Started the cruise by selecting a Thompson flight upgrade to premium seating UK to Barbados. This was money well spent as the holiday really started with the dedicated service offered by the airline crew, the 10 hours or so seemed to pass in fairly reasonable comfort, one small gripe was if you wished to put your seat right back for sleeping, the person behind me complained that she could not sit and read properly. Transfer to Ventura was done in style, straight from the aircraft to coach and through a fast check in at the port, with our baggage not being seen until we got to our cabin. We had a balcony suite with a separate room for sleeping and a comfortable lounge with sliding doors to the spacious balcony. On arrival we opened the door to fresh flowers, fresh fruit and a bottle of very cold champagne. The cruise was as good as any we have been on, the food in all of the ships many restaurant's was above the quality found in most UK eating out places. We paid £15 extra each for a meal in P&O's famous Marco Pierre White restaurant and reckon this to be as good as eating gets, much better value than the £150 you can spend in a down town Chelsea eatery. The evening entertainment in the ships theatre was very good apart from one night when the a 'comedian' invited in from Cunard tried to invent his own form of flat sailing jokes, we followed the queue of early departures after 20 minutes. The bars on Ventura offer all cocktails and beers at reasonable prices,I recommend the cocktail of the day, for the price of a pint of beer you can enjoy a drink that would cost a fortune on land. Our big gripe on the cruise was the terrible British habit of guests placing towels on the sun deck chairs, most mornings after breakfast we found that by 9am all places were taken with more towels than people on deck. P&O staff seem to be of the opinion that this is normal on all P&O cruises. We have cruised with other Cruise Lines and found that after 15 minutes the deck staff remove personal effects from deck chairs not being used. Day time entertainment on deck was available in the two main pools to much cheering and banter, we elected to find a quieter and more relaxing pool at the front of the ship. On the whole we found Ventura an exellent ship and would book again if my wife elects to 'towel up' at 6am every morning and reserve our deck chairs.
Cabin was a Deluxe balcony suite with separate lounge area and double doors onto a good sized balcony.
The reception of champagne, flowers, fruit and exotic chocolates on arrival started the cruise off in the very best of style.
The bathroom was ample with a full bath and shower and as many towels as you could possibly use.
Each room had it's own flat screen TV with ten different channels.
The fridge was big enough to hold all our drinks and refreshments.
The large king bed was comfortable and we were supplied with bath robes and slippers in the separate changing room.
Spent a full day on a hired catamaran with about 30 other passengers. The trip was good value with the cat crew looking after us with snacks and rum punches. The views of St Vincent from the cat really is a good way to see this lovely Island. We stopped off at Bequia, one of the smaller Islands for two hours and had a great time snorkeling and swimming. Spent another hour at Bequia Harbour to take in some local sites and shopping. The trip back to St Vincent took about an 1 1/2 hours and the crew once again made sure that no one was without a rum punch at any time!