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TV favourites Ant and Dec are gearing up for their Saturday Night Takeaway finale appearance broadcast live from P&O Cruises’ Britannia next month.

There are plenty of other opportunities to cruise with the stars, and leading agents Iglu have come up with a list that includes celebrity chefs, dancers from Strictly, and a Bake Off winner.

As managing director Simone Clark points out: “A cruise with a celebrity offers a memorable and exciting holiday with a real difference.

“Fans can combine meeting some of their favourite celebrities in an intimate setting, with an exotic holiday location; what’s not to love?”

Cook with MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace

If you can stand the heat, get into the kitchen with MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace aboard Saga Pearl II’s Flavours of France and Spain cruise this April. Enjoy overnight stays in some of Europe’s finest culinary ports including St. Nazaire, Pasajes, Leixoes, Vigo and Bordeaux.

Departs April 22 (14 night cruise) from Southampton. Fares from £2,405pp. Full board, plus house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. One passenger must be over 50, companions over 40.

Dance with Craig Revel Horwood

Cha-cha your way on to one of P&O’s cruises this spring for your chance to be judged on your dancing ability by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood. Enjoy a Strictly themed cruise to the Canary Islands, with overnight stays in La Palma, Las Palmas, Arrecife, Agadir and Lisbon amongst others. “Fab-u-lous!”

Departs April 22 (14 night cruise) from Southampton, on Ventura, or, May 16 (13 night cruise) from Southampton, England on Britannia. Fares from £789pp for Ventura and from £882pp for Britannia.

Bake Off with Nancy

If you’re a fan of Great British Bakeoff, you won’t want to miss Fred Olsen’s Great British Cruise this August. Nancy Birtwhistle, who won in 2014, will be aboard Braemar giving culinary tips, cooking demos and Q&A sessions. The ship will sail around the UK with stops including Falmouth, Cardiff, Liverpool and Rosyth. Guests have the option to take part in a number of excursions to celebrate the best of British including the Eden Project, Lake District, and the Doctor Who or Beatles experiences.

Departs August 8 (11 night cruise) from Southampton. Fares from £1,261pp.

Share the night with Journey

Worlds apart from everyday life, this Carnival Live cruise around Florida and the Bahamas offers guests the chance to see rock legends Journey live in Nassau. Visitors will dock at Baltimore, Port Canaveral on Florida’s Space Coast, Nassau and Freeport, and will have the option to go on an excursion to the Kennedy Space centre at Cape Canaveral, as well as to explore the best ports and beaches of the Bahamas.

Departs April 30 (9 night cruise and stay) from Baltimore, USA. Fares from £1,249pp includes return flights, a one-night Baltimore hotel stay, all resort transfers.

Down the Danube with Aled Jones

Get up close and personal with the best that Eastern Europe has to offer on a Scenic River cruise with overnight stays in Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Durnstein, Melk, Linz and Passau and enjoy excursions at every port. Highlights include the stunning 19th century architecture and thermal baths in Budapest and the Mozart museum in Vienna. Guests will also be treated to a classical concert by Welsh singer Aled Jones (above).

Departs April 6 (7 night cruise) from Budapest, Hungary. Fares from £2,279pp including flights from UK. Full board, plus unlimited complimentary drinks.

Dining with Marco Pierre White

Discover Gaudi’s Barcelona, revel in the glamour of Monte Carlo, and grab a selfie in front of the leaning tower of Pisa on this voyage. aboard P&O’s flagship, Britannia. Other cities on the cruise include Cadiz, Florence, Rome, Cartagena and Gibraltar. Guests will have the opportunity to cook alongside Marco Pierre White or attend an intimate hosted dinner where they can watch the infamous chef prepare a decadent meal.

Departs July 30 (14 nights cruise) from Southampton. Fares from £1,372pp.

Contact: www.iglucruise.com 0208 544 6447. (All prices subject to availability).

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