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Yes, transatlantic repositioning cruises do tend to be the cheapest way to cruise around the Caribbean for this very reason! Usually the ships stop at Madeira on the way back, which only requires a further two days at sea, by stopping at Tenerife you have a three day cruise back to Southampton. The Ventura is a very large "fun filled" ship, so maybe you won't be too bored while at sea? It won't be until you leave St Lucia on your last day in the Caribbean that you will have a real chance to explore the ship properly, as you will be visiting an Island a day up until then. What with dining and going to shows, etc, you won't have had time to chill out and make use of much of the facilities on board. You should be OK to make use of the deck facilities, and your balcony, until your leave Tenerife. Once you get up as far as Madeira the weather will start to deteriorate and you may hit a storm or two. You will certainly need jumpers as you near dear old Blighty though, and probably a raincoat too! Happy cruising.
Hi Did this trip this March on Arcadia we found there is plenty going on whilst your on the sea days with different talks/ shows/quizzes/eating chatting and sunbathing.On the Islands team up with another couple and book a taxi for the tours all better value than the ships excursion and no waiting in the sun for the stragglers,agree the price per person in advance and you pay at the end of the trip?The weather will get slightly colder as you cross to Tenerife and colder still back to Southampton,but as you have left home to get to the airport those cloths would do for you last leg home and we take a weather proof top which should be ok if the weather is cold on deck and stay indoors if it really bad weather,The Bay of Biscay can be rough but having sailed it 4 times only once was it very bad and once like a pond.Enjoy it?
This is was is known as a repostioning cruise and hence the lower price. The ship you are on is one of the largest with all sorts of special facilities so there will be plenty to do and there is a group dedictaed to laying on all sorts of activities around the pool; there could be talks; bingo; line dancing; a casino; computing and a cinema so don't think you will have a problem. The temps crossing the Atlantic may not be very high at that time of the year possibly 45/55, but again you might be lucky. It will still be 65/72 degress in Tenerife but the temps could start to fall as you approach the Bay of Biscay, but you could be lucky and have a good clear spell into Southampton when we did it the opposite 3 years ago it was raining in Southampton and the weather did not improve until we arrived at Vigo on the northwest coast - can't remeber if that is Spain or Portugal.
We did a similar trip three years ago on Oceana and stopped at the Azores on the way back, which is further north than Tenerife. The weather was warm all the way back except the the last day before Southampton. It will be warm all the way to Tenerife and then a couple of days after that, just cooling down slightly day by day from Caribbean tempertures. There will be lots of things to do on the ship whilst at sea but not much time to do them in as you only have 23hour days due to 1 hour time change every day to Tenerife (UK time).
Did the trip March 2007 on the Oceana, stopping at Madeira enroute to Southampton. Unfortunately not as lucky as Ingle from Rugby. Ship encountered a fresh headwind from the Carribean to Madeira, which made the use of the balcony or promenade deck impossible. Were able to sit out at the pool if lucky enough to secure a sheltered spot. The weather although windy was mild all the way home. Good news is if you are not sunworshipers there will still be plenty to do. The Gym, Afternoon Quizzes, Film Shows with current releases and evening entertainment. The weather is pot luck but I am sure you will find plenty to do on the Ventura including the main swimming pool which I beleive has a roof which can close during adverse weather. Looking forward to our Carribean adventure on the Ventura in January.
We are cruiseing on the aura from southamton to the carrabean 18 oct-9 nov what will the weather be like crossing north atlantic.
Have also done the trip in reverse in October albeit not on the Aurora. The weather was fine after Madeira and Tenerife and were able to Sunworship on deck after Tenerife. Again it could be rough heading down to the Canaries - It is just pot luck - but again plenty of entertainment on board.
Happy birthday to you both. We are on the same cruise as you and have a balcony also, it was nice to read the answers to your question as we were wondering the same. who knows maybe we will meet up for a drink. Chris and Dave.