We arrived at the Mayflower terminal at 2.00 p.m. for a 3.30 boarding and waited inside the terminal for around 30 minutes and were inside our cabin by 3.00 p.m. Our cases, which had been sent a few days before with The Baggage Handling Company were waiting outside the cabin on our arrival, shortly followed by the luggage which we had taken with us. This was our first time on Ventura having previously cruised twice on Oceana and once on Independence of the Seas. We were a party of five, myself, husband, my 23 year old son, 19 year old son and his girlfriend. This was her first cruise and to say she enjoyed it was an understatement (unfortunately for her, in only a week it was impossible to do everything she wanted to do onboard, but she had a good try). We had three balcony cabins on deck C, mid-ship and had all balcony doors opened, so we could access all three cabins, where we had large balconies, but were overlooked from above, but it was definitely a bonus having a larger balcony. Our cabin steward Edward, was very efficient, and serviced our cabins when we went to breakfast and at dinner in the evening. White Company Toiletries enough for a week were provided. We all felt the entertainment onboard was the best we have witnessed with something always going on, we had been put off the ships Headliners shows in the past but were very impressed by the shows that we were able to see. Other acts we saw were Gary Ryan as Neil Diamond, Gareth Oliver- ventriloquist, Andrew Browning as George Michael and Manuel Martinez comedy magician, all these were excellent in our opinion. We mostly ate in the Saffron restaurant as we were freedom dining, where we all agreed the food was excellent and all the waiters were very efficient. We did have a bit of a wait for the wine waiter on the first night, but each night after he always came to get our order early. We ate twice in the buffet at night, the Asian and Indian night and although my husband and I aren’t lovers of the buffet, we could not fault anything. We also did something we have never done before and that was being persuaded to go to the midnight buffet (just the once), which my son and his girlfriend did every night. Ports of call we visited were Vigo where we all went on Segways which were great fun (once you got the hang of it), Lisbon, Porto and Cherbourg. We went to the Aquarium in Cherbourg which is situated at the port; this also has a Titanic exhibition and an interactive area. We didn’t have great weather all week, but when the sun did decide to come out it was very warm. We all thoroughly enjoyed Ventura and all she offered and thought there was a great mix of ages on-board and entertainment offered and are looking to cruise again on Ventura for 2016.

An Excellent Cruise, Enjoyed by Us All on Ventura

Ventura Cruise Review by mandylennon

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2015
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
We arrived at the Mayflower terminal at 2.00 p.m. for a 3.30 boarding and waited inside the terminal for around 30 minutes and were inside our cabin by 3.00 p.m. Our cases, which had been sent a few days before with The Baggage Handling Company were waiting outside the cabin on our arrival, shortly followed by the luggage which we had taken with us.

This was our first time on Ventura having previously cruised twice on Oceana and once on Independence of the Seas. We were a party of five, myself, husband, my 23 year old son, 19 year old son and his girlfriend. This was her first cruise and to say she enjoyed it was an understatement (unfortunately for her, in only a week it was impossible to do everything she wanted to do onboard, but she had a good try).

We had three balcony cabins on deck C, mid-ship and had all balcony doors opened, so we could access all three cabins, where we had large balconies, but were overlooked from above, but it was definitely a bonus having a larger balcony. Our cabin steward Edward, was very efficient, and serviced our cabins when we went to breakfast and at dinner in the evening. White Company Toiletries enough for a week were provided.

We all felt the entertainment onboard was the best we have witnessed with something always going on, we had been put off the ships Headliners shows in the past but were very impressed by the shows that we were able to see. Other acts we saw were Gary Ryan as Neil Diamond,

Gareth Oliver- ventriloquist, Andrew Browning as George Michael and Manuel Martinez comedy magician, all these were excellent in our opinion.

We mostly ate in the Saffron restaurant as we were freedom dining, where we all agreed the food was excellent and all the waiters were very efficient. We did have a bit of a wait for the wine waiter on the first night, but each night after he always came to get our order early. We ate twice in the buffet at night, the Asian and Indian night and although my husband and I aren’t lovers of the buffet, we could not fault anything. We also did something we have never done before and that was being persuaded to go to the midnight buffet (just the once), which my son and his girlfriend did every night.

Ports of call we visited were Vigo where we all went on Segways which were great fun (once you got the hang of it), Lisbon, Porto and Cherbourg. We went to the Aquarium in Cherbourg which is situated at the port; this also has a Titanic exhibition and an interactive area. We didn’t have great weather all week, but when the sun did decide to come out it was very warm.

We all thoroughly enjoyed Ventura and all she offered and thought there was a great mix of ages on-board and entertainment offered and are looking to cruise again on Ventura for 2016.
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Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
Cabin JB C405
We had three cabins, C401, C405 and C409. They had larger balconies which were overlooked, but for the extra space were definitely a bonus and when the sun decided to show its face, the balcony had full sun.
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