P & O Pleasures

Today was the last full sea day on this cruise; the Ventura had only two more ports of call to visit before we’d be back in Barbados 😦

We had noticed in the daily programme that there was going to be a cruise talk at 10.00am by one of the P & O sales reps, outlining what cruises would be available in 2012 and 2013 and where the ships would be going.  What tempted us into going was the fact that, if you paid a £50.00 deposit per person today towards a future P & O cruise, you’d get your 50 quid converted to £100.00 free on-board spends.  All you had to do was book another cruise within 12 months (just book it; you didn’t have to take it within 12 months).

As it is pretty certain that we’d be going on another P & O cruise – I fancy the Adonia or the Oriana – then we thought this was a good deal, and we went along to the talk.  In fact, we’re already booked on the Arcadia for January 2013 🙂

At the talk they explained that they were going to be making a new addition to the P & O fleet; a massive ship of around 143,000 and over 4,000 passengers.  We knew we’d never go on that ship, as I’ve already mentioned several times in this blog, I thought the Ventura‘s 3,000+ passengers was too big.  So the day all cruise ships are massive is the day when we’ll stop cruising.

At 11.00am I went along to the craft class, while Trevor went to pay the 100 quid deposit for the two of us.  As I enjoy handicrafts I was interested to see what we’d be making.  It turned out to be an embroidered and sequinned felt butterfly brooch.  It was quite intricate so I didn’t get much done during the hour duration of the class, but they said we could go back again this afternoon to finish it if we wanted.

We had lunch and went out on deck to soak up the sun by the pool, and the afternoon passed by in its usual lazy way.  Then it was time to get our glad-rags on for the final formal evening and off we went to the Bay Tree for dinner.

The entertainment this evening in the Arena theatre was called “Reel to Reel” and featured scenes and songs from some of the greatest British movies.  As ever, the Headliners Theatre Company put on an excellent show.

We decided afterwards to go along to the Havana lounge as the Freddie Mercury tribute guy was performing again, but as usual all the good seats had been taken and the lounge was crowded.  We therefore went along to ‘Wetherspoon’s’ for a drink instead, then it was back to the cabin for a nightcap and bed.

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