Ventura launched in 2008, becoming P&O Cruises’ first superliner and elevating facilities to a new level. In recognition of the ship’s success, a multi-million pound makeover was completed in April 2013, refreshing the ship with a contemporary feel more usually expected in a 5-star boutique hotel. Offering family-friendly cruising in modern surroundings, Ventura remains an exceptionally popular ship in the P&O Cruises fleet.
Welcomed into the stunning atrium, passengers embark to an array of friendly faces; crew that will be on hand to make sure every minute of your cruise is enjoyable and stress-free. The atrium is beautifully lit, highlighted by swirling staircases and sleek steel accents.
The contemporary feel of the ship continues throughout its cabins, where burgundy and cream décor is accented by dark wood fixtures and finishing touches by British designer Nick Munro.
When it comes to keeping you entertained, Ventura never fails to deliver. The entertainment and activity facilities form the basis of her success and there really is something for everyone. Sea days can be spent in any of the four pools on board; the Beachcomber and Laguna pools are popular family pools, whilst Riviera Deck aft hosts the much quieter Terrace Pool. All provide the perfect place to relax poolside, watching the waves ahead shimmer in the sun. The Beachcomber pool boasts a retractable roof, so even if the weather should fail you, the pool time fun doesn’t have to stop.
Serenity seekers can head to The Oasis Spa and The Retreat. Ventura offers one of the largest spa’s on the seas and the amazing facilities and varied treatment programme offer ultimate indulgence. Soak away your stresses in the adults-only Oasis pool and hot tubs, or head to The Retreat, where you can hire a VIP cabana and hide away from the world for the entire day, nothing but your thoughts and your holiday read to distract you.
Ventura offers some of the most expansive sporting facilities in the whole P&O Cruises fleet. Enjoy a game of football, basketball or tennis on the sports court, or head to the state of the art gym where personal trainers are on hand to offer expert advice on fitness goals. Cutting edge fitness classes will obliterate the calories in last night’s indulgences, while yoga and Pilates classes are held against a backdrop of sunsets and sea views.
Ventura does family-friendly with style and the ship offers one of the largest children’s clubs around. The Reef is made up of five age-appropriate kid’s clubs, offering activities for kids aged between 6 months and 17 years. Teens can congregate in an area packed with the latest technology, gaming stations and cool crew, whilst younger children can get creative and enjoy hours of fun games and visits from some of their favourite characters. There’s even a dedicated children’s tea each day, so parents can eat later in the night once the kids are settled.
Night time entertainment is provided through a combination of live music, comedy performances and West End-style productions. The two-tier Arena Theatre hosts the ever popular Headliners Theatre Company show, while the Tamarind Club is a live music venue with performances from solo artists and bands. Havana also hosts live music, before transforming into a nightclub with music and merriment continuing late into the night.
There are 12 places to dine on board Ventura, including 3 beautifully decorated main restaurants. The Cinnamon restaurant and the Saffron restaurant each offer Freedom Dining, allowing passengers to dine at whatever time and whichever table they please, providing great opportunities to meet new people every night. The Bay Tree restaurant offers more traditional Club Dining, with passengers choosing between a 6.30pm or 8.30pm sitting, eating at the same table each night.
Speciality Dining is provided courtesy of two formal restaurants and one more relaxed tapas-style eatery. Marco Pierre White provides the menu for The White Room and the expertly crafted French cuisine is served in sumptuous surroundings. Dine al fresco in the restaurant’s attractive terrace area and enjoy dinner in the sunshine or beneath the stars. Continuing to receive rave reviews, Sindhu offers diners a taste of India with every dish prepared and presented by expert chefs. The Glass House delivers tapas-style food matched with an exceptional wine list, all coordinated by UK wine expert Olly Smith. The Glass House also offers food and wine pairing dinners twice each week, along with wine talks throughout the cruise with knowledge imparted by the head sommelier.
Informal buffet dining offers a more relaxed atmosphere, with equally delicious food as that in the main dining room and an abundance of choice for diners. The Waterside and Beach House buffet restaurants are open throughout the day, often playing host to themed dining in the evenings.
With twelve bars on board, the options for a relaxing evening drink are plentiful. Sip a cocktail beneath an every changing cityscape in the Metropolis Lounge, where a 20 metre floor-to-ceiling video screen takes you on a journey around some of the coolest destinations in the world. The Exchange pub is quintessentially British in style, with beers on tap, widescreen TV’s showing live sporting events and even karaoke evenings throughout the week. Bring some Las Vegas style excitement to your evening at Fortunes Casino, where you can gamble against Lady Luck on a range of slot machines and traditional table games including roulette and three-card poker.
Ventura largely adopts an Elegant Casual dress code most evenings. Formal Evenings will take place twice each weekand create a real sense of occasion throughout the ship. Gentlemen should wear black tie attire, whilst ladies may choose their finest evening gowns. The focus is on dressing to impress and enjoying a glamorous evening.
Overall a good experience thoroughly enjoying the Caribbean islands we visited, with for us St Maarten and Grand Turk the…
We had a lovely holiday - visited wonderful ports - weather amazing - food fabulous but far too much cabin…
Rather a large ship for us. Not keen on queuing for food and not enough tables in buffet airier.