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Category Archive for 'Ventura 2011'

Introduction: We did this cruise in 2011 to the central Mediterranean, which is P&O-speak for the Adriatic – the Ionian (Greek) islands, Croatia, and Venice. So far (2013) this has been our best cruise: the ship was good, the company was excellent, and the ports of call in the Adriatic were stunning. Links: These posts […]

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Menus from The White Room and East

The images above are of the menus in East and The White Room on cruise N114. They changed every five days or so, so I think we had two iterations of both menus in each restaurant (though maybe not as many days on one menu as the other).

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OBC glitch resolution

We’ve achieved a resolution of the problem with the OBC. I spoke to our TA (Ideal Cruising) a week or so ago and was advised to write to them with all the details. Today, having sent the letter, I had a conversation with Jo at Ideal who was able to resolve it. Apparently P&O are […]

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OBC glitch

Thee seems to have been a slight mixup with our on-board credit. When we booked the cruise we were given £100 OBC each, being £50 each for an early booking incentive (we booked the cruise the day it came on sale) and another £50 for being Portunus Club members, and all our documentation listed this. […]

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Return & disembarkation

Ventura sailed into a grey and gloomy Southampton at just before 7 o’clock this morning. During the passage up the channel there had been a bit of movement but nothing really dramatic. Late yesterday evening we got the ‘Cruise Log’ delivered to the cabin. I always love reading these! This time I was interested to […]

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Last sea day

Well, it’s the last full day of the cruise, and don’t we know it. The sky is grey, the sea is grey, and so are we – the excesses of the two weeks or more are catching up with us. It’s a lot cooler outside, so everyone is thronging the inside of the ship. That, […]

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Vigo / Santiago de Compostela

The day started somewhat ominously – at a quarter past eight I heard a “code Alpha” (medical emergency) announcement, and when we went ashore there was an ambulance parked next to the ship. We had booked a trip to Santiago de Compostela, and this departed a little after 9:30. The drive there took about 90 […]

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Ventura's WINE drought!

Friday 10 June: the number of wines that aren’t available continues to be annoying and is increasing. It’s pretty much throughout the ship – we’ve been told that wines are unavailable in the restaurant, in East, Ramblas, the Terrace Bar and Breakers Bar. Val had discovered a white wine that she was enjoying – a […]

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Sad technical stuff…..

Yesterday evening there were a series of presentations and stands about various aspects of Ventura in the atrium. I visited and had chats with a couple of the engineering officers. First, some background. Ventura has six engines – two big one ones, and four huge ones. All of these are connected to generators (described as […]

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Sea Days

Thursday 9 June: This is the second of three successive days at sea during the passage across the Mediterranean from Corfu through the Straits of Gibraltar and then up the Iberian coast to Vigo. They’ve been lazy days – both yesterday and today we haven’t got up until after 9 o’clock which means that we […]

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