Ventura – Cruise Ship Review

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Date: 18 May 2016

Reason for being on board: CLIA conference 2016

Who are you? Francesca from Ocean World Travel

Name of the ship: Ventura

Cruise line: P&O Cruises

Ventura ship review: dining with Marco Pierre White

Food: the food was simply divine, every mouthful was full of flavour. I must say that during my ship visit our lunch was prepared by Marco Pierre White, one of the Michelin star rated chefs who occasionally cooks onboard P&O Cruises. Here are the dishes I tried:

  • Starter: I had a cold appetizer composed of different fish, a simple but really effective dish.

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  • First course: I went for the vegetarian option a big ravioli filled with mushroom on a base of spinach, the ravioli was accompanied by a creamy sauce, asparagus and a quail egg. I was really impressed with this dish, all the ingredients worked really well together and the ravioli was lovely.
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My raviolo in a sauce
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Beef: another dish on the menu
  • Dessert: apple pie, a classical deliciously made.

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I had also the chance to talk to Marco Pierre White as there was a photo contest onboard and I won one of the prizes, he seemed like a really genuine person.

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Entertainment: I had the chance to attend a classical musical featuring energetic rock music and talented dancers. The performance was admirable and everyone enjoyed it.

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Specialty restaurant
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Wine dispenser

Facilities: the facilities are good and functional, there are various swimming pools and restaurants, also there are numerous venues for entertainment onboard. I was also pleasantly surprised by the amount of beautiful artwork.

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The gym
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Outdoor pool
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Kids’ space
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Kids’ toys

Type of décor: the décor is rather traditional, very neutral. It might be considered too beige and plain, yet overall it is nice.

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Courtesy of the staff: very good. Members of staff have been helpful and very smiley with us.

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What did you like the most of this ship?
The really useful indoor pool and whirlpools have a retractable roof for when the sun comes out. The atmosphere in there was very relaxed and the temperature was pleasant, an ideal space for when the sun is not shining.

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What did you like the least of this ship?

Some spaces of the ship feel a little tired and dated.

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  • CREW MEMBERS 1,220
  • ENTERED SERVICE April 2008
  • GROSS TONS 116,017

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This is the picture that made me win a two night cruise!