Welcome to Ventura. She is one of the larger ships in the P&O Cruises fleet, benefiting from great facilities for all the family. I recently went on board to have a look around. On board you can find an impressive 12 dining options, a lavish two-deck theatre, 11 places to socialise including four deck bars and lots of areas to relax and unwind.
Ventura offers a choice of cabins to suit all budgets and tastes from insides to balcony cabins. All cabins are air conditioned and have the British favourites like tea and coffee making facilities and three pin plug sockets so no need for adapters! All bedding is Egyptian cotton, you’ll also find a hairdryer, safe and en-suite bathroom with toiletries. And to service your cabin twice daily, or for any questions, you will receive a personal cabin steward who is there to look after you.
When it comes to dining, Ventura can offer something for every taste. There are three main restaurants on board (Saffron, Cinnamon & Bay Tree), all these restaurants offer five course gourmet evening meals served either at the same time every evening on the same table (Club dining) or no fixed seating or dining times (Freedom dining). I really do like the idea of freedom dining, if you have been busy exploring a port of call, there’s no need to rush back for you meal. If its casual dining you want, there is a choice of options. For speciality dining, you can choose to eat in Sindhi with tastes by Atul Kochhar or if you fancy selected wines by Olly Smith with some affordable tapas, head to The Glass House. The Epicurean is also a good alternative choice too. Snacks are available from the poolside grill in addition to the main buffet.
Once we have eaten, it’s time to look at the entertainment options on board. The Horizon newspaper is posted inside your stateroom every evening, this details everything that is going on around the ship the following day, and is a handy thing to keep in your pocket as you go around the ship. Included in the price of your holiday you will sample a choice of entertainment including: dazzling west-end style performances, comedy shows, cabaret, live music, night clubs, dance classes, pub quizzes and much more. The Arena Theatre is the main show venue. With its two-tiers, you can enjoy a great west-end style show. The Tamarind club offers live music and dancing. Havana is the Cuban themed nightclub, the ideal place to try that Latin American dance! The Metropolis bar has an ever changing skyline – one night you may be in Sydney, the following night you may be in New York!
If you are enjoying a sea day on board Ventura, there are plenty of things to do, from dance classes to deck games and watercolour art, or just simply relaxing with a book on top deck. If its shopping you are after, a choice of boutiques stock essentials, souvenirs and of course duty free!
Ready for the formal night, if you wanted a massage or your hair cut, head to Oasis spa for a choice of treatments. The Retreat is the adult only area and you’re own little private sanctuary. There is a sports court, fitness centre and gym, these are included in the cost of your cruise.
Ventura is a fantastic choice for everyone, if you are a solo traveller you will make new friends. If you are cruising as a couple, you can enjoy the tranquil spa facilities. A family will love Ventura, the kids can be entertained in the free age-specific children’s clubs ranging from 2-17 years, with a night nursery for the under 4s. There are special children’s areas in the restaurants plus a separate swimming pool at the back of the ship.
I really enjoyed my time on board Ventura and the staff are so friendly and go out of their way to make sure you have the cruise holiday of a lifetime I just can’t wait to get back on board, its quintessential quality with P&O Cruises.
At only 710 passengers, Adonia is the smallest of P&O Cruises fleet. Designed to offer an intimate experience, she’s ideal for meeting new friends on board and welcoming back familiar faces. Because of her smaller size, she is also able to get into the smaller ports of call that the larger vessels cannot.
From the moment you step on board, you are greeted by the reception area, explorers (the excursion desk) and the grand atrium with its grand staircases. Fitted with wood-style panelling and rich with traditional artworks, her ambience and décor are in keeping with the traditions of cruising, and nobody does it better than P&O Cruises.
Out on top deck is the Crystal Pool, with a traditional lido feel, the perfect place to be when at sea. If you want to keep in shape, the gymnasium on board is well equipped with all the state of art equipment you would expect to find back home. When it’s time to pamper yourself, head to the Oasis Spa with all the treatments you could want, there’s also a salon which is the perfect place to head if you want to look your best.
Crystals bar out on top deck serves the Crystals Pool, here you can get a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, whilst you're sat in your sun lounger!
And when it comes to dining, there’s no shortage of choice either. The Lido café offers great food in a relaxed outdoor setting. The Pacific Restaurant is the main restaurant on board, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Conservatory & Bar is the buffet restaurant which offers a relaxed dining venue. Sorrento Restaurant serves classic Italian dishes, whilst Ocean Grill is Marco Pierre White’s on board restaurant creating stunning dishes at sea.
If you like your shopping, there’s a couple of great shops on board (Mayfair & Emporium) selling branded goods, clothing, jewellery and much more.
There’s a great selection of accommodation on board Adonia, it’s the perfect choice if you prefer smaller intimate cruising with a traditional British atmosphere on board.
P&O Cruises have teamed up with literally an army of chefs and cooks to create the first cookery school on board a British ship, headed up by celebrity chef James Martin. James is joined by Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar and wine guru Olly Smith who are already well established P&O Cruises favourites. Also involved with the cookery school is acclaimed patisserie Eric Lanlard and cheese expert Charlie Turnbull, who together with James, Marco and Atul make up the ‘P&O Cruises Food Heros’. The chefs are cruising on selected sailings throughout the 2015/2016 programme, so worth checking when you’re looking to book to see who is on board.
For entertainment, P&O Cruises innovation continues in The Limelight Club, the fleets first dinner and entertainment venue in the great tradition of the supper club. The stunning Headliners Theatre boasts digital technology to rival almost any West End stage, and The Studio, Crystal Room and Live Lounge complete the line-up for both daytime and evening entertainment. Another place you can head to is Brodies on Deck 6 – delivering a menu of British beers from over 56 counties in the UK, from lagers, to ales, to ciders, to beers, you can find it all here.
On Deck 7, you will find the Crystal Room with its beautiful wooden dance floor to gleaming chandeliers, and this is the venue where stars from Strictly Come Dancing will perform on board selected cruises.