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Royal Princess to star in new TV series “The Cruise Ship”

The cruise ship Royal Princess has a special place in my heart, as I was at her christening in Southampton last June (read about it here), when I watched Kate Middleton cut the ribbon and smash the champagne, only a month before giving birth to Prince George. Today I was back in Southampton to take another look around Royal Princess and hear about a TV project in which the ship and crew take the starring role.

Royal Princess to star in new TV series "The Cruise Ship"

Royal Princess to star in new TV series “The Cruise Ship”

At a media event it was announced that during her Caribbean season, Royal Princess had hosted a film crew and the resulting 4 part documentary will be screened on ITV1 in the UK this summer.




The series, to be called “The Cruise Ship” (follow on social media #TheCruiseShip ) goes behind the scenes on board to follow the crew as they welcome guests onto Royal Princess and keep the ship in sparkling shape no matter what demands are made of them.

Royal Princess from Princess Cruises Photo: Princess Cruises

Royal Princess from Princess Cruises

We were treated to an exclusive preview of the series which puts a lighthearted spotlight on some of the ‘characters’ among the crew, such as Hotel General Manager, Dirk who just loves to check that every coffee cup is clean; “If everything was perfect I wouldn’t have a job”, and cheeky Exec Sous Chef Brent with a twinkle in his eye.

Cruise Director,  Samantha Hawker-Thomas, who runs the entertainment programme, and also takes a starring role, told us; ” When the film crew came on board there was a huge buzz on the ship”. Guests enjoying their Caribbean cruise were also featured in the series but were asked to keep the secret until the filming was complete.

The crew of Royal Princess star in new TV series "The Cruise Ship"

The crew of Royal Princess star in new TV series “The Cruise Ship”

Paul Ludlow, Managing Director UK and Europe told us how the Princess Cruises team worked with the film producers, Pulse Films to create an uplifting, feel-good documentary that would show the best of cruising and the variety of experiences on offer.




Although Princess Cruises had no editorial control in the series, Paul told us; “I’ve seen all four episodes and I’m delighted at how Royal Princess is portrayed. I had such confidence in our crew that I knew we would come out well”.

The atrium of Royal Princess

The atrium of Royal Princess

Now we are waiting with anticipation to hear when the TV series will be screened this summer on ITV1, and I’ll certainly be looking forward to this very entertaining look at cruise life.

Check out my video below about Royal Princess

If you can’t see my video about of the Royal Princess, view it on my blog here or on Youtube here

More Princess Cruises articles

Being Princess for a day – The naming of the Royal Princess by the Duchess of Cambridge – video
How to enjoy your Princess Cruise without piling on the pounds (easier said than done)
Video – The Duchess of Cambridge names the Royal Princess cruise ship

This article by Heather Cowper is originally published at Heatheronhertravels.com – Read the original article here

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Barbara Weibel
    May 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    How interesting! I wonder, especially since it was filmed I the Caribbean, if it will also be aired in the US?
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    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      May 10, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      @Barbara I think that question was asked and they said that it would depend if a US station wants to screen it and I think that’s likely

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    Lilian Williamson
    July 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Why is “The Cruise” series starting on ITV 1 on Friday 11th July not being shown in Scotland?

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      July 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      @Lillian – not sure about that – what a shame- perhaps you’ll be able do get it on the play it again

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    M.Carnegie
    July 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    It’s a disgrace that the Royal Princess won’t be shown in Scotland. Do they think the Scots don’t Cruise on a Princess ship? We even pay extra to fly down to Southampton and stay the night in a hotel before the cruise unlike the English and we are the ones not being shown “The Cruise” series. That’s unfair!

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      July 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      @M.Carnegie Quite unfair! I’m sure it’s in the control of ITV rather than Princess Cruises though, hope the series will be screened in Scotland at some point in the future

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    Mrs Mary Hathaway
    July 14, 2014 at 12:08 am

    It was not shown in Wales either.I hope it will be shown later.

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      July 14, 2014 at 9:56 am

      @Mrs Hathaway yes I do hope that you get the chance to watch – it was an entertaining programme

  • Reply
    Carol
    July 19, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Only watched the first show, I don’t think it gives a good impression of the cruise, been on a few Caribbean cruises but if a was about to book my first cruise it would put me off!!!! Don’t think the editing did Princess any favours.

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      July 19, 2014 at 10:54 am

      @Carol From my short visit to Royal Princess I do think she’s a very elegant ship and this isn’t really coming across in the 2 episodes I’ve seen so far, where the emphasis is on fun, fun, fun – but I think these TV programmes are really out to entertain and provoke a bit of controversy so they have their own agenda which is not always to give a balanced view of the cruise experience which, in any case, is different depending on your tastes.

  • Reply
    Frank Rawlins
    July 28, 2014 at 8:39 am

    If I found myself on a cruise with the people featured in this series I’d probably jump ship at the first chance. Fun, fun fun, did somebody say? I’d say tacky, self-centred, and about as funny as a verruca. If you really want to know what cruising is like for first-timers, try the book ‘Cruise Virgins … Bajan Lovers’. It’s a gem.

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      July 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

      @Frank Oh dear, I enjoyed the TV show but I’m aware that it shows one angle of cruising – the producers normally have their own agenda which is an entertaining programme rather than showing a balanced view

  • Reply
    Keith
    August 1, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I love cruising but this programme is not showing princess in a good light, have just booked with royal carribean as the crew are not portrayed as professionals more as a joke. Sorry but not for me or my family.

  • Reply
    ANN LANE
    August 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    WATCHED THE TV PROGRAMME OF THE ROYAL PRINCESS. WE LOVE CRUISING BUT WOULD NOT CHOOSE PRINCESS LINE IF THE PROGRAMME WAS AN ADVERT. FOR DECIDING ON A CRUISE.IT SEEMED TACKY AND THERE WAS TOO MUCH ABOUT THE WOES AND RIVALRY OF THE STAFF—-NOT A GOOD IMPRESSION! THE PASSENGERS SEEMED SECONDARY TO THE PROGRAMME AND THE ONES SEEN WERE NOT VERY HELPFUL TO A GOOD REVIEW. SORRY, NO THANKYOU TO PRINCESS .

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      August 9, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      @Ann Thanks for the comment – I love Princess cruises but I think I agree those guests did not come off too well

  • Reply
    Val Bolster
    October 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Heather, we are cruising on the Royal Princess and departing 10/25 for the caribbean. When are the formal nights? Is there a Caribbean themed night? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      October 15, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      @Val Hope you have a fabulous time on Royal Princess! I haven’t sailed on her Caribbean route, the cruise I did was a 4 night European cruise and there was one formal night but I’m not sure what they would do on the Caribbean sailings. I find that you can generally get loads of this kind of information from the forums on Cruise Critic.

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    Mr Cooper
    March 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Just had a wonderful cruise in the Carrebean. It was a shame that on the formal dining nights, people turned up in jeans and shirt sleeves. Traditional dining should be for all, otherwise those dressed appropriately are made to feel overdressed.

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      March 11, 2016 at 11:26 am

      @Michael Different cruise lines seem to have quite different dress codes so I think it’s about choosing a cruise line that’s right for you. However I agree that if they specify formal dress, you shouldn’t be allowed to attend the event in jeans & T-shirt

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