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Ventura 2013 – another sea day

Today has been a quiet sea day as we make our south-westwards across the Mediterranean. We’ll be at Gibraltar by midday tomorrow at the latest. It’s been warm and mostly sunny. This morning it was quite humid but as the clouds disappeared this afternoon it got fresher and more pleasant. We had another lunch in […]

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We had a meal in the White Room last night. As on our previous cruise, it was excellent. There’s no doubting that the food is several steps above the MDR food – indeed, I think the difference between the two may be greater this time. Val had a king prawns starter while I had a […]

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Ventura 2013 – Ajaccio

Today we did a call at Ajaccio in Corsica. This was our first visit to Corsica. We just did our own thing. The times of the call didn’t seem great – although the arrival time of 8:30 was good, the ‘All Aboard’ time of 2pm seemed very early, and at first we thought that it […]

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Ventura 2013 – more on Rome

I’ve spoken to a several people who went up to Rome yesterday, either on excursions or independently, and the unanimous report is that it was very hot and very crowded. Two of our table companions were on a very long excursion which included a visit to the Vatican museums (including the Sistine Chapel), followed by […]

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Ventura 2013 – Civitavecchia

It’s Saturday and we’re at Civitavecchia. This time we’re not going up to Rome. We’re doing a shorter excursion to Tuscania this afternoon, which should be a gentle coach ride to the destination, a gentle guided stroll round it, some free time, and some gentle wine and food tasting. This sounds good – it’s very […]

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Ventura 2013 – Monte Carlo

Today (Friday) we’ve been at Monte Carlo, and it’s our first visit here. We were booked on an excursion ‘Walking tour of the Principality’ which started at 12:30. Ventura was supposed to dock but in the event she anchored off shore and we tendered. This added to the complexity of the day; Horizon recommended allowing […]

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Ventura 2013 – Barcelona

Today we’ve been at Barcelona. It was cloudy early on and didn’t feel warm, but by lunchtime the skies were clearing and it felt warmer. There’s still quite a breeze, however, and out of sun that can make it feel a bit chilly – right now we’re on the balcony in the shade and Val […]

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Ventura 2013 – a meal in East

We had a meal in East last night. We’ve done this in other cruises, but this was the first one since the introduction of the Atul Kochhar menus. To start Val had ‘Malaysian-style Curry Puffs’, which in the event looked very like mini Cornish pasties! But they were very good, Val told me, which would […]

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Ventura 2013 – Valencia

Today we’re in Valencia, and we booked on an excursion -‘Discover Valencia’. (A slight digression here on the importance of reading Horizon carefully – it’s the most up-to-date document a passenger has. We discovered that we had four different starting times for our excursion. The original excursions brochure, the ticket, and our detailed itinerary all […]

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Ventura 2013 – More sea-days

Yesterday and today are both sea days as we sail from Southampton to Valencia – a total distance of around 1700 miles, I think. Yesterday’s weather started fine, with clear skies and a slightly moderated wind, but later in the morning there were showers – some quite sharp – so it was another indoors day. […]

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