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Ventura Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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870 Reviews

Winter getaway

Ventura Cruise Review by Pyer

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2019
  • Destination: the Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Shower

Embarked without trouble,outside cabin with picture window very satisfactory.As peninsular cruisers discounted price and on board spending money was a nice bonus.

All meals were fine with plenty of choice but often a little bland we thought.The first seven days were a bit rough as it was February and the North Atlantic after all.

We enjoyed all the ports of call and some were first time visits.I,e Bermuda and the Bahamas,the later was a little bit disappointing as the last hurricane caused damage as yet not rectified.

American immigration at New Orleans was extremely slow and took most of the first day to get the 3000 and also the crew members ashore.Weather in New Orleans was dull and foggy but we had a lovely time off the ship and will always make the most of these exciting places.Further American ports included Key West,Miami and port canavaral with a visit to the NASA Space Centre,all having a different appeal with lots to see and do.

Then into the warm sunshine and Azure seas of the Caribbean including Grand Turk,St,Maarten.St Lucia And Barbados.All wonderful ports of call if a little overcrowded with so many cruise ships at this time of year.Our final port of call after five days at sea was the delightful island of Pria da Vitoria in the Azores,with perfect weather and a welcoming people we enjoyed probably the best day of the cruise.After this it was home to Southampton and because of threatened storms the captain got us back early and that was much appreciated.

The fellow guests we got to know on our freedom dining option were stella and we made several new friends.

The evening entertainment was also of high standard with little we did not enjoy.There is so much to do and they cater for all tastes from on board lectures,the latest movies,classical pianists ,we must mention the duo of pianists for Four Hands who are exceptional,comedians,etc etc.Dance classes ,night clubs,several bars with competitive prices compare to some cruise lines.

Please could you move the dance instructor from the Atrium area twice a day as her constant instruction over the microphone is really annoying.Nit a place where people meet,have a coffee or go to reception or the shops.This is the on real gripe which I’m sorry to bring up as it bothered lots of us in that area and we would avoid it if she was there.

Emarbed in good time and set off home.

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Cabin Review

Outside Twin with Shower
Cabin LB E401

Standard outside cabin with picture window not obstructed ,clean bathroom,good storage and wardrobe etc

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Hired via internet little electric vehicle and saw the whole island at our leisure


Island still recovering from last hurricane,not the best island in the Bahamas to visit,


Took the big red bus hop on hop off bus (do not confuse with bus directly outside terminal as this one is half the price )Got off at south beach and spent some time eating and drinking while watching the Lamborghinis and the bikinis parading up Ocean Drive.

Kennedy Space Center

Long cues ,not enough seating for the older people etc but well worth a visit.A must do excursion

View All 235 Kennedy Space Center Reviews
Grand Turk

Had fun on the beach and in the beautiful sea.Enjoyred Margaritaville emensly

St. Maarten

Just enjoyed a beach day,lots of ships in .it was estimated over 20000 people arrived the day we visited

St. Lucia

Another great beach day to relax and take in the sun,sand and scenery

Scenic Drive

Had a lovely drive passed the rich and famous homes and hotels before heading inland to the highest point and then a couple of hours at the beach.

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