Butlins on sea: Ventura Cruise Review by HEYS

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Butlins on sea

Sail Date: September 2013
Destination: Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton
Well, we did not learn from an awful P&O med cruise two years ago1 we have just returned from our second and LAST cruise. The Ventura ship was interesting with lots of activity areas such as pools, bars, show rooms etc, cabin small but with a balcony adequate, crew with a couple of miserable exceptions were very good , friendly and fun, especially at my efforts at Hindi and Phillapino. but as with our last effort the big let down was the quality of the food, so bad in fact that we ate in the paying restaurants which added to the overall cost.

The breakfasts in the buffet were very good with a big selection, quite a job though to learn where to go on board. There was an organised tour around the Ship, for the pricely sum of only £75, yes £75, totally ridiculous!! The shore trips were fantastic but ranged from The Rock Revealed at £70 each, to An Introduction to Rome at £105 each, 7 trips to go on, the Barcelona trip ruined by a hopeless Tour Guide, More we would have been better off without her. What really struck us the most was the standard of most of the passengers! how many of them were able to afford the cruise was a mystery, we summed it up as BUTLINS ON SEA.!! Less

Published 10/02/13
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Cabin review:

Nice little cabin with plenty of storage space, and very well serviced by pleasant girl.

Port and Shore Excursions

Architecture Tour

Just had to see the Cathedrial, wonderous sight, and of course a trip along the Ramblas.

City Tour

Very interesting place, totally spoilt by hopeless guide.

City Tour

loved it, good guide and plenty of free time to gawk at the opulence.

City Tour

Were taken to many sites with very good guide.


Absolutely amazing, the size and very construction of it never to be forgotten.


Once again very impressive.

Spanish Steps

Not much to see.

St. Peter's Basilica

Had to see it, though half the World were there.

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