Western Europe
Onboard P&O Cruises - Ventura
Hays Cruise Extras
  • Full Board
  • No tips required
  • Book a Select Fare cabin and receive onboard spending money
Why book…
  • Discover Amsterdam's opulent Canal Ring district — an UNESCO World Heritage site, or simply escape to the tranquil surroundings of Vondelpark
  • Float along Bruges’ network of canals, admiring the heritage buildings that line the shore
  • Take a walk around the medieval harbour of Barfleur in Cherbourg and the nearby Gatteville lighthouse
Overview Itinerary
The Ship
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.

Food
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.

Drink
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.

Entertainment
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 board P&O's Ventura for your seven night cruise.
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3 - 4: Ijmuiden (for Amsterdam), Netherlands
The port city of IJumuiden is located at the mouth of the North Sea canal to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Full of picturesque views and culture; explore Bunker Museum IJmuiden – a war museum located in crew bunkers from WW2. See the historic sights of Castle Brederode and its ruins, or explore IJmuider Zee-en Havenmuseum, which is dedicated to conserving fishing and shipping cultural heritage. Head to Noordpier and take part in a range of water sports and surfing. Take a stroll around Zuid-Kennermerland National Park and walk along the beaches, slide down the sand dunes, and you might even see wild deer on one of the biking or hiking trails.
Day 5: Bruges, Belgium
Step ashore today at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge - gateway to the 'Venice of the North', Bruges. Float along Bruges’ network of canals, admiring the heritage buildings that line the shore. Take a stroll around the Markt Square with its towering Belfry or admire Michelangelo's marble Madonna and Child at the Church of Our Lady. Get up-close views of glittering jewels at the Diamond Museum, discover the world of chocolate making at the Choco-Story, and learn the art of lace making at the Lace Centre. Visit the tranquil Beguinage commune before stepping round the corner to tour the De Halve Maan Brewery.
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Cherbourg, France
Dock at Cherbourg, on France's Normandy coast. Take a walk around the medieval harbour of Barfleur and the nearby Gatteville lighthouse. Visit the largest nuclear submarine open to the public and the Titanic exhibition at Cite de la Mer. Explore the town's World War II history at Museum of the Order of the Liberation. Admire the colourful flora and fauna at Parc Emmanuel Liais, make a pilgrimage to nearby UNESCO World Heritage site of Mont-St-Michel or visit the Contentin D-Day Landing Beaches.
Day 8: Southampton, UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disemark and make your way home.
To book call 0800 408 4229 or Enquire online
Offer based on 2 sharing the lowest category of Interior stateroom unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to availability and may go up or down. Offer not combinable with any current cruise line promotion unless otherwise stated.
Price per person from only
£599
October 2019 - 7 Nights - Sailing from Southampton Port
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