Having cruised for the last twelve years, we have seen the prices become lower, and also the standards in some cases, corners have been cut, slightly at first but now more noticeably. first the dressing gowns and sippers went, then the ... Read More
Having cruised for the last twelve years, we have seen the prices become lower, and also the standards in some cases, corners have been cut, slightly at first but now more noticeably. first the dressing gowns and sippers went, then the welcome bottle of wine, now even the flower in the bud vase, please if a flower is too much of an expense remove the vase.
Now to our cruise, embarkation was good, our luggage was just left anywhere on deck seven, we had to search for it, the cabin was a little small, the wardrobe space was excellent, the balcony was in shadow almost permanently, there was a small crack in the hand basin, the bed linen was very thin, the pillows like the rock at Gib. the upholstery and carpet had seen better days. Our cabin steward was a delight, polite helpful and eager to please, the cabin was always kept in excellent order. The carpeting in the halls was really dirty in parts, and there was a slightly unpleasant smell outside our cabin. The cabin door rattled intermittently, and the sliding door to the balcony was difficult to open. The door issues were remedied by our excellent deck housekeeper Dipin, who was very courteous and helpful.
Freedom dining suited us and the food was of exceptional quality, we were always able to have a table for two for dinner which was a bonus, the choice of wine was excellent, and the service acceptable. We found the lunchtime choice in the Lido very repetitive. Room service had a limited menu. All aspects of the White Room were fabulous.
The pools were excellent, the public rooms were very well furnished.
The entertainment was good in the theatre, the television was poor or had to be paid for, the library was small, there was nowhere to go for a quiet drink as all the bars had very loud singers, or music, except the red bar with the most delightful pianist who did not play as often as we would have liked because the loud music coming from the atrium prevented this. The shops were good, and the staff helpful, the young photographers were fun, and took some of the best photographs we have ever had at sea. The ports of call were super, and we enjoyed the late stay in Gib. allowing us an evening on the White Room balcony with delicious food and superb service.
Unfortunately the slightly unpleasant smell outside our cabin became worse and worse, the smell of drains eventually became so bad that it started to pervade our cabin, at that point we insisted upon being moved, this was a real pain, and took up valuable time, we were not the only people moving cabins, it did seem a little bit like a game of musical beds with luggage as most days you met a passenger on the move.
On balance we would sail on the Ventura again as we felt that the delightful staff and delicious food compensated for most of the drawbacks. Read Less