P&O Cruises' Ventura is a large, modern ship designed for both families and couples. This spacious vessel offers the luxurious Oasis Spa, adult-only The Retreat, and lively Fortunes Casino, as well as lots of activities for youngsters found around the children's pool.
On Ventura, you can enjoy four swimming pools, 12 restaurants and cafes, and eleven lounges and bars. Relax with a drink on a sun lounger, join in dance and shuffleboard sessions, or enjoy a facial and massage treatment. There are also shops, pub quizzes, and plenty of places to enjoy the seascape and read a book.
In the evening, dine on traditional and creative cuisines before watching West end-style shows, comedy acts and cabarets. Adults can also visit Havana — a Cuban-themed nightclub — and Fortunes Casino until late.
Sail the world in style with families, friends and partners on Ventura.
Ventura offers you a wide range of dining choices with individual menus and exquisite flavours. The main dining rooms — Cinnamon, Saffron and Bay Tree Restaurants — offer extensive menus of high-quality courses including oak-smoked salmon, classic Beef Wellington and Champagne sorbet. You can also enjoy a traditional afternoon tea featuring finger sandwiches, cakes, clotted cream, jam, and tea or coffee.
Waterside is Ventura's informal, self-service restaurant which offers a range of foods from across the world, as well as a late-night bar serving sandwiches, paninis, cakes, biscuits, and pastries. The Epicurean creates classic British favourites — such as Shepherd's Pie, glazed lamb, poached lobster, and apple crumble — while Sindhu serves fine Indian cuisine. The Glass House is the place to go for tapas, steaks and burgers, or try The Beach House for Cuban pulled pork and American baby-back ribs. Tazzine is ideal for coffee and light lunches. You also have a poolside grill, pizzeria and ice cream bar.
On Ventura, you have plenty of places to enjoy a drink, including The Red Bar which offers cocktails, champagne and relaxing piano music. The Exchange is the ship's urban bar featuring beer, quizzes and live bands; while Metropolis is your stylish venue with 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, the buzz of Fortunes Casino is a highlight of Ventura. Experience the bright lights of Las Vegas with its electric atmosphere, flashing slot machines and popular roulette wheel. The two-deck theatre stages spectacular performances including cabarets, West End-style shows, and film screenings, while Tamarind Club offers the ideal spot for dancing. Cuban-themed Havana Bar features a stage, dancefloor, karaoke, DJ sessions, live bands, and salsa music to enjoy until the early hours. 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.
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 12: St Maarten, Netherlands
This minute island offers a cosmopolitan culture, first-class dining scenes, international shopping, and a laid-back Caribbean atmosphere. Savour delicious barbecued meats in street cafes and dance to calypso sounds at a barefoot beach bar. Head to the ruins of the French and Dutch forts which overlook the Caribbean Sea, or visit Philipsburg waterfront for duty-free shopping
Day 13: St, Kitts, Caribbean
St. Kitts is renowned for its rainforest mountains and picturesque beaches with white, grey and black sands. Head to the Circus Square marketplace for a great selection of local produce and textiles, follow rainforest trekking trails up to a dormant volcano, or, why not simply relax one of the sun-drenched beaches that surround the island?
Day 14: Antigua, Caribbean
St. John's on Antigua is your next stop. This pretty capital city not only gives you access to Antigua's 365 stunning beaches, but is also packed with attractions including English Harbour and the historic Nelson's Dockyard. A visit to the colourful St. John's street market is a must, and you also find great shopping and dining in Heritage Quay. Travel to Shirley Heights Lookout for superb views of English and Falmouth Harbours. A 90-minute ferry ride from Bryson Wharf takes you to Antigua's sister island, Barbuda, to explore the Arawak Caves and Frigate Bird Sanctuary.
Day 15: Dominica, Caribbean
The mountainous Caribbean island of Dominica sits between St. Lucia and Antigua. It still lays relatively untouched by Western tourism and features pristine sandy beaches and quaint streets. Trek through the tropical rainforests of Morne Trois Pitons National Park to find natural hot springs and the 60-foot Trafalgar Falls — an ideal spot for diving. Travel west to Roseau — Dominica's capital city — to see its colourful wooden houses, verdant botanic gardens and a mix of modern and colonial French architecture.
Day 16: St. Vincent, Caribbean
t. Vincent is found between Grenada and St. Lucia in the Caribbean Sea. The island is famous for its white-sand beaches, clear water and colourful markets making it ideal for relaxation. Stroll through the oldest botanical gardens in the western hemisphere or enjoy exciting water sports as you explore the coastline. St. Vincent's capital city, Kingston, features a bustling harbour, Georgian architecture, cobbled streets, and friendly cafes. Head to Fort Charlotte, built in the 1800s, for great views and a collection of art; then travel to Mesopotamia Valley to see banana plantations. Visit the busy public market, before enjoying breadfruit, chicken, mahi mahi, lobster, sweet potatoes, hot peppers, and local rum for dinner.
Day 17: Barbados, Caribbean
The Eastern Caribbean Island of Barbados, part of the independent British Commonwealth Nation, encompasses beautiful beaches, exciting landmarks, and friendly locals. Sun worshippers should spend a day at Bottom Bay, considered to be one of the best beaches on the island. For family-friendly fun, why not sample some Bajan cuisine and maybe even try jet-skiing at the popular Mullins Beach? Visit St Nicholas Abbey and learn about the island’s history as well as the rum distillery. Head to Harrison’s Cave which allows you to delve deep into the cave surrounded by natural wildlife. See the monkeys and other animals roaming freely around the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Take a stroll around the scenic garden park with tropical trees at the Flower Forest.
Day 18: Tobago, Caribbean
Considered by many as the true Caribbean; Tobago is a tropical utopia with breathtaking scenery, friendly islanders, and picturesque beaches. Explore the oldest forest reserve in the western hemisphere and discover the natural beauty of the trail to Argyle Waterfall. Become mesmerised by the three-tiered waterfall and watch in awe as the cool waters plunge down vertical rocks into the welcoming pool. Relax in the sun, swim in the clear waters, or explore the restaurants and beach huts at the stunning Pigeon Point Beach. Discover the history of cocoa production during a visit to the Tobago Cocoa Estate. Alternatively, explore the port city of Scarborough and venture up to Fort King George to savour panoramic views of the surrounding island.
Day 19: St. Lucia, Caribbean
Arrive in St. Lucia and experience some of the Caribbean's most dramatic scenery. The island's natural landscape features the majestic Piton Mountains, pristine beaches lined with palm trees and miles of unspoiled rainforest. Shop for souvenirs at the colourful Central Market in Castries — the capital city, snorkel in the crystalline waters of Half-Moon Bay and enjoy a picnic on a lemon grass lawn at Pigeon Island National Park.
Day 25: Praia da Vitória, Portugal
Translating to the 'Beach of Victory', Praia da Vitória on the island of Terceira is one of the most modern towns in the Azores. The town's main square, pedestrianised shopping street, and modern, extended harbour are perfect for a leisurely stroll. See the 15th-century Igreja Matriz de Santa Cruz church with its large bell towers, the Paços do Concelho town hall in the main square, and the 17th-century birthplace of novelist and poet Vitorino Nemésio. Make the most of the constant sea breeze and enjoy an afternoon's windsurfing, before sampling local dishes in a seafront restaurant.
Day 29: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.