A four-part documentary set on board a Princess Cruises ship will broadcast weekly on ITV this summer. Entitled ‘The Cruise Ship’, it will show unprecedented behind-the-scenes footage of crew and passengers on Royal Princess, a 3,600-passenger ship that was launched last year by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
The documentary will give an insight into what life is really like on board for the 1,600 crew members and how they work together to give guests a first-class customer service. From preparing a glittering welcome on board party to cooking a barbeque for all guests on Princess Cruises’ private Bahamas island, the programme offers a bird’s eye view of the ship as it sails through the Caribbean.
John Thompson, star of Cold Feet and The Fast Show, provides the voiceover and the show was produced by acclaimed UK production company Pulse Films.
Overseeing guest hospitality is Dirk Brand, hotel general manager. Dirk, a German native who has over 15 years’ cruise experience, is on hand to deal with all manner of challenges, including ensuring every one of the 1,800 cabins is spotlessly clean, making sure all 70,000 dishes that are washed daily meet his high standards and even carrying out a secret undercover ‘mission’ to check on his team.
Paul Ludlow, Princess Cruises’ managing director UK and Europe, said: “We are thrilled the crew on Royal Princess will star in this major series. We’re positive the show will strike a chord with everyone who enjoys travelling with us and also open up the appeal of cruising to a whole new generation of holidaymakers.
“Even our most travelled guests will be amazed at just how much hard work goes into making sure our ships run smoothly. We’re so proud of everything Princess Cruises has to offer and can’t wait for television viewers to see this for themselves.”
The date and time of the first episode will be confirmed shortly. “