P&O Cruises’ family-friendly superliner Ventura has adopted features popular on newer sister ship Azura as part of a multi-million pound refit.

Elements introduced on Ventura include The Glasshouse wine bar overseen by TV wine expert Olly Smith, the adults-only Retreat area on deck, 18 single cabins and menus conceived by Michelin-star chef Atul Kochhar in speciality restaurant East.

The changes are part of an ongoing refurbishment programme across the fleet and come ahead of Ventura’s first fly-cruise season in the Mediterranean next summer.

Other changes include the ship becoming fully Wi-Fi enabled and the former internet centre being converted into a library with some fixed PCs available.

The atrium now reflects Azura in featuring a dance floor which will host dance lessons and a live band in the evening.

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.”

All of the enhancements to Ventura have been made following feedback from both existing passengers and potential cruisers, she added.

“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,” said Marlow.

“All in all, these changes are very well suited to passengers seeking a relaxed and contemporary cruising experience – perfect for families, friends and couples alike.”