Bookends: Ventura (right) lies bac-to-back with herolder sister Emerald Princess (left). Both ships were built by Fincantieri in
Italy, which has built all save two ships of the Grand-class (i.e. ships that stem from the design of Grand Princess). Emerald
Princess was the Grand-class ship built immediately before Ventura. While the two ships are outwardly very similar, their interiors
are much different. Compare our Ventura Photo Tour with our Emerald Princess Photo Tour.
That is Sea Cloud II moored in front of Ventura.
Modern cruise ships such as Ventura
and Emerald Princess rarely need the
help of tug boats. However, with so
many ships in a confined space, a tug is
on hand in case the movement of one
ship causes one of the others to break
loose from its moorings.
Ventura seen from over the sea wall that
creates the cruise port in Bridgetown.
The mast in the foreground belongs to a
visiting French Navy patrol boat.
Ventura was developed as a cruise ship for Britain and
accordingly, she spends most of her time sailing from
Southampton. However, during the winter 2008-2009,
she changed her base of operations to Barbados. Guests
would fly to the former British colony and meet the ship
for Caribbean cruises.
The cruise port in Barbaos is in the capital Bridgetown.
It is a man-made harbor divided from the open ocean by
a sea wall.
It is a very popular port and it can accommodate several
cruise ships at one time. On the day these photos were
taken, Emerald Princess, Sea Cloud II, Braemar, Island
Star and a French Navy ship were in port with
Ventura looking quite sleek.
The people standing near
the ship give an idea of her
That is Braemar of Fred
Olsen Lines behind her, the
one-time Cunard Dynasty.
Cruise ship photo essay - Ventura - P&O Cruises - Barbados