MV Ventura is a Grand-class cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet. The 116,017 GT ship was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy and is 288.6 m (947 ft) long. She officially entered service with the company in April 2008 and was named by Dame Helen Mirren. Ventura underwent a refit at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, during March and April 2013, and re-entered service on 7 April 2013 with a voyage to Spain and Portugal.
Firstly, MV Ventura is significantly larger — by 30 percent — than any other ship in the fleet (bar Britannia, the flagship). This means there’s more room for contemporary amenities such as expanded kids’ facilities, a vast spa, numerous dining venues, and lots of recreational activities (three pools, sports court, golf nets). There is also a significant change in décor: the walls are covered in contemporary art and the decor is a combination of rich burgundy carpets and cream-colored walls: reminiscent of a five-star London hotel.
In fact, it is hard to find signs of traditional P&O Cruises in the hardware — no card room for example (a mainstay on the older, smaller adults-only ships), no faux fireplaces or Trompe d’oeil artwork to be found anywhere. There are also no art auctions, just a gallery with discreetly priced artwork. There’s a casino on board as well, albeit a small one.
The passenger’s make up is also markedly different. Yes, there are still the over-60s that P&O is known for attracting, but also lots of families with children, especially in the school holidays.
The ship has all the popular mainstays onboard most of the rest of the fleet including wine guru Olly Smith’s The Glass House and superb contemporary Indian restaurant Sindhu; as well as adults-only sundeck area The Retreat and a large kids club called The Reef.
P and O MV Ventura cruise ship deck plan shows a total of 1556 staterooms for 3078 passengers (max capacity is 3727) served by 1250 crew-staff. The boat has 18 decks (15 passenger-accessible, 9 with cabins)., 12 dining venues, 16 bars and lounges, 5 swimming pools (1 covered with Skydome/retractable glass roof), 6 outdoor Jacuzzis, 12 elevators.
Note: On P&O Ventura ship, launderettes are located on decks Riviera, A, B, C, D, E, P. These are passenger use laundry facilities (open 8 am – 10 pm, complimentary), complete with dryers, washers, ironing boards. Detergent costs extra, or you can use your own. Dry cleaning (called Wascomat or Aquatex /eco-friendly wet cleaning) is available, with service charges per item. List with dry-cleaning prices is available in all cabins.
MV Ventura deck plan changes 2018 refurbishment review
The ship’s drydock in 2018 (March 13-27, done by Damen Shiprepairs in Brest France) resulted in the following deckplan changes:
- The onboard retail shopping was upgraded by refurbishing all retail shops and adding new brands.
- The 2-tier Arena Theatre received a large, wall-mounted LED screen (similar to that on Azura), as well as a new sound and light equipment.
- All passenger cabins and most public areas (the Atrium, Spa and Salon complex, all restaurants, lounges, and bars) were renovated with new carpeting. The main walkway area received new tiling, new carpet, new furniture.
- The bar lounges Tamarind Club and Havana were renovated and redesigned.
- New retail brands were added to the onboard shopping options selling premium watches, handbags, cosmetics and perfumes, travel essentials. New is the Dufry store (travel retailer). All the shops were completely renovated. Among the newly added brands are BRICS (luggage, bags, Selfridges), Longines (Swiss hand-made watches), Olivia Burton (watches, V), Liu Jo (women’s clothes, bags, shoes), Radley (designer leather handbags, purses, accessories), Cath Kidston (fashion, bags, gifts), Kipling (designer bags, backpacks, luggage, wallets, travel accessories). A new collection of British gins was also added. To the shops on Deck 7 was added a large glass display window.
- During the drydock refit were also refurbished the Waterside (24-hour buffet restaurant) and The Beach House (Select Dining restaurant).
- Dixons Travel shop (deck 7) sells the latest technology gadgets and electronic equipment. During the refurbishment, the store’s size was increased and new products were added, including by the brands Amazon, Apple, Bose, Canon, Fitbit, GoPro).
- The Photo Now digital screen was moved to the aft.
- During drydock 2018, on the ship were installed 2 scrubbers (reducing fuel emissions and energy consumption). The hull was water blasted and painted with a new type of silicone paint (improving fuel efficiency). Also repainted was the liner’s superstructure. Maintenance works included the vessel’s propulsion, stabilizers, some repairs.
The list of deck plan changes after the ship’s 2013 drydock (at Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg Germany) includes:
- (Deck 5) – new Atrium entertainment programme – now with a dance floor (also for lessons) and live band music at night. Internet Cafe was transformed into the Library, while the old library was refitted into a perfume shop.
- (Deck 6) – 18 new single cruise cabins, of which 12 oceanview and 6 Interior), at no single supplement rates.
- (Deck 7) – The Glass House (wine bar) replacing the Ramblas (Latin specialty restaurant)
- (Deck 7) – East (Asian specialty restaurant by Atul Kochhar, with new Southeast Asia menu.
- (Deck 17) – The Retreat (outdoor adults-only spa terrace).
- Better (shipwide) Wi-Fi coverage.
|Port of registry||Hamilton, Bermuda|
|Builder||Fincantieri, Monfalcone Italy|
|Laid down||29 August 2006|
|Launched||8 June 2007|
|Acquired||31 March 2008|
|Maiden voyage||18 April 2008|
|In service||April 2008|
|Class and type||Grand-class cruise ship|
|Length||LOA 288.6 m (946 ft 10 in)|
|Beam||36 m (118 ft 1 in)|
|Draught||8.5 m (27 ft 11 in)|
|Depth||36 m (118 ft 1 in)|
|Decks||19 (14 passenger decks)|
|Deck clearance||27.55 m (90 ft 5 in)|
|Propulsion||6 × Wärtsilä diesel engines (2 × I8, 4 × V12)|
|Speed||23.2 knots (43.0 km/h; 26.7 mph)|