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 P&O Ventura
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: Alesund, Norway
Step ashore at the Norwegian port of Alesund. This fishing town is found spread across several islands and is generally considered Norway's most beautiful city. Renowned for its cultural festivals, Alesund was rebuilt in 1904 following a huge fire and now features stunning Art Nouveau architecture to explore. Walk up Mount Askla for spectacular views; see the time capsule and Viking ship replicas at Jugendstilsenteret and Sunnmore Museums; feed the fish at Atlanterhavsparken; and enjoy coffee and cake at a waterfront cafe. There are a variety of hiking, biking and kayaking excursions to enjoy here, as well as lively bars and top restaurants serving local and international dishes.
Day 5: Olden, Innvikfjorden, Nordfjord, Norway
Olden, Innvikfjorden, and Nordfjord are popular destinations for cruise ships due to the stunning scenic beauty of the areas. Visit the small and pleasant village of Olden at the end of the Nordfjord; just a ten-minute walk from the quay brings you to shops, outlet stores, and plentiful cafes. Adventurers delight in one of Norway’s National Parks, Jostedalsbreen, and ride one of the steepest cable cars in the world to reveal the outstanding, panoramic vistas of the fjord landscape. Visit one of the most popular glaciers in Norway, Briksdal Glacier, or head to the Jostedalsbreen National Park Visitor Centre where you can learn about glaciers, avalanches, and see the animals in the park. Learn about the local culture at The Anders Svor Museum and the Nordfjord Folk Museum.
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.