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Ventura

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The 3,092-passenger Ventura launched in 2008, helping usher in a more contemporary look for the traditional line. The ship may look very similar to Princess Cruises' Grand Class — with open spaces, family-friendly pools, and kids clubs — but it feels uniquely British. Most passengers hail from the U.K. and relish the ship's proper pub and afternoon tea service.

What We Love

Gastronomy: The Epicurean at the White Room is one of the most elegant restaurants at sea. While many dishes offer a nod to molecular cuisine, the menu can be understood without a degree in pretension.(Lobster tail comes with a "melting cheese lollipop" and desserts include a Black Forest "popping candy torte.)"

Metropolis Bar: This superb bar atop the stern of the ship has unimpeded panoramic views and an eye-catching video backdrop displaying cityscapes at cocktail hour. The after-dinner music is sexy and elegant, ticking all the right boxes.

Best Known For

Cuban Nights: Passengers flock to Havana, the ship's Cuban-themed nightclub, for all the sultry passion and exuberance of Latin America.

The Retreat: Luxury sun loungers, airy cabanas, al fresco spa treatments, personal waiter service, and panoramic views are all part of the adults-only experience at the exclusive Retreat.

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Who It's Best For

Spa Lovers: From a sauna and steam grottos to a tropical Shower and heated ceramic benches, there’s a fantastic range of treatments at the Oasis Spa.

Families: One of P&O's kid-friendly ships, Ventura has a great kids club for ages two to 17, a night nursery for kids under four, family-friendly pools, and optional early eating times.

Anglophiles: You'll feel like you're across the pond on this ship, which has afternoon tea, a proper pub featuring more than 70 beers from around the U.K., and a giant Union Jack on the hull.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

There's a Hidden Dining Venue: The Bay Tree Restaurant, located at the stern of F-Deck, is difficult to access from some parts of the ship, since it’s only served by the aft elevators and stairwells.

Gary Buchanan

Gary Buchanan is a UK-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has written multiple books about cruising.

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Ventura at a Glance
  • Line: P&O Cruises
  • Number of Passengers: 3092
  • Ship Size: Mega
  • Launch Date: 2008
  • Refurbish Date: 2013
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