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Do not pay any attention to poor reviews about this ship..... This was our 2nd cruise on Ventura,and there was nothing at all negative about our time onboard.Some people,it seems,just have to moan about something.P and O are a good ... Read More
Do not pay any attention to poor reviews about this ship..... This was our 2nd cruise on Ventura,and there was nothing at all negative about our time onboard.Some people,it seems,just have to moan about something.P and O are a good company,and Ventura a good ship.Book,go,and enjoy.Far from being "tired",or "in need of updating",the cabins,restuarants,bars,shops,and all public areas are very cosy and stylish.The food onboard,be it in the main dining rooms,self service buffet areas,or speciality restaurants is always of a high standard.The staff are all attentive,helpful,and above all,very good at what they do.And what they all do is ensure you have a wonderful holiday whilst onboard.The entertainment is high quality and varied,with something for everyone.I certainly never saw signs of boredom or dissatisfaction as mentioned in some reviews.Embarkation and disembarkation was extremely efficient,as were the procedures and facilities available for going ashore at ports of call.So to sum up,if you take any notice of the negative reviews and decide not to cruise on Ventura,you will deprive yourself the opportunity to enjoy a brilliant ship,and a wonderful holiday.I only returned home from the cruise yesterday,and this is an honest review,with no connection to P and O cruises,except from being a satisfied customer. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Where to start? We just returned from our third Navigator cruise last night. I'll admit that I have a bit of a soft spot for this ship, as this was our first cruise ship we ever booked back in 2009. We were anxious to see her after ... Read More
Where to start? We just returned from our third Navigator cruise last night. I'll admit that I have a bit of a soft spot for this ship, as this was our first cruise ship we ever booked back in 2009. We were anxious to see her after her recent refurbishment and to see how we liked her (or if we still did, considering some of the bad press we'd seen lately). If you don't feel like reading the entire review, I'll save you the time - we still love this ship, and we still love cruising on Regent. The updates to the Navigator make her seem more contemporary and fresher. I felt that the ship was in superb condition and the new color schemes make her look more elegant and functional. There was a lot of grumbling about the missing drawers in the cabins (we were in a D on deck 8) but to tell the truth, I didn't see it as a problem at all. There were two of us in a cabin for 12 nights and we didn't even come close to using the drawers in the closet, and we didn't really miss the old drawers in the desk area. Maybe it would be an issue on a longer cruise, but I don't feel like anything was lost. The new colors are soothing, and the bed was supremely comfortable. The common areas rarely felt crowded (exception: embarkation was a bit crowded) and we never had an issue with lines for dining or any other venues. Navigator is the least foodie-friendly ship in the Regent fleet, with only one specialty restaurant (Prime 7) but again, on a shorter itinerary, this wasn't an issue. We felt that the selection and quality of the food was very good to excellent. Included wines were usually good and often very good. Spirit selection could be better (especially in the brown liquor area) but it was fun to experiment with cocktails outside of my normal "scotch in a glass". I am not a big fan of the shows on board, but I have to admit that the ones I attended on this cruise seemed better than before. My past cruises, I often spent part of the evenings after dinner sitting in the Connoisseur Club with a brandy and a cigar; that's no longer an option on Navigatgor. I did miss it somewhat, but not as much as I thought I would. Maybe that's why I attended more shows, who knows? With very few exceptions, we found the service on board to be superb. The lows: Compass Rose and Pool Deck sometimes took too long to identify and correct empty glasses. To a person, everyone we came across was friendly, helpful, and knowledgable. Our cabin steward was fantastic, friendly, efficient, and unobtrusive. She went out of her way to help my wife and I with any special requests we had, The bar staff and waiters quickly got to know us and know what we liked. The CD, Jamie Logan, and his wife Dana were seemingly everywhere at once, and you could always see them mingling with the guests and sharing a story or giving advice. They both helped make this a special cruise, too. Ports and shore excursions - the first half of this trip was mostly ports we'd visited before and we took different excursions to get a different feel. For the most part, they were good, although I feel like they're starting to cram too many people in each tour. We had one tour guide in Malta who was definitely substandard, but all of the others were fantastic. We upgraded probably three or four of our tours to the Regent Choice excursions, and these are always nice; slower pace, fewer guests, and always something to remember. The 'Lunch in a Private Villa' in Taromina is a must-do, we did this one a second time this trip since we had family with us we wanted to share this with. It's definitely worth the upcharge! The second half of this trip took us to ports we had not yet visited, and they were all amazing. Although this itinerary was changed from Istanbul to Haifa after we booked, we decided to stick with the cruise, and we're glad we did! Israel was fantastic, a definite must-see if you've never been. We spent three days there and barely scratched the surface of what you can do and see there. I'd definitely go back! As we often do, we booked our air and lodging through Regent Air. Yes, it's a bit more expensive but to us, it's worth it. Knowing that our transfers and lodging are all set up gives us peace of mind in case anything goes south. We had first class transfers, and our hotels were great (Melia Serria in Barcelona, Dan Carmel in Haifa). This particular cruise had more kids on board than we had expected, but they were mostly quiet and well-behaved. Not 100%, mind you, but not bad. We probably had more issues with cranky seniors than whiny toddlers. :-) So in a nutshell, my wife and I ranked this as probably our best cruise yet. The price was reasonable, the service was pretty damn good, the ship was in great shape, and the crew was fantastic. Negatives: My wife didn't get her cranberry juice for breakfast one morning. My water glass sat empty for a good 10-15 minutes on the Pool Deck one afternoon. Destination Services should probably enforce more mobility controls on the tours - i.e. if you can't walk 50 feet in 15 minutes, you probably shouldn't be on a 3-walker rated tour...but they'd probably get sued if they tried to enforce that, so I see why they leave it up to each person. Also, did I mention that the Internet absolutely sucked? Sucked to the point of being unusable? I tried my iPad in my cabin, my iPad in the computer lounge, the computers in the computer lounge, my iPhone everywhere in the ship, and I couldn't ever get a decent connection, and I'd get logged off every 8-12 minutes, right in the middle of a session. Sometimes you couldn't even reach the server to log off. It was bad. Really bad. Hideously bad. Don't expect to work on board if you need to - you're better off taking a tablet ashore and poaching wifi from a cafe or a hotel. Positives: Pretty much everything else. Service was stellar 99.9% of the time. Food was very good to excellent. The oldest ship in the Regent fleet looks fresh and modern again. And the suites are large in every category, which is a huge plus for us. Would we sail Navigator again? Absolutely. This was our third trip on this ship, and she's getting better each time we sail her. Would we sail Regent again? Well, let's just say that we had one more Regent cruise booked when we embarked in Barcelona, and by the time we debarked in Haifa, we had three booked, two on Explorer and one on Voyager. Hope this review helps you with your cruising plans. Enjoy!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We selected this cruise due to previous positive experience with MSC. While the weather was not great the onboard food, service was wonderful. Staff and crew were super and looked after us well. The entertainment was excellent. We could ... Read More
We selected this cruise due to previous positive experience with MSC. While the weather was not great the onboard food, service was wonderful. Staff and crew were super and looked after us well. The entertainment was excellent. We could not think about even one thing to complain about. One suggestion to passengers. The ships library was devoid of English language books after about a day. So take your own books or go to library immediately upon boarding. A Highly recommended shipping line and vessel. The disembarkation process in Walvis Bay was chaotic - but we put this down to the Namabian authorities having too few officials to handle the number of passengers on duty. Then some passengers were apparently robbed in Walvis Bay. So take care while visiting. We don't like the Dakar stopover thus stayed onboard. We had been to Dakar before and felt unsafe there. All other stopovers were great. The ships medical team had to deal with some health emergencies which were handled well by crew apparently. But expensive thus important to have health insurance. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
A week before departing for our cruise a bomb went off targeting tourists in Istanbul, our port of embarkation. Following the incident Viking notified us of a change in itinerary, that we would not be staying overnight in Istanbul but ... Read More
A week before departing for our cruise a bomb went off targeting tourists in Istanbul, our port of embarkation. Following the incident Viking notified us of a change in itinerary, that we would not be staying overnight in Istanbul but would instead be sailing that evening to Canakkale (Troy). After we cleared customs at the Istanbul airport, Viking staff were at hand the moment we exited and immediately guided us to our coach. There were only six of us but they did not wait to fill up the coach which usually seats between 30 to 40 passengers and quickly whisked us away. A few months later after we returned from a fantastic trip, we heard on the news that a bomb went off at the Istanbul airport. It goes to show that Viking was extremely vigilant about getting their guests out of harms way by taking the extra precautionary measures to ensuring their safety. Once on board the Viking Sea, the ship, our stateroom, the ambience, the food and shore excursions were exceptional. Viking has set its bar high so why would we expect anything less than what is being advertised. Viking's values and how the staff work with their guests and with each other are some of the elements that distinguish them as a company and form the bedrock where Viking's reputation and business sit upon. Their competitors can attempt to copy and undertake work in a similar fashion, but they may not come close to copying their values and the Viking culture. We have been on their river cruise and experienced their ocean cruise, they excel in both lines. Our next cruise is to the West Indies in December on Viking Star and we are eagerly looking forward to having another phenomenal time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This cruise was selected because we've sailed on Viking river boat cruises and wanted to experience their new ocean ships. We enjoyed it so much that we've booked another cruise on the Viking Star in the carribbean this ... Read More
This cruise was selected because we've sailed on Viking river boat cruises and wanted to experience their new ocean ships. We enjoyed it so much that we've booked another cruise on the Viking Star in the carribbean this December. The service in great and the excursions are very well planned out. Due to the size of the ship there isn't much room for the entertainment, but they make up for it with service and attention to you. We have reccomended Viking to anyone that ask about our trips with them. We don't hesitate to say that Viking is one of the best to cruise with. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We had a great time on the Explorer of the Seas. Our balcony cabin was spacious and kept very clean, the staff always had a smile on their face and couldn't do enough to make our stay an enjoyable one. There was a terrific band ... Read More
We had a great time on the Explorer of the Seas. Our balcony cabin was spacious and kept very clean, the staff always had a smile on their face and couldn't do enough to make our stay an enjoyable one. There was a terrific band call Top Notch in the Star Lounge that played great music each night. We enjoyed the both the quality and variety of the food in the main dining room. The only downside we experienced was there wasn't much entertainment and they tried to squeeze everyone into the Schooner Bar for the daily trivia games. It seems they put in more cabins and that took away from the public spaces which would definitely have been a problem if we hadn't had a balcony cabin. We were able to board the ship as well as disembark without any problems. Overall we had a terrific time and was very glad that we chose this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Just a quick review.. The ship may be small but she has bags of character and so much prettier than the larger ships that really do resemble a block of flats! Facilities may not be of the same standard either but what we did have were ... Read More
Just a quick review.. The ship may be small but she has bags of character and so much prettier than the larger ships that really do resemble a block of flats! Facilities may not be of the same standard either but what we did have were good enough for us. The bars were tastefully decorated and very comfortable to sit in any time of the day or night. The new cafe was very popular with people. This was situated in the same room as Destination services. It has a fresh colour scheme and you could just sink nicely into the seats and read a book whilst gazing at the passing scenery through the windows. The Lavazza coffee was very good. There are only a few shops. I think the prices were a little steep for their goods to be honest. It was great to be able to walk all the way around the ship to get some exercise after eating all that food! The out door Lido pool area was great with plenty entertainment going on through the day and the entertainment team were funny and lovely people. I loved the Sail Away night from Tenerife, It really did get us in the mood for our holiday. The food was mostly good and reasonably varied. Always fresh. I'm not sure how I feel about piling all your stuff on a tray as it felt a bit like a school canteen so think this could be improved. The Meridian restaurant had helpful waiters who had bags of character. Wally was our favourite. You may well hear him sing in the final night. Not a bad voice either! I just felt there could be more choice on the menu. Perhaps they could make the portions for the starters a but bigger. Our room was compact but perfectly proportioned. We had two double wardrobes, plenty drawer space and a comfortable, spacious double bed. I slept like a baby. The bathroom was very small but again had everything you needed. One problem, however, was the water didn't empty quickly enough out of the shower tray so you had to stand in water to have a shower. Felt a bit unhygienic. Our steward, Matt, was a great guy who kept our room immaculate through our stay. Just remember to check if your sheets are getting changed. We did have to ask for fresh ones. Our only gripe though tbh. The show lounge was always packed out. People arrived for the second show as soon as the first one had finished to get a seat, obviously reflecting how good that showteam were. The singing and dancing were really good and excellent in parts. We enjoyed all of the shows but our favourites were My Fair Lady and Les Mis. Our hairs stood on end! The Murder Mystery play is worth waiting up for too. It was hilarious! You could then see them perform cabarets after the performances up in the Liberties lounge. The ports of call were Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Gibraltar, Cartagena, Palma, Majorca, Rome, Naples, Messina, Corfu, Kotor and Dubrovnik. All perfect and we have lots of great memories now from them except for Messina which we didn't feel was our cup of tea. Not a great deal to do there for us. The ship excursions we purchased onboard were for Going on the camels and seeing the volcano in Lanzarote. Had a fab guide for this and worth the money. Our 'Rome in one day' guide was excellent and very informative. Unfortunately we couldn't really understand our guide for 'Sorrento and Pompeii'. Her English wasn't quite up to scratch. But we still enjoyed the day. The weather was also perfect for the duration of the holiday. Not a drop of rain and virtually no rockiness on board the ship. The ship was very friendly and homely. I didn't want to come home! It really was a great holiday and despite the odd hiccups here and there I would recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed this maiden cruise. Viking is making the transition well from River to Ocean cruises. There will always be "glitches" along the way but the crew and staff handled these very well. The included tours were ... Read More
Thoroughly enjoyed this maiden cruise. Viking is making the transition well from River to Ocean cruises. There will always be "glitches" along the way but the crew and staff handled these very well. The included tours were very informative and fun. The only negative is more consideration must be given to folks with walking problems. Having to walk down many, many stairs at one destination resulted in some not being able to leave the ship. Down might have been good, but getting back up there would have been a great problem!! Food was very good in all restaurants, no complaints. Our cabin attendant was one of the best I have ever met - excellent. Viking Star has a great future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Just got back yesterday from my 26 day med/transatlantic cruise. Overall it was great cruise except for a few rough nights coming across the Atlantic. Was disappointed with the activities onboard during days at sea. Can see why some name ... Read More
Just got back yesterday from my 26 day med/transatlantic cruise. Overall it was great cruise except for a few rough nights coming across the Atlantic. Was disappointed with the activities onboard during days at sea. Can see why some name this ship the BoringDam. The food was just average. Did eat several times at the Pinnacle grill and it was well worth the extra money that it costs. Highly recommend it to future passengers. The ship was in excellent condition, the staff was friendly. The entertainment was below par and did improve once we departed for the transatlantic crossing. Embarkation and transfers from the Marriott Ledra, in Athens went well. The entire embarkation process went quickly and baggage was delivered to the room I think in record time. The itinerary and ports were interesting though I limited my excursion travels due to the costs involved. Even with the 10% discount that HAL offered the excursion prices were on the high side. Ephesus the first port of call was beautiful and was able to book my own tour off the ship at a much cheaper rate with another couple. In town Kusadasi, the atmosphere was lets rip off the tourists with all the counterfeit merchandise and overpriced carpets. Definitely need to know your prices before you go on rugs and leather products. The next stop was Haifa, Israel. A wonderful place to go, just wish HAL would overnight there as there is so much to see and so little time. Shore excursion prices were pricey. If you can plan well ahead, book your own tours. Going to the ports of Limassol Cyprus was a little disappointing as a port of call. Took the bus into town and walk around a bit. Good place to buy linens and buy a cold beer to drink. Nothing really stands out. On to Katakolon, Greece. What can I say, the ancient grounds of Olympia was a great tour. The town of Katakolon is a small quaint town with a little bit of shopping. Highly recommend going to the Greek Art Gallery there if you want a nice piece of art work. Virginia the owner is from the states and will make you a honest deal on a nice piece of art. Not a rip-off like Christos across the street, where I bought something and I am still waiting to see if it gets delivered. If you want cheap internet, go to the back street as there is a great place for internet at a cheap price as well as a nice little café. And the Gelato Yum! Messina, Italy was disappointing. Should have taken a tour to Toramina, but the tour price was too high. In Naples for the day took the hop-on hop-of bus. Great way to see Naples and feel safe in doing it. Recommend taking the both routes that are offered. If you want to do shopping take the red line and get off at stop 3. If you want excellent pizza, take the red line to stop 9 and try Lombardi, or onto stop 10 and go to Toraminos. Excellent Pizza. Once you eat pizza in Naples and you will not be able to stand the crap they serve here in the states. Also, don't forget to get the Gelato. The next stop I wish to mention in my review is the port for Rome. Have a hard time saying it as well as spelling it. Civitavecchia??? In lieu of going to Rome, I decided to explore this little city. I was surprise by it. If you decided to see the port, make sure you take in the open air market and explore some of the back streets. For internet service at very cheap price go to a little hole in the wall place called SeaMen. From the place where the port bus drops you off, you will see McDonalds then go to the right about 2 blocks and cut in towards town on the narrow street. SeaMens is on the right and is a grocery store up front but a has in internet service in the back along with a little café off to the side. Show them your ship card and then get on their computers. It was just a little over 1 euro for about 45 minutes. Beats the ships rates. Besides the internet, the wine and beer prices there are cheap. The crossing of the Atlantic was a long journey especially with the seas being choppy for many days and the port of calls Allicante, Malaga, and Cadiz were just ok to me. Recommend doing the hop-on- Hop-off buses. Nothing really stood out. Nothing like going like going to Barcelona or Lisbon. If I had to do it all over again, I would skip the transatlantic portion, especially in the fall. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
The Seabourn Quest, a small ship with a maximum of 450 passengers, having several dining venues. One can eat on deck, weather permitting, go to Restaurant 2 with a reservation, or the Colonade which serves all three meals or lastly, the ... Read More
The Seabourn Quest, a small ship with a maximum of 450 passengers, having several dining venues. One can eat on deck, weather permitting, go to Restaurant 2 with a reservation, or the Colonade which serves all three meals or lastly, the main dining room which one should avoid, not for the quality of the food, but for the helter skelter service where one can expect to dine for 3 or more hours. Wine is included with lunch and dinner; however the proper glass that it is poured in is not. Unless one orders a premium wine by the glass or a bottle one does not get the proper glass that goes with that particular wine. Why, simply Company Policy, not to risk breaking a more expensive glass unless the passenger is paying extra for that glass of wine. There is no Butler service in the more expensive suites as one will find on the competition's ships., only one cabin steward to tend to your desires. Well thought out, large walk in closet, large bath with separate shower and whirlpool tub. Three sinks with a separate sink in a closeted toilet. Gratuities are included which may be the reason for the poor performance noted in the main dining room as tables are not assigned and one will be seated at different tables every night when there is a mad rush at 7:30PM to be seated. The staff on the whole is under 30 years of age and lacks the professional dedication of those professional waiters one finds on the competition. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013

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