Beach House and had another very enjoyable meal. The menu in there doesn't change, we both had Buffalo wings to start and ribs for main, with a side of Bruchetta. Although it's not fine dining its was all cooked and presented beautifully, we had a window table overlooking the ocean watching the sun set - what more could you ask for?
Service throughout the ship was second to none, we didn't go to the bar for our own drinks once. There are plenty of bar waiters to bring your drinks to the table and they keep an eye on your drinks for refills.
Everything was well organised apart from disembarking. Luckily we were one of the first off but can imagine the chaos that we left behind. People were queuing up the stairwells and the whole atrium area was packed.
Brugge was lovely and very easy to get to on the train, there is no need to pay the £28pp excursion fee. Le Havre was like a ghost town because it was a Sunday and everything was shut.
On formal night it seemed everyone made the effort, we didn't see anyone under dressed. Many people were dressing in suits and smart dresses for the smart casual night too.
There were a couple of hen parties, but they certainly didn't make a nuisance of themselves. All in all a good trip.