Ventura

Ventura cruise ship
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Cruise line
P&O Cruises

Current itinerary:
28 days, Caribbean
18 Jan, 2016 - 15 Feb, 2016

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Ventura Review and Specifications

Special features

Passengers Capacity3574
Crew Capacity1220
Passengers space ratio32,18
Passenger crew ratio2,93
Passenger decks12
Dining rooms3
CasinoYes
CinemaYes
TheaterYes
LibraryYes
SpaYes
Fitness centerYes
Lifts (elevators)16
Pools5
Jacuzzis4

Technical Specifications

BuilderFINCANTIERI, TRIESTE ITALY
IMO number9333175
Year built2008
Speed22
Flagflag Bermuda
Length289.61
Draught8.45
Tonnage116017
Ventura deck plans deck icon

Review of Ventura

Launched in 2008, Ventura is one of the Grand-class PO cruise ships, together with ms Azura. The ship cost US $700 million to build and was last refurbished in 2013.

History - construction & ownership

P&O Cruises is based at Carnival House in Southampton, UK, operated by Carnival UK and owned by Carnival Corp. & plc. This British-American cruise line was originally a constituent of Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company. P and O Cruises is the world's oldest cruise line, having operated the first passenger ships in early 19th century. It is sister company of P&O Cruises Australia. P and O Cruises was de-merged from P&O group in 2000, and became a subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, which in 2003 merged with Carnival Corp. to form Carnival Corp. & plc. PO Cruises currently operates eight ships with a total guest capacity of 14,970 and 5% market share of worldwide cruise lines. Its most recent ship, mv Britannia, joined the fleet in March 2015.

The 116,017-ton, 3,574-passenger cruise ship Ventura was christened in Southampton on April 16, 2008 by the famous british actress Dame Helen Mirren (assisted by a team of Royal Marine Commandos). The cruise ship is particularly larger - by 30 % than any other vessel in the P&O Cruises fleet. This means there's more room for contemporary facilities, like expanded children-related amenities, recreational opportunities (bungee jumping) and different restaurants. What is more, it is difficult to find any sign of traditional P&O Cruises in the hardware - no card room, nowhere to have a sit in the library, no art auctions (all the pictures are on sale, but showed with the price) and no monotonous teak-and-cream colouring (there's cheery decor and modern artwork instead). The travelers are also distinct; still quite a lot of the retired cruisers that P&O Cruises is known for attracting, but also lots of families with kids.

Cruise itinerary program

Ventura itinerary program is based on cruises from Southampton and Bridgetown, including Caribbean Islands voyages from Barbados; roudtrip sailings from Southampton to Iberia (Portugal & Spain), Mediterranean and Canary Islands; "mini cruises" to Belgium, France and Holland; Transatlantic repositioning crossings.

Cabins

Most Ventura staterooms are 165-sq.foot Balcony rooms (675). There are a total of 1553 staterooms in 35 categories. The largest aboard Ventura are the Suites (330 ft2).

Dining options - Food & Drinks

The quality of food aboard Ventura is of a high standard for such a big ship. The menus offered in the three main dining rooms change daily, and there is a Gala Menu on formal nights as well, put together by Marco Pierre White. Cinnamon and Saffron (two of the main dining rooms) offer 'Freedom Dining', meaning that guests can turn up anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and dine where and with whom they like. Bay Tree is the third MDR and offers set-time dining called "Club Dining" by the line. There are 3 specialty restaurants, 2 formal ones - Epicurean, serving molecular gastronomy cuisine and Sindhu by Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar. The one informal restaurant, which proved popular on sister vessel Azura and replaced Las Ramblas, is The Glass House by wine expert Olly Smith (for-fee tapas-style restaurant).

Follows the complete list of Ventura restaurants and food bars.

  • Cinnamon Restaurant (528-seat, aft Dining Room; features Your Time dining from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.)
  • Saffron Restaurant (528-seat, forward Dining Room; with fixed seating dining at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.)
  • Bay Tree Restaurant (596-seat aft Dining Room; with fixed seating dining at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.; also hosts bridge tournaments, card games, etc)
  • East (138-seat Asian specialty restaurant by celebrity chef Atul Kochhar)
  • The Glass House (steakhouse/seafood specialty restaurant and wine bar)
  • The Beach House (324-seat buffet restaurant; serves as NYC deli for dinner 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.)
  • Waterside (332-seat buffet restaurant; offers full English breakfast, lunch, Afternoon Tea, Noddy’s Tea/kids, dinner, night snacks; serves premium wines by the glass)
  • Frankie’s Grill (fast food bar, complimentary pizza/ice cream bar, hotdogs, burgers)
  • The White Room (182-seat Italian specialty restaurant).

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

P&O company doesn't go in for huge West End-style productions. Instead, expect revue-type shows with an emphasis on the singing talents of the performer; ventriloquists, magicians and tribute acts; British comedy. In the Arena Theatre, there are two main shows nightly. Times vary in order to accommodate the set dining times. Elsewhere on the ship, the main venues for live entertainment are Havana, at the back of the ship, and The Tamarind Club - a walk-through venue on Deck 7. In both these venues guests will find bands or singers on at various times throughout the whole evening. There is usually a guest band too, depending where the vessel is based. Havana is also the nightclub onboard ms Ventura.

Follows the complete list of Ventura lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Ventura Atrium (3-decks central open floor area and social hub); Atrium Shops (Regalia - clothes, souvenirs, gifts;  The Wardrobe - brand fashion, watches, bags, hats); Chic - fashion boutique; Emporium - candy shop; Eternity - jewelry, Essence - perfumes)
  • Tazzine Bar (by Costa Coffee; at night transforms into a cocktail bar)
  • Chapter One (book shop & library)
  • Cyb@study (24-hour Internet computers room, Internet packages)
  • The Exchange Pub (sports bar); Breakers Bar
  • The Tamarind Lounge & Club (live music, comedy shows, cooking demonstrations, films, themed party nights)
  • Metropolis Lounge; Peninsular Room (multi purpose lounge); The Red Bar
  • Arena Theatre (785-seat, 2-decks, featuring grand scale productions, live performances, gameshows)
  • Havana Lounge & Nightclub (live entertainment venue & disco)
  • “Fortunes” Casino; Ivory Suite (vow renewal and wedding services)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop; Whitehall Art Gallery; The Library (with Internet computers)
  • Terrace Pool (adults only area, served by Terrace Bar); Beachcomber Pool & Bar; Laguna Pool & Bar; Aqua Park with waterside
  • The Retreat (adults only area)
  • Oasis Spa & Health Club (Treatment Rooms, Thermal Suite, Beauty Salon)
  • Gymnasium (complimentary equipment, Fitness classes; Yoga and Pilates at surcharge)
  • Kids Venues (Toybox, Jumping Jacks, Tumblers Nursery, The Den); Decibels (teen disco)
  • Shufflleboard; Quoits; Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis); Table Tennis; Golf Nets.

Source: CruiseShipDeckPlan.com


Ventura Itineraries 2016

The below listed Ventura cruise prices on 2016 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure Itinerary ports Prices
18 January
28-days round-trip Caribbean
Departing from Southampton - 18 Jan

Funchal - 22 Jan

Bridgetown - 29 Jan

Saint Lucia/Castries - 30 Jan

St Georges - 31 Jan

Fort de France - 01 Feb

Basseterre - 02 Feb

St Johns - 03 Feb

Tortola - 04 Feb

Philipsburg/Saint Maarten - 05 Feb

Ponta Delgada - 11 Feb

Arriving in Southampton - 15 Feb

15 February
4-days round-trip The Netherlands & Belgium
Departing from Southampton - 15 Feb

Amsterdam - 17 Feb

Zeebrugge/Bruges - 18 Feb

Arriving in Southampton - 19 Feb

19 February
2-days round-trip Belgium
Departing from Southampton - 19 Feb

Zeebrugge/Bruges - 20 Feb

Arriving in Southampton - 21 Feb

21 February
14-days round-trip Canary Islands
Departing from Southampton - 21 Feb

Lisbon - 24 Feb

Arrecife - 26 Feb

Gran Canaria - 27 Feb

Tenerife - 28 Feb

St Cruz De La Palma - 29 Feb

Funchal - 01 Mar

La Coruna - 04 Mar

Arriving in Southampton - 06 Mar

06 March
14-days round-trip Iberia
Departing from Southampton - 06 Mar

Lisbon - 09 Mar

Cadiz - 10 Mar

Gibraltar - 11 Mar

Cartagena - 12 Mar

Malaga - 13 Mar

Casablanca - 14 Mar

Funchal - 16 Mar

Arriving in Southampton - 20 Mar

20 March
7-days round-trip Iberia
Departing from Southampton - 20 Mar

Vigo - 22 Mar

Lisbon - 23 Mar

Portovenere - 24 Mar

Cherbourg - 26 Mar

Arriving in Southampton - 27 Mar

27 March
12-days round-trip Iberia
Departing from Southampton - 27 Mar

Funchal - 31 Mar

St Cruz De La Palma - 01 Apr

Tenerife - 02 Apr

Arrecife - 03 Apr

Lisbon - 05 Apr

Arriving in Southampton - 08 Apr

08 April
14-days round-trip Mediterranean
Departing from Southampton - 08 Apr

Cartagena - 12 Apr

Barcelona - 13 Apr

Monaco - 14 Apr

La Spezia - 15 Apr

Ajaccio - 16 Apr

Gibraltar - 18 Apr

La Coruna - 20 Apr

Arriving in Southampton - 22 Apr

22 April
14-days round-trip Canary Islands
Departing from Southampton - 22 Apr

Cadiz - 25 Apr

Agadir - 27 Apr

Arrecife - 28 Apr

Gran Canaria - 29 Apr

St Cruz De La Palma - 30 Apr

Funchal - 01 May

Lisbon - 03 May

Arriving in Southampton - 06 May

06 May
12-days round-trip Iberia
Departing from Southampton - 06 May

Lisbon - 09 May

Cadiz - 10 May

Valencia - 12 May

Ibiza - 13 May

Cartagena - 14 May

Gibraltar - 15 May

Arriving in Southampton - 18 May

18 May
4-days round-trip Western Europe
Departing from Southampton - 18 May

Guernsey - 19 May

Zeebrugge/Bruges - 21 May

Arriving in Southampton - 22 May

22 May
17-days round-trip Mediterranean
Departing from Southampton - 22 May

Palma de Mallorca - 26 May

Zakinthos, Greece - 29 May

Piraeus (Athens), Greece - 30 May

Mykonos - 31 May

Santorini - 01 Jun

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece - 02 Jun

Gibraltar - 05 Jun

Arriving in Southampton - 08 Jun

08 June
14-days round-trip Mediterranean
Departing from Southampton - 08 Jun

Vigo - 10 Jun

Lisbon - 11 Jun

Gibraltar - 12 Jun

Villefranche (Nice), France - 14 Jun

La Spezia - 15 Jun

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - 16 Jun

Ajaccio - 17 Jun

Cadiz - 19 Jun

Arriving in Southampton - 22 Jun

22 June
4-days round-trip Western Europe
Departing from Southampton - 22 Jun

Zeebrugge/Bruges - 24 Jun

Guernsey - 25 Jun

Arriving in Southampton - 26 Jun

26 June
12-days round-trip Canary Islands
Departing from Southampton - 26 Jun

Vigo - 28 Jun

Funchal - 30 Jun

St Cruz De La Palma - 01 Jul

Tenerife - 02 Jul

Gran Canaria - 03 Jul

Lisbon - 05 Jul

Arriving in Southampton - 08 Jul

08 July
14-days round-trip Mediterranean
Departing from Southampton - 08 Jul

Gibraltar - 11 Jul

Barcelona - 13 Jul - 14 Jul

Cannes - 15 Jul

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - 16 Jul

Cartagena - 18 Jul

Cadiz - 19 Jul

Arriving in Southampton - 22 Jul

22 July
17-days round-trip Mediterranean
Departing from Southampton - 22 Jul

Palma de Mallorca - 26 Jul

Zakinthos, Greece - 29 Jul

Piraeus (Athens), Greece - 30 Jul

Santorini - 31 Jul

Mykonos - 01 Aug

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece - 02 Aug

Gibraltar - 05 Aug

Arriving in Southampton - 08 Aug

08 August
7-days round-trip Iberia
Departing from Southampton - 08 Aug

Vigo - 10 Aug

Lisbon - 11 Aug

Portovenere - 12 Aug

Guernsey - 14 Aug

Arriving in Southampton - 15 Aug

15 August
14-days round-trip Mediterranean
Departing from Southampton - 15 Aug

Cadiz - 18 Aug

Barcelona - 20 Aug

Cannes - 21 Aug

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - 22 Aug

Naples - 23 Aug

Cagliari - 24 Aug

Gibraltar - 26 Aug

Arriving in Southampton - 29 Aug

29 August
12-days round-trip Iberia
Departing from Southampton - 29 Aug

Lisbon - 01 Sep

Gibraltar - 02 Sep

Valencia - 04 Sep

Ibiza - 05 Sep

Cartagena - 06 Sep

Cadiz - 07 Sep

Arriving in Southampton - 10 Sep

10 September
2-days round-trip Western Europe
Departing from Southampton - 10 Sep

Zeebrugge/Bruges - 11 Sep

Arriving in Southampton - 12 Sep

12 September
6-days round-trip Western Europe
Departing from Southampton - 12 Sep

Guernsey - 13 Sep

La Rochelle - 15 Sep

Bilbao - 16 Sep

Arriving in Southampton - 18 Sep

18 September
12-days round-trip Canary Islands
Departing from Southampton - 18 Sep

La Coruna - 20 Sep

Funchal - 22 Sep

St Cruz De La Palma - 23 Sep

Tenerife - 24 Sep

Arrecife - 25 Sep

Lisbon - 27 Sep

Arriving in Southampton - 30 Sep

30 September
14-days round-trip Mediterranean
Departing from Southampton - 30 Sep

Cartagena - 04 Oct

Barcelona - 05 Oct

Monaco - 06 Oct

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - 07 Oct

Alghero - 08 Oct

Gibraltar - 10 Oct

Lisbon - 11 Oct

Arriving in Southampton - 14 Oct

14 October
2-days round-trip Western Europe
Departing from Southampton - 14 Oct

Zeebrugge/Bruges - 15 Oct

Arriving in Southampton - 16 Oct

16 October
11-days round-trip Canary Islands
Departing from Southampton - 16 Oct

Vigo - 18 Oct

Funchal - 20 Oct

St Cruz De La Palma - 21 Oct

Tenerife - 22 Oct

Lisbon - 24 Oct

Arriving in Southampton - 27 Oct

27 October
3-days round-trip Western Europe
Departing from Southampton - 27 Oct

Zeebrugge/Bruges - 29 Oct

Arriving in Southampton - 30 Oct

30 October
12-days round-trip Iberia
Departing from Southampton - 30 Oct

Lisbon - 02 Nov

Cadiz - 03 Nov

Valencia - 05 Nov

Ibiza - 06 Nov

Cartagena - 07 Nov

Gibraltar - 08 Nov

Arriving in Southampton - 11 Nov

11 November
12-days round-trip Canary Islands
Departing from Southampton - 11 Nov

Funchal - 15 Nov

St Cruz De La Palma - 16 Nov

Tenerife - 17 Nov

Arrecife - 18 Nov

Lisbon - 20 Nov

Arriving in Southampton - 23 Nov

23 November
10-days round-trip Iberia
Departing from Southampton - 23 Nov

La Coruna - 25 Nov

Cadiz - 27 Nov

Malaga - 28 Nov

Gibraltar - 29 Nov

Lisbon - 30 Nov

Arriving in Southampton - 03 Dec

03 December
2-days round-trip Western Europe
Departing from Southampton - 03 Dec

Zeebrugge/Bruges - 04 Dec

Arriving in Southampton - 05 Dec

05 December
12-days round-trip Canary Islands
Departing from Southampton - 05 Dec

Funchal - 09 Dec

St Cruz De La Palma - 10 Dec

Gran Canaria - 11 Dec

Arrecife - 12 Dec

Lisbon - 14 Dec

Arriving in Southampton - 17 Dec

17 December
12-days round-trip Canary Islands
Departing from Southampton - 17 Dec

Funchal - 21 Dec

St Cruz De La Palma - 22 Dec

Tenerife - 23 Dec

Arrecife - 24 Dec

Lisbon - 26 Dec

Arriving in Southampton - 29 Dec

29 December
4-days round-trip Western Europe
Departing from Southampton - 29 Dec

Zeebrugge/Bruges - 30 Dec

Amsterdam - 31 Dec - 01 Jan

Arriving in Southampton - 02 Jan

Ventura Itineraries 2017

The below listed Ventura cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure Itinerary ports Prices
02 January
16-days round-trip Canary Islands
Departing from Southampton - 02 Jan

Funchal - 06 Jan - 07 Jan

St Cruz De La Palma - 08 Jan

Gran Canaria - 09 Jan

Tenerife - 10 Jan

Arrecife - 11 Jan

Agadir - 12 Jan

Cadiz - 14 Jan

Lisbon - 15 Jan

Arriving in Southampton - 18 Jan

18 January
28-days round-trip Caribbean
Departing from Southampton - 18 Jan

La Coruna - 20 Jan

Bridgetown - 29 Jan

Saint Lucia/Castries - 30 Jan

Roseau - 31 Jan

Philipsburg/Saint Maarten - 01 Feb - 02 Feb

Tortola - 03 Feb

Basseterre - 04 Feb

St Johns - 05 Feb

Ponta Delgada - 11 Feb

Arriving in Southampton - 15 Feb

15 February
4-days round-trip Western Europe
Departing from Southampton - 15 Feb

Amsterdam - 17 Feb

Zeebrugge/Bruges - 18 Feb

Arriving in Southampton - 19 Feb

19 February
2-days round-trip Western Europe
Departing from Southampton - 19 Feb

Zeebrugge/Bruges - 20 Feb

Arriving in Southampton - 21 Feb

21 February
14-days round-trip Canary Islands
Departing from Southampton - 21 Feb

Funchal - 25 Feb - 26 Feb

St Cruz De La Palma - 27 Feb

Gran Canaria - 28 Feb

Arrecife - 01 Mar

Cadiz - 03 Mar

Lisbon - 04 Mar

Arriving in Southampton - 07 Mar

07 March
14-days round-trip Iberia
Departing from Southampton - 07 Mar

Lisbon - 10 Mar

Cadiz - 11 Mar

Gibraltar - 12 Mar

Cartagena - 13 Mar

Malaga - 14 Mar

Casablanca - 15 Mar

Funchal - 17 Mar

Arriving in Southampton - 21 Mar