Many of my expectations on this first ever cruise have been wrong. The quality, standards & service are easily hotel 4 star hotel standard & the food consistently exceeds all expectations. Hygiene standards are first class as passengers have to use hand cleaner when returning to the ship & before entering any restaurant.
The passengers were an amazingly eclectic group from 25 stone, bald, tatooed hulks to genteel old ladies and families with young children, there were quite a few babies. The freedom to dine wherever you want was also a great surprise & vitally important because 'cruise bores' were a constant problem but there were plently of tables for two - the Ventura really does have every angle covered.