Monday, 7 April 2008

P & O’s Superliner Ventura arrives in Southampton in a Snow Storm

The superliner “Ventura” sailed into its home port, Southampton for the first time on Sunday, April 6th, arriving on time in a snowstorm, P&O’s £300 million ship arrived on schedule from the Italian ship yard where she was built.
She will be formally named by Dame Helen Mirren at a ceremony in Southampton on April 16.

The huge 3,000-plus passenger vessel will then be showcased to the travel trade and consumers over a 10 day proving period.

The “Ventura” will also set sail on April 14th for a two-night party cruise, with an invited passenger list, prior to the naming. The Passenger Shipping Association 50th anniversary dinner will be held on board on April 14 as part of the celebrations.

The “Ventura’s
” maiden cruise will leave Southampton bound for the Mediterranean .April 18. Full details of the ships Itinerary for this cruise and it’s subsequent voyages are available from Barrhead Travel, the cruise specialists, and Cruise Direct

Ventura Facts:


Fincantieri, Italy

Country and port of registry:

Bermuda, Hamilton

Gross tonnage:

116,000 tonnes

Length overall:




Height (from keel):


Height (from waterline):





3,080 regular operating capacity
3,574 maximum operating capacity

Passenger decks:


Passenger cabins:

Total – 1,546
1,101 outside
880 balcony
445 inside

Ventura passenger facilities:

  • 11 places to eat
  • 10 places to drink
  • Five places to shop
  • Three places to dance
  • Six places to enjoy live music
  • Two-tier theatre
  • Five pools
  • Six whirlpool spas
  • Five children’s/teenager’s areas
  • Nightclub
  • Two show lounges
  • Sports court
  • Hi-tech gym
  • Extensive spa
  • Lifestyle suite
  • Photo gallery
  • Art gallery
  • Casino
  • Library / book shop
  • Cyb@study

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