P&O UK Cruises - Ventura
Cruise line: P&O Cruises
Star rating: Not yet rated by Berlitz
Max passenger capacity: 3574
Total crew: 1226
Entered service: April 2008
Passenger decks: 15
Onboard currency: Sterling
Facilities: Gym with personal training; Oasis spa with [comfort zone] Italian products; three outdoor pools (one with retractable roof); spa pool; nine dining outlets; eight additional bars; nightclub; Fortunes casino; Chapter One library; four children's clubs and baby play area; internet cafe; sports deck; circus deck; family cabins; disabled cabins in various categories; hospital.
Launched into service in 2008 by PnO UK Cruises, Ventura has a tonnage of 115, 000 GRT and can accommodate 3574 passengers, who are well catered to by the ship’s trained and friendly 1226-strong crew members, ever attentive to all conceivable needs of guests on board.
The Ventura has a hull much like that of the Grand-class ships of the Princess; it boasts a flat stern and has 883 balconies for the 1540 cabins on it, a feature that gives the vessel a lofty, slab-sided look.
PnO UK Cruises Ventura ship has onboard programs, facilities and service all geared towards the younger lot of cruise lovers. Contemporary chic is evident in interiors (bright and modern), stylish cutlery (glassware, cabin fixtures and ceramics have a similar look too) and Nick Munro, famous British designer’s signature touch on many of these elements.
There is a fabulous gym with friendly personal trainers or the sports deck to choose from when exercise and fitness are a priority for guests
With mood changes, comfort zone at Oasis spa, which thoughtfully provides Italian products, 3 outdoor pools, Fortunes casino, four clubs exclusively for kids with a play area reserved for babies, the Chapter One library and circus deck take care of different leisure needs of Ventura voyagers.
There are 9 eateries on the ship, of which one – Bay Tree – offers conventional dining, though reservations are appreciated in two main restaurants. Ventura dining experiences are varied (Frankie’s Bar and Grill is great for family meals) and global (Asian fusion food, Ramblas tapas bar), Italian and Mediterranean fare served at The White Room by youngest British chef to earn 3 Michelin stars: Marco Pierre, who prepares all the menus here.
Theatre shows with martial arts, aerial ballet and pyrotechnics with special video effects are huge hits on the ship with adults, while Plunder, a themed pirate show wows kids on board with a dazzling display of fireworks and dance-acrobatic feats.