We had previously cruised with NCL, Princess and Celebrity and were really looking forward to sampling P & O but unfortunately we were rather disappointed with some aspects of this cruise.
Our flight was a Thomas Cook charter to Barbados, and it was as good, if not better than many schedule flights, with plenty of legroom and attentive cabin crew.
Ventura is a large ship, chosen by us as I do not have the best sea legs and we thought it would be good to choose a large ship as we were crossing the Atlantic.
Good cabin midships on A deck spoilt with smoking allowed on the balconies.
If you want a lovely sandy beach with warm waters we would strongly recommend Paynes Beach, a short taxi ride from the Port Terminal. Previously a group of us have taken a private taxi for a tour of the island which was most enjoyable.
We took a snorkeling trip, although we have seen more fish in other places the trip was very enjoyable, a good boat ride with two different snorkeling sites, to be recommended.