Green - Answered a Question by Duggan (03 Feb 09 08:11)

My wife & I were on Ventura in the Caribbean last November (see our review) and we had a mini suite.We are very glad we did as we could lose ourselves in our own little World ,enjoying a relaxing time on our balcony instead of battling with the bodies on all the open decks. When we cruise we always have a balcony for this reason,but we feel the need was even more on Ventura. We hope you have an enjoyable holiday. Regards Paul Green .

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BLYTH - Answered a Question by Duggan (31 Jan 09 13:54)

They are tightening up on their policy of bringing alcohol onto the ship, no doubt you could be advised about their changes when your tickets arrive.

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Rae - Answered a Question by Duggan (31 Jan 09 17:01)

Before you go in September, they have said they will make improvements to the sunbed situation, by putting some on balconies and more in the public areas, so hopefully that will not be such a problem as past reviewers have reported.

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Rae - replied to Rae (31 Jan 09 19:50)

Try reading this for more info: /cruise-news/article-1187/ventura-to-undergo-changes-due-to-%e2%80%9cchallenges%e2%80%9d/.

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Allison - Answered a Question by Duggan (02 Feb 09 18:06)

My wife and I sailed on the Ventura the cruise before the Christmas one, and had a fantastic time. We had a suite, and for us it was well worth it. For breakfast you use the White Room which is only for those with suites, and you get fantastic service, your own table and a very good food. With the suite you also get the services of a butler, who will organise most things for you, if we had friends around for drinks he sorted everything out, along with restaurant bookings. You will also get priority boarding for tenders, you get a pass that allows you to go to any tender and board - no Q's. In the suite itself the bathrooms are excellent and you get a full size premier spa pack which includes shower gels face creams, scrubs, shaving gel etc. The only thing I was disappointed with was the size of the balcony which was small - only one sunbed, a table and two chairs, you would not fit anything else on it. As for the negative reviews Ventura carries 3,00 passengers - how many bad reviews are there?

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Duggn - replied to Allison (03 Feb 09 17:17)

I'm looking at this from your point of view Allison, and I think usually any holiday is what you make it - and no I don't intend to spend all my time in my suite being unsociable Kirk!

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Duggan - replied to Allison (09 Feb 09 10:00)

Hi Allison again. Where was your suite, I've worked out ours, A753 is the end one at the very rear of the ship so hopefully we'll have a decent balcony. Regards Lyn.

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KERR - Answered a Question by Duggan (02 Feb 09 21:26)

Sorry no additional benefits we were on in dec 5th to 20th and very disappoined our only advice to you both is cancel and rebook on ARCADIA . PETER KERR FLEETWOOD LANCS.

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Brown - Answered a Question by Duggan (03 Feb 09 10:23)

I cruised with Ventura the 2 weeks proir to this and it was lovely no roudy kids or adaults for that matter I am afraid it was just last minuet bookings to fill the ship at very cheap prices that caused it These sort of people do not know how to behave anywhere I am afraid so lets hope cruises dont become dumping grounds for this sort of rabble.

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Down - Answered a Question by Duggan (03 Feb 09 14:50)

We had a HUGE balcony on our suite - we were at the aft of the ship, and it was fab! We had a table and four chairs - where our butler served us breakfast every port day, and would get us anything we wanted, not just the stuff on the room service menu - and we had two sun loungers - the total balcony size was about 12' x 8'. We had champagne with some old friends (with canapes) on our balcony one evening, enjoying the evening sun. So yes - there are plenty of benefits to a suite...as long as you choose the right one! The sq.footage varies between suites, even of the same grade. A good cruise agent will tell you exactly what that is - ours did, and that is why we picked an aft suite.

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