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Best time to cruise Alaska

2nd December 2019

With so much to do across the Last Frontier, you may be wondering when is the best time to make the journey. Whether you’re eager to hike or are hoping to spot some whales, find out the best time to cruise to Alaska in our helpful guide. [More]

Cruising with Jane McDonald Series Seven

2nd February 2018

Updated 5th May 2021

Cruising with Jane McDonald is back for Season 7!

Cruising with Jane McDonald on Channel 5 follows everyone’s favourite songstress onboard cruises across the world’s oceans and rivers. After voyaging to the Greek islands with Celestyal Cruises, Portugal's Douro river with Emerald Waterways, and exploring India's Golden Triangle and the Ganges with Uniworld, what else will Jane discover this time? Make sure to tune in and find out on Cruising with Jane McDonald!

Check out more info per episode below-

  • Series One: Bahamas, Vienna, Budapest, Canada, Alaska
  • Series Two: Russia, Sweden, Spain, France, Cuba
  • Series Three: North America, Iceland, Vietnam, Cambodia
  • Series Four: Australia, New Zealand, South America, Falkland Islands
  • Series Five: Australia, Greece, Portugal, India
  • Series Six: Mediterranean Riviera, Great American Lakes and APT River Cruises
  • Series Seven: Caribbean

For past episodes, catch up with Cruising with Jane McDonald on Channel 5's My5.

Jane McDonald

 

Jane McDonald

Hailing from Wakefield, Jane McDonald is as famous for her appearances on legendary daytime TV show Loose Women as she is for her singing career. Starting out as a cruise singer in the 1990s and finding fame on the hit BBC1 docusoap The Cruise, Jane’s history of cruising makes her perfectly qualified to go on trips all over the world in order to selflessly show the British public what cruising options are out there for us. With her cheeky northern charm, down to earth airs and genuine joy for all things cruise, there’s surely no one better than Jane to present cruising holidays to the nation.

 

The Show

Jane’s series of Cruising with Jane McDonald has been unbelievably popular so far. At almost two million, nearly as many Brits tuned in for the Christmas Special as went cruising in 2017! So far, Jane’s been everywhere from the Hebrides to the Southeast Asia, often on packages and ships available to book with Iglu Cruise.

 

Series Seven

Episode 1: Sunday 9th May 2021, 9pm Channel 5

Jane McDonald is back, this time with a 14-night cruise around the Caribbean onboard Sky Princess, the newest in the Princess Cruises' fleet, having started sailing in 2019. This episode sees the singer visit Princess Cays, the cruise line's very own private resort.

Episode 2: Sunday 16th May 2021, 9pm Channel 5

Jane McDonald finishes her 14-night cruise around the Caribbean, with visits to Roatan off the coast of Honduras and the beautiful Mexican island of Cozumel.

Jane McDonald Christmas Cruising

Episode 1: Friday 18th December 2020, 9pm Channel 5

In this festive episode, Jane McDonald takes a voyage down the Rhine river with Uniworld, in search of the world's best Christmas markets. Indulging in authentic cuisine and trying her hand at traditional European customs, there's endless inspiration for your next Christmas cruise.

 

Series 6

Episode 1

This time Jane’s off to the Great Lakes of the USA and Canada for a little less well-known river cruise than the grand waterways of Europe. Here she takes in Cleveland and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame showcases many of her musical idols before heading down to the intimating Niagara Falls. Here, not only does Jane get wet under the thunderous falls, she even takes a thrilling zip line over the water as well as riding a jet boat on the Montreal rapids.

Episode 2

Sailing with Oceania Cruises, Jane begins her trip in Rome where she takes a vintage car ride around the ancient city before boarding the ship to check out Florence, Pisa and Monte Carlo. Here she gets a taste of life in one of the most affluent areas of the world with private yachts and exclusive hotels before finishing in Barcelona and trying some traditional tapas in the old food market.

Episode 3

In this Christmas special with APTouring River Cruises Jane emplores the delights of the stunning Danube River. First she boards a vintage steamtrain once used by the royal family of the Hungarian Empire before stopping off along the waterway at Bratislava and Belgrade and on to the famous Iron Gates. Finally, after seeing folk performances and local treats, she heads to Romania to check out the iconic Bran Castle of Dracula fame.

Episode 4

Embarking on an Adriatic adventure with Silversea Cruises, Jane joins Silver Shadow on a journey to numerous hidden gems, indulging in delicious cuisine and soaking up the stunning scenery. The voyage begins in the breathtaking and historic city of Dubrovnik before continuing to Venice, Croatia and finally, the Bay of Kotor.

 

Series 5

The hit series came back with a bang for series 5, as Jane cruised with the fantastic Princess Cruises around the west coast of Australia. We discovered more about one of their ships, the Sun Princess, as she dined in the luxurious Chef’s Table restaurant, and enjoyed a wide array of entertainment – including an onboard wedding!

During her trip down under, Jane saw thrilling destinations such as Geraldton, where she took in the stunning Pink Lake, and then Fremantle, a gorgeous port city with plenty of maritime history. Finally, Jane visited Albany and Broome, both boasting impressive coastlines and exciting marine life.

In episode two of series 5, Jane explored some gorgeous Greek islands on a seven-night cruise with Celesytal Cruises. Here Jane discovered more about this popular holiday destination, such as Santorini and Mykonos, including all the fun things to see and do in this part of the world - from taking in astounding history to trying your hand at making cheese.

We them sail away from the oceans into the wonderful world of river cruising, first down the famous Ganges river in India in a 2-part special before heading along the Douro in Portugal and Spain for a European river cruise with Emerald Waterways, stopping off at a range of Iberian gems. At a number of ports along the way to Spain, the songstress discovers the history of the stunning Douro through tile painting, a tour of Casa De Mateus in Vila Real, and a visit to a Portuguese custard tart factory in Lisbon. Secrets of the Douro is a magnificent way to explore the river across eight days of unrivalled cruising. Starting and ending in Porto, you'll visit villages, vineyards, and the city of Salamanca. You can find more fantastic Douro river cruises.

 

 

Series 4: June 2018

The fourth series sees Jane travel down under in a two-parter for episodes one and two. In the first episode, we follow as she begins her voyage of Australia and New Zealand on Holland America Line’s ms Noordam. We start with a bus tour of Sydney cruising past all the iconic landmarks, and a visit to the Sydney Opera House. Then, she’s on the ship for a trip to Tasmania to see the unique wildlife before heading up to New Zealand. In the second episode, we go to the North Island to see Wellington before getting stuck into some quad-biking with backdrops as thrilling as the ride. This leg’s finale is a meeting with a Maori tribe before jumping in a helicopter to see Auckland.

 

 

Meanwhile, in the third episode, Jane jets off to South America for a cruise in a super-luxury Silversea cruise ship. On the way, she sees some Banksy street art and heads to Chile to see glaciers and enjoy a whiskey cooled with cubes direct from the ice-sheet. As if that isn’t breathtakingly cool enough, we then stop by Patagonia before heading to the iconic Falkland Islands.

 

Series 3: February - March 2018

In the first episode of series 3, Jane went off up the California coast with Princess Cruise’s Ruby Princess. She saw a range of fantastic places including Hollywood’s walk of fame, the Golden Gate Bridge, and famous cable cars of San Francisco. Discover more about Princess Cruises in Los Angeles and more of North America. In the second episode, Jane went off to Iceland, truly a land of unrivalled natural beauty and phenomena. Here she took in a spot of whale-watching, had a dip in the famous hot thermal geysers, and saw the awe-inspiring Northern Lights.

 

 

In the third episode, Jane head east for a river cruise along the exotic Mekong River. We followed Jane through both Vietnam and Cambodia aboard the Amadara, seeing some wonderful locations such as Angkor Wat, one of the oldest religious monuments in the world. In the fourth and final episode, Jane steamed up the legendary Mississippi River. Starting her trip in New Orleans, Jane took in the jazz scene and raucous atmosphere of the city before hopping aboard the American Steamboat Company’s American Queen - the world’s largest paddle-steam boat. To cap it off with her usual musical finale, Jane made a pilgrimage to Graceland, once the home of, but now shrine to, the one and only Elvis Presley.

 

Series 2: September - December 2017

After the success of series one, four more episodes and even a Christmas special were commissioned for series two. In episode one, Jane embarked on a brilliant Baltics cruise aboard the stunning Viking Sky – a truly luxurious vessel. Cities included St Petersburg and Stockholm, for some culture and a lot of fun. In the next episode, we followed Jane around the Mediterranean as she stood in awe at world famous sites including the magnificent Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and then through France along the Rhone in episode three, with a few glasses of wine along the way!

 

 

The fourth episode was located in a country that sits on many a bucket list – Cuba. Here Jane was welcomed with open arms by locals and enjoyed a little salsa, some incredible food, historic buildings, and of course the iconic cars. All this and a brilliant Cuban house party too.

 

Series 1: February - March 2017

In the first episode of the first series, Jane embarked on a fantastic Caribbean cruise with MSC Cruises, onboard MSC Divina. Here she was lucky enough to swim with the sharks on the island of St Maarten, and explore the oldest Baptist church in the Bahamas. Then came a Hebridean adventure with just six other cruisers, before Jane’s first river cruise on the Danube which included stops in the beautiful cities of Vienna and Budapest.

 

 

The fourth and final episode of series one had Jane enjoying a truly incredible cruise, which many would consider a once in a lifetime holiday; in Canada and Alaska. As well as seeing the amazing wildlife and gorgeous scenery, Jane was even able to have a go at dog-sledding on an ice field!


What can be seen on an Alaska Cruise?

18th October 2017

For many people, Alaska remains a far-off land full of mystery and intrigue, and as such, it can be found on many a bucket list. Thankfully, more and more cruise lines are introducing Alaska itineraries, bringing this fascinating destination closer than you might think.

If you have booked, or are thinking of booking an Alaska cruise, you might be wondering just what this northernmost American state has to offer. It is well known that the scenery here is spectacular, but what exactly are you likely to see?

 

 

Stunning Wildlife

Alaska is home to some beautiful creatures, both on land and in the surrounding waters. When cruising in Alaska, ships will stay close to the shore, allowing you the optimum chance to see all kinds of wildlife.

As soon as you begin to approach Alaska, keep your eyes peeled for fantastic animals such as humpback and killer whales, dolphins, porpoises, puffins, and bald eagles. Then, when you get closer to the shore and on any days spent exploring on land, you might see mountain goats, grizzly, brown, and black bears, wolves, moose, porcupines, and salmon among others.

 

 

To see Alaskan wildlife in its natural habitat is a truly wonderful experience. Sightings will help you to appreciate the complexities of the different interactions within the Alaskan environment.

Beautiful Landscapes

Supporting all these creatures is a majestic land which boasts some incredible vistas. Aside from the crystal clear waters that border the region, visitors will come across some very pretty lakes, rivers, and streams – many of which have waterfalls.

 

 

In Alaska, your average view – whether in town or in the countryside - will generally contain commanding mountains, pine tree-filled forests, or extensive green plains, if not all of them. Even when in the centre of a busier area, such as the capital city Juneau, the pretty and colourful buildings only serve to complement the wider scene.

True Wonders of Nature

Visitors to Alaska are often blessed with the sight of some real natural spectacles. There are over 600 official glaciers found all over the state, but in fact, there are an estimated 100,000 altogether. These are breath-taking to see, and it is sometimes even possible to see great portions of ice cascading away. You might also see floating icebergs in the seas around Alaska, which are remarkable to watch.

 

 

Some lucky tourists are fortunate enough to see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. It is thought that the best time for this is between September and April, and of course, they can be seen on land or from your cruise ship.

Considering everything that can be discovered in this enriching part of the world, it is no wonder that so many people feel the need to explore it. If you are among these, have a look at our Alaska cruises today, or for more information, sign up to receive our new Alaska brochure.

 

Let Norwegian Cruise Line show you Alaska

 

Among the cruise lines visiting this alluring destination is the fantastic Norwegian Cruise Line. This family-friendly line offer a range of itineraries in Alaska across their fleet, with the youngest – Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy – among these.

 

 

These state-of-the-art vessels are sister ships and boast many of the same onboard facilities. From a wealth of dining choices to some world-class entertainment options, there is certainly plenty onboard to suit all tastes. Here’s a snippet of what you can find;

 

  • Laser Tag. An activity for cruisers of all ages, laser tag is a great way to meet fellow cruisers or even compete against those you’re travelling with!
  • Aqua Park. Not only will cruisers love the spacious pool area and hot tubs, but it’s also possible to let loose in this fun waterpark complete with slides and a drench bucket.
  • Mandara Spa & Salon. One for the grown-ups, this luxurious space provides the perfect setting to indulge and unwind. The salt room and snow room are particular favourites.
  • Food Republic. One of many restaurants onboard, Food Republic is a great option for a group with a variety of tastes. You’ll find scrumptious cuisine from all over the world.
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    Of course, in addition to enjoying all these onboard treats, your cruise itinerary will incorporate plenty of chances to enjoy the incredible setting that is Alaska. Excursions can include experiences like dog-sledding with Alaskan Huskies, and kayaking to explore glaciers and spot wildlife.

    See our range of Norwegian Cruise Line Alaska itineraries, or talk to our sales team to find out more.


    The Princess Cruise Experience

    10th November 2015

    Updated October 2017

    Princess Cruises welcome you to a special cruising experience that will expand your horizons, deepen your understanding of the world, and create memories to last a lifetime.

    Onboard an unforgettable Princess Cruises cruise, guests will enjoy a life changing adventure; where world class entertainment, award-winning dining, beautiful accommodation, and exciting excursions ashore are in abundance.

    With Princess Cruises you can sail to an array of special destinations in each of the four corners of the world. From the warm waters and sandy shores of the Caribbean, to the historic capitals of Europe where fine wine, delicious cuisine, and towering monuments reign supreme, all the way to the breath-taking mountainous climbs of Alaska where you’ll truly feel on top of the world.

    These awards-winning cruises offer the perfect retreat for all ages. With a fleet of 17 marvellous ships, there are a range of sizes and styles, and each one can provide a unique holiday experience.

     

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