|Ship Size:||Large Resort Ship|
|Entered Service:||April 2008|
|Refurbished:||April 2013 Scheduled April 2018|
|Aimed at:||Families and couples|
|Beam (width):||36m (118ft)|
|Passengers:||3,078 double occupancy (3,574 maximum occupancy)|
Ventura has plenty to keep you entertained day and night, but ultimately you can choose to do as little or as much as you like. There is ample space around the four swimming pools for sun-worshippers to relax, and the sports courts are great for those who like to stay a little more active, with basketball, tennis and football on offer. Many of the bars and lounges will host quizzes or talks during the day and there are often a range of classic and modern movies showing in the Tamarind Club. In the evening, the entertainment changes, with music, dancing and shows available across the ship. Head up to the Metropolis Bar to admire the changing city skyline on the 20m plasma screen as you listen to live music, dance the night away in the Havana nightclub, or join in with pub quizzes and karaoke competitions in The Exchange Pub. If you like a good show then a visit to the Arena Theatre is a must as you can watch West-End style productions, musicals and cabaret acts.
The Oasis Spa on board Ventura has an extensive range of facilities and treatments so you are bound to leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. There are large treatment rooms all with ocean views where you can enjoy a variety of traditional and modern treatments, including massages, acupuncture and facials. In the thermal suite you'll find steam rooms and saunas, plus whirlpools and an endless pool outside. A new addition to The Oasis Spa coming in Spring 2013 will be The Retreat; an outdoor terrace that will be exclusively just for adults, providing a tranquil space to relax in the sun or enjoy a spa treatment in one of the private cabanas. Adjacent to the spa is the gym, which has all the latest fitness equipment including spinning bikes, cross-trainers and treadmills, as well as weights machines and a free weights area. The gym also has a separate exercise area for fitness classes such as yoga, pilates and aerobics. Click here to see a selection of available beauty treatments.
Did you know that Ventura is the sister ship to Azura and is 1.4m longer, but hold 22 fewer guests. Ventura's length is the same as 3 football pitches or the height of the Eiffel Tower.
Kids of all ages will be in their element on board Ventura, and probably won't want to ever leave! The Reef is the dedicated children's area which is split in to various age groups aged 2 to 17, and each offer a wide variety of activities and facilities suited to that age group. Younger children can enjoy playing in the ball pool and on the indoor climbing frame, as well as fun games, arts and crafts, competitions and sports games. Directly outside the main club there is also an outdoor play area and a children's splash pool. Older children and teens have their own separate areas where they can watch the latest movies, play the latest games consoles and play sports, and in the evening they can enjoy karaoke contests and parties. The clubs are usually open from 9am until 10.30pm, with some extending until 2am for older children and teens during the school holidays. Ventura was the first ship in the fleet to introduce the Night Nursery for under 5's, and Slumber Time for 5-8 year olds is available during peak times.
12 Restaurant: - International fine dining - Buffet - Pool-side grill - Pizzeria - Oriental - Mediterranean - Coffee shop - Spanish tapas
12 bars including - The Metropolis bar - The Reds Bar - The Exchange Pub Arena Theatre Havana Show Lounge Fortunes Casino Nightclub
Oasis Spa Thermal Suite Beauty Salon The Retreat 6 Whirlpools 4 Swimming pools, 1 with skydome
Gym Fitness classes Sports courts Deck games Golf nets
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Ventura has an incredible choice of restaurants to choose from, from buffet style to formal fixed seating, so there's something for everyone. Epicurean is perfect for a special occasion or celebration, and the casual dining in the Beach House buffet restaurant is great for families.
The Saffron Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner with waiter service. Breakfast is normally available between 7.30am and 9am and lunch is available between 12.15pm and 1.45pm, both with open seating.
Afternoon tea is served on a first-come, first-served basis between 4pm and 4.45pm, and dinner is open between 6pm and 9.30pm so you can simply turn up and ask to be seated at a time that suits you. Samples of the main dining menus can be found here.
The Bay Tree Restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner with waiter service. The restaurant opens for breakfast between 7.30am and 9am, with open seating. Dinner is served at two fixed times of 6.30pm for first sitting and 8.30pm for second sitting, and you will have the same table for the duration of the cruise. Samples of the main dining menus can be found here.
The Cinnamon Restaurant offers Freedom Dining with waiter service for dinner only. The restaurant is open between 6pm and 10pm so you can simply turn up and ask to be seated at a time that suits you. If there are no tables available you will given a pager that will tell you when your table is ready, and you can dine at a different table with different people each night if you want to. Samples of the main dining menus can be found here.
The Epicurean was created with the help of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White and features his unique take on some popular Mediterranean dishes, including Grilled Beef Fillet Medallions, Roast Rack of Lamb, Grilled King Prawns and Mediterranean Lasagne.
It's open for dinner between 6pm and 10pm and carries a cover charge of approx £25 per person or £30 per person for min cruises. You can book a table in advance via the P&O Cruise Personaliser, or once you arrive onboard. If you are staying in a Suite you will also be able to enjoy breakfast in Epicurean exclusively between 7.30am and 9am. An example of the menu can be found here
Sindhu is an Asian Fusion restaurant that features various dishes with Chinese, Japanese and Thai influences, all created with the aid of celebrity chef Atul Kochhar. The interior gives it a distinctive Oriental feel and the intimate atmosphere makes it a great place to celebrate a special occasion. The menu has a wide choice of delicious food on offer, including Tandoori Chicken, Red Snapper, Loin of Lamb and Thai Spiced Chicken. The restaurant is open for dinner between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. The cover charge varies depending on the duration of your cruise; cruise length 8 days £15 per person, 3-7 days £20 per person and 1-2 days cruises £25 per person. As it's a speciality restaurant, you will need to make a reservation in advance via the P&O Cruise Personaliser, or once you arrive onboard. You can click here to see an example menu.
The Glass House features a huge variety of wine from all across the world and has a fantastic food menu to compliment each type of wine. Both menus have been created with the help of wine expert Olly Smith and you can expect to enjoy steaks, poultry and seafood plus much more. The restaurant is open from 11am until 10.35pm for lunch and dinner and has a basic cover charge of between £3.50 - £7.50 for individual dishes or approx. £25 per person for a taster menu. You will need to make a reservation in advance to dine here as it is a speciality restaurant.
Open between 8am and 9.30pm, the Beach House is a casual restaurant where you can enjoy a great choice of hot and cold food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As its self-service you can eat as little or as much as you like, with many meals made to your specific preferences, and there are no set table plans or fixed dining times. In the evening one side of the restaurant becomes an American diner with waiter service for more formal dining, whilst the other side remains self-service buffet with a variety of different themes each night such as Indian, Chinese and Italian. A cover charge applies for this venue of approximately £5 per person, some items are individually charged between £1.5 -£5.95 however complimentary items are also available.You can click here to see an example menu.
The Waterside is situated right opposite The Beach House and it is also a casual-style buffet restaurant. It is open virtually all day from 6.30am until 6am and you'll find breakfast, lunch and dinner available, as well as afternoon tea, late night snacks and an early children's tea at 5pm which has lots of children's favourites such as sausages, pasta, fish fingers and chicken nuggets. The restaurant also has self-service drinks machines so you can help yourself to as much tea, coffee, water and juice as you like.
Inspired by Frankie Dettori and his good friend Marco Pierre White, this casual eatery is open from 11am throughout the afternoon until 6pm, offering a wide selection of freshly-made pizza with a choice of popular toppings such as Hawaiian, New Yorker and Meat Feast. Opposite the pizzeria is the Grill which serves hamburgers, chicken burgers, hot sandwiches and fish with chips and salad.
Tazzine is a great casual coffee shop located in the Atrium and it's open from 8am until midnight. The cafe serves a range of speciality coffee as well as speciality tea, hot chocolate drinks and soft drinks. A selection of pastries, cakes and other savoury snacks created by Marco Pierre White are also available.
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