P&O Cruises

Ventura is one of the family-friendliest ship’s in the P&O fleet, and was the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK cruise market when she set sail on her maiden voyage in 2008. However today, she is a medium-sized cruise ship and does lack many of the WOW factors and facilities that the newer P&O ship’s have, such as Iona and Arvia. Onboard, you have a wide variety of inclusive and extra-charge eateries, a selection of entertainment venues including the Tamarind Club, Havana and Arena Theatre; boutique shops, a spa with thermal suite, 4 swimming pools and the Retreat for ultimate relaxation. To us, Ventura is a very average cruise ship, there is certainly much better out there! But, Ventura offers some of the best value cruises out of the UK, and that is something we all need to consider.

Read Our Written P&O Ventura Cruise Ship Review Here!

Video's of Ventura

The Score Card.

Ship Interior

How wowed were we by the ship interior?

Ship Exterior

How striking is the exterior design of the ship?


How well maintained is the ship? Any rust? Any sign of damage?

Glitz & Glamour

How striking is the ship interior? Does it feel palatial?

WOW Factors

Wow facilities - such as bumper cars, ice rinks, luxury spas, sanctuaries etc


How friendly and efficient was service?

Cabin Amenities

How well appointed is the cabin? Interactive TV, sufficient plug sockets?

Cabin Service

How efficient was the cabin service?

Cabin Comfort

How comfortable was the bed?

Shop Variety

How large was the variety of shops onboard?

Shop Prices

How fair was the onboard pricing in the shops?

Drink Prices

How fair is onboard pricing when it comes to drinks?

Main Dining

How impressed were we with Main Dining?

Alfresco Dining

Variety of alfresco dining options onboard?

Speciality Variety

Variety of speciality restaurants onboard

Speciality Quality

Quality and standards of cuisine in the speciality dining venues

Speciality Prices

How fair were the prices of speciality restaurants?

Buffet Choice

How big was variety in the buffet restaurant onboard?

Buffet Quality

How impressed were we with the quality of food in the buffet?


Choices for vegetarians, vegans and other dietary issues?

Overall Dining

Overall variety of dining options onboard?


How good was the variety and standard of entertainment onboard?

Pools & Hot Tubs

Variety and amount of pools and hot tubs onboard

Poolside Area

How well maintained were the poolside areas onboard?

Fitness Centre

How impressed were we with the gym and fitness area onboard?

Deck Furniture

Condition and variety of different deck furniture

Extra Activities

Mini Golf, Sports Court, Golf Simulator and other venues of that type


Sufficient amount of lifts? Average wait times?


Variety on sale, cost and standard of excursions sold

Spa Treatments

How fairly priced were spa treatments and products?

WiFi Cost

How fairly priced was WiFi onboard?


Were we kept informed by the bridge of developments and progress?


How impressive was the spa? Hydrotherapy pool, thermal suite?

WiFi Quality

How fast and efficient was the WIFI?


Children's facilities onboard

The App

Was there an app to improve a customers experience? Did it function well?


How smooth and fast was the embarkation process?


How smooth and fast was the disembarkation process?

Interactive TV

Was there an interactive TV in the cabins? Functionality?

Deck Freedom

Did the ship have a promenade? Could you walk to the front of the ship?


How easy is it to get a towel by the pool? Was there a towel station?

Value For Money

Overall value for money, considering all factors.

*A score of 0 means that this facility was not offered. Scores are generated by comparing to experiences with other cruise ships and cruise lines. These scores are based on our own opinion. The Cruise Ship Score below is generated from The Score Card.

Cruise Ship Score


Cruise Ship Score


Ship Name: Ventura
Operator: P&O Cruises
Port of Registry: Hamilton, Bermuda
Cost: $330,000,000
Launched: June 2007
Tonnage: 116,017 GT
Length: 288.6m
Beam: 36m
Height: 67.4m
Passenger Decks: 15
Speed: 23 knots
Max Passengers: 3,300
Crew: 1,226
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1:2.6

MSC Cruises is a Swiss-owned global cruise line based in Geneva, with operations based out of Naples, Genoa and Venice in Italy. MSC Cruises was founded in 1970 in Naples, as part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company, and offers passengers an “Italian style” when it comes to big-ship cruising. In addition to being the world’s largest privately owned cruise company, employing more than 23,500 people worldwide and having offices in 45 countries – she is the third largest cruise line in the world after Carnival Corporation & PLC and Royal Caribbean Group – with a 10.2% market share. MSC Cruises is a mainstream cruise line offering competitive cruise fares to customers.

Best Suited For

  • Families
  • Those on a budget
  • Those that don't mind queues and crowds
  • Those seeking a premium experience for less (MSC Yacht Club)
  • Cruisers who love waterparks and lots of swimming pools
  • Those who don't mind paying for extra activities as a F1 simulator, bowling and virtual reality experiences

Not Suited For

  • Cruisers who appreciate peace and quiet
  • Cruisers seeking a premium cruise experience, unless you can afford MSC Yacht Club
  • Those who hate queues and crowds
  • Those that don't appreciate lots of children when on holiday
  • Cruisers that don't like having to pay for speciality restaurants to enjoy decent quality cuisine