Contributing to the on-going trend of revamping cruise ships in grand style, P&O Cruises’ Ventura has recently emerged from a multi-million pound refurbishment to include a number features which have proved popular with passengers travelling on her sister ship, Azura.
One of the line’s largest ships, the family-friendly Ventura has been refurbished as part of P&O Cruises’ refit programme and new features will include restaurants The Glasshouse, which will offer premium wines by the glass specially selected by TV wine expert Olly Smith and East, which will boast a new menu by Michelin-star celebrity chef Atul Kochhar.
Something sure to prove popular with solo cruisers is the introduction of 18 centrally-located single cabins, 12 of which will be outside-facing, while exclusive, adult-only spa terrace The Retreat is another new addition, offering sun loungers, a separate pool and some great views to passengers willing to pay a small cover charge for a day pass.
Web-conscious cruisers will be happy to know that the Ventura is now fully Wi-Fi enabled, though there will still be some fixed PCs in the ship’s new library, which was formerly the cybercentre. Past passengers heading for the old library will be in for fragrant surprise too, as it’s now been replaced by a new perfumery.
For those who enjoy the odd tipple or two, a new enomatic wine system has been introduced in the new Glasshouse restaurant and in the existing Waterside buffet restaurant. For anyone not in the know, this self-service system allows passengers to buy premium wines by the glass by purchasing a special wine card.
By Simon Brotherton