Caribbean Sun Before Xmas: Ventura Cruise Review by bittlenutuck

Ventura 5

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Caribbean Sun Before Xmas

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Barbados
We flew out from M/C on Sat 3 Dec to Barbados without a hitch which is more than can be said for earlier flights on Fri and those from Gatwick who seemed to have major problems and delays. Embarkation was no problem at all and handled well. we didn't pre book seats and luckily my ife sat directly behind me so it wasn't a problem. Not sure its worth the £50 expense for the benefit

Impressed with Ventura overall, although now showing a few rough edges to common areas. Balcony Stateroom was excellent in terms of quality and comfort.
Sharon our steward was also very good and we got to know her quite well.

Appears to be more bars, clubs, venues on board in comparison to say Celebrity Eclipse. Very good onboard drinks prices and like the fact prices are GBP without added tax etc.

Overall v good entertainment - Headliners brilliant + Freddy Mercury tribute + Fogwell Flax as Sting +. Rest much of a muchness but still above working mens club More standard.

We chose freedom dining which was a great choice whether you wanted to share tables or be on a 2. We used White Room to celebrate wife's birthday....excellent. Also used Ramblas which was good but menu options a bit restrictive. Food quality and choice in main dining room very good but you had to be careful about combinations as sometimes you didn't get what you expected.

Buffet breakfasts and lunch OK so slong as you could work out which restaurant was open when. Bit a bun fight due to high volume of diners on occasions especially port days..not to be unexpected.

Biggest criticism was with passengers adopting typical sunshine/hotel mentality of sunbed booking at ridiculous times of the day. I'll swear towels were out at the crack of dawn on sea days with nobody in site other than a towel and a book. Hence not enough sunbeds or a quicker turnround of beds. By the end of the cruise you could see more and more passengers getting frustrated.

Overall, brilliant experience and would have no hesitation on sailing with PO again Less

Published 01/08/12
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Cabin review: JCC324 Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower

Excellent quality balcony cabin, not overlooked or obstructed Close to midships lifts/stairs which was excellent No noise from adj cabins or corridor

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Port and Shore Excursions

OK island tour which we booked privately to Nana Plantation, Nelsons Bockyard, Shirley Heights, a great beach etc
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Our plan was to directly to St Lawrence Gap and Dover Beach Excellent and what the caribbean is all about, fun in the sun, cheap food and drink. Then spent time shopping in Bridgetown which ws quite good Would go back to Barbados for 2 week beach holiday
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Again did our own tour booked on web. Used Trip Advisor to find Bonaire Island Tours with guide Barbel. Full island tour which was very interesting. You can aslo pick her Tour up by just finding her just outside pier gates with the other stalls.
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WE did our own thing and went wondering into Willemstad for 1/2 day Went to great Museum about slavery. Intended to go to beach but ran out of time
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Would give '0' as we didn't dock. Captain Charlie Carr had 3 goes to dock but failed and claimed winds to high to tender. Big disappointment and ended up with another sea day and a battle for sunbed. Not good
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Booked independently principally based on price again throu Trip Advisor contact - Pete Taylor Tours. Really a glorified taxi service but who knows contacts. Did Dunns River Falls...excellent although my wife didn't fancy it when we arrived but through herself into it..literally. Don't get involved in demands for heavy tipping or DVD, not worth it. Then onto White River Rafting...again excellent 45 mins trip down a raging river due to heavy rains before we arrived Good 1/2 day trip then back to ship for sunbathing pm

Another private tour - Cosol Tours All I can say is fantastic and if you go to this island book this tour It was a riot...perhaps this had something to do with the 5 or so drink stops. Good mix of sights including speed boat ride to a local bay near Twin Pitons for 2hrs then the drive in volcano etc Great day
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Great port. Phiilpsberg good but small but good beach in the town We went to French side by taxi to Marigot for a wonder round and to the Fort.... OK Highlight though was the 3+ hrs spent at Maho Beach and the Sunset Beach Bar watching planes land and enjoying the location....brilliant, food good as well. Returned to Phillipsberg to haggle over diamond ring which I reckon I could have screwed further discount on Fantastic day overall....would go back
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