P&O Cruises' Ventura is a large, modern ship designed with families in mind. This superliner sets sail with a maximum of 3,078 guests on board and boasts the luxurious Oasis Spa, adult-only The Retreat, four swimming pools, twelve restaurants and cafes, and eleven lounges and bars; as well as luxury cabins and a lively entertainment scene. By day, relax with a cocktail on a sun lounger or join in with a dance class, while the children have fun with their friends in The Reef. In the evening, dine on traditional and creative cuisine before taking your seat for West End-style shows, comedy acts, and cabarets. The ship docks most mornings at a new port of call where you can explore solo or see the local sights on an organised excursion.
Ventura's three main dining rooms — Cinnamon, Saffron and Bay Tree Restaurants — offer the choice of Club Dining or Freedom Dining with a five-course menu of tasty dishes at dinner. You can also enjoy a traditional afternoon tea featuring finger sandwiches, cakes, and scones with clotted cream and jam. Waterside is Ventura's informal, self-service restaurant offering a range of foods from around-the-world, as well as a late-night buffet of light bites and sweet treats. Select Dining options incur a modest cover charge and include: The Epicurean, which serves classic British favourites and hosts a daily indulgent afternoon tea service inspired by Master Patissier Eric Lanlard. Sindhu fuses Indian and British flavours and The Glass House offers tasty tapas-style platters. Try The Beach House for Cuban pulled pork, American baby-back ribs, and also fillet of beef self-cooked on Lava Rocks.
On Ventura, you have plenty of places to enjoy a drink. Tazzine is ideal for mid-morning Costa coffee, a light lunch, or afternoon snack. Beachcomber and Laguna Bars keep you refreshed with cold drinks by the water’s edge. The Red Bar offers cocktails, champagne, and relaxing piano music. The Exchange is the ship's urban bar featuring draught beer, quizzes and live bands. The chic Metropolis venue presents a floor-to-ceiling video wall and live jazz music. Tamarind Club and Havana Bar serve a range of cocktails and spirits alongside dancing and live bands until late.
During the day, there are arts and sports activities to keep adults entertained, as well as plenty of games hosted by the various kids' clubs. In the evening, Fortunes Casino is the spot for risking a few pounds on the slot machines or placing your bet on your lucky number at the roulette wheel. The two-deck theatre stages spectacular performances including cabarets, West End-style shows, and film screenings, while Tamarind Club offers the perfect venue for dancing. Cuban-themed Havana Bar features a stage, dance floor, karaoke, DJ sessions, live bands, and salsa music until late. Throughout the ship, you can also find comedy acts, live piano music, tribute bands, dance classes, and pub quizzes.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and embark on board Ventura for your 12 night cruise.
Day 5: Madeira, Portugal
Today the ship drops anchor at the Portuguese island of Madeira. Nicknamed the 'floating garden' due to its lush flora and fauna, there is no place that typifies this more than Funchal's Botanical Gardens. Ride in the cable car up to Monte, before returning back down to the city in a traditional toboggan? Head to the east of the island to admire the views from Pico de Arieiro, or venture west to visit the picturesque village of Câmara del Lobos and the Cabo Girão Skywalk. Take a ferry to the neighbouring island of Porto Santo, a beach-lovers paradise, or take a baptism dive with sharks and tropical fish at Aquario da Madeira. For the ultimate treat, why not enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the famous Belmond Reid's Palace Hotel in Funchal?
Day 6: La Palma, Spain
Today the ship drops anchor on the Canary Island of La Palma. This beautiful island is a UNESCO biosphere reserve thanks to its rugged, forested landscape dotted with volcanoes like Cumbre Vieja and Teneguia. Stroll around the narrow cobbled streets of wooden-balconied houses and mansions in the island's capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma. Uncover local history and culture at Museo Naval, Museo de la Seda, Museo Casa Roja, and Museo Insular. Explore the craft shops and see artisans at work at the town of Villa de Mazo. Pay a visit to Roque de los Muchachos observatories to see the world's largest telescope - Gran Telescopio Canarias - and enjoy close up views of the amazing night sky. Venture 2km north of Santa Cruz to discover the magical Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves church. Take a trip inland to admire the huge crater covered in pine forests and waterfalls at Caldera de Taburiente National Park.
Day 7: Tenerife, Spain
Snow topped mountains contrasted with sandy beaches make Tenerife a firm favourite with tourists. Loro Park, the islands famous water park, is a popular choice for those looking to see the whale and dolphin shows and then head into the city centre and take in some local tapas whilst shopping in the array of shops here. With year round sunshine the beaches on the island will always welcome you to sit back relax and enjoy whilst topping up your tan.
Day 8: Arrecife de Lanzarote, Spain
Today the ship drops anchor at Arrecife on the Canarian island of Lanzarote. Two splendid castles form the backdrop to the harbour - the 15th-century Castillo San Gabriel and 17th-century Castillo San Jose. The beautiful golden sands of Playa de Reducto are the perfect place to spend a few hours sunbathing. Venture inland to explore the lunar landscapes of Timanfaya National Park's fire mountains, Cesar Manrique's unique Jardin de Cactus on the outskirts of Guatiza, and Jameos Del Agua cave.
Day 11: La Coruna, Spain
La Coruña overlooks the Bay of Coruña in the north-west corner of Spain. Step ashore and visit the Tower of Hercules, Castillo de San Anton, and Castillo de San Diego. Explore the Roman wall, historical buildings and the medieval Church of Santiago in Ciudad Vieja. Get a culture hit at the Museum of Sacred Art, Archaeological Museum and Military Museum. People-watch at La Marina and Plaza Maria Pita, or relax on the Playa Riazor and Playa del Orzan beaches. Enjoy some family fun at Aquarium Finisterrae, Science Museum and Domus — an interactive museum. Venture further afield to visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Santiago de Compostela, Betanzos and Ferrol.
Day 13: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.