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Ventura got back to Southampton in the early hours of this morning, despite some worries a few days ago that her propulsion motor problems might cause a delay. In the event, they didn’t. Doubtless all her passengers are now almost disembarked, and are enjoying the delights of an early spring morning – the floods, the snow, the frost…..

Later this morning she’ll be off to Bremerhaven for her first major refit. Just to recap, here’s what I believe will be done:-

  • installation of a number of single cabins on deck 6, and a reduction in the size of The Exchange to make room for them;
  • installation of The Sanctuary up on the forward Sports deck;
  • replacement of Ramblas with The Glasshouse;
  • a revamp of East to some extent or other – the latest 2014 brochures are definitely describing it as an Atul Kochar restaurant;
  • (possibly) a new library where the dedicated Cybacentre is now.

She’s due back in Southampton for her first cruise of the 2013 summer season on 7 April.

(That picture above? – well, that’s my garden this morning!)

5 Responses to “P&O Ventura ready for refit”

  1. ria says:

    Haha, weather not quite like that in Southampton, a bit foggy but clear enough that I could just make out ventura’s lights as she glided in this morning 🙂

    • Tom says:

      Thanks for the comment. I think you’ll be having a happy re-union today?

      Actually, this gives me the chance to ask a question: what happens to crew members (especially those working in the hotel & restaurant departments) when the ship isn’t in service?

      • ria says:

        Alas no! No shore leave today since they were scheduled to leave again at 11am! Good thing really since getting time off work would’ve been tricky for me today.

        Spoke to him earlier though, he told me he’s going to have to work 4-hours a day, so quite a treat to get some rest, he doesn’t yet know what he’ll be doing for that time though.

        As for the British crew, I asked someone when I was there a couple of weeks back and they said they had the option to have 2 weeks holiday or stay, I think most took the holiday option.

  2. Matthew Gordon says:

    I was onboard the transatlantic crossing and on Wednesday 13th we did indeed stop for around 30 minutes at 12:40pm and 3:40pm local time. And also we did call at Ponta Delgada from 12:00 – 18:00 (GMT -1) instead of Madeira (which should have been 13:00 – 22:30 (GMT)

    • Tom says:

      Thanks for the comment and the information, Matthew.

      What were you told about the problem at the time?

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