By Humphrey Carter

PALMA
P&O'S new superliner designed specifically for the British market, the Ventura, made her maiden visit to Palma yesterday.
The largest superliner ever built for British holiday makers arrived slightly ahead of time shortly after 7.30am and set sail from Palma as she continues her 14-day Mediterranean cruise at 6pm.

Many of the guests on board spent the day touring the island or visiting Palma, scores headed up to Bellver Castle where the best view of the super liner was to be found.

The Ventura, which was named by the liner's godmother dame Helen Mirren on April 21, is fun and innovative and perfect for families, couples and those new to cruising.

Her many unique features means she offers fantastic choice, including a contemporary circus school. Scalextric at Sea. An endless pool. A sensational Latin American showlounge.

And a cool jazz bar with floor to ceiling video screens displaying real-time footage of the world's most iconic cities.
It also boasts a Rock School for the children and an Ocean view gym.
When it comes to dining, the choice continues. She has three restaurants serving up exquisite five course menus. The flavours of the Pacific-rim in East, where you can watch your food being cooked. A Spanish tapas bar modelled on the famous Ramblas in Barcelona. A fine dining venue created by Marco Pierre White. And a relaxed family restaurant.

The Ventura's visit comes just days after it was announced that Palma's cruise terminal experienced its busiest month ever in May with a total of 84 cruise ships calling in the port.

This month is expected to be equally busy as Palma's popularity as a cruise destination continues to grow.

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