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TAYLOR - Answered a Question by birkett (09 May 08 07:40)

Went on maiden voyage on Ventura stayed on deck 11(Barbados) Mid-ships Port-side Balcony. We could hear slight noise above us but did not stop our relaxation. Go and enjoy the experiance , relax and take 3 days to explore the ship, if the noise is concerning you ring PO NOW they are a very good customer caring company and will tell the truth if they have had any complaints previously about your concerns. Hope oor little contrbution helps Bob / Marjorie Taylor Bridgend South Wale.

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Gracie - Answered a Question by birkett (09 May 08 08:27)

I went on the weekender break before the maiden voyage, we were in cabin E114. Never heard a sound from anything. Although the opposite end from Havanna. The ship is so big I don't think you should have any problem. Just be prepared for the size of ship.

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Richardson - Answered a Question by birkett (09 May 08 10:45)

You are right to worry about this deck. We have just returned from the maiden voyage on Ventura although most people on board regarded to short trip to Bruges as the Maiden Voyage. We booked this cruise more than a year ago and we booked for the convenience of my husband who is not too good on his legs to go on Deck 6. After one horrendous week in which we experienced a battering ram-like noise at the sides of the ship,plus other loud noises and high pitched screeching noises coming into the cabin, we were told that something was wrong with the stabilisers and that they knew this before they set out. We were terrified that the ship was going to break up. We were eventually moved to Deck 8 cabin E508 and although it was graded below the original cabin we were pleased to move. That is until 5.00 p.m. when the music from Tamarind Club started. We had constant Boom-Booming until 1.00-1.30a.m. every evening for the rest of the cruise. E508 is over the stage of the Tamarind Club so I am sure you will hear something from the equally noisy Havana. We never heard anyone in our adjacent cabins but I think that the insullation between decks is sadly lacking. There were more problems like if you were placed at the front of the ship then your dining room would be at the back and vice versa. We used to passs people in the corridors every night as we walked the length of the ship to go to dinner. We used to comment that we had already used up enough calories for the dessert. Marco Pierre White supposedly designed the menu. Mostly the meals were limited and luke warm and the beef tough.This is the first time I have come home without putting on a pound but almost crppled with fatigue. We were miserable, defeated and vowed never to go on the ship again although we had already booked a trip to the Canaries in September at the same time as we booked the so-called Maiden. I will not go on Ventura again and I am awaiting P. & O.'s reply to my complaints and request to use the deposit against a different P.& O. cruise. I have a sick husband and a son with muscular dystrophy to take care of and at 73 years old, I need a cruise to recoup my health and strength. Not this time.. I am shattered and completely beaten..Elsie Richardso.

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Richardson - Answered a Question by birkett (09 May 08 12:31)

Sorry to put my oar in again (please pardon the pun)but I made a mistake in saying our first cabin was on deck 6. It was in fact deck 5. Also something else I forgot to mention. The disembarking of the ship via the shuttle boats (life boats) in Villefranche and Santa Margheurita in Italy was amazing in its utter chaos. It took us 2hours and 40 minutes to get of in Villefranche and some people gave up after 4 hours of waiting. At this point let me say in Venturas favour that the theatre group were the best we have ever seen. Sad to say this is not enough to make another cruise tempting. Elsie Richardso.

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Kingswood - Answered a Question by birkett (09 May 08 20:18)

My wife and I have just got back from 3 weeks on Ventura (Maiden and second voyage). Our cabin was E706 which was directly above the foyer outside Havana. We didn't have any problems with Havana noise and the ship seems to be very well sound-proofed all around, hoever we did get a lot of noise as the doors to the promenade deck closed with a loud bang. These doors are directly below cabins around E704 to E710 on the port side and E703 to E709 on the Starboard side. As the port side is the open deck smoking side we port side passengers suffered more than those on the starboard side. I did raise the noise issue of the doors with the Staff Captain who I saw near the doors at the beging of the second cruise and he promised to get something done about it but it hadn't been fixed today (9th May) when we dismbarked.

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Jackson - replied to Kingswood (19 Jun 11 11:23)

Hi; I'm looking at staying in a cabin like this and it mentions obstructed view but doesn't look like a lifeboat - what is the view from the cabin obstructed by ? Thanks.

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Ramage - Answered a Question by birkett (25 Aug 14 18:21)

I know this is a really old post but have booked next years cruise Nd am in e704. Any updates on this cabin would be great. Also any photos. Thanks Anne x.

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