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Ventura Review

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Thrilled With Our First Experience, Signed Up For Another!

Review for Ventura to the British Isles & Western Europe
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townmouse53
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: May 2015
Cabin: Inside Twin with Shower

This was our first cruise ever - a 'gift' for our wedding anniversary.

We were put in cabin B344, an inner one. Although we personally found the temperature to be a bit warm (as we like to sleep in cool temperatures), most would find the 23C all-round room temp to be very cozy. The cabin was certainly big enough for two of us and the queen bed quite ample. We had 2 nights of gale force 8 winds and slept like babies; the most we knew of it was a gentle rocking of the bed and an announcement by the ship the next morning.

My wife walks with a stick and we found crew to be very attentive. She was whisked into the ship almost immediately for embarkation, avoiding any crowds or lines of passengers, and we were set into the buffet room to enjoy lunch while the rest of the ship embarked. The same was true of disembarkation - off the ship before the rest of the passengers and out into a flagged-down taxi before the rest arrived.

Cabin Review

Inside Twin with Shower

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We had cabin B344, an inner one, for a 4 night cruise. Although we personally found the temperature to be a bit warm (as we like to sleep in cool temperatures), most would find the 23C all-round room temp to be very cozy. The cabin was certainly big enough for two of us and the queen bed quite ample. We had 2 nights of gale force 8 winds and slept like babies; the most we knew of it was a gentle rocking of the bed and an announcement by the ship the next morning.

The room was quite adequate for this size cruise. The bedroom area was the largest and had a small desk space and a tv set with a smaller selection of movies and tv shows which we really didn't bother with except for the news and ships news. You can also receive the ship webcam and another couple pages with ship information and shore tour information, which we found incredibly helpful. There was a small but adequate loo with shower. We would recommend you set the shower temp to 20C and leave the shower run for about 4-5 minutes before checking the water temp to avoid being turned into a lobster! You like hot water - they got hot water! There was large hanging area and quite a few hangers but you may wish to pack a few wire ones in your luggage if you have a lot of things that need to hang up. There was also a small cabinet with shelves and a safe which we found very useful. The cabin stewards are almost always lingering around the hallways before 8pm in case you run into problems or need a few extra towels and are happy to help.

We personally felt the inner cabin would be great for those who really only would be in there to sleep and change clothes - we would have requested an upgrade had our cruise not been fully booked. We found the lack of natural lighting from a window to be a little disconcerting, especially when waking up early morning. For that reason we booked a balcony cabin for our next cruise, both for temperature control and light (and a little private space to sit out and enjoy ourselves).

Port Reviews

Southampton

The embarkation and debarkation terminals were excellent - very clean and tons of helpful staff to keep you right. Taxis for debarkation were fast in coming and were flagged down by staff as you waited in a short, but quick-moving, queue.

Le Havre

Our cruise was supposed to go to St Peter Port (Guernsey) but diverted to Le Havre under gale force 8 conditions. We arrived in Le Harve to find helpful crew for disembarkation and tons of buses ready to take us into the town centre (every 10 minutes). We were THRILLED to find Le Havre to be exceptionally clean, the town hall garden awash with flowers and - best of all - none of the dog mess, graffiti or vagrants common to the UK. Considering this was all arranged at very short notice, we were over the moon with our experience of Le Havre "on your own".

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