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Why Go?
  • Expansive kids facility
  • Recent multi-million pound makeover
  • Dine at Marco Pierre White's The White Room
  • Fleet's first-ever family cabins
  • The Cirque circus school for all ages
  • Video wall in Metropolis bar features different cities
  • Four pools, one covered by "skydome" for foul weather

Ventura Family
Ventura is one of four family friendly ships in the seven-strong P&O Cruises' fleet. But be warned, though the ships are family friendly in terms of their facilities, woe betide you if you venture out of school holiday times. P&O's classic cruiser -- over-60, retiree, not too fond of kids -- still dominates on these ships in term time and on longer cruises.

Of the four (Azura, Oceana, Aurora), Ventura is arguably the most family friendly, with a massive kids' club called The Reef at the back of the ship on Deck 16. It is divided into five age groups: Tumblers (6 months – 2); Splashers (2 - 4); Surfers (5 - 8); Scubas (9 - 12) and H2Os (13 - 17). Note that under-2s must be accompanied by a parent.

It is the biggest kids' club on any ship in the fleet and has separate rooms for each age group to play and hang out in -- (Toybox, Jumping Jacks, The Den and Decibels) -- with a packed daily activities programme to keep the youngsters entertained. Each room has age-appropriate facilities, such as soft play for the Tumblers, a climbing frame for the Surfers, ping-pong for the Scubas and video games for the teens. All under-13s must be signed in and out; teens come and go as they please. Kids are welcome to use all the pools (bar Oasis) onboard, but there is a dedicated splash pool and a dip pool outside the children's club.

At the start of the cruise, parents (and kids) are welcomed by a super-exuberant and large kids' club team (The Reef Rangers) 12 decks below in the Havana room, which also plays host to the kids' discos and visits from Noddy, Mr Bump and Little Miss Sunshine. They outline what's on offer throughout the cruise, which might include a scavenger hunt, painting, drawing, dressing up, theme days or the aforementioned family disco.

Opening hours for The Reef are 9 a.m. - noon,1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. - midnight. A night nursery operates from 6 p.m. - 2 a.m. and is open to kids from 6 months to 5 years old. Parents are issued with pagers.

There is a dedicated space in Waterside, which is put aside from 5 p.m. - 6p.m. for children's tea, with a selection of kids' favourites (fish fingers, baked beans etc.).


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Ventura Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
4.0
4.2
Public Rooms
4.0
4.4
Cabins
4.0
4.5
Entertainment
4.0
3.9
Spa & Fitness
4.0
4.2
Family & Children
4.0
4.1
Shore Excursions
4.0
4.5
Enrichment
3.0
NA
Service
4.0
4.2
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.0
Rates
3.0
4.0

Sailing From

Cruises To
Baltic & Northern Europe
Caribbean - All
Europe - Mediterranean All
Transatlantic
Western Mediterranean

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Ship Stats
Crew: 1,220
Launched: 2008
Decks: 15
Tonnage: 116,000
Passengers: 3,080
Registry: Bermuda
CDC Score: 99
 
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