I decided to take mum away as last year was pretty grotty and having been onboard Ventura before and to Caribbean once this cruise suited. The 8 hour flight was bearable followed by quick transfer to bus for 40 min trip to ship followed by our luggage. The luggage arrived abour 530 and the safety briefing was at 6pm so we didnt have time to unpack , in fact straight after the briefing we had to go to dinner as we opted for 1st sitting. This was all too rushed in our opinion and the best option by far would be getting on the day earlier as a lot did and then disembarking the day the ship arrives back in barbados. We found the itinery of 9 ports in 14 days ideal , 3 ports then sea day is perfect and the docking position Ventura has was fantastic in all ports. We did notice a definate smaller portion size in meals compared to last time onboard. The entertainment was good , with quizzes in the exchange and on top deck entertaining. We only booked 2 excursions , beach trip in Curacao and the Rhum Runner in Grenada and thought they were both excellent value for money , £25 & £40. One thing i did notice was staff trying to sell you East and The White Room as " They quickly sell out" but after a couple of days offers were available of a free bottle of wine at both venues if dining before 7

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Ventura Cruise Review by petemeat

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I decided to take mum away as last year was pretty grotty and having been onboard Ventura before and to Caribbean once this cruise suited.
The 8 hour flight was bearable followed by quick transfer to bus for 40 min trip to ship followed by our luggage.
The luggage arrived abour 530 and the safety briefing was at 6pm so we didnt have time to unpack , in fact straight after the briefing we had to go to dinner as we opted for 1st sitting.
This was all too rushed in our opinion and the best option by far would be getting on the day earlier as a lot did and then disembarking the day the ship arrives back in barbados.
We found the itinery of 9 ports in 14 days ideal , 3 ports then sea day is perfect and the docking position Ventura has was fantastic in all ports.
We did notice a definate smaller portion size in meals compared to last time onboard.
The entertainment was good , with quizzes in the exchange and on top deck entertaining.
We only booked 2 excursions , beach trip in Curacao and the Rhum Runner in Grenada and thought they were both excellent value for money , £25 & £40.
One thing i did notice was staff trying to sell you East and The White Room as " They quickly sell out" but after a couple of days offers were available of a free bottle of wine at both venues if dining before 7
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Cabin B331
Basic with balcony and shower on starboard side , which most of the time proved best viewing at port
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