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Ventura

Ventura - family-friendly, larger ship

There's always something happening on Ventura, enjoy delicious fine dining, a tranquil spa, many quiet spaces to unwind, great sports facilities and four pools. Evenings are particularly memorable, with the lavish two-deck theatre where you'll witness elaborate shows and stand-up comedy.

Ventura venues at a glance

Perfect for families

Ventura offers freedom for families with age-specific kids' clubs, night nursery for under 4s and dedicated family restaurants and early eating times, creating the perfect balance for families. So you can enjoy quality time together as well as time separately.

What to expect

Great for adults

With delicious fine dining, wine bars and plenty of places to relax and unwind you're in for a treat on Ventura. There's also a tranquil spa, sports facilities, a well-equipped gym and four pools. In the evening there's plenty of places to be entertained including a show lounge, three-deck atrium with dance floor and show lounge.

What to expect


Ventura Facts
  • Country of registry: Bermuda
  • Port of registry: Hamilton
  • Entered service: April 2008
  • Named by: Dame Helen Mirren
  • Gross Tonnage: 116,017
  • Length overall: 290m (951ft)
  • Breadth: 36m (118ft)
  • Draught: 8.3m (27ft)
  • Service speed: 22 knots
  • Crew: 1,205
  • Regular passenger capacity: 3,078
  • Maximum passenger capacity: 3,574
  • Passenger decks: 15
  • Passenger cabins: 1,539
Health & Spa

Spa, beauty and fitness at sea

Relax and unwind in the on-board spa, let us pamper you in the salon and rejuvenate yourself with our on-board gym and fitness classes.

On board you will find luxurious spa facilities including saunas, steam rooms and even hair and beauty salons. There's everything you need to be truly pampered.

Oasis spa

Step into the Oasis Spa and choose from the most exclusive spa therapies, simple nail fixes, rejuvenating facials and massages and exquisite hair styling.

Some of Ventura's spa features:

Hair and nail salon - Let one of our styling experts recommend something new or enjoy an indulgent manicure and pedicure. The salon is a great social space whether you come alone or with a friend and enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst being pampered ready for the night ahead.

Spa treatment rooms - Book yourself into one of the Oasis Spa treatment rooms on Sun deck for some well earned relaxation. Choose from a fantastic range of treatments such as facials, massage, body and wellness therapies such as acupuncture.

Relaxation lounge - before your treatments, enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Oasis Spa relaxation lounge, put your feet up and let relaxation begin.

The Thermal Suite - Influenced by an ancient healing practice, the Thermal Suite offers therapeutic mild sauna and steam grottos to gently cleanse and purify the body. Experience the Tropical Shower then end your journey relaxing on heated ceramic benches.

The Retreat

Spa treatments with a sea breeze. The Retreat is an alfresco spa terrace. By day, sit back and relax on one of the inviting shaded cabanas or indulge in a treatment. By night, enjoy its soft, twinkling lights and a glass of bubbly beneath the stars.

Here you'll find luxury sun loungers, airy cabanas for alfresco spa treatments, personal waiter service and of course, gorgeous panoramic views. What's more, because it's a paid-for, child-free service, you're guaranteed an exclusive experience.

A pass for the retreat includes:

Sports

Head to cirque deck for some sporting action.

From football or tennis in the sports court to golf in the nets, enjoy a variety of sporting activities on board Ventura.

Gym and Fitness

It's easy to keep active on Ventura. Work out in the gym, take a fitness class, get active in the sports court or take a nice walk on deck.

We offer a range of fitness classes such as indoor cycling, pilates, yoga, body sculpt boot camp and push 'n' lift which are assisted by a fitness instructor.

The gym

The gym is typically open from 8am - 8pm every day and use of the on-board gym equipment is complimentary: Equipment on board includes:


Entertainment

Enjoy a great variety of entertainment

When it comes to entertainment and things to do we've something for everyone on Ventura.

See below some examples of the kind of entertainment you'll find included in the price of your holiday.

Show-stopping entertainment

Arena theatre

Ventura's two-tier theatre is located forward on Deck 7.

West End-style shows and cabaret light up her technologically advanced stage, but you can also enjoy talks and watch films on the big screen in this venue.

Tamarind club

The rich fabrics and colours of the Indian subcontinent provide the inspiration for Ventura's Tamarind Club on Deck 7.

Imperial and exotic touches will combine to create an element of escapism and opulence. A wonderful setting for comedy and live music, this venue will provide a memorable night. Listening to the comedians centre stage, you can soak up the jovial atmosphere and revel in great company and entertainment.
During the day in this venue you can enjoy enrichment lectures and port lectures.

Havana

Visit Havana, Ventura's Cuban themed nightclub, for all the passion and exuberance of Latin America.

This venue will be found on Deck 7 aft. This will be the place to party into the night. With a stage and dance floor you might dance to a live band or DJ, take part in some karaoke, or enjoy some late night cabaret. This vibrant venue will get livelier as the night progresses. Order a mojito, let your hair down and get your feet moving to those salsa rhythms.

Fortunes casino

Love the sense of excitement as the roulette wheel spins? If so, pay Fortunes Casino a visit.

The flashing lights of the slot machines and the suspense of blackjack beckons, as does a great night out.
The Exchange bar has been integrated into the area to create a lively entertainment venue that's perfect whether you simply want to soak up the atmosphere over a drink or enjoy the casino.

Drinks packages

A range of drinks packages can be purchased on board including wine, soft drink and coffee packages.


Dining

Great memories are on the menu on board Ventura

Enjoy three main restaurants offering a choice of Club Dining - the same table at the same time each evening - or Freedom Dining with no fixed seating or dining times.

There's also the opportunity to visit the Select Dining venues of Sindhu, the first restaurant at sea from master of spices Atul Kochhar; The Epicurean, where a sense of occasion is always on the menu; and The Glass House, a wine bar and restaurant created in partnership with award-winning wine guru Olly Smith.

Main dining options:

Saffron

Freedom Dining at Saffron Restaurant

Like to escape the usual routine on holiday? Then youíll love the flexibility of Freedom Dining. Opt for an early dinner one night and a late supper the next; you can shape each day as you please.

With Freedom Dining you'll still enjoy the special ambience and sociable atmosphere of a main dining room, with a five-course menu (six-course on Gala Nights). The difference from Club Dining is that this option allows you the flexibility to turn up at selected restaurants anytime you choose between 6pm and 9.30pm, with whoever you like, and every effort will be made to accommodate you. Freedom Dining is included in your fare. Book Select Price to specifically select your dining option.

Cinnamon

Freedom Dining at Cinnamon Restaurant

Like to escape the usual routine on holiday? Then youíll love the flexibility of Freedom Dining. Opt for an early dinner one night and a late supper the next; you can shape each day as you please.

With Freedom Dining you'll still enjoy the special ambience and sociable atmosphere of a main dining room, with a five-course menu (six-course on Gala Nights). The difference from Club Dining is that this option allows you the flexibility to turn up at selected restaurants anytime you choose between 6pm and 9.30pm, with whom you like, and every effort will be made to accommodate you. Freedom Dining is included in your fare. Book Select Price to specifically select your dining option.

Bay Tree

Club Dining in the Bay Tree Restaurant

Choose a particular Club Dining seating and you'll dine at the same time and table each night and enjoy the same company. It's the way many a friendship has been made on board.

With Club Dining you'll enjoy the special ambience and sociable atmosphere of the main dining room, and a five-course menu (six-course on Gala Nights). This style of dining is a wonderful way to share your holiday experiences and meet new friends.

By choosing Club Dining you're opting for the cruising tradition of set sitting times. The same table will be reserved for you and your table companions every night for first or second sitting, at 6.30pm or 8.30pm. You can request your preferred sitting when you book a Select Price and we'll inform you of your table number and sitting with a card in your cabin when we welcome you on board.

Casual dining options on Ventura

Waterside

At P&O Cruises, we believe great holidays should be all about choice and freedom.

No matter what time of day it is, if you fancy a good meal you'll always get one on board Ventura. Our main self-service restaurant offers high quality dining throughout the day in a relaxed, informal environment. So if you've just returned to the ship after a shore excursion and have worked up a late afternoon appetite you can still enjoy a great meal.

Dine around the clock - Late night snacks are available from buffet restaurants between 10pm and 6am. The menu for these late night buffet options changes each day however, examples may include: self-service sandwich bar, ready-made paninis, homemade cakes, biscuits and pastries.

This dining option is included in the price of your holiday.

Poolside snacks

Peckish by the pool?

All that swimming and lounging can be hungry work, but there's plenty of complimentary poolside snacks to choose from...

Poolside grill - Enjoy self-service burgers, hot dogs, chicken and chips (this dining option is included in the price of your holiday).

Poolside pizzeria - serving freshly-made pizzas (this dining option is included in the price of your holiday).

Poolside ice cream - Jude's ice cream is available to purchase on board, whenever the urge strikes... from Very Vanilla, to Truly Choc, Strawberry Tease, Salted Caramel, Ginger Spice, Gin & Tonic, and more. They come in tempting tubs of pure joy, or scoops of sheer perfection.

Room service

Enjoy room service in your comfy cabin. You can order breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner straight to your cabin.

Select dining options

Eric Lanlard's afternoon tea at The Epicurian

Eric Lanlard's afternoon tea at The Epicurian...

For the ultimate indulgence, The Epicurean's sensational afternoon tea simply has to be experienced. And as you'd expect from the imagination of Master Patissier Eric Lanlard, there are some delicious surprises waiting to plucked from each tempting cake stand. Prepare yourself for the likes of edible Earl Grey perfumes, savoury gruyere cheese eclairs with brie, rocket and red onion marmalade, and exotic pop cones topped with orange blossom Persian candy floss. Ericís unique twist on this classic British institution elevates the humble afternoon tea into something utterly decadent!

The Epicurean

A sense of occasion is permanently on the menu at The Epicurean.

Here you will find a selection of much loved classic dishes. It's all about taking the finest British ingredients - fresh, seasonal and all thoughtfully sourced by our team of Executive Chefs - and presenting them with great skill to achieve maximum flavour. Expect the finest cuts of organically-reared meat, and the best seafood and fish British shores have to offer.

Sindhu

Atul's restaurant, Sindhu, will showcase an elegant fusion of Indian and British cuisine featuring sublime flavours.

Enjoy a menu inspired by Atul Kochhar. His Soft Shell Crab and Squid Salad is sure to be a favourite. Guests will also be able to order from a lighter menu for a more informal bite to eat, or sample one of Atul's exotic cocktails from the equally chic bar.

The Glass House

If you enjoy a glass of wine with your meal you'll want to visit The Glass House.

On the venue's signature menu every course comes with the option of a different glass of wine, expertly matched by our expert, Olly Smith. With a handsomely stocked wine cellar and mouth-watering daytime and evening menus, The Glass House is a relaxed, informal haven of good food and fine wine. What's more, selected bottles is available by the glass, so there's no need to order the whole


Activites

Activities on board Ventura

There are plenty of daily activities on board to keep you busy with bars, pools, sports venues and shops, or you can relax by the pool or curl up with a good book on deck or in the library.

Make the most of those sea days

Sea day activities

With a range of activities taking place throughout the day, you'll struggle to fit everything in. Take a look below for some examples of activities you could enjoy on board.

Dance classes - Take place on all cruises with 7 or more days at sea which are hosted by coupled dance instructors. A variety of complimentary dance lessons are available with the main type of dance offered being ballroom and Latin. It may be possible to arrange 1 to 1 tuition; any charges generated from this would be at the instructor's discretion. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience.

Guest speakers - will be on board cruises of 7 nights or more (if over 20 night duration - 2 speakers share the cruise)

Deck quoits - however this is weather dependent.

Shuffleboard - however this is weather dependent.

Watercolour art - classes take place on all cruises with 6 or more days at sea. Art materials can be purchased on board or you may bring your own art materials to participate in the classes.

The library

Enjoy Ventura's complimentary library with a good selection of books, jigsaws, magazines, CDs and DVDs available to borrow.

Just check your daily Horizon newspaper for the library opening times.
Also in the library you will find the stations where you can use the internet; these are open 24 hours a day. Assistance is available at various times throughout the day and evening.

Art gallery

Ventura houses an impressive art collection.

Whitewall Galleries on board Ventura offers unparalleled inspiration in the Atrium at the heart of the ship. Whether you are buying your first limited edition, expanding an existing collection of original paintings or simply browsing our latest selection of exclusive artwork the gallery offers the perfect environment in which to make your choice. Representing a phenomenal portfolio of fine artists, Whitewall showcases international names and award winners such as Jack Vettriano, Sherree Valentine Daines, Doug Hyde and Philip Gray, to the most exceptional new talents from the international contemporary scene. The gallery is continually sourcing new artists and artwork from around the world to ensure that the gallery walls on board remain fresh, cutting edge and exciting, and enhance your on-board experience.

Our new Interactive Gallery will take you on an artistic journey and let you browse through our eclectic portfolio, view our new releases, and register to receive artist news, catalogues and exclusive exhibition invitations held across the UK. You can even request that a member of the team contacts you while you are on board so that you can meet up to discuss how contemporary art can impact your life and your home. Enjoy our Interactive Gallery as you discover the virtual wonders of Whitewall Galleries, 24 hours a day.

Shopping

What will catch your eye? A designer scent, a new handbag or dress, or perhaps some new jewellery for formal night?

Shops you can enjoy on board Ventura

Eternity - a jewellery store offering designer high end jewellery including our range of Pandora Jewellery and watches.

Essence - perfumes, fine fragrances and designer scents.

Emporium - home to duty free liquor and tobacco.

Holiday Essential Store - has everything you may need whilst on holiday from sweets and snacks to souvenirs and toiletries and other holiday essentials such as batteries and sun lotion.

The Wardrobe - offers a wide selection of every day clothing and well known fashion brands for both men and women.

Regalia - offering souvenirs, clothing, beach wear, toys and games.

Relax by the pool

Enjoy a leisurely dip in the pool or simply relax on deck and soak up the sun on one of our sun loungers.

Oasis pool - endless pool exclusively for adults that has a current which you can swim against. There is no need to book as the pool can be accessed from the Sun deck - 1 metre to 1.8 metres depth. 9.5 metres long x 6 metres wide. Located on Sun Deck. Has eight steps into the water.

Laguna pool - outdoor pool, 1.6 metres to 2.2 metres depth. 11 metres long x 4.6 metres wide. Located on Lido Deck. Has one ladder with seven steps.

Beechcomber pool - Indoor/outdoor pool with retractable roof. 1.6 metres to 2.2 metres depth. 10.5 metres long x 4.6 metres wide. Located on Lido Deck. Has one ladder with seven steps.

Terrace pool - outdoor pool, 1.7 metres deep. Located on Riviera Deck. Has seven steps into the water.

Plunge pool - children's pool, 1.1 metres deep. Located on Sun Deck. Has one ladder with four steps.

Splash pool - children's pool, 0.25 metres deep. Located on Sun Deck. Has one ladder with one step.

Whirlpool spas - enjoy six whirlpool spas in total, two located by each of Oasis pool, Beachcombe pool and Laguna pool.

Sports

Head to Cirque deck for the sports court and golf nets.

Sports you can enjoy playing on Ventura are;

Family and kids' clubs

Kids' clubs

Rock up to The Reef! With age-specific clubs, a night nursery, a boatload of activities and enthusiastic Reef Rangers on hand, The Reef is the place to be for under 18s.

Our exciting free on-board programme for 2-17 year olds is called The Reef. Split into four age groups, there are a whole host of exciting activities organised daily by our enthusiastic and well-qualified Reef Rangers, to keep children of all ages entertained safely throughout the day and evening, and to ensure that they have the chance to make friends of their own age. We really have thought of everything, so why not let us take the stress out of family holidays.

Age groups are:

Splashers 2-4 year olds - Qualified youth staff provide a full programme of age-specific activities.

Surfers 5-8 year olds - Qualified Reef Rangers provide activities, adventure, games and sport coaching sessions.

Scubas 9-12 year olds - Children of this age can either join in the organised games with the specialist Reef Rangers or simply hang out with friends in the chill out areas.


H20 13-17 year olds - Children have their own room to chill out, watch movies, play games or participate in coaching sessions, talent shows and parties.

Family pools

Get ready for some family fun on deck

Ventura family-friendly pools are:

Laguna pool - outdoor pool, 1.6 metres to 2.2 metres depth. 11 metres long x 4.6 metres wide. Located on Lido Deck. Has 1 ladder with 7 steps.

Beechcomber pool - Indoor/outdoor pool with retractable roof. 1.6 metres to 2.2 metres depth. 10.5 metres long x 4.6 metres wide. Located on Lido Deck. Has one ladder with seven steps.

Family pools

Get ready for some family fun on deck

Ventura family-friendly pools are:

Laguna pool - outdoor pool, 1.6 metres to 2.2 metres depth. 11 metres long x 4.6 metres wide. Located on Lido Deck. Has 1 ladder with 7 steps.

Beechcomber pool - Indoor/outdoor pool with retractable roof. 1.6 metres to 2.2 metres depth. 10.5 metres long x 4.6 metres wide. Located on Lido Deck. Has one ladder with seven steps.

Terrace pool - outdoor pool, 1.7 metres deep. Located on Riviera Deck. Has seven steps into the water.

Plunge pool - children's pool, 1.1 metres deep. Located on Sun Deck. Has one ladder with four steps.

Splash pool - children's pool, 0.25 metres deep. Located on Sun Deck. Has one ladder with one step.

Sun loungers - there are a number of sun loungers on deck if you want to sit back and relax while the kids enjoy the pool.


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