Downton Abbey may have played its last on UK television – apart from the inevitable repeats – but every cruise line wanting to appeal to British passengers and international fans of the Grantham clan is determined to grab a slice of the action.
A number of cruise lines offer excursions to Highclere Castle, the Hampshire pile that was the location for filming the series’ Abbey (which was in Yorkshire).
Now Princess Cruises is to showcase Downton Abbey exhibits on two of its UK-based ships this summer
Both Emerald Princess and Caribbean Princess will have displays of costumes and jewellery worn by several characters from the series and an exclusive ‘making of Downton Abbey’ film will be played during afternoon tea.
Episodes of the show will be available to watch on guests’ stateroom televisions – which will make a change from the incessant showings of Love Boat.
The exhibit will be on Emerald Princess from May 20 to September 5 when she sets sail from Southampton to destinations across Europe, including the Mediterranean and Scandinavia. Caribbean Princess’ exhibit will be available from May 18 to September 3 during her season sailing around the British Isles.
Hugh Bonneville, who played Lord Grantham, recently narrated ‘The Cruise’, a six-part ITV documentary set on Regal Princess, the line’s newest vessel.
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, said: “Many of our guests are Downton Abbey fans so we wanted to offer them something special to enjoy during their time onboard with us. Both exhibits include collections that are instantly recognisable and helped make the show so popular.”