P&O: Ventura Refit

(Courtesy P&O)

In March 2018, Ventura will head to a shipyard in Brest, France for a refit. We’ll be making a number of improvements on board and bringing her in line with the other ships in the fleet. Keep an eye out for refurbished shops stocked with new brands, a new LED screen in the theatre, and new carpeting in the rooms and suites and in a number of the public areas.

Upon returning from her refit, Ventura will embark on a 12-night cruise to the Canary Islands and Portugal. For the rest of the year she’ll remain based in Southampton and take guests on Short Breaks to Belgium and Guernsey, adventures in the Norwegian Fjords and sunny holidays to the likes of Spain, Portugal, Greece and France.

We can’t wait to welcome Ventura back to the fleet, and we hope you’ll join us soon for more fun-filled holidays.


Whether you prefer the classic stylings of the two-tier Arena theatre, the opulent setting of the Tamarind Club or the Cuban vibe in Havana lounge, Ventura’s on board entertainment venues offer something for everyone. To make your nights out that much more special, we’ll be upgrading the Arena theatre with a brand new LED wall installation, similar to the ones found on Britannia and Azura. We’ll also be making updates to the sound and lighting desk.


Shopping is a popular pastime on any holiday, and whether you’re treating yourself to a luxurious new watch, handbag or fragrance or stocking up on travel essentials,our on-board shops are the perfect place to do it. We’re pleased to announce that Dufry, the world’s leading travel retailer, will be our new retail partner on Ventura.The ship’s shops will undergo a complete upgrade, and new brands such as Brics,Longines, Olivia Burton and Liu Jo will be sit alongside popular brands such as Radley, Cath Kidston and Kipling. A range of British gins will also be available. Further changes include a large glass display window added to the shops on deck 7.

Waterside and The Beach House

Ventura does laid-back dining right. As part of the refit, both Waterside (the ship’s 24-hour buffet) and The Beach House (the fun and informal Select Dining restaurant)will enjoy a spruce-up. Floors will be given new tiling in the main walkway area and a new carpet design, and new furniture will be incorporated.


The refit will see Ventura refreshed with new carpeting in a number of areas. In addition to all suites and cabins, the carpeting will also be replaced in a number of public areas: the Atrium; Oasis Spa & Salon; restaurants including Saffron,Waterside, The Glass House and The Beach House; and bars such as The Red Barand Havana lounge.

Dixons Travel Store

Dixons Travel, located on deck 7 by the photo gallery, sells the latest technology, from tablets to headphones to binoculars. As part of the refit, the Dixons Travel store will increase in size and a range of new products – including the Dyson supersonic hairdryer and the latest technology from brands such as Amazon, Apple, Bose,Canon, Fitbit, GoPro and more – will be available. Additionally, new carpeting will beintroduced, and the Photo Now digital screen will be moved to the ship’s aft.


Ventura Review: HERE


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5 Responses to “P&O: Ventura Refit”

  1. Jo Walker Says:

    It’s rather like my dislike of Indy- all because she wasn’t set up for a cold, snowy, wet May cruise in Norway, when she’s built for the Caribbean.

  2. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Hi Jo, I think my issues were almost entirely related to the departure date of August! The ship was very nice.

  3. Jo Walker Says:

    I remember that, Malcolm… but we’ve not been on her in school holidays. We say she’s like a pair of old slippers- easy to slip into, with no startling prices or events. These days we use her for there and back to the Caribbean, so she’s like a second home. :)

  4. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Hi Jo, I’ve only cruise with P&O once and it was on board Venture. Unfortunately it is probably my worst review on my blog (see menu). The problem for me was NOT the ship, NOT the food and NOT the entertainment, It was some of my fellow passengers. It was a summer cruise and it attracted many of the worse examples of mass-market clientele. I appreciate that such comments make me sound like a snob (I’m actually a working class lad) but it was not a great experience.

  5. Jo Walker Says:

    Ventura is just right for us, size and entertainment wise. We continue trying other ships and lines, but when we want an easy experience, plus an indoor pool, she’s the one we head back to. Strange how some ships just fit you!

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