We went on Ventura for our yearly cruise with 4 children under 11. We arrived at Southampton around 10 am. . It was a smooth embarkation with at least a 2 hr wait. Which wasn't the best for our 2 yr old daughter, but there was space for her to play. We went through security nicely and easily . When we boarded the ship we went up to the waterside(buffet)which was good for children but not a lot of choice for the adults. We had an announcement from the captain our stateroom was ready so as quick as we could we rushed up to see, we had a balcony NOT OVERLOOKED by other decks above on E our cabins numbers were E1921 we highly recommend this cabin for people who want to be near the water. Also you have a view of the whole ship, on deck 8. when the ships engines were turned on we felt the ship shudder.
we went on deck and the sail-away party( best ever on a ship in a long time) there was karaoke, conga, dancing, famous bands and lots more! the next morning we woke up at sea, the ship rocked quite a bit. if you like prom decks ventura is the place. it has a full rap around prom deck you can even walk around the bow!
food was good apart ( my son had a allergic reaction to prawns, bless him!) waiters excellent really kind and lovely. kids club was great lovely youth staff with all the kids in minds. entertainment good apart from ( 1st seating are due to watch their performance from 6-7 pm and that show is empty because they go and have a drink, then when its 2nd seating performance the 1st sitting think its alright to go and then sit in 2nd sitting seats and 2nd sitting have nowhere to sit .)
excellent, we had a great view of the whole ship and the sea. great photos with the sunset from I PHONE 6. cabin was spacious but the toilets didn't flush in the whole stern cabins of the ship but the problem was dealt with nicely and easily.
this was our main port. we were in ocean terminal but there are other terminals like sunflower terminal and a lot more. you pay £15 extra per day for your car.
when we went to vigo we walked a long the pier and that was it very hot and not a lot to do. most of the villages were full of smoke because of the heat.
lisbon is excellent. hot and loads to do. they have the best ice cream. but pools on the ship when in lisbon are packed.
the fish smells were horrible. there is a nice beach but the town is old and stinky but the port is new and modern.
we love Guernsey with tenders. our lifeboat driver ( rubbish ) . but there is so much to do. there is a w h smiths and lovely fish and chips. best port ( tender island ever)!