Ventura Review

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Ventura is one of the largest cruise ships in the P&O Cruises fleet, with 15 decks and maximum passenger capacity of 3,574. Ventura is where you’ll find a spectacular choice of facilities including bars, restaurants, a sports court, spa, and theater. She also has a number of exciting features that are uniquely hers, ranging from a panoramic video wall in the cool Metropolis bar to an infinity pool, pizzeria, and casino. The family-friendly Ventura also has a well-staffed kids club. In April 2013, a newly refurbished Ventura will have 18 new single cabins, digital technology in the library, a new dance floor, and “Glass House” where TV presenter, wine expert, and newspaper columnist, Olly Smith will host wine tastings and food and wine pairings onboard throughout the year.

P&O’s largest ships are also the best choices for families, with huge areas devoted to facilities for children and teens and a dedicated Wii room and a 20-meter plasma video wall. Although they are nearly identical twins, each has some different facilities both inside and out; however, it’s the outside ones that are most noticeable and make a difference in the cruise experience.

Where Ventura has bungee trampolines and a circus skills training area, Azura has the Retreat, an adults-only sundeck area with its own private terrace with cabanas and loungers. Azura has no cover over its mid-ship swimming pool, unlike Ventura. Instead, Azura has a giant Sea Screen suspended at one end of the pool for movies. Inside, the two ships’ public areas are quite similar, with a more contemporary decor than their older fleetmates and some oddities, such as no chairs for reading in the library.

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