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P&O Cruises showcases multi-million pound Ventura refurbishment

A multi-million pound refurbishment has been carried out to Ventura to incorporate features which have proved popular with passengers on sister ship Azura.

Successful concepts from Azura, such as The Glasshouse, The Retreat, menus designed by Michelin-star chef Atul Kochhar in speciality restaurant East and single cabins have all been introduced on board Ventura as part of P&O Cruises ongoing refit programme.

The Glasshouse has been introduced, to replace Las Ramblas bar and restaurant on Deck 7, whilst the  installation of an enomatic wine system allows passengers to buy premium wines by the glass selected by TV wine expert Olly Smith.

East now features a new menu designed by chef Kochhar with Thai/Indonesian, Malaysian and Vietnamese influences.

Kochhar said, ‘this new menu showcases modern Asian cuisine. Incorporating mystical spices with subtle ingredients this menu is inspired by my travels throughout Asia and my love of spice.’

18 new single cabins have been added: 12 outside and six inside and located in the same area as Azura, adjacent to the Exchange Bar on Deck 6, a central location.

The Retreat has been installed into the forward area on Deck 16 with open-air spa terrace and separate pool exclusively for adults. Passengers can buy a full day pass to The Retreat for a small cover charge.
Ventura is now fully wi-fi enabled.

P&O Cruises managing director Carol Marlow said: ‘This is the latest of several refits to our fleet. Oriana and Oceana have already had multi-million pound investments and Arcadia will be at the end of the year. Research showed that speciality restaurants were very important as well as a variety of dining with premium grills, classic fine dining, Asian and Indian menus being the most popular.’

She added, ‘following the success of the single cabins on Azura and Oriana, we also now have 18 new single cabins on Ventura.’ 

A Ventura refit video is available at