Ventura Arrives in Southampton!

April 7, 2008
P&O Cruises' Ventura, the line's largest ship dedicated to the British market, arrived in its homeport of Southampton on Sunday.

The 115,000-ton, 3,100-passenger ship set sail for Southampton following its handover ceremony from Fincantieri's shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy on March 30.

Many people braved the cold (and even snow!) on Sunday to get the first snaps of the ship as it arrived at the Mayflower Cruise Terminal.

Ventura will be officially christened on April 16 when actress Dame Helen Mirren will do the honours (with the help of SAS Marines to make sure that Champagne bottle smashes!) before the ship embarks on its maiden Mediterranean cruise.

Check out the latest photos:

Photo on left was taken by Cruise Critic member FireflyUK and the photo on the right appears courtesy of P&O Cruises.

Post your photos of Ventura here.

--by Kelly Ranson, Associate Editor