P&O Cruises in the UK will increase its operational capacity this weekend when the company resumes operations with Ventura. The cruise line will have three cruise ships to navigate, while another ship will begin operations towards the end of the year.
Ventura is scheduled to sail on two very long cruises in January and February, each lasting 35 days, with two Atlantic crossings on each trip. A sign of the growing interest and confidence in international cruises.
After the very successful stays in the UK with Iona and Britannia earlier this year, now is the time for P&O Cruises to experience similar success overseas. The company sailed on the first international cruise with its flagship cruise ship Iona last week, sailing to Spain and Portugal; it is now by Ventura turn to begin operations. By spring 2022, the company hopes to have all six vessels operational.
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The first cruise for the 2007 launched Ventura since the pandemic will sail to the Canary Islands, with stops in Funchal, Madeira, Santa Cruz de la Palma, Las Palmas and Lanzarote, Canary Islands, and Lisbon, Portugal before returning to Southampton. The ship will also sail this year on cruises to Spain and Portugal and a six-day cruise to Western Europe.
P&O Cruises President Paul Ludlow said: “Ventura’s international restart is the result of customer confidence in cruising and is the very last step in P&O Cruises’ sailing resumption as we work towards the return of our full fleet in spring 2022.“
“Due to the overwhelming demand and approval of the first international vacations on Iona and Britannia, we have opened up increased capacity to vacation with us. We are proud to have four ships sailing overseas this year, giving our customers more choice of where and when they travel with P&O Cruises for the winter sun.
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35 days aboard a cruise ship?
With the start of the new year come new opportunities. How about crossing the Atlantic Ocean twice in just over a month while visiting some of the most beautiful ports in the Caribbean? And if you are coming from the UK, even better because you can join and leave the ship in Southampton!
In January and February, P&O Cruises will offer two 35-day cruises departing from Southampton aboard the 116,017 gross tonneau Ventura. The first will sail to Madeira, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Saint Eustache and Saba, Curaçao, Aruba, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the British Virgin Islands, Saint Martin and Praia Da Vitoria, Portugal.
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The second cruise will sail to La Coruna, Bermuda, Bahamas, Mexico, Honduras, Belize, New Orleans, Key West, Miami, Port Canaveral and Ponta Delgada, Portugal.
Those who are wondering what the health and safety measures will be on board the Ventura; these are based on the same proven standards with which the company has been operating for several months now. All passengers aged 18 and over must be fully immunized at least 14 days prior to departure.
All passengers aged 5 to 17 will need to have completed their vaccination program at least 14 days prior to departure or will be required to undergo a negative PCR test within 120 hours of travel.
Guests four years of age and under will be permitted to travel, provided their parents / guardians meet the above requirements. All guests will also need to take a negative COVID-19 test at the terminal