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.