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Cruising with Jane McDonald Series Seven

2nd February 2018

Updated 26th April 2022

New Series Friday 29th April - Channel 5 at 8pm

Jane McDonald officially hands over the baton of the exceptionally popular series ‘Cruising with…’ to comedian, writer and presenter Susan Calman for her own break-out series Cruisng With Susan Calman!

Cruising With Susan Calman

 

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!


5 Things To Be Excited About In 2015

22nd December 2014

As the year comes to a close, it is not only a good time to look back on the events of the past 12 months, but also look at what’s to come in the new year. With 2014 being such a huge year for cruise, can 2015 match it?

Already shaping up to be another exciting one, cruise lines have started to make us feel like next year is going to be a phenomenal year for the cruise industry. 

Here are my top 5 cruise events to look forward to in 2015…

1. The launch of Britannia

It feels like we have been waiting for Britannia for ages and the excitement began back at the beginning of 2014 when P&O Cruises held a launch event to give us a sneak peek of the amenities we can expect on Britannia.

The largest ship ever built for the UK, she is set to be 'inspired by the past, but designed for the future'. Showcasing everything we love about P&O Cruises with a host of new twists, there is no doubt she will take the world by storm.

A foodies heaven, she will be home to five celebrity chefs working alongside each other including James Martin, Marco Pierre White, Eric Lanyard, Olly Smith and Atul Kochhar. There will also be the first cookery school at sea and a host of exquisite restaurants.

Her elegant staterooms, fascinating atrium and giant spa have been designed to amaze guests at every moment.

Launching in March, she will sail a range of Mediterranean and Fjord itineraries. See our Britannia Cruise Deals.

2. The arrival of Anthem of the Seas into Southampton

With the launch of Quantum of the Seas being one of the most significant cruise events in 2014, will her sister ship cause a similar stir? The second SMARTship to launch, she will have everything we loved about Quantum and more.

Ever since it was announced Anthem of the Seas will call Southampton home for the summer months, bookings for her maiden sailings have rocketed and the suspense for her arrival has been at high levels. Once again everyone is ready to see a ship that "changes everything".

With a skydiving simulator, bumper cars, robotic bar tenders and an elevating pod, Royal Caribbean once again push every industry boundary and stand ready to give guests a completely different view of cruising.

A strong emphasis on entertainment will be portrayed again with world-class Broadway musicals, the technology of 270 and a Music Hall where an array of show-stopping bands will perform.

Arriving into Southampton in April, her maiden voyages will include sailings to Paris and Bruges. See our Anthem of the Seas Cruise Deals.

3. World cruises

2015 will see an array of new destinations added to cruise itineraries and as the industry expands, so do the ports. You can cruise to almost every corner of the earth now and new ports for 2015 are starting to be announced.

As more people want to explore the world on a cruise, it made perfect sense for cruise lines to start introducing world cruises to their schedules.

New ship, Quantum of the Seas will sail a 53 night world voyage from New Jersey, USA to Hong Kong.

P&O Cruises will have ships sailing around the globe in 2015, from Asia, Australia and Dubai. Cunard will continue their unique cruises such as Hong Kong to Sydney, Cape Town to Southampton and Dubai to Sri Lanka.

2015 will see Fred Olsen Cruises explore exquisite locations such as Arctic and Antarctica.

4. Sailing from Southampton

There has been a huge rise in people wanting to cruise without flying and 2015 will see the largest choice of ships sailing from Southampton.

Two new ships Britannia and Anthem of the Seas will go head to head with summer sailings from Southampton. Making it a huge year for the port of Southampton, having two brand new ships here will see a significant increase in guests sailings from the UK next year.

Replacing the popular Independence of the Seas, Royal Caribbean is sending Explorer of the Seas to the UK for the first time. The voyager-class ship will complete a major refurbishment before arriving to Southampton and include new virtual balcony staterooms, a flowrider and revamped entertainment.

Voted best ship from Southampton in 2014, Celebrity Eclipse will return for the 2015 summer season and sail to Scandinavia, Russia, Iceland and the Fjords.

Cunard will continue to have a strong presence in Southampton and offer guests the opportunity to sail to long-haul destinations such as New York, Canada and New England without flying.

Princess Cruises, Fred Olsen and Azamara will also sail a range of new itineraries from the popular UK port.

5. Princess Cruises 50th Anniversary

Princess Cruises have an incredible story to tell as they have grown from one ship sailing to Mexico to becoming one of the best known names in cruising and have a fleet of 18 ships sailing all over the world. 2015 sees an extremely special year for them as they prepare to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Every ship in the fleet will host celebratory parties and events throughout the year and all guests are invited to join in these celebrations. There will also be commemorative merchandise and gifts onboard.

As well as the celebratory events, the line has launched their 'Golden Deals' campaign for guests to receive special discounts and onboard credit offers for sailings from December 26th 2014 – February 28th 2015.


By Sally Grimes


Top 5 Cruise TV Ads

30th October 2014

With so much competition in the cruise industry, it appears cruise lines are pulling out all the stops to advertise their brand. From magazine spreads to city billboards, it is hard to escape the rapidly increasing industry that has become the number one holiday choice.

The latest trend in the travel industry seems to be television advertisments. Proving to be extremely successful these adverts have the power to convert dreaming minds in front of a TV to the picking up of a phone to book a cruise.

Here are my Top 5…

1. Royal Caribbean – The Sea Is Calling

The 'slightly chessy but works' ad

I love this advert! I think it’s because I know so many people can relate to the stress of everyday life, working hard and dreaming of holidays and how if we close our eyes we can transform into a different world. It is also great for showing the range of activities onboard and how there is something for all ages.

2. Princess Cruises – Memories

The 'emotional' ad

This advert was extremely well planned and really tags at the emotion strings. Although very short, it gets a strong message across of how important memories are to children. Family time is something none of us seem to have enough time for in everyday life, and this advertisement portrays the unforgettable bond you can form with your family on a cruise.

3. P&O Cruises – Time For You

The 'I can relate to this' ad

I do not believe anyone that says this advert does not put a smile on their face – even if it just the tapping of feet to the song! The message here is that everyone needs time to switch off and have fun at some point. Setting the scene of a typical mother and father realising it’s time for them to enjoy themselves again, it makes us all wonder when is it our time?

4. Disney Cruise Line – Captain’s Log Day

The 'I didn't realise that' add

In just 30 seconds this advert tells the story of a Disney cruise. Showing how all ages enjoy a day onboard, it sets the scene for the ultimate family cruise. This advertisement is great for changing the perception that a Disney cruise is just for children and certainly gives a different angle to cruising.

5. Carnival Cruises – Switch On Fun

The 'I wish' ad

Within the first six seconds this advertisement steels your attention as we can all relate to being stuck in traffic in depressing English weather, so we want to see what it is going to be about. At the switch of a button (but in reality, a phone call) you can be swept away to an exotic cruise. Carnival Cruise Lines are all about fun and this TV advert illistrates just that.


By Sally Grimes


Will there ever be too many ships?

16th July 2014

There is nothing I love more than breaking news of a another cruise ship being built so needless to say excitement levels are at an all-time high right now with more and more new ships being built. I feel like every morning I awaken my lethargic eyes and check my phone for news there is an alert for another new ship – is cruising taking over the world?

It is clear this industry is rapidly growing and becoming a holiday phenomenon. Cruising is now the fastest growing sector in the travel industry and attracts millions of new cruisers every year. Last year alone saw over 20 million people go on a cruise worldwide.

Everyone loves a new ship – new innovations, new designs, new cabins and every cruise line trying to up their game in this extremely competitive market. Every time a new ship is announced we spend months speculating what will be onboard and watch anxiously to see news unveil. The rush to be on the maiden voyage then starts, preparation for the naming ceremony and announcements of where she will homeport all come to place. The journey of a new ship is an exciting time for not only the line but for the whole world.

There has never been a more exciting time for the industry and here is what new ships are still to come...

Viking Star

Cruise line: Viking Cruise Line

Coming: December 2013

Size: 47, 800 GT

Where in the world: Sailing Mediterranean itineraries, she will homeport in Rome and Barcelona.

At a glance: Famous for their river cruising vessels, Viking decided to venture into ocean cruising and first ship Viking Star is set to bring all the loved river features to the cruise world. Intimate interior spaces will create the perfect setting for enjoyable days and evenings onboard. The Atrium Lobby is set to a grand foyer area that will stun people from their first steps.

Quantum of the Seas

Cruise line: Royal Caribbean Cruises

Coming: November 2014

Size: 167, 800 GT

Where in the world: To be based in China and sail Asia itineraries.

At a glance: Doing what they do best, Royal Caribbean are set to push all industry boundaries once again. Taking at sea innovation to a whole new level, Quantum of the Seas is set to have an indoor sky dive simulator, bumper cars and an elevating pod that will take people 300 feet above sea level. Other key features will be the new dynamic dining experience that will have people rotate between three different restaurants instead of having one main dining room.

Costa Diadema

Cruise line: Costa Cruises

Coming: October 2014

Size: 132, 500 gross tons

Where in the world: First cruise is set to sail from Savona.

At a glance: The new flagship of the fleet, she will be the most innovative ship in the Costa fleet. Seven restaurants will take everyone on a culinary journey through Italian, Brazilian and Asian eateries. The new Samsara Spa will be a large 7, 800 metres and span four decks with eight hot tubs, steam rooms and a state of the art gym.

Britannia

Cruise line: P&O Cruises

Coming: March 2015

Size: 142, 000 GT

Where in the world: To sail from Southampton on Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords, Baltic and Canary Island itineraries. In the winter she will sail the Caribbean.

At a glance: The largest ship every built exclusively for the British market, she is set to represent what P&O are famous for along with a range of exciting twists. With a large union flag on her bow, her interior will feature an elegant and sophisticated design. Showcasing the best in cruise dining, there will be five celebrity chefs working alongside each other including Marco Pierre White and Atul Kochar.

Seven Seas Explorer

Cruise line: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Coming: February 2015

Size: 54, 000 GT

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: Ready to define luxury once again, Seven Seas Explorer will be the most expensive luxury liner ever built. Upscale yet timeless, the interior design will be neutral and elegant. There will be an extensive range of gourmet dining onboard from six different restaurants. An extravagant art collection is also set to be displayed throughout the ship.

Norwegian Escape

Cruise line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Coming: October 2015

Size: 163, 000 GT

Where in the world: Her maiden voyage will sail from Southampton to Miami

At a glance: Norwegian Escape will be another revolutionary breakthrough from Norwegian Cruise Line and this family-friendly ship will feature a number of cutting edge features to amaze every guest. The onboard entertainment will be a huge hit once again with award-winning shows, live music, cabaret acts and the world renowned Blue Man group.

Oasis III

Cruise line: Royal Caribbean

Coming: 2016

Size: 225, 282 GT

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: No details have yet been released about Oasis III but it is speculated she will feature many of the innovative amenities Oasis and Allure of the sea has including a Central Park, Aquatheatre, Zipline and Carousel.

Holland America Unnamed

Cruise line: Holland America Line

Coming: February 2016

Size: 99, 000 GT (estimated)

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: No details have yet been revealed about the new Holland America ship, even its name is still a mystery. It will be the first ship for the line since the debut of Nieuw Amsterdam in 2010.

Carnival Vista

Cruise line: Carnival Cruise Line

Coming: November 2016

Size: 135, 500 GT

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: Carnival Vista is set to showcase a new design from other carnival ships, yet still have all the fun amenities they are famous for. Rumoured to boast some new innovations that have not yet been revealed, she will be ooze fun from bowl to stern.

Norwegian Bliss

Cruise line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Coming: Spring 2017

Size: 163, 000 GT

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: The second of the Breakaway-Plus ships, she will be similar in design to Norwegian Escape. With revolutionary entertainment, exciting cuisine and innovative staterooms, she will be a floating master-piece to create ever lasting memories for the whole family.

Princess Royal-Class Three

Cruise line: Princess Cruises

Coming: 2017

Size: 142, 700 GT

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: After the success of Royal Princess and Regal Princess it has been revealed a third sister ship will be built for delivery in 2017. Built at the same ship yard in Italy she will feature similarities to her sister ships with some added innovations new to Princess Cruises.

Norwegian Breakaway-Plus x2

Cruise line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Coming: 2018 and 2019

Size: 163, 000 GT (estimated)

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: It has just been announced that Norwegian Cruise Lines have signed an agreement with Meyer Weerft shipyard to build two new Breakaway-Plus class ships. The ships are set to cost €1.6 billion to build and carry around 4, 200 guests each.

MSC x4

Cruise line: MSC Cruises

Coming: 2 x 2017, 2018 & 2019

Size: 154, 000 GT (estimated)

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: MSC Cruises have announced plans to build four new ships. Said to be game changers in the MSC fleet they will feature never-before-seen amenities including panoramic lifts with sea views. With over 469, 000 square feet of public space, there is sure to be surprises along the way.


By Sally Grimes


10 Sports You Can Play On A Cruise

8th July 2014

We live in a country surrounded by sport. If we are not playing it, we are in front of the television watching it. From football, cricket and hockey to golf, swimming and croquet, sport is a key part of our lives.

So what happens when we go on holiday...how do we get our daily sport fix? Watching is not a problem as most resorts, hotels and cruise ships boast large screens and licensing to broadcast the latest games.

When it comes to playing your favourite sports, a cruise has you more than covered. With full sized basketball courts, mini golf courses and even ice rinks, there will be no complaining about missing out on your much-loved activities. 

Basketball

Although basketball is typically known as an American sport, it has become increasingly trendy for our younger generation to play. This high-energy game is a team sport that has strict rules.

Most cruise lines boast a full sized basketball court that will be the place for games, tournaments and competitions. Hosted by the sports or activity staff there will be organised games that offer hours of fun. Some cruise lines will even pair fun teams such as dads against sons or girls against boys!

Cruise lines with a basketball court: Carnival Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Princess Cruises

Golf

Golf at sea? Yes that’s right. A selection of modern day cruise ships are home to 9-hole mini golf courses as well as golf simulators.

It was Royal Caribbean who introduced this innovation but other lines have also brought this to their ships including Disney Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises.

Playing golf surrounded by the ocean is a once in a lifetime experience and fun for the whole family. Whether you are competitive, teaching the little ones or just having some fun, it is definitely an activity worth doing.

Cruise lines with mini golf: Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Disney Cruise Line 

Volleyball

Water volleyball is a sport guaranteed to put everyone in a holiday mood. Best played in the sun with a group of friends, it is the perfect combination of competitive and fun.

With cruise ships showcasing multiple swimming pools, there is likely to be one dedicated to water sports with volleyball often being the most popular game. Even if you do not understand the rules, there will be staff to show you and commentate the game.

If you do not want to get involved, just watching from the pool side is as much fun.

Cruise lines with volleyball: P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Carnival Cruises, Princess Cruises

Football

England’s iconic game, we are known around the world for our strong passion for football. I read recently that 65% of British males will not go on holiday anywhere that doesn’t show their team's football games. Good news is that most cruise ships have permission to broadcast popular games and even better news that you can play onboard too.

Normally the basketball court will be used as a football pitch and the markings set up accordingly. There will be dedicated staff to arrange matches, tournaments and fun competitions so be sure to pack your training shoes!

Cruise lines that have a football pitch: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line

Ping Pong

Are you that one person on holiday who shows everyone up at ping pong? There is always a Ping-Pong champion somewhere!

A fun game that has become very competitive, ping pong will test both your skills and patience.

Normally found on the sports deck or the activities centre, most cruise lines have a selection of ping pong tables for you to enjoy as well as paticipate in mini tornaments.

Cruise lines with ping-pong tables: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line

Boxing

Another industry revolution, Royal Caribbean are the only cruise line to offer boxing rinks at sea. Introduced on Freedom of the Seas, they are full sized boxing rinks that come fully equipped with punch bags, railings and boxing gloves.

Guests using the gym can use the rink as part of their exercise routine as well as enter fun boxing competitions orgainsed by the crew.

Cruise lines with a boxing ring: Royal Caribbean Cruises 

Swimming

When on holiday, some people like to use the pool to swim lengths as part of their exercise regime and others use it as a place to have fun or play games.

Swimming is a sport everyone can take part in and whether you want to practice lengths by yourself or compete in mini swimming galas, you will be able to swim to your hearts content on a cruise.

Cruise lines with a swimming pool: All cruise lines

Croquet

The traditionally English sport of croquet is a historic game that dates back to the 1850’s. Normally played in village playing fields, it has now come to the high seas by Celebrity Cruises.

The Lawn Club on their Solstice class ships offer the ultimate setting for a joyous game of croquet. With real grass, the sun shining and the ocean swaying around you, everyone is welcome to join in this game, whether you know the rules or not.

Equipment will be provided onboard and staff on hand to help.

Cruise lines with croquet: Celebrity Cruises 

Pool

The first thing that comes to mind when having a pool table onboard is how does it work with the movement of the ship? Rest assure the pool tables found at sea are self-leveling and stabilized, just like the ships themselves.

Even for those who do not play pool, these revolutionary tables have to be seen to be believed. As the ship moves, so does the table and the balls stay perfectly in place.

The opportunity to play a game of pool with new found friends and a beer will bring a home comfort to your cruise.

Cruise lines with pool tables: Royal Caribbean Cruises

Ice-skating

Just when you thought there was no other sport to be played onboard, Royal Caribbean introduced ice-rinks. Ice-skating in the middle of the ocean, now that’s impressive!

When the rink is not being used by the cast to perform a show, you can don a pair of skates with protective wear and hit the ice.Whether you are an expert skater or never tried it before, the professional skaters will be there to guide you.

Ice hockey games are not yet arranged..but watch this space.

Cruise lines with ice rinks: Royal Caribbean Cruises

By Sally Grimes


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