This was our first time on Ventura for 3 years, and she remains one of our favourite ships. I was a bit wary of what the weather would be like in early November but it was much better than I feared. Embarkation in the refurbished Mayflower Terminal was excellent. Our check-in time was 15:30, but we arrived at 13:15 and had dropped car off, checked in, boarded and got to our cabin within 25 minutes, with luggage already there. There were some minor areas where Ventura could do with a bit of TLC, such as stains on the bed valance, carpets on stair edges and in buffet frayed, and the gold covering on panels in lifts peeling off - but these are just minor cosmetic issues. We chose this cruise because we had not yet been to three of ports: Valencia, Ibiza and Cartagena. And we loved all three ports. Valencia - lovely city, although shuttle bus needed as berth is on the outer limits of the port. Terminal was non-existent, just an empty tent, with no welcome at all. Got bus into city, about 4 miles and did own thing, someone to give maps out would have been nice, but nothing. Ibiza - the old town is beautiful. We walked from the berth, takes about 30 mins but pleasant walk past apartments and hotels. Port workers here were giving out maps but they were of the island, not the town centre, but the town is compact enough not to really need a map. Cartagena - ship berths in city centre, Roman Theatre was impressive and only 5 mins walk from the ship.

November sunshine

Ventura Cruise Review by SeanLXIV

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
This was our first time on Ventura for 3 years, and she remains one of our favourite ships. I was a bit wary of what the weather would be like in early November but it was much better than I feared.

Embarkation in the refurbished Mayflower Terminal was excellent. Our check-in time was 15:30, but we arrived at 13:15 and had dropped car off, checked in, boarded and got to our cabin within 25 minutes, with luggage already there.

There were some minor areas where Ventura could do with a bit of TLC, such as stains on the bed valance, carpets on stair edges and in buffet frayed, and the gold covering on panels in lifts peeling off - but these are just minor cosmetic issues.

We chose this cruise because we had not yet been to three of ports: Valencia, Ibiza and Cartagena. And we loved all three ports.

Valencia - lovely city, although shuttle bus needed as berth is on the outer limits of the port. Terminal was non-existent, just an empty tent, with no welcome at all. Got bus into city, about 4 miles and did own thing, someone to give maps out would have been nice, but nothing.

Ibiza - the old town is beautiful. We walked from the berth, takes about 30 mins but pleasant walk past apartments and hotels. Port workers here were giving out maps but they were of the island, not the town centre, but the town is compact enough not to really need a map.

Cartagena - ship berths in city centre, Roman Theatre was impressive and only 5 mins walk from the ship.
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Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
Cabin JE C632
C deck cabin, so has double sized balcony. Kept clean and tidy by our friendly steward. Carpet could do with a deep clean or replacing, nothing nasty, just 8 years of wear and tear is showing.
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