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Category Archive for 'Ventura 2008'

Introduction: We have now finished this cruise, and a very good time was had. I know that I said that the Oriana cruise was my favourite so far – well, this Ventura cruise to the Canary Islands has now taken over (as of 2008!). Links: Embarkation: two posts, earlier and later; Day 1: two posts, at sea and dinner; Day 2: […]

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My last post about the actual cruise details will be, appropriately, about the last act of the cruise – disembarkation. Before that, though, just a few words about pre-disembarkation activities. We berthed at the Mayflower terminal at almost exactly 6:30. It was still dark, but I could see Queen Mary 2 already berthed at City […]

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Last night was the last formal night (of four), and we had a good time. I’m sorry if this blog is getting boring with no complaints! However, this evening we once again hit the one difficulty we have experienced throughout the cruise, and that’s the wine service in the restaurant. Basically, the wine waitress is […]

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Ventura Cruise – Vigo

    Today we have been in Vigo, and to my surprise it turned out to be the best port of call in the entire cruise.   Earlier, however, we got chatting over breakfast to a couple, one of whom is in a wheelchair. Their view on Ventura was very positive. They’ve been on other […]

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Ventura Cruise – Lisbon

  Last night was black and white night, and everybody looked very glamorous – I would say that we saw the best dresses so far. After the dinner we went to the show which was by Kevorkian – he’s billed as the world’s only Armenian comedian. He was pretty good. Some of the jokes were […]

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Ventura Cruise – sea day 4

Today is a sea day, cruising between Gran Canaria and Lisbon. The sun is shining and the sea-state is a flat calm. We’ve spent the day just relaxing around the ship and on the balcony where it was quite warm when the sun was shining on us. Now that we are heading north we get […]

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Today’s excursion (“Essence of Gran Canaria”) was a disappointment; too much driving around in a coach, not enough time at any of the destinations. It was compounded by the fact that because of the change in itinerary, we are in Gran Canaria on Sunday instead of Friday. This has meant that a visit to Teror […]

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Just a quick follow-up to yesterday evening. We had drinks on deck 16 with the Captain and a number of the officers, and some of the things that were said were interesting. We spoke to Captain Dowds and basically told him that we were enjoying the cruise very much; that we liked Ventura a lot; […]

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Ventura Cruise – Tenerife

Just a short blog today, from Santa Cruz de Tenerife. We booked an excursion called ‘A Taste of Tenerife’, which featured a visit to an old village/town (La Laguna), which was very pretty (especially after the sun came out). Then we went to a bodega – Bodega Alvaro – for a wine tasting. I’ve been […]

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Ventura Cruise – East

We ate in East yesterday evening, and had a good meal. To some extent I think it was an untypical evening for them – we were in Funchal overnight, and as a result most passengers were ashore. Certainly the restaurant was almost empty; while we were there (7:30 to 9:15 or a bit later) there […]

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