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Review: Ventura

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

P&O Ventura Cruise of the West Indies

  • By SilverTraveller flora1

    11 reviews

    Ribbon

  • Mar 2013
  • Adult family
  • Family holiday
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101 people found this review helpful

I found a last minute Cruise on the Tuesday and by the Friday myself, my husband, our son and our Grandson had flown into Barbados and embarked onto the Ventura. We had cruised before but it is always a pleasure when you first see these huge vessels and we were excited at the thought of 21 glorious days in the Caribbean visiting Barbados, Antigua, St Maarten, St Vincent, Grenada, St Lucia and Tortola. We visited Barbados and Grenada twice enabling us to see even more of these two islands. These are islands of contrast between the rich and the poor, with beautiful, colourful houses and properties either being built or in disrepair, but we felt we were experiencing the real thing, real people, real life, nothing brash or false. We will always remember the polite friendliness of all the people. We would have loved more music, steel drums etc. Tourism is now their mainstay with some agriculture still, and they are mainly self-sufficient. We chose to use local taxis but if you choose the vehicle with care it's a great way to see the sites. The Ventura developed problems – we lost power due to a fault and stopped, and developed a crack on one side which gave the on board comedian a good subject for a joke although there was some concern. The crew were amazingly helpful, food plentiful but at times, especially late, rather poor. The Theatre was good but daytime rather boring. But overall a great time was had by all, not easy when travelling with 20 and 30 year olds and the majority of passengers were elderly. There was a good Spa and a large gym but we found the island trips, viewing lush bushland, swimming in turquoise seas, lying on white sand, seeing distant volcanoes so wonderful that we returned satiated and healthily tired. I read 8 books, there not always being continuity of entertainment, but the variety offered something for most people; a classical pianist, pub quizzes, board games, etc. Overall the Ventura had so much to offer but on this occasion she became rather jaded as she returned us to Southampton before going on to Hamburg for a refit. The facilities were excellent and if the Entertainment could be improved it would certainly be a ship to recommend. We would have loved a balcony but our last minute booking was great value for the money – and we are already looking for an Autumn cruise! The boys, much as they enjoyed the Cruise would not choose to cruise again, not enough for them at all, but we noted facilities for the children on board were very good. I am not a good swimmer but in the glorious heat would normally go in but of the 4 pools not one seemed to be the right depth, too deep, probably to deter none swimmers. In rough weather the pools overflowed, crashing and banging, flooding the floors and having to be emptied, couldn't be helped but on the long stretch of sea days a swim would have been nice. We are left with wonderful memories of the Caribbean. We missed our slot for Madeira and had to visit the Azores instead. Wonder where we will choose to go next?

101 people found this review helpful

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