The newly refurbished Ventura is known for its variety of activities and entertainment. Whether you’re a culture vulture looking for thespian exploits at the gorgeous two-deck theatre, a foodie excited to feast at any of the twelve dining spots on board, or a parent in search of an adventure for the kids, there’s always something going on aboard Ventura.
One of the larger ships in the P&O fleet, Ventura is home to a host of unique features, including a beautifully designed three-deck atrium at its centre. Equipped with an impressive art collection, a library, a variety of haute cuisine dining spots and a tranquil spa in which to find your balance and unwind, Ventura boasts an array of delights for adults as well as children.
From inside cabins to palatial suites, you’ll find accommodation for every budget and taste.
Whatever cabin you choose, it will be air-conditioned and spacious, suited to helping you unwind at sea. Many of these rooms open out onto balconies that offer a panoramic ocean view. All accommodation features Egyptian cotton sheets, tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerator, hairdryer, safe for your valuables, in-cabin television and capacious en-suite bathrooms with toiletries pack. You will also be looked after for the duration of your trip by your own personal and enthusiastic cabin steward.
Ventura offers a large variety of dining options. Whether it’s Freedom dining at the Saffron, Cinnamon or Bay Tree, a casual meal at the Waterside or snacks by the pool, you’ll be catered to day and night. You can also order room service for any meal, straight to your cabin.
If you’re in the mood for indulgence, visit the Select Dining venues of Sindhu, the first restaurant at sea from Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar; The Epicurean, where a range of British classics has been curated by top chefs (also does a lovely high tea); the Beach House, which opens onto the terrace and hosts a menu of delights including steak and sea fare; and The Glass House, a wine bar and restaurant created alongside award-winning wine expert Olly Smith.
Tea and coffee are available around the clock, plus you can grab a coffee and a patisserie at Tazzine, soak up some jazz and a breathtaking projected cityscape at the Metropolis Bar, or enjoy a lovely glass of bubbly in the vibrant Red Bar.
Be transported by the dazzling shows and subversive cabaret at the lavish two-deck Arena Theatre. Have a boogie to live music at the exotic and opulent Tamarind Club or show off your salsa moves over fresh mojitos at the Cuban-themed Havana nightclub. If you’re feeling lucky, head on over to the Fortunes Casino for a game of roulette or blackjack.
During the day, the Ventura boasts a high-quality programme of enrichment lectures and includes a full library for guests yearning for a good read. Buy or browse at the inspiring art gallery in the Atrium – the Ventura has an extensive collection of both famous artists and hand-picked local talent – or let loose and go shopping on board for jewellery, clothes, souvenirs and anything else you might need on holiday. At each port you’ll find organised excursions or, if you’d rather do your own thing and go exploring, the friendly staff are on hand with detailed advice tailored to what you’re interested in.
De-stress in the on-board Oasis spa with a sensual aromatherapy session or a full body massage, be utterly pampered in the hair and beauty salon, or sweat it out in the sauna or steam room. And for an extra indulgence, take in the panoramic ocean view at The Retreat, an alfresco spa terrace where you can kick back in a shady cabana or enjoy a cocktail courtesy of the personal waiter service.
With group activities including yoga, fitness classes and dance sessions, you can get to know fellow passengers as you work out – but don’t worry, there’s also a gym for those who prefer to go it solo.
For those who really want to earn their spa treatment, head over to cirque deck for a game of short tennis, football or golf first.
With age-specific clubs, a night nursery, a ton of great activities and enthusiastic Reef Rangers on hand, the free on-board programme for ages 2-18, The Reef, is unmissable. Your children will be entertained throughout the day making new friends, having adventures and discovering what’s around them.
With five family-friendly pools and a splash pool for the little ones, you won’t be short of places to enjoy the water together. You can have plenty of family time, and a touch of grown-up rejuvenating time too, as your holiday is totally tailored to you.