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mumford - Answered a Question by USHER (04 Feb 09 16:39)

There has been lots of problems with Ventura since we went in September for our 40th. anniversary. We didnt encounter to many. We had a wonderful time. Ours was an anniversary cruise. We had a special cocktail party, met the captain, got cake and champagne. Free formal photo and on board credit. I truly hope Ventura and P&O pick themselves up and look after the folks who will cruise (hopefully) again with them. Great cabin on B deck. Good meals in Baytree, A bit disjointed in the planning of the ship, some not many when we went, unruly passengers. But we were probably lucky. Hope it dosnt become the norm. Have a lovely silver anniversary cruise. Congratulations!

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Carnegie - replied to mumford (04 Feb 09 20:35)

Congratulations on your coming Silver Anniversary, We were on Ventura at beginning December and it too was our 1st cruise we were worried as there were some bad reviews but found we were worrying about nothing we had a fabulous time the ship is beautiful and staff very hard working and friendly. we were on C deck and had a large balcony where we ordered breakfast and sat on balcony watching flying fish skim the sea (no Charge) and before we went to bed we had a glass or two of wine with the moon shining on the water it was so romantic. I am sure you will have a fantastic time, we had nothing to complain about . It was my birthday we went for a meal to Marco Piere White Restaurant and it was lovely but the dinner in the Bay Tree was Very good too, if you dont like whats on the menu ask the waiter for something else we did its no problem. Have a fab time!

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morris - Answered a Question by USHER (04 Feb 09 18:25)

We went in October and loved it...you will at the end of march avoid the school holidays so shouldn't be too many children...Try the main dining room for breakfast and lunch as well as dinner, we did and it was really special and nice to be waited on for all meals!! We did use the buffet if we were more in a rush and that was good as well . Our cabin was very comfortable (we were on C deck) and we had a large balcony, nice to have tea and coffee making facilities in the cabin which was topped up daily... although some areas could be noisy e.g. around the main pool area, we could always find somewhere quieter such as the forward part of the promenade deck (up some steps) where it was nice to sit. I'm sure you will enjoy it and as its your first cruise as well as your silver wedding it will surely be very special!!! congratulations!

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taylor - Answered a Question by USHER (04 Feb 09 18:25)

We have been on Ventura and although it was not our cup of tea [we are a couple of old boozers sorry cruisers] and like a more traditional ship.But I can say that on our Cruise in Jan09 every 1st timer really enjoyed it.There are problems with sunloungers on Sea Days and the entertainment was very poor. Knowing P&O I feel sure that they will address any problems and hopefully put them by the time you join this lovely ship she deserves it.Don't forget to try Marco Pierre Whites Restaurant for your special day. Congratulations and have a great time.

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cusick - Answered a Question by USHER (04 Feb 09 20:27)

My partner and i went to the caribbean in december 08 on Ventura. We are both in our mid forties and this was our first cruise. We had a fantastic holiday. The entertainment was fine, some of the acts were very good indeed. There was a problem with loungers on a sea day but you could always find a chair to sit on. the ship was amazing and we got of the ship at every port and we always had a great day finding our own way about. There were plenty of choices when it came to food and the drinks were your average pub prices. I hope you enjoy your holiday as much as we did .

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Fotheringham - Answered a Question by USHER (04 Feb 09 20:59)

There have been some negative reports on Ventura but also lots of glowing ones too. I've been on it and it is a very nice ship. Some established P&O'ers probably prefer the other P&O ships - myself included but the Ventura is still a very ship which I'm sure you'll thoroughly enjoy. Have a super time. .........Andy.

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Halfyard - Answered a Question by USHER (05 Feb 09 16:23)

...Hi!...My wife & I are booked to go on the Ventura going to the Med. in late April...We'll be celebrating our "Ruby" wedding anniversary onboard & we do hope it'll be a memorable cruise for us both...Having only cruised once before on the Fred Olsen's cruise ship Bouddica three years ago, it was however a bit awkward getting around with a wheelchair then, but hopefully it will be better on the much bigger ship the Venturer...Any wheelchair users care to comment on this matter please?

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USHER - replied to Halfyard (06 Feb 09 07:55)

Hi i am going end of march and will only be to happy to send you infomation when we return on the use of wheelchair accesbility for you,.

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Casper - replied to Halfyard (14 Feb 09 19:51)

Congratulations on your Ruby wedding anniversary.We are in Scarborough & sailed on the Ventura for our first ever cruise last year, it was fantastic.There were a lot of wheel chairs on the ship plus motorized ones too., all the occupants seemed to be having great fun & nothing was too much trouble for the staff.Enjoy yourselves.

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Casper - Answered a Question by USHER (07 Feb 09 20:29)

Congratulations on your Silver Wedding we celebrate ours in April too & are going on a cruise to the Caribbean.We booked our first cruise last year & it was on the Ventura, after booking we wondered if we had done the right thing as we heard a lot of negative things. I am pleased to tell you it was wonderful, we felt like "pampered pets"!The ship, the staff. the food, the entertainment were just fantastic.I think there were six weddings on board on our 10 day voyage so it was also very romantic!During the day there was so much to do, we didn't have enough hours in the day to get everything in!We loved the on board lectures & came away very enriched from everything & I think we are now addicted to cruising!Have fun.

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