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Introduction: This post serves as a summary & review of the cruise as a whole and as a way of accessing the actual posts I made while on the cruise Links: The cruise started with travelling to Southampton and embarkation; Then we had two days at sea, the first one, then the second one , then the first formal dinner and also some […]

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There has been a recent thread on Cruisecritic about dinners on Ventura. Here are some menus from cruise N113 in May/June 2010.  

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Well, we’re home with nothing left but memories. Oh, and a big credit card bill! – it would appear that we did not stint ourselves while on board…. We managed to swap our original disembarkation time to 8:45, the earliest slot. So we got up, after a not-very-good last night, at about 6:15, showered, had […]

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[Posted on 7 June, after I discovered that somehow this entry hadn’t been posted.] We’re getting near the end of the cruise now – I’m writing this on the morning of the last full day aboard. It’s the second of two sea days after leaving Gibraltar before getting back to Southampton. Yesterday was a mixed […]

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I mentioned in the last post that we were due to be joined for dinner by Carol Marlow, managing director of P&O, and this did indeed happen. She spends some time on each ship at regular intervals, to meet passengers, crew and officers and by chance joined Ventura during this cruise. She flew into Gibraltar […]

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Ventura 2010 – Gibraltar

Gibraltar today, for a very hot afternoon. We did an excursion – ‘Secrets of the Rock’, and enjoyed it. We did a cable car ride  to one of the peaks, a walk past the monkeys, a visit to St Michael’s Cave, then a visit to the tunnels dug for defence in the great four-year siege […]

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Ventura 2010 – 3rd sea day

What a difference a few hours makes, at sea. It’s now just after 7pm, so it’s only twelve hours since we were crashing through heavy seas and strong winds. Right now however we are sailing through a flat calm with little wind except that caused by our own passage. At about 5 o’clock this afternoon […]

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Ventura 2010 – Rome

Today was Rome. We were doing our own thing in this port and the plan was to take the train up to Roma Termini and just walk around. We assumed that we would have to get a port shuttle to the dock gate. In the event that’s what we did, but it turned out that […]

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Ventura 2010 – Livorno

Today was Florence, and we were booked on an all-day excursion, ‘Exclusive Florence’. Starting at 8:30 we drove to Florence in a small (25-seat) coach, arriving at the edge of the city around 9:45 or so. We had a busy program. It started with a visit to San Miniato al Monte, an 11th century basilica […]

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Ventura 2010 – Cannes

Today we were at Cannes, and had a glorious day – sunny and warm but not too hot. Ventura anchored at about 8 o’clock and tendering started very shortly after that. We went ashore mid-morning; we walked around (mainly along La Croissete) for an hour or so before heading up into Le Suquet (Cannes old […]

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