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 board P&O's Ventura for your seven night cruise.
Day 3: Stavanger, Norway
Arrive at the port of Stavanger - gateway to the majestic Lysefjord. Meander through the cobbled streets lined with white-washed wooden houses and see artists at work in the old quarter. Visit the 12th-century Stavanger Cathedral and marvel at its vaulted ceiling and 13th-century Gothic chancel. Stop by the Norwegian Canning Museum to appreciate the town's heritage as the 'herring capital' of Norway.
Day 4: Olden & Innvikfjorden, Norway
Olden sits at the eastern end of the serene Nordfjord, where the water divides into three arms beneath the Jostedalsbreen glacier. The village is surrounded by green meadows with babbling brooks meandering between pretty houses. Visit the village centre to discover the 17th-century church and Singerheimen, which is the former home of the founder of the sewing machine company. Take to the Nordfjord for a rafting or kayaking adventure. Admire the green waters of Olden Lake and enjoy the cliffs and glaciers of the Oldedalen valley, which runs for 12 miles behind Olden. Walk among waterfalls and view the glistening blue ice at the impressive Briksdal Glacier — one of Norway's most visited sights.
Innvikfjorden is a small arm of the majestic Nordfjord that spans 4.5km and passes Innvik, after which it is named. Nestling in western Norway, the area is famous for its serene valleys, picture-postcard villages, idyllic mountainside farms, glistening glaciers, cascading waterfalls, and soaring snow-capped mountains. Step ashore at charming Innvik village to admire the 19th-century wooden Innvik Kirke. Visit the village of Stryn — home to snow-based adventures at Stryn Summerski Centre and the starting point for trips to the Briksdal Glacier and Jostedalsbreen National Park.
Day 5: Flam, Aurlandsfjord & Sognefjord, Norway
Surround yourself in the beautiful fjords of Norway and delight in the wonders of the natural landscapes of Flam, Aurlandsfjorden, and Sognefjord. Admire the fascinating panoramic views from 650 metres above Aurland Fjord at Stegastein viewpoint – a walkway that juts 30 metres out from the side of the mountain. Enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage landmark Naeroyfjord, a unique setting surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and idyllic farms. Ride in style on the FjordSafari which offers an intimate experience of the Fjord Mountains at the picturesque World Heritage Site, or step aboard the Flam railway, described as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world that takes you through stunning mountain scenery of valleys and waterfalls. Admire Stalheimsfossen waterfall up close which has a 126-metre tall Horsetail drop and is located in the village of Stalheim.
Day 6: Bergen, Norway
The charming port city of Bergen is framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore. Bergen’s bustling waterfront and narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses combine with a proud musical and maritime heritage. Ride the funicular railway up Mount Floyen for city views. Visit Troldhaugen Museum to see Edvard Grieg's musical heritage comes to life, or explore the artwork on display at KODE. The 900-year old Bryggen, a wharf that features museums and pubs, guides you through the city's sea-faring past, while locally-caught seafood can be found at Bergen Fish Market. Discover family fun at Bergen Science Centre and Bergen Aquarium, or explore the city's sights on a Segway tour.
Day 8: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.