Ventura Cruise Review by traceyabill
- Sail Date: October 2016
- Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
After reading the reviews I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as much and ruin my memories of our first cruise with our children, but Im glad to say it was all excellent.
Although our embarkation time was 1:30pm we arrived at the terminal early so were prepared to wait until our allotted time, but we were quickly checked in and by about 12:15pm were onboard.
We decided at the last minute to check our small cases through rather than carry them, to be honest it did take a long time to receive our luggage to our room, and one small case didn't initially arrive. However, our cabin steward was very helpful and located the luggage within 15 minutes of enquiring about it.
We had room E501, a large double room, outside. We knew the window was restricted as we had been advised on booking, we were on the floor where the life rafts were situated outside, however we could still see through gaps where we were and for two nights we didn't mind at all. It was all as expected.
Plenty of hanging space for two nights and cupboard storage.
Tea and coffee facilities in the room if required and a fridge.
The television showed a range of films at no extra cost, and regular channels, it was a bit slow in operating but worked well.
Bathroom facilities were adequate, powerful shower, lovely big mirror and lighting. All towels and pool towels provided.
Plenty of mirrors in the main cabin giving a good sense of space. Thee was plenty of space around the bed, a dressing/writing table with a chair and an extra chair placed under the window. All very spacious.
We chose freedom dining allowing us to dine in the evening in the Saffron or the Cinnamon restaurants, any time between 6:30pm and 9:30pm.
We only wanted a table for two and on the first night there was a little wait so we were given a little box that lit up when our table was ready. In the meantime we went for a drink at the bar nearby. within half an hour our table was ready and waiting.
The second night, black tie evening, we were escorted directly to a table no waiting.
Could not fault the food in the restaurants. The portions are relatively small compared to high street chain restaurants but after starter, main, dessert, cheeseboard and coffee it was plenty for us.
For breakfast you could choose either waitress service in one of the restaurants or the buffet style dining options, we tried both and both served a varied menu which was all nice.
Lunch time we chose buffet style, plenty of choices, a curry, other hot selections, salads, a cold fish counter, cold meat counter, cheese selection, desserts and plenty of other items.
Afternoon tea was slightly different from how I remember it, cakes used to be available in the buffet dining area but now afternoon tea is served between 4pm and 5:30pm. We didn't try this and we just couldn't eat anything else.
The Black tie evening menu was mix and match between marco pierre white choices and the cruise line choices. I had all three from the marco pierre white menu, mushroom soup, half a lobster and prosecco jelly and strawberries which was all delicious whilst my husband chose a couple of dishes from the main menu, again all delicious.
Entertainment was fantastic especially on the black tie evening, brilliant band in the atrium, Badness Hull, madness tribute band in the Arena and plenty of other entertainment across the ship. A brilliant evening catering for all tastes.
Plenty of opportunities to have your photos taken. Did speak to one of the photographers about the fact that it all seem a bit old fashioned to print out every single picture for people to view. All prints were in colour but he was very helpful and did say if we wanted anything in black and white they could reprint them. I understand that on the newer ships however this area has now been updated and all photos are viewed online and ordered online.
We didn't purchase any photos, but they all seemed quite nice, priced at £11.50 per sheet of prints, normally consisted of two regular sized prints and a couple of smaller ones.
All went smoothly, needed to be out of our cabins by 8am and off the ship by 9am. We left at just after 8 taking our cases with us. No queuing to get off. Walked straight through to CPS and collected our car from the CPS car park just outside the terminal.
All in all a brilliant cruise, very relaxing and organised from start to finish.
Want already to book another trip.
Thanks Ventura for a great weekend.
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