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Ventura Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Lovely Caribbean

Ventura Cruise Review by flycatcher

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2018
  • Destination: the Caribbean

We love the Caribbean in Jan/ Feb to escape the UK winter. Ventura was late arriving in Southampton due to bad weather, thank goodness we weren’t on that cruise! P&O gave us all £15pp extra onboard spend to cover lunch on the way as we were advised to arrive later in the day to allow disembarkation. There was free tea and coffee at the terminal and we didn’t wait too long to be transferred to the ship. The sea was choppy for the first 2days at sea but soon improved ( or maybe we just found our sea legs quickly). Madeira was nice and sunny. Went to the gym on sea days to offset the extra food and actually rather enjoyed it! There was always something going on on board but same list most days. The talks are usually interesting. Did lots of sunbathing and actually used our sun beds for hours. We saw loads of beds though which were reserved for hours with no one on them. P &O need to take the bull by the horns and sort out this problem which causes so much anger. The entertainment was mostly good and especially ‘The Runaround Kids’ who got a standing ovation both nights. Metropolis was a nice place in the evenings and much quieter than other venues where the microphones were a bit too loud. Havana is the most ridiculous design and needs a complete overhaul. The half walls are too high, there are posts where they obstruct too much of the view and what on earth the two high tables are for at the front I can’t imagine. We didn’t come on holiday to have to watch acts on the tv screen! The staff were great as usual and cabin stewards very friendly. We had a few problems this cruise with excessive noise in cabin late at night (don’t book around inside cabin R717 ) and after being moved we had a water leak. We were unlucky because this was our 18th cruise with P&O and our first problematic one. The islands were great as normal and the people who moaned about the port of Guadeloupe should have done their research and travelled outside the port area. We had a lovely trip there to the beach and the nicest swimming conditions ever. All in all another successful cruise.

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Cabin Review

Cabin PE R717

Very noisy until after 1 am as underneath a service area where they were wheeling trolleys and throwing trays around. We were moved for final 9 days into a cabin which sprang a leak, oops!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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Went to The Boatyard by local transfer. Great day and snorkelled over shipwreck but only saw one turtle

Ponta Delgada

Shared a taxi and went to Ribera Grande, tea plantation, hot springs and where stews are cooked in the ground. This was an exceptional tour covering a large part of the east of the island. The local driver gave us loads of info and next time will take us to a restaurant to sample the stew.

Reef protected swimming area so very safe. Nice craft market.

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