Monday, 17 June 2013

Beginning The Ventura Adventure

Guest blogger Danielle Fear, aka Cruise Miss, sets sail on her latest voyage, a two-week round-trip from Southampton aboard P&O's Ventura...
We are currently en-route to our first port of call, Valencia. We are due to arrive on Wednesday after three days at sea. I figured because of all the “pre-port” time I have on my hands, it would be a great opportunity to describe what’s happened since leaving Southampton on Saturday.

A lot of people asked me to report back on the changes that were made during her recent refurbishment, and that's exactly what I am going to do.

The Exchange Bar, located on Deck 6, has had a huge transformation (see top pic). The addition of several solo occupancy cabins has meant a drastic reduction the Exchange Bar, with a huge section now gone. They have tried to create more seating by removing some of the slot machines in the casino, moving the blackjack and roulette tables down and adding several tables and chairs. It will take some getting used to. The bar is still as busy as ever, though, and, while it is not quite the same, it has improved the overall feel and look of the casino.

Self-service wine dispensers have been added to the Waterside buffet area - a fabulous idea (see below). I have come across a fair few people who have already used the machines and think they are wonderful, so I would say there is a huge thumbs up for that introduction.

The Beachcomber Pool and Laguna Pool areas have also had a deck transformation in the shape of new flooring. For anyone who has cruised on Ventura in the past, you will remember the blue cladding that was introduced on top of the existing flooring to try to stop people slipping when the floor was wet. The deck is now the same wood cladding as you will find on the promenade deck and looks (and smells!) so much better.

The Atrium has had the introduction of a dance floor like that of sister ship Azura. This looks great, much better than the carpet that was there previously and it actually makes the space feel slightly bigger. The Library and Cyber-study have been combined into one space, where the Cyber-study was originally, while the space that was the library is now the Perfume Shop.

Frankie’s bar, grill and pizzeria located around the Laguna pool is now split into the
Poolside Grill and Poolside Pizza & Ice Cream. I am sure this won't make a difference to anyone but it’s a change nonetheless so I thought I should mention it.
I have yet to explore the Glass House and Retreat properly, so these will come in another blog.

Ventura was my favourite ship coming on board and I can honestly say she still is, and it feels good to be back. Our weather today is sunny with scattered clouds and it’s getting warmer by the hour.

I shall check-in with you again soon!