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Ventura 2010 – Barcelona

Barcelona today, and hurray! my foot is OK so we’ve both been ashore. We had nothing planned, so we were doing our own thing and decided to look at some Gaudi. We’d visited La Sagrada Familia on a previous visit, so today our targets were La Pedrada (Casa Mila) and Parc Guell. We got the […]

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Yesterday evening was the second formal night. It didn’t feel quite as special as the first one, perhaps because it wasn’t the Captain’s Reception. However a good evening was had, and again there was good observance of the dress code. We drank the second bottle of our wine package, the Semillon/Viognier (one of the white […]

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Ventura 2010 – The Exchange

Here’s a quick post to mention one other thing. We’ve spent a few hours in The Exchange on this cruise. Eighteen months ago this part of Ventura was a smoking area and a s a result we didn’t go in there. Well, we did once early on in that cruise to see what it was […]

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Time for a few thoughts on Ventura. This isn’t our first cruise on Ventura, we cruised on her eighteen months ago to the Canaries (11 nights). Since then, however, we’ve been on Celebrity Solstice, a much newer design, and I was wondering how much our earlier appreciation of Ventura might have changed as a result […]

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These are the wines in the ‘New World’ wine package on sale on Ventura:- Finca Beltran Tempranillo/Malbec (red); Woodshed Semillon Viognier (white); El Orto Cabernet Sauvignon (red); Overstone Pinot Noir (red); Cape Crown Chenin Blanc (white); and Badger Mountain Chardonnay (white).

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Yesterday was the first formal night and the Captain’s Reception. This latter event was held (for us) in the Atrium at 8:15. In the event it was nearer 8:30 before the Captain arrived – I suspect he was busy at one of the other Receptions. I recall that eighteen months ago we attended one in […]

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One of the questions that keeps coming up is the number and nature of power sockets in cabins on P&O ships, so here’s a quick blog post on the subject, at least for Ventura. We’re in a standard balcony cabin and ss far a I can see, there are three normal, UK-standard, 3-pin sockets. Two […]

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Ventura 2010 – 2nd sea day

Dinner last night – smart casual – was a chattier affair than the first night, and we had a good evening which we finished off with a quiet drink in Metropolis (a ‘New York’ night). Once again dinner was perfectly acceptable; I had roulade of turkey breast and Val had a pork dish. We also […]

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Dinner last night was initially a confusing affair. We had requested, and got, a table for eight in second sitting, We arrived at our table to find two people already there; we made four; and shortly afterwards another couple joined us, so we were six. But shortly after that the most recent arrivals disappeared to […]

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Ventura 2010 – Embarkation

It’s 6:30 on Saturday evening and our cruise on Ventura has begun. Sailaway was at 4:30, and at the current time we are just past Bembridge on the eastern side of the Isle of Wight. Once we pass there we’ll turn to starboard and head down the channel. It’s been a beautiful sunny day, and […]

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