Ventura was in Bergen when we were in June (not school hols) and there seemed a lot of children on board. However, on such a big ship a few kids shouldn't present much of a problem. Usually it's the parents that think their kids can do what they want because they've paid for them that are trouble. Have a lovely holiday and don't let the kids spoil it.
Hi for sure you will be disappointed with Ventura regardless of children on the trip or not.We travalled in August and although there were 850 children on board the ship is too large to worry about them.If I was you I would not travel on Ventura but change tom another ship,because you will be disappointed.
Could you tell us, in particular, what the problems were on Ventura? This is a very expensive holiday for us and we don't want to make an expensive mistake!
I note you did not have a response to your question about ventura. Do like we did and go with an open mind. Yes there are better ships than ventura in Pand O fleet. We did enjoy it, we are booked on her again next year so it's not that bad. We do not think you will have a problem. Would be very interested to find out like yourselves what was the problem? Ventura is a big ship, finding your way about could be a problem, it all adds up to what you want from a cruise.Try Ventura you could be pleasantly suprised! We were!
My husband and I are also in our mid 60's and earlier this year we went on a two week cruise round the Baltics on the Ventura and perhaps I can best answer your question by saying we have just booked another holiday on her next May - much to our amazement because it has always been our practice to go on different ships. Its a beautifull ship - good food, entertainment, hard working professional staff who work hard to make sure you have a good time, and manages to combine traditional P & O values in a more contemporary setting. After all they have had more than a bit of practice over the countless years they have been around, so please don't worry and do yourselves out of a really good cruise. As for children please rest assured that you will hardly see any as they will be too busy having a good time in their clubs - you will only have to worry if you come across the professional moaners i.e. "this ship is too big" or "they let children on this ship - how dare they?" I feel quite envious that you will be out in the Caribbean on her in our horrible winter!!! Enjoy!
We are also a couple in our 60s and went on the Ventura in June. There were quite a lot of children on board as we found that a lot of them get free places. We did not find it a problem as most of them were very well behaved. They do take over the swimming pools however and jump and dive in although there are notices telling them it is not allowed. The noise in the indoor pool area was unbearable when the roof was closed but there are plenty of other areas to sit. We found the biggest problem was with the older people who kept moaning how big the ship was and how many children were aboard. We have booked to go to the Caribbean next Christmas on the Ventura so it couldn't have been that bad!
Just come back from Ventura on sunday 28th September. Very very large ship. We were pleasantly suprised by cabin (balcony) on B deck very large walk in wardrobe. shower space smaller than Oceana or Artemis. Corridors Are the sort of things you dream about i.e. never reaching the end. Children we did not have a problem with . Older people 60 plus (we are in that bracket also) We sure did. Moan, moan, moan. About everything . Kids, food, size of ship, entertainment, you name it there was moans. One of our biggest complaints were next door balcony cabin occupants no matter what time of day or night, they were having extremely loud conversations with there next door neighbours when all we wanted was a little quiet time on our balcony. There are many other places on a ship that size to shout and rave and rant. Dont worry about kids, it gives a little life to what could otherwise be a ghost ship. ENJOY!
We travelled to the Baltic in June. Hardly saw any children, must have all been in the kids clubs (some were in organised activities around and in the pool). The food is perfectly acceptable, but I would treat yourself to the White room and East if you can. If you have a balcony you can relax there. Guest lectures were good (Tate gallery) but the entertainment as a whole was mediocre. The main bar area where the casino is and where the comedians 'entertain' is a walk through, so although nicely furnished, lacks a bit of atmosphere. The bar up top, aft, (Metropolis) is relaxing and usually has gentle live music and good views.
Many thanks for your info!
We've decided that we won't abandon ship and will be going on Ventura next Feb!
P&O are great for those who do not want kids around - swop to Artemis (adults only) which is also in the caribbean in Feb 09. Problem solved.
Bear in mind that although children are not supposed to be out of school during term time, there are no sanctions for those parents who choose to take their children out of school to go on holiday and you cannot blame them when it is so much cheaper. Whatever you do - dont moan as it ruins others holidays, as those who have already answered can testify.
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