still_x.jpgTake a world cruise tonight, without leaving your sofa. BBC2 is showing the first episode of a six-part documentary filmed during a 112-night voyage earlier this year.
The series, The Cruise: A Life At Sea, focuses on ship’s chaplain, the Rev Colin Still, as he travels the globe on board Fred Olsen’s Balmoral.
The Rev Still, of The Mission to Seafarers, provides advice, solace, and support to more than 1,700 passengers and crew on the ship. He is called on to renew wedding vows, gives spiritual guidance, and in his spare time, escorts guests on shore excursions.
Tonight he is on hand when there is a medical emergency on the ship on the first leg of its journey from Southampton to 33 destinations in 20 countries.
Reverend Still, from Brighton, has cruised with Fred. Olsen several times, including to the Amazon and on a previous World Cruise. He is a long-standing Chaplain with The Mission to Seafarers, which provides counselling and support services to seafarers around the world.
He said: “I am delighted to have been a part of this new BBC programme. This job is a valuable piece of Christian ministry, listening to and supporting those who wanted to talk to me.
“I most enjoyed building a bond of trust with passengers and the crew on the long voyage, and I particularly enjoyed the marriage renewal ceremonies, as they are such happy occasions. In terms of the challenges I faced, the work takes a lot of creative energy, being on duty all the time.
“That said, this important work has given me the opportunity to see so much of the world; we passed through both the Panama and Suez canals, visited New Zealand and Australia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. The Mission to Seafarers has seafarers’ rest and support centres in all of these places, so I valued meeting new faces in the global Mission family.”
The Cruise: A Life At Sea, BBC2, 8.30 pm tonight (Tuesday).