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Ventura Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Nice with a couple of gripes

Ventura Cruise Review by gkebby

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2014
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower

We booked for our first Caribbean Cruise over a year before the sail date and we were so looking forward to it. One of the things we liked was that we booked our cases in at the airport and they were delivered to our cabin, one of the things we found out that we didn't like was the length of time it takes to book everyone on board. We were in a hot and sweaty shed on the quayside in a long line and it took a good couple hours.

The ship met up with our expectations, great food, lovely staff who were very friendly and tendered to our every need. The entertainment in the evenings was outstanding (Except for the Ventriloquist who was poor) in every venue. There was bars you could just sit and relax and enjoy a drink and there was bars where you could dance the night away something for everyone.

But As with every holiday there are parts that doesn't come up to scratch and the Ventura is no exception. Firstly we felt like we were in a 2 Star all inclusive holiday in Spain as the sun beds were reserved very early in the morning with towels left on the beds while the holiday makers were nowhere to be seen, we thought it would be more classy than that. In fact we were told that people were reserving beds as early as 5:30 in the morning in order to get the prime spots.

P&O policy states that no sunbed reservations are to be made but we witnessed two incidents of 'Bed Rage'

Secondly, we assumed (wrongly) that the evening dress code would be smart casual mixed with a number of Black Tie events. What we found was that quite a number of people did not conform to the dress code and even to the point of wearing football shirts with shorts which tainted the experience.

Overall, the cruise was fantastic and what we experienced would not put us off booking another.

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Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower

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