We booked our cruise in November 2010 and got a substantial reduction on the brochure price but with no on board spend. We certainly feel we got value for money. Our flights from Manchester were only an hour late leaving and on time for the return. Drinks were complimentary courtesy of P and O. Stepped off the plane in Barbados and straight to the boat via a coach from the aircraft steps. No immigration whatsoever. Perfect. Asked for freedom dining but got a table for 8 at 6.30. After suffering from a little temper tantrum in private and a quiet word with the Maitre D we were allocated a table for 2 at 8.30. Problem sorted. The food in the saffron restaurant was very good and the service was excellent. Wines were good and well priced and the glass was never left to go dry. Wine packages were available which gave about a 20% disc on the price. Tried both the White room and East. Both were very good but not quite as sharp as the alternate dining on other ships such as Todd English or Sabatini's. On a 2 week cruise though a change of venue just reminds you how good the main restaurant was. Didn`t use the buffet except for a snack and always found a table. Always took room service breakfast. Served by the same waiter everyday. Again Excellent. With Tea and coffee facilities in the room there was always a hot drink to go with that. Our room was good but not great. The carpet was stained I think because of the Tea facilities. It was shampooed after a couple of days and came up a treat. Should have been done before we boarded. In general the room was a little tired. An apple and an orange doesn`t constitute a fruit basket either in my book. I could have refilled it myself from the buffet I suppose. Had to ask for ice but then it was there everyday. If you want a sun lounger in a prime spot on a sea day get up and on it before 9.am otherwise your just going to be disappointed. No point complaining that's just the way it is. Entertainment in the evening is pretty good some great acts and some a little less so. I saw more shows on this cruise than on any other I`ve been on. The ship is short of intimate drink venues though for a nice pre dinner drink. Red is very open and Metropolis is fine if there's live music but not consistent. Drinks packages available for your room and pretty much duty free prices so I guess that's the place to have a pre dinner drink if you have a view. The ports of call were excellent pretty much toured the entire Caribbean. They are what you make of them. If you just wander round the port you`ll doubtless be disappointed. Organised tours were reasonable value for money and if you get on the Internet its possible to find great deals with local tour companies or just find a taxi in port and head off. Overall the cruise was good fun. Met fantastic fellow passengers. A warm and friendly crowd. Lots of first time cruisers. Some folks felt that the cheap last minute deals maybe attract the wrong crowd. Well as i booked last minute I could hardly agree could I. I did wonder if there was a convention for the tattoo`d on board but perhaps I`ve led a sheltered life and some choice language on a couple of occasions though nothing I haven`t heard before. Overall we had a great holiday with good company and got fantastic value. I think we`ll be back.

Jan 2011 Ventura

Ventura Cruise Review by Dunham Pete

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2011
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Junior Mini Suite with Balcony and Bath/Shower
We booked our cruise in November 2010 and got a substantial reduction on the brochure price but with no on board spend. We certainly feel we got value for money.

Our flights from Manchester were only an hour late leaving and on time for the return. Drinks were complimentary courtesy of P and O. Stepped off the plane in Barbados and straight to the boat via a coach from the aircraft steps. No immigration whatsoever. Perfect.

Asked for freedom dining but got a table for 8 at 6.30. After suffering from a little temper tantrum in private and a quiet word with the Maitre D we were allocated a table for 2 at 8.30. Problem sorted.

The food in the saffron restaurant was very good and the service was excellent. Wines were good and well priced and the glass was never left to go dry. Wine packages were available which gave about a 20% disc on the price.

Tried both the White room and East. Both were very good but not quite as sharp as the alternate dining on other ships such as Todd English or Sabatini's.

On a 2 week cruise though a change of venue just reminds you how good the main restaurant was. Didn`t use the buffet except for a snack and always found a table. Always took room service breakfast. Served by the same waiter everyday. Again Excellent. With Tea and coffee facilities in the room there was always a hot drink to go with that.

Our room was good but not great. The carpet was stained I think because of the Tea facilities. It was shampooed after a couple of days and came up a treat. Should have been done before we boarded. In general the room was a little tired. An apple and an orange doesn`t constitute a fruit basket either in my book. I could have refilled it myself from the buffet I suppose. Had to ask for ice but then it was there everyday.

If you want a sun lounger in a prime spot on a sea day get up and on it before 9.am otherwise your just going to be disappointed. No point complaining that's just the way it is.

Entertainment in the evening is pretty good some great acts and some a little less so. I saw more shows on this cruise than on any other I`ve been on. The ship is short of intimate drink venues though for a nice pre dinner drink. Red is very open and Metropolis is fine if there's live music but not consistent. Drinks packages available for your room and pretty much duty free prices so I guess that's the place to have a pre dinner drink if you have a view.

The ports of call were excellent pretty much toured the entire Caribbean. They are what you make of them. If you just wander round the port you`ll doubtless be disappointed. Organised tours were reasonable value for money and if you get on the Internet its possible to find great deals with local tour companies or just find a taxi in port and head off.

Overall the cruise was good fun. Met fantastic fellow passengers. A warm and friendly crowd. Lots of first time cruisers. Some folks felt that the cheap last minute deals maybe attract the wrong crowd. Well as i booked last minute I could hardly agree could I. I did wonder if there was a convention for the tattoo`d on board but perhaps I`ve led a sheltered life and some choice language on a couple of occasions though nothing I haven`t heard before.

Overall we had a great holiday with good company and got fantastic value. I think we`ll be back.
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