It has just been confirmed that two popular cruise-based TV series have been confirmed to continue later this year.
This includes a new six-part series of popular ITV documentary, The Cruise, and a fourth series of Channel 5’s Cruising with Jane McDonald.
Princess have revealed that filming for The Cruise will take place onboard their 3,560 passenger Majestic Princess from August to November this year in Australia and New Zealand.
The episodes will be made by Wild Pictures, one of the UK’s leading factual documentary makers, who also made the successful previous five series.
Wild Pictures creates films that give viewers privileged access to prestigious institutions and organisations.
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, commented: “The Cruise continues to go from strength-to-strength, with viewing figures higher than ever, so we are delighted to have ITV back on board.
“The programme has unquestionably opened up the appeal of a cruise holiday to a whole new audience and we look forward to seeing Princess Cruises set sail on the small screen again from early 2019.
“Majestic Princess is the perfect setting for the next series as it’s our newest ship and includes a wealth of features and amenities such as fine dining, a luxury spa, an indoor garden and a 900-seat theatre.
“Meanwhile Australia, New Zealand and Asia are on many bucket lists so we can’t wait to help transport viewers to these stunning parts of the world.”
The four-part series will start on June 8th at 9 p.m. with a slightly different format from the previous three series. It will feature two cruise lines for two episodes each, across four episodes, rather than one line per episode.
In the first two episodes, Jane circumnavigates New Zealand and visits Australia on HAL’s Noordam on a 16-night cruise.
Carly Perkins, marketing director at Holland America Line, said: “Holland America Line was delighted to host Jane McDonald and the Channel 5 film crew for a second time to showcase our classic style and enriching journeys, this time cruising from Sydney to Tasmania and around the highlights of New Zealand on the beautiful Noordam.
We’re all looking forward to watching Jane’s experiences down under on TV.”
Jane also visits South America on a two-week cruise onboard Silver Muse, starting in Valparaiso, Chile, before making her way around the bottom of the continent to the Falkland Islands.
Along the way, she stops in at various Chilean ports, sees glaciers and icebergs and visits Punta Arenas, the Southernmost city in Patagonian Chile.
As a Silversea guest in her own right, Jane had a wonderful experience with highlights including an intimate lunch with a local Chilean family in Punta Arenas, plus a very special visit to the glacier in San Rafael.
The guests loved having her onboard, and we are very much looking forward to the programme airing.”
The third series of Cruising with Jane McDonald aired in February and was the most successful yet for Channel 5, recently winning a BAFTA.
The four-episode show averaged 2.2 million viewers and took a 9.4% share of the total UK viewing audience during its four-week run.
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