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.
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.
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.
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”.
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
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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
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