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Category Archive for 'Ventura 2008'

The cruise continues, happily and relaxingly. Yesterday for the first time we went to a show in the Arena theatre. Generally there are three performances- 7:15, 8:45 (or so) and 10:30 (or so). The later two tend to be full houses, but the early one is often only half-full or even less, and this was […]

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Some statistics, given to me by Neil Oliver: During a typical 14-night cruise, Ventura will get through the following quantities of supplies: 2.5 tons of lettuce (think about it – that’s a lot of lettuce) 15 tons of flour 21 tons of potatoes 19,500 packets of cereal 34,000 cans & bottles of beer 52,000 sauce […]

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    Dinner last night was semi-formal, so out came the jacket and tie. One of the other couples on our table were dining at East so we were down to four but we still had a good time. Fo the meal itself I had a butternut squash soup, lasagne verdi, and more cheese, while […]

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Ventura Cruise – La Coruna

  We were booked on a walking excursion around La Coruna, starting mid-morning and lasting until lunchtime. This was good, both interesting and informative. The guide was a native of La Coruna, and in his talks he took great pains to describe the links between Galicia & La Coruna and the British Isles, both in […]

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Formal dinner tonight, preceded by the Captain’s Reception. We were in the location (Havana Club) that had the captain himself (supported by the Cruise Director) – there was at least one other, simultaneous ‘Captains Reception’ elsewhere in the ship. It was all a bit strange – the CD announced the Captain, the Captain gave his […]

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 We slept quite well – the cabin had cooled down – but not for long enough, especially as we had to put our watches forward an hour. Breakfast was taken in the Cinnamon restaurant – healthy option for me, ‘full english’ for my wife. Then we walked around the ship and took some pictures; had […]

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Ventura Embarkation – later

Immediately after writing the first blog entry I went down to the CyberCentre on deck 5 to arrange some internet time. There several packages available; in the end I decided to go for the top package, 250 minutes for £40. (I know, I’m sad.) Doing so gave me a couple of extras: first, there was […]

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Ventura – Embarkation

Up early and (after a false start or two) in the car at just after 8:30. An easy relaxed journey with a couple of stops saw us turn into Dock Gate 10 at Southampton at 12:45 or so; we handed the car keys to the CPS people before 1 o’clock; and we were on board […]

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Ventura N816 – Canary Isles

It’s the day before we go on our Canary Isles cruise on P&O’s Ventura. I shall be blogging from the cruise. I hope to give an accounts of each day, and perhaps some pictures as well. Just to remind you of the itinerary: Sunday 28/9 – embarkation at Southampton; Monday 29/9 – at sea; Tuesday […]

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This time it’s the cruise on Ventura, in just a few days’ time. We got a letter from P&O today explaining that the port authorities at Funchal (Madeira) are worried about congestion. This year is the 500th anniversary of the founding of Funchal, and they have arranged a Tall Ships regatta from Falmouth to Funchal; […]

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