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Ventura Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Ventura Cruise Review by 1871 supporter

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2019
  • Destination: Europe

Give Ventura another try as this was only cruise from Southampton for Oct school holidays.

This time not impressed with Ventura.

Check in was quite slow

Once on board we went to buffet, very poor selection available.

Went to cabin which appeared to be ok

visited buffet a few times, first occasion there was no cutlery available, once i can let go, twice and someone needs to say something, but this happened either no cutlery or no plates or no cups for tea and coffee 10 times which is inexcusable and shows standards are slipping.

The Buffet itself is very poor, very little choice, poor layout, people going through exits and going wrong way causing problems. no-one to police this

when entering buffet, first items you come across are the rolls and butter cut up into little blocks - put these little blocks onto your plate and in 30 seconds you have a big pool of melted butter on you plate. (will not put butter on tray as it could be dirty)

Entertainment quite poor- we had 2 comedians. One was called Tucker, who came on with a song then spent the next 10 minutes talking to the late arrivals (in a 45 minute shoe this is not good)

the second was Jack Ryan telling old jokes and basically dying on his feet.

The Flyrights and Serious sounds were brilliant.

Thank god for the Theatre showing some films.

Quite a few quizzes and the Bingo - The Bingo is a major rip off, very high ticket prices £15 for a 6 strip book of 5 games £12 for a 3 strip book of 5 games

Many people were paying the 6 strip approx 60-70 but the prizes only totalled £250 for all games (serious profit taking)

Hardly saw anyone in the shops.

On this cruise we has a man overboard and a few hours later we has to return to port for a medical evacuation.

We missed a port of call to Cherborg due to high winds instead staying in the sea near devon seriously swaying all over the place for about 15 hours.

Disembarking was a joke

but not a bad a trying to get out of CPS car park (took over an hour)

Clearly staff numbers have been cut which caused some of the problems

will not be going on Ventura Again as not a lot to do.

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