we chose the ventura because of the sailing date (winter sunshine), the itinerary and the price. embarkation with a wheel chair was smooth and little waiting, the balcony was adequate as was the cabin.
after a couple of days I realised that I had not taken any pictures of the ventura usually I'm clicking away at everything and that is the thing about the ventura it is a basic no frills ship, built the same time as royal Caribbean's independence of the seas the difference is startling - the independence gives the impression of no expense spared, the ventura no expense spent
food - probably the most important for a lot of people, the meat and fish were excellent and cooked correctly however the vegetables were not, either over cooked or under cooked, p&o please note you cannot eat under cooked potatoes, only chips and mash were edible, most people complained and the reason given for not cooking the veg properly - it is all new menus sir - unbelievable
it was adequate, good shower on the small size and I am only average build but with a curtain !
the tv was poor the sound was set so low that you could not hear it without standing next to it, no subtitles available - not good enough in todays cruise market
the ncl spirit is 10 years older and has real class and quality about it
working port - did my own thing nothing special there
there are plenty of excursions available without taking the ship's tour, beaches are the main selling point
walked around st johns on a sunday virtually closed so we took a tour with a local taxi and said where we wanted to go - he was excellent and good value 3 hours for 20 dollars each so we gave him a good tip