Sorry, "staterooms", must use the correct terminology.
Ventura offers a wide range of accommodation grades, from 130 square foot inside singles (or 160 square foot inside doubles), to a 740 square foot penthouse suite.
I had booked the basic balcony grade and selected a cabin (HF), but indicated that I was willing to be moved for an upgrade; counter-intuitively, this may result in you being given a “better” stateroom in an undesirable area, such as near the lift or directly under the disco. A few weeks before the sailing, I was moved to an HC grade cabin – I understand both of these grades are around 230 square feet, but the HC is higher up. The cabin I was allocated was actually in a perfect position, midway between lifts, so minimal passing foot traffic, and, vertically, between other cabins, so suffering minimal noise. In theory.
Unfortunately, the group in the neighbouring cabin were, I can only assume, running an illegal rhino-fighting ring – nothing else explains the constant noise.
As to the cabin itself, it was serviceable if soulless. The wall finishes, ceiling finish and furniture and shamelessly cheap – worse than I ever saw in student accommodation. Somebody has tried to brighten things up be adding pictures that, I’m sure, are the psychotic daubings of a certified lunatic. There is a sleeping area with a desk that is reasonably spacious and, in this cabin, a good-sized balcony.
There is a kettle and a complimentary selection of teas and instant coffee, as well as a chargeable minibar.
I was pleasantly surprised by how large the wardrobe area was – there’s certainly enough hanging space for a long voyage.
The bathroom is cramped – not quite a “wet room” but not much better. The shower, in particular, was very small, although the water pressure was better than I expected.
At various times during my voyage, the vacuum toilet system behaved oddly and emitted concerning sounds, but is seemed to remain serviceable throughout.
Overall, the accommodation was fine – similar to a Premier Inn. I was happy with that for a few days; whether or not you could live in it for a longer voyage, I’m not sure.