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morris - Answered a Question by aspinall (18 Jan 09 11:28)

I would suggest that the schools will not be on holiday when you are going so there will not be that many children on board....we did the Transatlantic crossing on Ventura and actually enjoyed it very much although there were a few unruly children (it was half term) running around the stair wells and in the lifts...there were also a few unruly adults swearing loudly in places...but there are loads of places to go to avoid them!!! It was crowded and noisy around the pool areas but that didn't bother us as we don't choose to be there anyway!! In our opinion this is a lovely ship with a few problems that need sorting out...the cabin was very comfortable (shower a bit small), food OK in the restaurant and self service, entertainment was not good in our opinion (but we were comparing with Thomson entertainment which is the best!!) there were bad reviews before we went but we decided to go and make the most of it which is what we did ...and we were not disappointed.

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Buckley - Answered a Question by aspinall (18 Jan 09 08:35)

You have the same attitude we have we read reviews of cruises we have been on and wondered if its the same ship,If it is on your mind maybe try to switch to Oceana which is in the Caribbean, Most of the moans are" we heard that " some thing happened very few are actual witnesses to these events. It is not aimed at the Traditional cruisers so would be nearer OV than Arcadia but their should be less kids on board in late feb hope you enjoy it?

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morrison - replied to Buckley (18 Jan 09 09:45)

Hi we are going on Ventura with our 2 grandchildren in Feb, I would just like to point out that the reported problems on the Christmas cruise were nothing to do with children on board and everything to do with adults not behaving properly.

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James - replied to morrison (18 Jan 09 14:06)

Hi, Some passengers may disagree with you about children, bearing in mind the definition of child is under 18. I always find I on a cruise I meet children so delightful I would like to take them home, and others I wish had stayed at home, but even then, you can't really blame the children. Hope you have a nice time.

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Carnegie - Answered a Question by aspinall (18 Jan 09 11:50)

We were on this cruise 2 weeks before the Xmas cruise and had a fabulous time only grump was the sunbeds are too close together but we did find bes to lie on anytime. There were not many kids on the cruise so they were not running wild in the corridors, But its parents fault when kids are a pest they just ignore them. We had great weather for the whole 2 weeks on the day we were leaving the heavens opened. Our cabin on deck 10 C104 was great, big balcony and not overlooked Our Cabin steward was fantastic nothing too much bother and always smiling. Food and waiters in Baytree were also VG. We would go back on this ship anytime. BUT if you like small ships dont go on Ventura its a BIG BEAUTIFUL SHIP. iTS USUALLY THICK HEADED YOUTHS THAT CAUSE THE BOTHER SHOWING OFF AND GETTING DRUNK.

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Dobson - Answered a Question by aspinall (18 Jan 09 16:11)

There have been negative and positive reviews on just about every ship on this website. If everyone was to take all the negative reviews as being absolute, we wouldn't have a cruise industry as nobody would go on one! What I'm trying to say is that a cruise may have been an experience to forget for some people, but not everyone! What 'rocks your boat' (pardon the pun!) may not rock somebody elses. Yes, the Ventura has had some bad press lately, but there are some positive and uplifting reviews on the website as well. Don't take other people's experiences as gospel. Go and find out for yourself. If you did your homework properly, I'm sure you have booked a holiday on a ship which suits your needs and preferences. Whereas I've sailed with only Princess, I wouldn't say no to a cruise on Ventura. Enjoy your holidays!

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Cooke - Answered a Question by aspinall (19 Jan 09 08:58)

Have a lovely time. Pretend you have not read any thing about Ventura. There will be loads of kids on board, but hopefully they will be kept amused by the people paid to do so. Use the pools early or late in the day when they are quieter, choose sunbeds away from the pools, make friends, and enjoy your cruise. If anything is wrong ask nicely for it to be put right and if it's not put it in writing at the time. Complaining only works if you complain to the people who can remedy the situation.

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