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.
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.
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.
Oasis Spa Reception
Stop by Ventura's spa reception to book your next appointment or enquire about the array of different treatments available. Located just outside the spa and salon on Deck 16, our helpful staff will be on hand to answer any queries.
Like to keep on the move? Ventura's sports court is the place to go for a spot of five-a-side, tennis, cricket or basketball. Located atop the ship on Deck 17, children and teenagers can burn some excess energy, while adults might take part in activities such as Tai Chi and outdoor aerobics.
Enjoy fresh air and great views on the open decks. A great place to watch your ship glide gracefully into port or to watch the ocean rush by when at sea.
Tea and Coffee Around the Clock
You will find a kettle, cups, saucers and teaspoons as well as teabags, various coffee sachets, sugar and milk in your cabin. This will be stocked up when necessary by your cabin steward. Tea and coffee is also available free from the buffet area. Alternatively the teapigs range is available to buy in select coffee shops, bars and pubs and Costa coffee can be purchased from Tazzine.
If you're seeking rich coffee and conversation, Tazzine, is just the thing. Serving speciality Costa coffees, cookies, pastries and savoury snacks, Tazzine will make a great option for a mid-morning coffee, a light lunch or an afternoon snack. Located just off of Ventura's atrium on Deck 5, in the ship's hub, you will be able to linger here over a magazine or people-watch to your heart's content.
There are some things only a visit to the pub can satisfy. Catching up with friends for some quick wit and repartee. Watching unmissable sporting events on the big screen and celebrating - or commiserating - the outcome together. Assembling a team and putting your communal grey matter to the test in a good, old-fashioned pub quiz. So, welcome to the Exchange.
The Glass House
Writer/TV presenter extraordinaire and specialist wine expert, Olly Smith adds a flamboyant twist to our culinary tale. On board Ventura, his inimitable and irreverent style coupled with his skills are exhibited in the unique wine bar and restaurant, The Glass House. Here, Olly has developed the wine list and wine-tasting experiences, matching specially selected wines to each course.
This unique venue brings you all the excitement of the world's coolest destinations. An innovative 20 metre floor-to-ceiling video wall displays dramatic cityscapes, so you might gaze 'out' upon Paris, New York or Sydney as you sip your favourite aperitif. Grouped seating and soft lighting create the feel of a sophisticated jazz bar. And as you take in your surroundings, you can listen to the mellow sounds of a jazz combo or pianist.
The Red Bar
As vibrant as its name suggests, the Red Bar will offer cocktails and champagne in a sophisticated setting. Located on Deck 7, close to the 31 foot high atrium, this bar will provide a wonderful setting for a pre-dinner drink or after dinner socialising. The sound of tinkling ivories provides a special ambience, while the decor is warm, inviting and vivid.
A range of drinks packages can be purchased on board including wine, soft drink and coffee packages.
The Epicurean The Epicurean fuses classic dining elements with the best of modern British dining to create a sensuous menu, uniquely presented in a sophisticated and contemporary setting. The emphasis is on grand style and flawless service. The menu features dishes that are skilfully prepared table-side in a performance worthy of the West End, and, with time to thoroughly appreciate each course, you can relax and revel in The Epicurean's special atmosphere.
Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard As you'd expect from the imagination of master patissier Eric Lanlard, there are some delicious surprises waiting to be plucked from each tempting cake stand. Prepare yourself to be tempted by treats such as savoury porcini and pancetta eclairs, pistachio petit choux with red berries and marble swirls red velvet cake pops. Eric's unique twist on this classic British institution elevates the humble afternoon tea into something utterly decadent.
Sundaes Ice Cream Bar We know the importance of a quality ice cream on holiday, that's why Sundaes serves a selection of delicious Jude's ice creams. Choose from Very Vanilla, to Truly Chocolate, Strawberries & Cream, Salted Caramel, Ginger Spice, Gin & Tonic, and more. Sundaes also serves tempting milkshakes and your favourite Costa Coffee.
The Glass House Headed up by the irrepressible, award-winning wine expert and P&O Cruises Food Hero, Olly Smith, The Glass House is the perfect location for a light bite, lunchtime tipple, afternoon aperitif or a tastefully informal evening out. And if you're looking to match your chosen wine with your food you've picked the perfect place, as you'll find helpful pairing suggestions in the menu.
The Beach House Inspired by South American, Caribbean and Stateside cuisines, The Beach House menu offers hearty dishes and comfort-food favourites. Highlights include the steaks, ribs, grills and burgers, hanging kebabs and a range of sharing dishes. Save space for the decadent and delicious desserts too.
Sindhu Showcasing a menu which is a triumph of perfectly balanced spices, delicate flavours and wonderful aromas, Sindhu has become a firm favourite with many. Dishes such as pan-roasted beef tenderloin and spiced mash vie for your attention, alongside ginger and mint tiger prawns and the signature dish - a trio of fragrant curries. So why not take a seat amidst the opulent decor and experience a treat for your senses?
Tumblers Nursery (at night)
If you are here holidaying with a very young child, then Ventura's nursery will be a welcome addition to the ship. There will be a soft play area for child and parent time during the day. While for sleepy heads a night nursery with cots and beds will be open from 6pm to 2am. Parents can settle their child down to sleep and then enjoy the evening knowing they will be paged if there are any problems. The Night Nursery is free of charge and based on a first come first serve basis.
The Reef can be found on all family friendly ships and offers free, age-appropriate activities for children of all ages throughout the day and into the evening all staffed by a fully trained team of Reef Rangers. Fun activities range from themed day activities, sports challenges, games, quizzes and much more. Ventura has five areas for different ages Tumblers Nursery, The Den, Decibels, Jumping Jacks and Toybox.
Teenagers will be in their element on Ventura. They will find a Game Arena to challenge friends to a game of table football or the latest video games. While a funky, modern chill out area that's all their own comes complete with DJ's decks. With less emphasis on organised activities, teenagers will enjoy the opportunity to make new friends. Later events such as discos will create a party atmosphere.
- The White Room - Italian created by Marco Pierre White
- Frankie's - grill, pizzeria and ice-cream parlour
- The Glass House - by Olly Smith
- East - Oriental restaurant by Atul Kochhar
- Tazzine - cafe
- Metropolis with 20m plasma video wall
- Oasis Spa with endless pool and thermal suite
- 4 pools, 1 with skydome and 6 whirlpool spas
- Sports court & golf nets
- Havana show lounge
- The Red Bar
- The Tamarind Club for comedy and live music
- The Exchange (English pub)
- Fortunes casino
- Deck bars
Dining - Main Options (Included)
Saffron and Cinnamon Restaurants
Freedom Dining at Saffron and Cinnamon Restaurants
Like to escape the usual routine on holiday? Then you'll 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.
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.
Classic English Afternoon tea served on board daily.
Treat yourself to a classic English afternoon tea, served daily in the main restaurants. You can enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, delicious cakes and of course the all important scone topped with clotted cream and jam, all served alongside a pot of tea or coffee.
Casual Dining Options (Included)
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.
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.
Enjoy room service in your comfy cabin. You can order breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner straight to your cabin.
A range of drinks packages can be purchased on board including wine, soft drink and coffee packages.
Splashers childrens' club (2-4 year olds)
Splashers is our club exclusively for guests aged between 2 and 4. There are slides and toys, books and activities... your little ones will be spoilt for choice! Each ship will be slightly different, but you'll still find enthusiastic and qualified Reef Rangers in each club, with programmes and activities suited to the Splashers age group.
Surfers childrens' club (5-8 year olds)
For guests between the ages of 5 and 8, we have Surfers. Your little Surfer will be able to play computer games, watch movies, run around our soft play area, create a puppet show... there is so much to do! Each ship will be slightly different, but you'll still find enthusiastic and qualified Reef Rangers in each club, with programmes and activities suited to the Surfers age group.
Scubas Children's Club (9-12 year olds)
9 to 12 year-old guests can enjoy their own dedicated area on the ship with the club called Scubas. Scubas on board Britannia has a cool arcade feel. Guests visiting Scubas will be able to play air hockey, computer games, pool, or just chill out with their new friends, among the wide choice of things to do on offer. Each ship will be slightly different, but you'll still find enthusiastic and qualified Reef Rangers in each club, with programmes and activities suited to the Scubas age group.
H2O Children's Club (13-17 year olds)
H2O is where teenagers (13 to17 year olds) can hang out and make friends. On board Britannia, H2O has a cool, chilled-out vibe with a pool table, computer consoles and even a retro arcade! There are plenty of beanbags and sofas for guests at H2O to just to chill out and chat too. Each ship will be slightly different, but you'll still find enthusiastic and qualified Reef Rangers in each club, with programmes and activities suited to the H2O age group.
A superliner designed to provide inspirational holidays for all ages, life on board Ventura will be exciting, spontaneous and full of surprises. All around modern, interactive and tactile art will fascinate and engage you. As you turn each corner you will discover something new, vibrant and often quite unexpected.
During the day you can savour rich coffee and conversation in Tazzine, rejuvenate in the lavish spa, race cars around a giant Scalextric track, refresh yourself in one of the ship's inviting pools or bounce on bungee trampolines in Cirque Ventura up on the open deck. Off her stunning three deck atrium you will find a tempting selection of shops, bars and eateries.
After dark a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds and tempting aromas will enliven an already elevated mood. Flexible and innovative, evenings will offer a real sense of freedom. Dine in her unique fine dining venue, The White Room, created by Marco Pierre White. Watch one of the vibrant show in the Arena Theatre. Gaze at some of the world's most captivating cityscapes as they are revealed, in real-time, on Metropolis' 20 metre wide floor-to-ceiling video wall.
The Exchange Enjoy a real ale at The Exchange - amidst the charm and ambience of a traditional watering-hole. It's all to enjoy with a relaxed ambience, tempting pub snacks, live music, sports and entertainment. As well as serving a wonderful selection of British ciders, a breathtaking variety of traditional and craft beers, light to rich stout artisan ales, your favourite spirits and world wines by the glass (and bottle of course!).
Monte Carlo Club Casino Fancy chancing your hand with Lady Luck? In the Monte Carlo Club casino you'll find the latest in the world of slot machines. There is also Fancy chancing your hand with Lady Luck? In the Monte Carlo Club casino you'll find the latest in the world of slot machines. There is also Three Card Poker, Blackjack, Bingo, Video Horse Racing, Roulette, and Fun 21 which is a variation of Blackjack. If you're new to gaming, you can pop along during the day for a fun and complimentary lesson.
The Retreat Think luxurious spaces to relax in, salon treatments and the aroma of scented oils. You can enjoy a warming and cleansing visit to the sauna and steam rooms. Or opt for the very latest in facials, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy or massages, in one of the luxurious treatment rooms.
Art gallery Whitewall Galleries offer a wide range of artwork from leading contemporary artists as well as 20th Century masters. During your cruise there will be a range of informative seminars, exciting exhibitions and exclusive VIP events for you to attend. When you purchase any on board credit goes towards your painting and there are easy delivery options available. For a flavour of what we offer search for WhitewallatSea on social media.
Oasis Spa Think luxurious spaces to relax in, salon treatments and the aroma of scented oils. You can enjoy a warming and cleansing visit to the sauna and steam rooms. Or opt for the very latest in facials, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy or massages, in one of the luxurious treatment rooms.
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 eveything you need to be truly pampered.
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.
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:
- Access to The Retreat, a spa terrace exclusively for adults
- Designated lounger
- Luxury towels
- Luxury bathrobe and slippers
- VIP service from our Retreat stewards
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 is typically open from 8am - 8pm every day and use of the on-board gym equipment is complimentary: Equipment on board includes:
- Rowing machines
- Free weights
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head to Cirque deck for the sports court and golf nets. Sports you can enjoy playing on Ventura are:
- Table tennis
- Deck tennis
- Golf nets
- Country of registry: Bermuda
- Port of registry: Hamilton
- Entered service: April 2008
- Named by: Dame Helen Mirren
- Gross Tonnage: 115,000
- Length overall: 290m (951ft)
- Breadth: 36m (118ft)
- Draught: 8.3m (27ft)
- Service speed: 22 knots
- Crew: 1,226
- Regular passenger capacity: 3,078
- Maximum passenger capacity: 3,574
- Passenger decks: 15
- Passenger cabins: 1,539
Please note: Stateroom images and features are samples only. Actual furniture, fixtures, colors, configurations and window/porthole views may vary.
Why choose us?
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The decision lies in the choice
So, what floats your boat? Youve the chance to explore a string of different destinations in one holiday. On board, you can savour delicious meals, relax and recharge and choose from a whole host of daytime activities. While evenings are deliciously spontaneous. Take your seat for a theatre show, a live band or some comedy, or seek out a cosy corner in a bar. It's up to you. From glittering Black Tie nights to Gala Dinners, its all on offer. Join us to discover for yourself what makes us Britain's favourite cruise line.
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