Offering cruises direct from Southampton, P&O Cruises Ventura is perfect for families
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Family-friendly Ventura is P&O Cruises’ version of Princess Cruises’ Grand-class ships. This 3,092-passenger ship was launched by Dame Helen Mirren in spectacular style in 2008. This is the workhorse of the company’s extensive series of short-break cruises as well as a wide variety of cruises to the Mediterranean, Canary Islands and the Caribbean. It is a great choice for those putting their toe in the cruising scene for the first time as well as seasoned cruisers.
The ship underwent a refurbishment in 2013 when 18 single cabins (12 outside and six inside) were added. Ventura offers eight types of accommodation and as this ship is targeted at families and multi-generational groups, a large number of cabins have sofas that convert into a bed for a third person, or beds that pull down from the ceiling. There are many different accommodation categories, according to size and location, while nearly 900 feature balconies. Grades of cabins include: Inside, Outside, Balcony, Family Suites and Suites.
Of the three main dining rooms, Bay Tree offers fixed seating dining with assigned tables at 6.30pm or 8.30pm, while Cinnamon and Saffron have Freedom Dining allowing open seating between 6pm and 10pm. Dinner at The Epicurean is akin to splashing out on a memorable meal in some trendy restaurant on land that’s garnered a bevy of accolades. Sindhu at East is under the direction of Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar who has created the menu which showcases his sublime fusion of Indian and British cuisine. The Glass House is a popular gastro-pub under the direction of wine connoisseur Olly Smith where ‘wine flights’ are offered to accompany the delicious small and large plates of ‘tapas-style’ comfort food.
Perched high above the sea at the stern on Sky Deck the Metropolis Bar has panoramic views out to sea and is a perfect hideout to enjoy cocktails. The urban warehouse-themed English pub, the Exchange is packed from morning until the small hours with ‘Name That Tune’ competitions, live bands, adult karaoke and sporting events on large screens. The Cuban-themed nightclub Havana is packed on ‘Boogie Nights’, so too when ‘Soul & Motown’ is the theme. In the Arena Theatre there twice-nightly hi-energy performances which capitalise on the fad for all things dance.
Perfect for chilly days, the Beachcomber Pool on Lido Deck has a retractable roof which permits swimming in all weather and we recommend this as a delightful spot to relax in the whirlpools. We also like the Laguna Pool which has plenty of deck space and sun-loungers – while the small plunge pool at the aft of Sun Deck is a haven during school holiday cruises.
Food and Drink
The White Room
Ocean View Gymnasium
suiteFully air-conditioned suites with two lower beds convertible to king-size bed. Bathrooms boast a whirlpool bath, shower and WC plus luxurious premier pamper pack, bathrobe & slippers. Additionally there is a useful walk-in dressing area with iron & ironing board, trouser press and a hairdryer. The lounge has a sofa, chairs and table, with a mini stereo and a TV plus radio and telephone, writing desk, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. There is also a safe. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors lead to your balcony with loungers, chairs and table. Suites have a butler service, magazine and newspaper selection, atlas and binoculars, plus fruit bowl, mineral water, flowers, champagne and chocolates on arrival and daily canapés.
balconyFully air-conditioned superior deluxe balcony cabins enjoy two lower beds convertible to king-size bed. Bathrooms boast a full-sized bath, shower, sink, vanity unit and WC plus hairdryer, bathrobe & slippers. There is a sitting area with sofa, chair and coffee table, two flat screen interactive TVs, plus radio and telephone, writing desk, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. There is also a safe. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors lead to your balcony with recliner chairs and table. Superior deluxe balcony cabins have a magazine selection, atlas and binoculars, plus fruit bowl, flowers, champagne, chocolates, mineral water and luxurious pamper pack on arrival and canapés once a week.
outsideAir-conditioned outside cabins have two lower beds that are convertible to a king-size bed with wardrobe and drawer space. The bathroom has a shower, or shower over bath, and WC plus a hairdryer. There is a vanity/writing desk, and interactive TV System for your enjoyment, plus a radio, telephone, safe and tea and coffee making facilities. Outside cabins may have a window or portholes. On arrival you will be offered Mineral water and a Luxurious pamper pack.
insideAir-conditioned, mirrored, inside cabins have a king-size bed with wardrobe and drawer space. The bathroom has a shower, or shower over bath, and WC plus a hairdryer. There is a vanity/writing desk, and interactive TV System for your enjoyment, plus a radio, telephone, safe and tea and coffee making facilities. On arrival you will be offered Mineral water and a Luxurious pamper pack.
Year Entered Service 01/04/2008
Total Passengers 3574
Total Crew 1239
Ship Width 118
Ship Depth 28
Total Decks 15
Total Lifts 12
Cruising Speed 21.7