MV Ventura

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MV Ventura came into service for P&O in 2008 she was built at the fincantieri shipyard in Italy and is currently the largest ship in the P&O fleet weighing in at 116,ooo tonnes and 956 feet in length.

The ship was christened by British actress dame Helen Mirren in a ceremony held in Southampton on 16 April 2008.

On board Ventura offers plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation from standard inside cabins to spacious and luxurious Suites, AE Grade Suites are ideal for families and can accommodate 4-6 people, all cabins come with a Daily steward service, TV, radio and telephone, hairdryer, refrigerator and safe, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning, picture window (outside staterooms) or picture mirror (inside staterooms), vanity/writing desk and chair, wardrobe and drawer space as standard.

For dining the ship offers the same table at the same time each evening, or Freedom Dining - no fixed seating or dining times, Ventura also boasts a 24 hour buffet restaurant.

The vessel is family friendly In addition to fantastic children’s clubs and a play area for under 2s, Noddy and Mr. Bump from the Mr. Men Show are regular visitors, other facilities on venture include a well equipped gym and spa, a large sports court and 4 pools (one with a retractable roof), a theatre which also doubles as a cinema, and an incredible choice of bars and restaurants.

Ventura has a interesting feature in the shape of a walkway that wraps around her bow allowing passengers to get right to the front of the ship, a feature not found on traditional cruise ships.



Onboard Entertainment and Facilities


Pools tick-icon whirlpools tick-icon
Flowrider  Cross-icon  Rock wall  Cross-icon 
Restaurants & Bars  tick-icon  Shops  tick-icon 
Fast Food  tick-icon  Room Service  tick-icon 
Nightclub or Disco  tick-icon  Lounge  tick-icon 
Theater  tick-icon Cafe's  tick-icon
Casino  tick-icon  Piano Bar  tick-icon 
Pursers desk  tick-icon  Excursion desk  tick-icon 
Library  tick-icon  Photo shop  tick-icon 
Card room  tick-icon  Medical room  tick-icon 
Laundry room  tick-icon Sauna/steam room  tick-icon
Gym  tick-icon Childrens activity clubs  tick-icon
Babysitting service  tick-icon Video games room  Cross-icon
Sports facilities  tick-icon Outdoor movie theater  Cross-icon



Ship Specifications



  • Size: Large
  • Length: 956 feet
  • Beam: 118 feet
  • Speed: 21 Knots
  • Tonnage: 116,017
  • Decks: 14
  • Crew: 1,226
  • Passengers: 3,192
  • Maiden Voyage: 18 April 2008
  • Christened: 16 April 2008
  • Godmother: Dame Helen Mirren

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Infamous Captain's

Captain E.J. Smith - captain of the RMS Titanic died when the ship hit an iceburg and sank in 1912.

Captain Joseph Hazelwood

- was the negligent captain of the Exxon Valdez during its 1989 oil spill.

Edward Teach (Blackbeard) - was the notorious English pirate captain of the Queen anne's Revenge, killed in battle 1718

Francesco Schettino - Captain of the Costa Concordia at the time when she ran aground and partially sank on the night of 13 January 2012 near Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, Italy.

David Lewry - was the Captain of the herald of free enterprise car ferry which capsized on the 6 March 1987 after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge with her bow doors still open, causing the deaths of 193 people.

Mauro Balomaga - was the captain of the MV Rena container ship that  ran aground near Tauranga, New Zealand On 5 October 2011 resulting in an oil spill and 88 of her containers to fall in to the sea,the captain was jailed for 7 months for his part in the disaster.

Captain James Hook - is a fictional character from the popular novel and movie peter pan,  known for wearing a hook after his right hand was eaten by a crocodile.