Apologies, we have fallen behind the sacred editorial schedule because of too much cruising. True story.
Speaking of being busy - what’s there to do aboard Ventura? After all, I’m forever being told that “it’s impossible to be bored aboard a cruise ship!”. Cruise fans say that highlighter pens are an essential piece of kit, so rich in choice is the daily schedule.
Not so much. At least, not on this cruise.
There were plenty of product pitches dressed up as entertainment, like some floating version of The Ideal Home Show:
Gloriously, there was an actual shuffleboard tournament (“3.30pm - Shuffleboard Friendly; suitable footwear essential”), as well as a variety of trivia competitions and unhosted (i.e., amuse yourselves) slots for bridge and whist.
Other than that, most of the schedule was focused on the evening events; dancing, karaoke, cabaret and singers impersonating stars in the main theatre. “Jayne Middleton As Annie Lennox” was, actually, perfectly plausible.
I know there is an argument that this short voyage isn’t the “real P&O” experience and that the longer cruises are wall to wall political briefings from Henry Kissinger and writing workshops hosted by Hilary Mantel. Then I have to ask, what does P&O hope to achieve from these short cruises? If it’s not representative of the experience, then it’s not a “taster” for new cruisers - only manners prevented me from spitting some of these small bites out.