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Ventura Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Pleasantly surprised!!!

Ventura Cruise Review by Maureen Ballantine

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2010
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower

Agreed at the last minute to join friends who were sailing out on Ventura on 12th June with much apprehension as possibly I read too many reviews on the internet. Well we were most pleasantly surprised with the whole experience. I might add that we are seasoned cruisers having sailed on almost all the P & O ships and 3 times with Royal Carribean. Our cabin was excellent, spacious and we really appreciated the balcony, it was out first time to have one. The weather was very hot and it was bliss to escape back to the ship and our very own 'space'. The food was very good and lots of options, although we mostly dined in Medina with our pals, 1st sitting. We usually had to rush to get to the shows in the theatre as mostly they were very well attended. By and large we enjoyed the programmes put on there but later it was impossible to get into the tribute shows in the smaller theatre. Went several times but had to leave as it was 'standing room' only. At no time did we see any unruly children or teenagers, and there were some on board. Our fellow cruisers were well-mannered and friendly, mostly British. When we had to tender it was a bit of a drag getting 3,000 people ashore but P & O did organise it as best they could and one just had yto show some patience. Embarkation na dis-embarkation was dealt with in a very efficient manner. Summing it all up - a very enjoyable experience. Forgot to add that the highlight of the cruise for me was a ship's trip up into the mountains of Corsica from Ajaccio. What spendour, now I know why its called the 'scented isle'. If you go to Corsica make sure you take a tour to those majestic mountains.

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Cabin Review

Outside Twin with Balcony and Shower
Cabin JB A431

Excellent. Spacious, spotless, balcony shaded most of the day by an overhang but we didn't mind as we are not sunworshippers. Sleep quality excellent.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Cannes - we visited on a Sunday, not much happening and most of the major shops were closed. If you go there on a Sunday, do takr a trip somewhere. We did enjoy just sitting on the prom people-watching. Barcelona was as vibrant as ever, very hot. Enjoyed some great tapas on Las Ramblas, but sure paid a big price for them. Probably would have been better off the 'beaten track'. The buses that take you on the NORTH ROUTE sightseeing are very goood value and take you past very many of the great sights. Didn't have time to do the SOUTH route, maybe next time. Wanted to do the 'finucular railway' but husband was not agreeable, hates heights! Gib we had been to several times so it was 'buy the perfume' and get back to the ship.

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Took a ship's trip to a mountain village. Beautiful drive there. Stopped off the bus and were ferried across a lake while enjoying ccke and pizza. Collected by bus and taken up to a castle where Tom CRuise had had his wedding some yrs ago. Some wonderful scenery from the turrets of the castle. Enduring memories of that trip.

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