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 4: Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Torshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands and is located on the east coast of the island of Streymoy. Stroll around the western harbour and admire the yachts and boats bobbing on the ocean. Shop for souvenirs and handicrafts in the boutiques along the Niels Finsens Gota main street. Head to Føroya Fornminnissavn Museum and discover historical artefacts from the Viking era or climb up to the Skansin Fortress and savour the panoramic views. Tinganes old town with its wooden turf-roofed houses and nearby Torshavn Cathedral are both well worth a visit too.
Day 6: Akureyi, Iceland
Just a stone's throw from the Arctic Circle, Akureyri boasts some of the best summer weather in Iceland. This diverse town in north-east Iceland sits at the foot of snow-topped mountains soaring 1,500ft and is the second largest urban area in the country. This resort flourishes in the warmer months with its picturesque parkland and Botanical Garden presenting beautiful plant life. Winter brings vibrant festivals and some of Iceland's most popular ski destinations making it an ideal year-round port of call.
Stroll through 'Arts Alley' in the centre of town for a taste of the local culture or join a whale-watching tour and admire the rare humpback and sei whales.
Day 7: Isafjordur, Iceland
Isafjordur is the largest town in the Westfjords peninsula with a natural harbour dating back more than 250 years. Accommodating large cruise ships in its two quay port, cruise passengers can enjoy varied experiences and picturesque views when disembarking. Between five quaint villages, the town sits on a narrow sandspit in one of Iceland's deepest fjords. Now one of the country's main fishing and trading centres, it's home to a great range of cosy cafes and bakeries as well as family-run restaurants serving fresh, locally-caught seafood.
Wander from the cruise port and discover history and culture at Maritime Museum, or sail across to Vigur — 'The Paradise Island' which is home to thousands of bird species including puffins and Arctic terns.
Day 8 - 9: Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik — the world's most northern capital — is Iceland's cultural hub. Sundahöfn is a modern harbour just minutes from the city centre that welcomes large ships from around the world, while smaller ships dock in the Old Harbour at the heart of town. Famous for its vibrant nightlife and vast array of cafes, bars and restaurants this diverse setting also boasts natural beauty in the unspoilt countryside.
Away from the bustling centre, discover a small piece of paradise at the Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Golden sand meets a fusion of cold sea and hot geothermal water, which produces warmer temperatures perfect for swimming. Visit in winter and catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis - The Northern Lights.
Day 12: Greenock, UK
Located on the River Clyde close to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, Greenock began as a fishing harbour and later became a major centre for shipbuilding. The town's maritime history is celebrated at the Custom House Museum and stained glass art can be seen in McLean Museum and Art Gallery. The town is home to the world's first Burn's Club, dedicated to poet, Robert Burns. His love, Mary Campbell, died in the town and is buried in Greenock Cemetery.
Day 13: Belfast, UK
Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, enjoys a wonderful setting of high hills, sea lough and river valley. Its name originated from the Gaelic ‘Beal Feirste’ meaning ‘mouth of the sandy fjord’. Founded in the 17th century, the city prospered becoming one of the world’s leading industrial names, and was home to Harland and Wolff – the shipbuilders who built the ill-fated Titanic. Despite its more recent political troubles, Belfast has emerged as a vibrant, alluring destination. Amidst its beautiful Victorian buildings you can shop in stylish boutiques, sip a Guinness in one its charming old pubs or take a scenic stroll in Barnett Demesne park. The centrepiece is the City Hall, completed in 1906, with its domed roof and grand Italian marble staircase. Other points of interest on the city include Belfast Cathedral, which has the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland plus Celtic themed mosaics and stained glass, Belfast Castle, sitting on the slopes of Cave Hill, and Belfast Zoo.
Day 15: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.