Ventura

Ventura Review and Specifications

Specifications of Ventura

Year built2008  /  Age : 10
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassGrand
Building costUSD 690 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorP&O Cruises UK
Speed24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
Length (LOA)289 m / 948 ft
Beam (width)48 m / 157 ft
Gross Tonnage116017 gt
Passengers3106 - 3727
Crew1226
Passengers-to-space ratio31
Decks18
Cabins1553
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2018
Christened byHelen Mirren

Current itinerary of Ventura

Ventura current cruise is 11 days, round-trip Portugal and Spain. The itinerary starts on 12 Nov, 2018 and ends on 23 Nov, 2018.

Date / TimePort
12 Nov      Departing from Southampton, England   
15 Nov     Lisbon, Portugal   
17 Nov     Valencia, Spain   
18 Nov     Cartagena, Spain   
19 Nov     Gibraltar, UK   
20 Nov     Cadiz, Spain   
23 Nov      Arriving in Southampton, England   

Review of Ventura

Launched in 2008, Ventura is one of the Grand-class PO cruise ships, together with ms Azura.

History - construction and ownership

P&O Cruises is a subsidiary company and two brands owned by Carnival Corporation - P&O UK and P&O Australia. In 2000, P&O Cruises became subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, which in 2003 merged with Carnival Corporation. PandO is the world's oldest cruise company, starting passenger shipping operations in 1822 on the routes connecting England with Iberia.

PO Ventura cruise ship

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 and Spain), Mediterranean and Canary Islands; "mini cruises" to Belgium, France and Holland; Transatlantic repositioning crossings.

Cabins

Ventura has a total of 1553 cabins (of which 28 Suite, 853 Balcony, 440 Inside rooms, 18 with single occupancy rates) in 35 grades. Most Ventura staterooms are 165-sq.foot Balcony rooms. The largest aboard Ventura are the Suites (330 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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).

PO Ventura cruise ship

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).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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. Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi access, supervised kids programme, laundry/self-serve laundromats.

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 store), Eternity (jewelry), Essence (perfumes). Following the ship's drydock refurbishment in 2018, the onboard shopping was upgraded by adding new retail brands selling premium watches, handbags, cosmetics and perfumes, travel essentials. New is the Dufry store (travel retailer). Among the added new brands are BRICS (luggage, bags, selfridges), Longines (Swiss hand-made watches), Olivia Burton (watches, V), Liu Jo (women's clothes, bags, shoes), Radley (designer leather handbags, purses, accessories), Cath Kidston (fashion, bags, gifts), Kipling (designer bags, backpacks, luggage, wallets, travel accessories). A new collection of British gins is also available.
  • Tazzine Bar (by Costa Coffee; at night transforms into a cocktail bar)
  • Chapter One (book shop and library); Cyb@study (24-hour Internet computers room, Internet packages)
  • The Exchange Pub (sports bar); Brodie’s Pub; Breakers Bar; The Tamarind Lounge and 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 and Nightclub (live entertainment venue and disco)
  • “Fortunes” Casino; Ivory Suite (vow renewal and wedding services)
  • Photo Gallery and Shop; Whitehall Art Gallery; The Library (with Internet computers)
  • Terrace Pool (adults only area, served by Terrace Bar); Beachcomber Pool and Bar; Laguna Pool and Bar; Aqua Park with waterside; 6 jacuzzis
  • The Retreat (adults only area); Oasis Spa and Health Club (Treatment Rooms, Thermal Suite, Beauty Salon); Oasis /endless pool & bar
  • 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.

Ventura wiki

  • ms Ventura ship is one of the line's biggest vessels. She is also one of the biggest passenger ships operating on the UK cruising market, together with her fleetmates Azura and the new Britannia. The vessel belongs to the Grand-class series. The ship was christened by Helen Mirren (actress) who also sailed on Ventura's Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) on April 11, 2008.
  • Besides being a huge vessel as size and passenger capacity, Ventura is also one of the most family-friendly cruise ships in the UK. Family fun activities at dedicated facilities on board are: "The Reef" kids club programming, the Noddy character greetings, open-air kids playing areas, the "Beachcomber" and "Laguna" family pools, "The Beach House" (casual family restaurant for dinner) and evening family shows at the Havana Lounge.
  • In 2014, for the first time in the vessel's history, P&O operated mv Ventura with exclusively fly-cruises to Mediterranean from UK during the whole summer.
  • Ventura ship during winter offers Caribbean cruises from Bridgetown Barbados, also operated with fly cruise deals from UK (Southampton, England). P&O UK's "flight and cruise" deals to Caribbean are additionally inclusive of discounted airfare to and from Barbados.

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Ventura Itineraries

The below listed Ventura cruise prices on 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Nov 10 2 days, round-trip Belgium Southampton
2018 Nov 12 11 days, round-trip Portugal and Spain Southampton
2018 Nov 23 3 days, round-trip Belgium Southampton
2018 Nov 26 13 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton
2018 Dec 09 12 days, round-trip Spain and Portugal Southampton
2018 Dec 21 14 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton
2019 Jan 04 28 days, round-trip Caribbean and Azores Southampton
2019 Feb 01 4 days, round-trip Belgium and The Netherlands Southampton
2019 Feb 05 35 days, round-trip Caribbean and USA Southampton
2019 Mar 12 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton
2019 Mar 24 12 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar Southampton
2019 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal and Guernsey Southampton
2019 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip The Netherlands, Belgium and Guernsey Southampton
2019 Apr 19 4 days, round-trip Belgium and Guernsey Southampton
2019 Apr 23 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Portugal Southampton
2019 May 05 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2019 May 12 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands, Madeira and Spain Southampton
2019 May 24 2 days, round-trip Guernsey Southampton
2019 May 26 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2019 Jun 02 14 days, round-trip Spain, France and Monaco Southampton
2019 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2019 Jun 23 14 days, round-trip Faroe Islands, Iceland and Ireland Southampton
2019 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2019 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip The Netherlands, Belgium and Guernsey Southampton
2019 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip France, Spain and Guernsey Southampton
2019 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2019 Aug 04 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands, Madeira and Spain Southampton
2019 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2019 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip France, Spain and Guernsey Southampton
2019 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip The Netherlands, Belgium and Guernsey Southampton
2019 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2019 Sep 13 11 days, round-trip Canary Islands, Madeira and Spain Southampton
2019 Sep 24 12 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar Southampton
2019 Oct 06 14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy Southampton
2019 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip The Netherlands, Belgium and France Southampton
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal and France Southampton
2019 Nov 03 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton
2019 Nov 15 2 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2019 Nov 17 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton
2019 Nov 29 2 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2019 Dec 01 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton
2019 Dec 13 4 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2019 Dec 17 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton
2019 Dec 29 5 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2020 Jan 03 35 days, round-trip Caribbean and Central America Southampton
2020 Feb 07 4 days, round-trip The Netherlands Southampton
2020 Feb 11 35 days, round-trip Caribbean and USA Southampton
2020 Mar 17 11 days, round-trip Iberia Southampton
2020 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2020 Apr 04 14 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton
2020 Apr 18 2 days, round-trip Guernsey Southampton
2020 Apr 20 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton
2020 May 02 7 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal & Guernsey Southampton
2020 May 09 2 days, round-trip Guernsey Southampton
2020 May 11 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton
2020 May 23 7 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal & Guernsey Southampton
2020 May 30 2 days, round-trip Guernsey Southampton
2020 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton
2020 Jun 08 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton
2020 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton
2020 Jun 27 2 days, round-trip Guernsey Southampton
2020 Jun 29 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton
2020 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal & Guernsey Southampton
2020 Jul 18 2 days, round-trip Guernsey Southampton
2020 Jul 20 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton
2020 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal & Guernsey Southampton
2020 Aug 08 2 days, round-trip France Southampton
2020 Aug 10 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton
2020 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal & Guernsey Southampton
2020 Aug 29 2 days, round-trip Guernsey Southampton
2020 Aug 31 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton
2020 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Spain, Portugal & Guernsey Southampton
2020 Sep 19 2 days, round-trip Guernsey Southampton
2020 Sep 21 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton
2020 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton
2020 Oct 10 2 days, round-trip Belgium Southampton
2020 Oct 12 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton
2020 Oct 24 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia Southampton