… as the cruise season gets underway
The Diario reports online this morning that, as the cruise season begins to get underway in earnest, the giant ‘Ventura’ from P&O Cruises is calling at the Port of Funchal, on the first stop on its trip from Southampton, from where it left on 17 September.
There will be about 10 hours of stopover to allow passengers and crew to visit Funchal and the island, through scheduled excursions, as the weather permits.
With capacity for 3,078 passengers (3,737 at maximum capacity) served by 1,250 crew members, ‘Ventura’ passengers have until around 5:00 pm to enjoy the island, before the ship departs for Santa Cruz. de La Palma, Canary Islands.
The 14-day cruise will also pass Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Arrecife on the island of Lanzarote, Cadiz, a port in the south of Spain almost on the ‘border’ between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, La Corufia and return to Southampton, on the 1st of October.
With 289 metres in length, the Ventura has 18 decks, nine of which have 1,556 cabins after a refurbishment in 2018.
The Port of Funchal will receive another ship tomorrow, the ‘MSCMagnifica’, and on the 29th, another one, the ‘Portuguese’ (registered at MAR – Madeira International Ship Registry) ‘Ocean Majesty.
After the end of September, the high season effectively begins at the Port of Funchal, with 32 ships expected before the 31st of October, 52 stopovers during November and 48 stopovers during December.
A video after the Ventura refit:
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