TV talent show The Voice is to make its debut at sea, with cruise ship passengers groomed for stardom and judged by their fellow guests.
The Voice of the Ocean is to become a feature on 11 Princess ships, starting with Regal Princess in October.
Contestants will be picked during karaoke session auditions and assigned a mentor from the entertainment teams.
Up to nine finalists will compete on stage during the last night of the cruise.
A SURVEY of UK passengers shows they are paying no more for their cruise holidays now than they were four years ago.
Around half (49%) the people questioned in a poll for CruiseCritic take a cruise once a year and spend at least £1,500. A fifth (21%) spend less than £1,000.
“It’s interesting to see cruisers reporting that spending is flat, most likely because cruise lines have looked to onboard costs and add-ons to increase revenues, to keep base fares competitive,” said Cruise Critic UK editor Adam Coulter.
“To this end, it’s important to make sure that when you’re booking a cruise, you look at what the total
cost of your holiday is likely to be, including shore excursions and onboard spending.
“As a rough measure, we advise budgeting for about a third of the base fare in additional costs.”
Three-quarters of the 5,814 people questioned take a cruise at least once every two years, and 25% take to the seas several times a year.
On average, people had sailed with three different cruise lines, while more frequent cruisers have tried five or more.