With all the bad press we had read before our first cruise we were worried we had made the choice of cruise ship. We shouldn't have worried! From the efficient check in to speedy disembarkation we had just the most wonderful time. The ship is very high spec and is kept sparkling clean. The cabins were well appointed and had very roomy wardrobe space and well designed shower rooms. Our balcony stateroom had just been given a very welcome set of relining chairs which we made full use of. The room service was outstanding, our children's clutter was tidied for them more than once each day, much to my embarrassment! Our children loved the activities available, the freedom of eating at the Frankie's Diner throughout the day and of course the pools. We enjoyed the lectures, the art talks and high quality evening entertainment. With only a couple of exceptions, the performances were of a very high standard. The food was remarkably good - we were astonished to hear some passengers complaining!! Whatever do they eat at home if they could find fault with the menu. It had recently been relaunched and offered a wide selection of appetising dishes, plus an extensive back up menu of plain chicken, steak, salmon or salad. Our waiter was unfailingly cheerful and efficient, but we found this level of service throughout. We booked a couple of P&O excursions but did our own thing for most of the stops. We enjoyed all the Ports of Call and found the information provided on ship really helpful. We hope to be able to travel on Ventura again and hope that other people won't be discouraged from joining us by other less favourable reviews.        

So Much for all the Criticism - We Loved It!

Ventura Cruise Review by Fred66

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2009
  • Destination: Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
With all the bad press we had read before our first cruise we were worried we had made the choice of cruise ship. We shouldn't have worried! From the efficient check in to speedy disembarkation we had just the most wonderful time.

The ship is very high spec and is kept sparkling clean. The cabins were well appointed and had very roomy wardrobe space and well designed shower rooms. Our balcony stateroom had just been given a very welcome set of relining chairs which we made full use of. The room service was outstanding, our children's clutter was tidied for them more than once each day, much to my embarrassment!

Our children loved the activities available, the freedom of eating at the Frankie's Diner throughout the day and of course the pools. We enjoyed the lectures, the art talks and high quality evening entertainment. With only a couple of exceptions, the performances were of a very high standard.

The food was remarkably good - we were astonished to hear some passengers complaining!! Whatever do they eat at home if they could find fault with the menu. It had recently been relaunched and offered a wide selection of appetising dishes, plus an extensive back up menu of plain chicken, steak, salmon or salad. Our waiter was unfailingly cheerful and efficient, but we found this level of service throughout.

We booked a couple of P&O excursions but did our own thing for most of the stops. We enjoyed all the Ports of Call and found the information provided on ship really helpful.

We hope to be able to travel on Ventura again and hope that other people won't be discouraged from joining us by other less favourable reviews.
       
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Cabin Review

Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
Cabin JE C531
Well appointed, clean and great position on ship. 
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