Tuesday 21st January
I was up very early at around 06:30 and decided to get myself ready and watch us arrive into Road Town; the capital of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. It didn’t take us long to secure alongside the pier and shortly after the Thomson Dream berthed the other side from us.
After a continental breakfast I went ashore for a short walk to see what there was to see and do in Road Town. The walk into the main town centre wasn’t that far from the port and there were plenty of shops, bars and cafes along the way. It may have been only fairly early but the temperature was already pushing close to 29C. I left my hat behind on the ship so I thought I’d better walk back and pick it up before the sun is at its strongest. It was only fifteen minutes or so by the time I was back in the town centre and wandering through some colourful shops right by the waterfront where I stopped for a drink and took some picture perfect photographs of the bay and the Ventura in the background. The sun was shining and the sea was a lovely turquoise blue and if I could; I would have probably stayed there all day long.
As the heat was rising by the minute I made my way back to the ship and thought I’d do a bit of laundry and then sit on the edge of the pool and paddle my feet for a little while. For lunch I made myself a Ham Salad with an accompaniment of French Fries and then treated myself to a 99 Ice Cream Cone; I am on holiday after all! I then found a nice spot by the Laguna Pool where I listened to the live band for an hour or so whilst watching us let go of the lines and sail towards St. Maarten – which I am really looking forward to visiting.
For dinner this evening I opted for something different and went to the Waterside buffet where the theme was “Best of British” fare. I had Roast Beef with Potatoes, Broccoli, Gravy and a giant Yorkshire Pudding… it was delicious and by far my best meal on board so far. After dinner I headed down to the theatre to catch “Destination Dance”; the first of many production shows to come during the voyage. The show was originally performed for Darcey Bussel at the Azura’s naming ceremony; but proved so popular that P&O Cruises also brought it to the Ventura. The show itself was very good and the singers and dancers of Headliners Theatre Company did a fantastic job. I especially liked the Riverdance segment. Following the show it was time for bed.
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