This cruise appealed to us because flights were not involved and the itinerary covered a few Canarian islands we hadn't visited before. Both embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly, all credit to the staff on board the boat and in Southampton port. We've cruised with Celebrity before and found their ships to be more modern and in a better condition but of course, their cruises are also more expensive. On Ventura we were impressed with the many different bars and clubs and the day time entertainment was ok. We saw several excellent acts, Nya King - a Whitney Houston impersonator, Paul Emmanuel, a great vocalist, Mark Walker and Josh Daniels, both great comedians. One of the boat bands was called Serious Sounds they were fab and Matt and Sarah, a married duet, he was a great guitarist.
Our steward, Poly, did an excellent job, in fact we found all of the staff to be very pleasant and hard working. The food in the main restaurants, Saffron and Cinammon, was to a reasonable standard but the buffet food in the Waterside could be disappointing. The afternoon tea was good but they were obsessed with crab salad sandwiches, there were always loads of these left but they couldn't take a hint, they'd be there again the following day but and still no egg mayonnaise, my favourite. There were too many sea days for us. They should think of leaving La Palma off and make Lisbon an overnight stay instead.
A reasonable size with excellent storage but old and dated. Tv was very small. The tea and coffee facility was much appreciated. The room was on the 11th floor right at the back of the boat. Shower was small but good. Would be happy to stay in the same type of room in future however one complaint I do have is that the pillows were extremely uncomfortable.
A very pleasant port. We walked to Hercules tower, a lighthouse built in Roman times and then to the top to appreciate the views, worth a visit.
This place did not leave an impression on us at all.
Santa Cruz, much more 'Spanish' than Playa de las Americas. We enjoyed visiting the African market hall (at least I think that is what it was called) and looking at the produce on sale. There was a beautiful garden about a mile from the port and I assume because it was a Saturday when we visited, there was a lot of entertainment going on in the town for the locals which was pleasant to watch.
We loved Madeira and of all the places we visited on this cruise this is the only place we would like to return to. If you are reasonably fit the don't bother with the boat's excursion for the cable car and toboggan run. The cable car cost about 10 euro each one way, this takes you to the toboggans, this will cost 30 euro and 10 euro for a photo. I know it seems like a lot but it was great fun and the guys work very hard. The walk down a steep hill took us about 40 minutes. We then spent a very pleasant hour listening to a guy called Oliver Harris impersonating a young Elvis Presley at the Ritz restaurant. A beautiful island.