Malala chosen as godmother of Celebrity Edge

Nobel Prize-winning schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai is to be the godmother of cruise ship Celebrity Edge.

Celebrity Cruises has announced a two-year partnership with the Malala Fund whose mission is to secure safe, free quality education for every girl in the world.

The 19-year-old Peace Prize winner who was shot by the Taliban, will christen the ship in Fort Lauderdale on December 18, 2018.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, said Malala’s dedication to girls’ education sets an example worth following. “Partnering with the Malala Fund was a natural fit as we share the same passion and commitment to an […]

This one’s for you, Steve

I’m still bursting with pride today at being honoured for my Contribution to Cruise in the CLIA UK & Ireland Cruise Media Awards. And I have been overwhelmed by the messages of congratulation – in person on the night, and still setting my Twitter and Facebook timelines zinging and pinging.

But my moment of glory was tinged with regret. There was one person missing from the gathering of cruise executives, PRs, journalists, and bloggers. Someone who played a huge part in my success.

Before I adopted the Captain Greybeard pseudonym and gave up my desk job at Mirror Group Newspapers to […]

P&O Cruises passengers can learn from the expert on Olly Smith’s wine tours in Madeira

TV wine expert Olly Smith has created a pair of exclusive-access wine tour experiences at the world-renowned Blandy’s Wine Lodge in Madeira for P&O Cruises passengers calling at Funchal.

The tours will run across the entire fleet on selected 2017 cruises visiting Madeira and will offer behind-the scenes secrets on the craft of winemaking as well as tastings of the delicious varieties.

Olly, whose Glass House wine bar is a feature of several P&O ships, will lead one of the excursions. He said: “Whether you’re an absolute wine tasting beginner, or a seasoned pro, you’ll get the lowdown directly from the wine […]

TV series Cruising With Jane McDonald sends Majestic Line sales soaring

Keen river cruisers will be sitting back tonight to watch Jane McDonald journey along the Danube on board the luxury vessel SS Maria Theresa.

Operators Uniworld Boutique River Cruises are keeping their fingers crossed that viewer reaction will be as popular as the singer’s Hebridean cruise on The Majestic Line’s Glen Tarsan, broadcast last week.

Jane joined the mini-cruise ship last May for a six-night voyage around Mull, and her enthusiasm for both the boat and the destination proved infectious.

Sales manager Marie McGhee said, “The effect of the broadcast has been immense.  Within the first 10 minutes of the programme our […]

Jane McDonald cruises again in a new TV series

Set the PVRs to record – or the phasers to stun, take your pick. Jane McDonald is returning to her cruising roots in a four-part TV documentary series starting this week.

The singer rose to fame 19 years ago in the early TV reality show The Cruise (accept no imitations) and has more recently been one of ITV’s Loose Women presenters.

Cruising With Jane McDonald launches on Channel 5 at 9.00pm on Friday with a voyage on board MSC Cruises’ Divina for seven nights in the Caribbean.

Subsequent episodes will see Jane downsizing from the 3,500-passenger Divina to the Majestic Line’s rather […]

Design ambassador Nate Berkus is chosen to give Celebrity’s new cruise ships the Edge

Design guru Nate Berkus – America’s answer to Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen except he’s Jewish, gay, and cool – is to be a major influence on the look of Celebrity Cruises’ newest ships.

Berkus, who was the host of two series of home makeover shows on network TV in the US, has been appointed Design Ambassador for Celebrity’s Edge class.

Alongside Celebrity’s president and CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, he will be at the helm of a series of events revealing details of the ships from March onwards.

Until now, Celebrity has disclosed little about the four planned vessels – scheduled for launch between 2018 and […]

Merchant Navy Medal for Saga Cruise captain Philip Rentell

Saga’s senior captain, Philip Rentell, is one of 13 recipients of the new Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service, awarded for “exemplary service and devotion to duty.”

Philip, who addresses his intrepid passengers as “Saganauts” and is due to retire next year, has been at sea since 1969.

He will be at the helm of Saga Sapphire in November for a 24-night mystery cruise – only he and his senior officers know the itinerary, and passengers will have to guess whether to pack for warm or cold weather.

On a previous mystery cruise, he brought along a friend who flew a hot-air […]

Wedding bells ring for MSC and BBC – but Don’t Tell The Bride

Don’t Tell The Bride … but she’s going to get married on board a cruise ship, on prime time TV.

The hit television series is transferring from BBC3 to BBC1 later this month, and a wedding on board MSC Lirica will be the third of six hour-long episodes to be broadcast.

The production team joined Manchester-based entertainer Mark Kelly on the ship last September, as he prepared a theatrical wedding to sweetheart Kelly Roughley.

The couple are no strangers to radio or television. They work together as presenters, actors, singers, a magician/illusionist duo, and children’s entertainers. They used to host the drive […]

The best holiday I’ve ever had

Outnumbered star Daniel Roche talks about “the best holiday I’ve ever had” – a P&O fly-cruise to the Mediterranean on board Ventura – with his real family rather than the TV family Brockman.

AzAmazing Evening marks Henry’s heroism and the D-Day sacrifices

The sands of Normandy saw some distinguished action on Friday, the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The Queen joined Presidents Obama, Hollande and Putin at Omaha Beach where the liberation of Europe began with the landing of Allied troops on June 6 1944. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were among those attending a remembrance ceremony at Juno Beach to mark Canada’s involvement.
There’s an armada of cruise ships in the area, carrying a few surviving veterans along with hundreds of passengers wanting to pay their own tributes.
I am travelling on Azamara Journey, which spent the day in […]