Can only compare to the Britannia and it is my personal opinion. Embarkation was quite smooth but we arrived around our allocated time of 3pm.Car parked with CPS who are excellent. A very large ship with very nicely renovated public areas and the atrium forms the hub. Its more glitzy than the Britannia which is more like a boutique hotel. There was always a bit of a buzz around the hub with lots of people enjoying coffee or a drink and lots of shops to peruse plus the library and future cruise sales. I found the upper deck with the pools quite spartan especially the covered pool which was reminiscent of a public pool. This area was always crowded with plenty of bed hoggers as the weather wasn't too good. The aft terrace pool was a lovely sunny spot but sadly spoilt by the smokers. The smoke clung around the surrounding areas including the corridors which isn't too great if you don't smoke. Cabin was a superior deluxe on D deck and was quite large and spacious with a balcony that jutted out. We didn't find many people hanging over their balcony's looking down onto ours and were happy with the position mid aft. Sucurro our room steward was very nice and did an excellent job looking after us. Relatively quiet. Inside the cabin, however, was in need of a makeover. The carpets and furnishing were shabby and worn. The bed was really comfy. The TV system dire .It took ages to boot up and quite frustrating. It was handy to have the onboard account visible to check. The bathroom again seemed ancient but the shower was powerful and although not a fan of the shower curtain there was enough space. We had freedom dining in the Cinnamon restaurant and found the staff attentive and courteous. We had to wait on average about 30 mins for a table for two. The meals were generally very nice and with a good choice. The fish was excellent as were the soups. The waterside buffet ,however was not our favourite. Not enough room in the food area and people queued a lot. If you wanted a simple bowl of soup and salad for lunch you seemed to have to queue with everyone else . On Britannia there was much more room in the buffet with a better flow and a better choice of food. There seemed to be lots of elbows and trays pushing around. Lots of filthy manners like helping remove food with fingers, licking them and diving in again. Saw someone with his nose almost in the milk jug stretching across. Gross! Where were the staff to check on things? My other half actually stopped someone manhandling food.The table hoggers were out in force and it was frustrating trying to find a table. In bad weather people wouldn't move after their meals, couples would sit diagonally on a table for four or drape bags/ clothes on chairs to stop others sitting down. I moved a couple of times earlier than I would have wanted to let wheelchair users have the table. The afternoon tea at 4pm was a lovely treat in the main dining room. The Beach House very pleasant but the portions huge and not enough choice in my opinion. The Epicurean nice for an indulgent evening but not as nice as the Britannia. The theatre filled up very quickly at night an if you weren't in for 8pm you would struggle for a seat. The Headliners troop were very good especially the movie type show. No famous names on our ship like jimmy James, Kiki Dee etc... or celebrity chefs. We didn't find much else that we enjoyed. Lots of anti wrinkle/ swollen leg lectures. The gym was well equipped but lacking in instructors for advice. There were three computerised bikes but only one worked properly. There was a Cuban comedian who was very funny and a good Tina Turner impersonator. We found the Ventura a nice friendly ship. We didn't find one grumpy member of staff. The waiters, room stewards, bar people etc... very pleasant. The ports were very clean and interesting to walk around. The fortress tour of Gibraltar was excellent especially the guide. We had a very nice holiday but wouldn't go on Ventura again. We like the Britannia too much.

Ventura Med May.

Ventura Cruise Review by sapphire4

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Can only compare to the Britannia and it is my personal opinion. Embarkation was quite smooth but we arrived around our allocated time of 3pm.Car parked with CPS who are excellent. A very large ship with very nicely renovated public areas and the atrium forms the hub. Its more glitzy than the Britannia which is more like a boutique hotel. There was always a bit of a buzz around the hub with lots of people enjoying coffee or a drink and lots of shops to peruse plus the library and future cruise sales. I found the upper deck with the pools quite spartan especially the covered pool which was reminiscent of a public pool. This area was always crowded with plenty of bed hoggers as the weather wasn't too good. The aft terrace pool was a lovely sunny spot but sadly spoilt by the smokers. The smoke clung around the surrounding areas including the corridors which isn't too great if you don't smoke.

Cabin was a superior deluxe on D deck and was quite large and spacious with a balcony that jutted out. We didn't find many people hanging over their balcony's looking down onto ours and were happy with the position mid aft. Sucurro our room steward was very nice and did an excellent job looking after us. Relatively quiet. Inside the cabin, however, was in need of a makeover. The carpets and furnishing were shabby and worn. The bed was really comfy. The TV system dire .It took ages to boot up and quite frustrating. It was handy to have the onboard account visible to check. The bathroom again seemed ancient but the shower was powerful and although not a fan of the shower curtain there was enough space.

We had freedom dining in the Cinnamon restaurant and found the staff attentive and courteous. We had to wait on average about 30 mins for a table for two. The meals were generally very nice and with a good choice. The fish was excellent as were the soups. The waterside buffet ,however was not our favourite. Not enough room in the food area and people queued a lot. If you wanted a simple bowl of soup and salad for lunch you seemed to have to queue with everyone else . On Britannia there was much more room in the buffet with a better flow and a better choice of food. There seemed to be lots of elbows and trays pushing around. Lots of filthy manners like helping remove food with fingers, licking them and diving in again. Saw someone with his nose almost in the milk jug stretching across. Gross! Where were the staff to check on things? My other half actually stopped someone manhandling food.The table hoggers were out in force and it was frustrating trying to find a table. In bad weather people wouldn't move after their meals, couples would sit diagonally on a table for four or drape bags/ clothes on chairs to stop others sitting down. I moved a couple of times earlier than I would have wanted to let wheelchair users have the table. The afternoon tea at 4pm was a lovely treat in the main dining room. The Beach House very pleasant but the portions huge and not enough choice in my opinion. The Epicurean nice for an indulgent evening but not as nice as the Britannia.

The theatre filled up very quickly at night an if you weren't in for 8pm you would struggle for a seat. The Headliners troop were very good especially the movie type show. No famous names on our ship like jimmy James, Kiki Dee etc... or celebrity chefs. We didn't find much else that we enjoyed. Lots of anti wrinkle/ swollen leg lectures. The gym was well equipped but lacking in instructors for advice. There were three computerised bikes but only one worked properly. There was a Cuban comedian who was very funny and a good Tina Turner impersonator.

We found the Ventura a nice friendly ship. We didn't find one grumpy member of staff. The waiters, room stewards, bar people etc... very pleasant.

The ports were very clean and interesting to walk around. The fortress tour of Gibraltar was excellent especially the guide.

We had a very nice holiday but wouldn't go on Ventura again. We like the Britannia too much.
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Cabin D528
Large aft midship position. Nice and quite. Reasonable size balcony with two recliners, foot stools and a small table. It juts out and is overlooked from above but if you sit near the windows I doubt if anyone could see you. No one seemed to hang over looking down. Carpets and furnishings shabby, worn and in need of a make over. Rather disappointing for the price. The bed cushions very smelly! The bathroom really old and past its best with a shower curtain. However the shower was really good and it was quite spacious. The bed was really comfy. The TV system dire and took ages to boot up.
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