P&O Cruise Ship Ventura, sister to the Azura – Actress Dame Helen Mirren officially christened Ventura and became the ship’s “Godmother”, however as the action actress she had become, she broke tradition and abseiled down the side of the ship with a team of Royal Commandos. Having worked with Helen on Prime Suspect, I am not surprised!
The Ventura came into service in 2008 with a cruise to the Mediterranean, it has 1550 cabins of which 60% have balconies. It can holds around 3,200 passengers and is designed as a family ship. It was built by Fincantieri in Italy and is a sub class of the Grand Class cruise ship design, known as the Ventura Class design. It’s true sister ship is the P&O Azura for which we have a pretty full video tour ( Click here) and the Ruby Princess. We will be on this ship next year and look forward to seeing how different it is to our regular ship, the Azura. However one could argue it’s step sisters are the the Ruby Princess, Crown Princess and Emerald Princess which are subclasses called Crown Class of the Grand Class Cruise ship design which have very slightly different rear ends (stern). These ships brought in the exclusive area to the range and the cinema under the stars. The Ventura is the largest of the 5 ships in the Grand Design category beating the Azura by around 1,000 tonnes at 116,017 tonnes. It was the latest P&O ship until the Britannia and will be pushed further down the league by the newer ship on order. The Ventura loves the Canary Islands which it regularly visits at all times of the year.
Whilst almost exactly like the theatre on the Azura, the Arena theatre was claimed to be the biggest West End like theatre in the seas seating over 800 passengers. The Tamarind club is a different styled version of the Azura’s Manhattan (see film), the Havana club is a different styled version of the Azura’s Malabar (see film) where you can find some of the world’s best entertainers and that is no exaggeration.
The Ventura, like the Azura is not too huge but a larger ship, large enough to offer fine dining options like the Epicurean, The Glass House and the Sindhu as well as the Beach House, the main restaurants and buffet as well as poolside snacks. But what seems to be a new phenomena, is that generations of families find these ships the perfect place to holiday together. You can dine together or apart, play together or apart, be together or lose each other and young children will want to be in kids club. If you are thinking of taking all the family, then show them our tour (or the Azura) and cabin, they only touche the many things available.
If you want a quiet time, for a small premium there is the adult only exclusive area, the pool of which is normally available to all, but not a lot of people know that.
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We will be on the Ventura later this year and will post a full passenger area tour of the Ventura but the Azura is a mirror image sister ship, so this video is a good guide. Azura. Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel while watching. Higher numbers allows us better design features within YouTube.
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