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Ventura Review

4.0 / 5.0
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776 reviews
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Finally, a cruise that met our expectations

Review for Ventura to the Western Mediterranean
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Spotthedog
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Nov 2016
Cabin: Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
Dish in the Sindhu

We booked this cruise because of the 5 destinations we had never been to 4 of them: La Coruna, Cadiz, Gibraltar and Lisbon. Malaga we'd visited many times but nonetheless it was still great to go back. All the ports were excellent. The cruise overall was an excellent value for money deal. Also, we've booked a 2017 cruise on the Ventura with an elderly relative and a wheelchair user so we used this opportunity to check out the ship's facilities which seemed excellent. I'll report back on how that trip goes in August 2017.

We travelled by rail to Southampton - a dangerous thing to rely on in the current Southern Rail crisis as it turned out but we left a huge margin for delays and train cancellations.

The Ventura is huge and we are relatively new to cruising but the ship felt spacious and, very occasionally, not particularly crowded. The public areas were clean and well presented. My greatest fear was getting caught up in lengthy embarkation and disembarkation queues, and thus wasting precious shore time, but, apart from Gibraltar, getting on and off was handled very efficiently throughout and many passengers seemed to stay on the ship in most ports anyway. There was only half a day in Gibraltar which was not enough by general passenger consensus. Most of the ship's population seemed to want to get off to grab some duty free. Port and ship staff just couldn't process everyone on and off before the scheduled departure time and the queue was nearly an hour to get back on.

Cabin Review

Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower

Cabin JB

Great - plenty of space. Compact bathroom but well designed. Double bed was two singles pushed together but comfortable apart from the gap.

Port Reviews

La Coruna

Walked to the station on arrival and took the train to Santiago de Compostela. Fantastic. Managed to see much of La Coruna too on the return to the ship.

Seville

Spent the whole day walking round Cadiz. Fantastic.

Malaga

Great day walking up to the castle from the dock and then down to the town. Picasso Museum is open every day contrary to the P&O Port Guide leaflet.

Lisbon

Rained but still fantastic. Bought a metro and tram one day travel card and managed to get around to see many of the main sites - great first time visit. The No. 28 tram is just amazing - go on it end to end.

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