This section also includes comedians to TV chefs to how a ship works.

We were a movie company and had vast experience is movie scripts and storytelling. Now we write movie paced crime thrillers that all happen on ships. The novels confirm copyright, and publishing them on Amazon, one of the three major movie makers means copyright is protected. So with our YouTube filmed Port Guides that has hit over 100,000 views in a month, we are all about entertainment.

ENTERTAINMENT ON BOARD SHIP

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The Opera Boys – a powerhouse of top class vocal harmony

I have never been to an opera so this is a treat of an act I never miss.

Great Entertainment is on a cruise ship

Cruisers love the fantastic entertainment,

The 4 Tunes – West End leading men on a ship near you

Cruise ships are littered with experienced top class performers

Gary Barlow, brand representative and musical director of the new 710 club

The Limelight on the Britannia has been so successful that the Iona

Ben Makisi “The Polynesian Pavarotti”

Benjamin Makisi “The Tenor of the Pacific” Ben was born in Wellington NZ where he began singing in church. He is of Tongan and Samoan descent and does look like a member of the ‘All Blacks’, but he is a man of gentle character although I am not sure you would want to cross him. He plays […]

Kong Skull Island, Jurassic World – Behind the scenes in Oahu, Hawaii

Kong: Skull Island is an epic $185m movie, both a critical and financial success shot in Hawaii.

The True Cost of Cruising – Tips & Tipping, Tours, Drinks, Fine Dining

You can go on a cruise and enjoy just what was in the ticket price,

AQABA – stopover port for Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea.

Aqaba, the gateway to Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and so much more. I did not travel to Aqaba when some of the others were shooting a movie there, so I missed Petra and had to endure hearing about it over and over again. It was on my Bucket list and I did get […]

MYKONOS

OK film buffs, this is where they made Shirley Valentine and you can sense it as soon as you see the colourful harbour from the ship. When in town you may get to see the rich and famous who love it here. Mykonos is another easy port on this Greek cruise route. According to Greek mythology, […]

Hamburg Christmas Market

Probably our favourite Christmas market, it does find itself on many Christmas market itineraries.

Wheelchairs, access and mobility at sea; is it all changing? Will you be looked after by Robots?

Robots are now working on two cruise lines, and may soon be caring for those who need help.

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Darren Day at P&O Britannia’s prestige Limelight club.

Darren Day often appears in Britannia‘s Limelight club,

SAGA CRUISE big entertainment have JOOLS HOLLAND for 5 years

This is a great catch… Jools.

Boyslife at the Limelight on the Britannia – first class entertainment

Brian McFadden of Westlife

Gary Barlow, brand representative and musical director of the new 710 club

The Limelight on the Britannia has been so successful that the Iona

Dean Andrews – the Limelight Club on Britannia

I noticed that there was some chat on the Britannia chat group as to, who is Dean Andrews?

Jumping off the Statue of Liberty – Stuart St Paul on how and why

This is the big ending for the movie American Werewolf in Paris, which started with a leap from the Eiffel Tower

Choosing your Cabin on a cruise ship

Ships are travelling at sea and can be both noisy and bumpy. There is a logic to apply.

Themed Cruises – Rock the Boat (music), the Love Boat and Golf

THEME CRUISES – more & more popular ROCK THE BOAT  – Sammy Hagar did lead out the Rock the Boat that sailed from the USA, great friends of ours British legends, Status Quo have done the Rock The Boat out of Australia, the UK Rock The Boat was lead out by American Suzi Quatro. These cruises aim at having […]

Where are you going New Years Eve?

Renowned for being one of the top New Years’ Eve destinations,

Ballroom and Latin, what dance floors do ships have?

Which ships still have ballroom and Latin

Giardini Naxos: The Godfather of all tours, Corleone family footsteps in Sicily

Sicily has over a hundred tours

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Andy Wilkins, Comedian

Andy Wilkins is a cheeky and hugely likeable lad who we first me on the Black Watch

Pete Matthews – comedy juggler – no one is safe

We might not be inspired by the headline comedy juggler, and if you are the same prepare to be shocked,

Jon Courtenay – Comedian and extraordinary pianist and showman

We like to feature the performers you see on the ships,

Darren Day at P&O Britannia’s prestige Limelight club.

Darren Day often appears in Britannia‘s Limelight club,

Manuel Martinez pranks us here at the Doris Visits office.

Yes, Manuel rang us from Cuba.

Taffy Spencer, comedy magic on all the cruise lines

If the name Taffy Spencer does not give it away, his accent will.

Funny Tucker, from Barry Manilow, to Gladys Knight to Eastbourne panto to ship to ship.

One of our favourite comedians, Funny Tucker is found, if you are lucky on the bigger ships.

Funny Lady! Comedian Hilary O’Neil

There are very few women doing comedy and not many rise to the heights that Hilary has

Kong Skull Island, Jurassic World – Behind the scenes in Oahu, Hawaii

Kong: Skull Island is an epic $185m movie, both a critical and financial success shot in Hawaii.

Queen Victoria decked out with holly for Christmas

Having just returned from the Caribbean pre-Christmas

Hop On, Hop Off ! We have a discount code for you

Going away before the end of the year, if you are thinking of using the city sightseeing red bus,

Jumping off the Statue of Liberty – Stuart St Paul on how and why

This is the big ending for the movie American Werewolf in Paris, which started with a leap from the Eiffel Tower

Choosing your Cabin on a cruise ship

Ships are travelling at sea and can be both noisy and bumpy. There is a logic to apply.

Dancers Announced for the SCD STRICTLY COME DANCING CRUISE !!!!

The excitement has been boiling

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Justine Riddoch as Tina Turner

Justine is a powerhouse, just like Tina Turner.

Jeff Dingle as Bruno Mars – on BBC 1’s EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING

Adding Jeff Dingle

Jon Fisher, the foremost Gary Barlow tribute.

Jon Fisher is without doubt the foremost Gary Barlow tribute.

Maxine Mazumder is Dusty Springfield, Lulu and Adele

Question?

Dean Richardson as Freddie Mercury – the best we have seen anywhere

It is rather odd that we never saw Freddie Mercury live, because

Helen Ward Jackson as herself and Adele

Helen is herself, but she is Adele so easily.

Jimmy Jemain as Cliff Richard – officially voted number 1 Cliff Richard tribute

If anyone in the industry was asked who is the Cliff tribute,

Eric & Little Ern (Morecambe & Wise tribute) at Britannia’s Limelight Club

A magnificent, accurate and emotional link to Morecambe & Wise

Hop On, Hop Off ! We have a discount code for you

Going away before the end of the year, if you are thinking of using the city sightseeing red bus,

BOSTON – Old Town Trolley – hop on hop off buses

Cheers! Freedom Trail & Old Town hop-on hop-off bus We might be able to save you a quarter of the ticket price ! We are about to fly west and join the Aurora (R715) in Boston. Transfer to ship days can mean we don’t see much, but if you have a whole day or even better […]

Essential packing for a cruise

Another cruise ship comedian,

Is Birmingham is London’s best Airport – Fly-cruise is the future.

When you finish your transit flight, your bags

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

Norovirus – the facts – carry your own soap and water hand sanitiser

There are facts, there is gossip, and there is scaremongering. We could be referring to the news, but we are giving the run down on Norovirus.

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Boyslife at the Limelight on the Britannia – first class entertainment

Brian McFadden of Westlife

Darren Day at P&O Britannia’s prestige Limelight club.

Darren Day often appears in Britannia‘s Limelight club,

SAGA CRUISE big entertainment have JOOLS HOLLAND for 5 years

This is a great catch… Jools.

Dean Andrews – the Limelight Club on Britannia

I noticed that there was some chat on the Britannia chat group as to, who is Dean Andrews?

Gary Barlow, brand representative and musical director of the new 710 club

The Limelight on the Britannia has been so successful that the Iona

Oslo Christmas Market

Oslo is a beautiful city, and they are likely to have snow

Wheelchairs, access and mobility at sea; is it all changing? Will you be looked after by Robots?

Robots are now working on two cruise lines, and may soon be caring for those who need help.

Living permanently on a cruise ship

Say NO to the retirement home. There are people who live permanently

Toboggan or Sled or Sleigh Ride? A ride with no snow in Funchal, Madeira

OK, so Christmas tradition is a sleigh ride,

FRED OLSEN LATE DEALS + UPGRADES

Fred Olsen always has some kind of sale or deal.

Ballroom and Latin, what dance floors do ships have?

Which ships still have ballroom and Latin

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Tom McLauchlan is master guitarist who can be found performing classical recitals at sea.

Tom McLauchlan is master guitarist and visiting tutor of guitar at Charterhouse, Surrey, but more importantly to us cruisers he visits ships and appears performing classical recitals. We recently listed to two of his amazing shows on the Aurora, where his ability to make the guitar do and be so much is quite astounding. He […]

Dolce Duo; Lianna on flute and Yukiko on piano present fabulous recitals at sea

We flew to Boston with Lianna and Yukiko to meet the Aurora on New England Cruise route R715. We had never met them before so it was a real treat to watch and listen to the pair play together. They perform in such harmony and are so easy and comfortable playing together they engage totally […]

David McArthur, concert pianist tells us of an attack by pirates.

Have you any idea how many grand pianos there are on a cruise ship?

Jean Heard, classical actress. Her one woman show, Royal Mistresses.

You may know Jean as the main presenter here at Doris Visits, but on sea days in costume, she performs

An Ideal Present for a cruiser – a useful toy – the squeezable Globe Ball

Keeping your hands subtle

Themed Cruises – Rock the Boat (music), the Love Boat and Golf

THEME CRUISES – more & more popular ROCK THE BOAT  – Sammy Hagar did lead out the Rock the Boat that sailed from the USA, great friends of ours British legends, Status Quo have done the Rock The Boat out of Australia, the UK Rock The Boat was lead out by American Suzi Quatro. These cruises aim at having […]

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg – a modern wonder of the world

We think just about everyone will enjoy Wunderland, but

See Christmas decorations in the Caribbean !

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali or

Rio Carnival – the bucket list lifetime party

The Rio Carnival has to be one of the worlds most famous events.

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Col Tim Collins OBE guest speaker at sea

Tim is in huge demand as a speaker, but can be found at sea with the odd tale to tell. Famed for his address of the troops before going into Iraq,

Manuel Martinez pranks us here at the Doris Visits office.

Yes, Manuel rang us from Cuba.

Jumping off the Statue of Liberty – Stuart St Paul on how and why

This is the big ending for the movie American Werewolf in Paris, which started with a leap from the Eiffel Tower

Keith and Nancy Appleyard – a daytime team

The currency on ships is cabin space. So husband and wife speakers are a bonus, the same with dance and bridge instructors.

Paul Fellows – a fellow of the Astronomical Society – top guest on board

Paul Fellows is co-presenter of the public open evenings at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.

Stuart St Paul – Cruise Crime Novelist with 50 years in the movie industry

One of the many diverse forms of entertainment on a ship are the guests.

Marty Kristian ‘taught the world to sing’ in The New Seekers

Marty releases children books and will be signing them on board ship.

Adam Allinson – choir master extraordinaire on the oceans

There are certain performers who make magic happen, Adam Allinson is one such entertainer.

MARELLA DRESS CODE when to get suited and booted

CRUISING can be all about dressing up

Great Belt Bridge – cruising under the TV star in the Midnight Sun

Great Belt Bridge – seen in Midnight Sun – Copenhagen was a great day.

Bath, Christmas lights in the Roman City

This is a market that could be a weekend treat. The award-winning Bath Christmas Market

Airport Parking Deals

Car Parking Options all sorted on one page.

SPORTING EVENTS ON BOARD

If you like sports or if there is a big event on like the world cup, the ship will show the event somewhere. If the event is big enough, everywhere.

Aurora all dressed up for Christmas

The Aurora is one of the most beautiful ships at sea without Christmas decorations,

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Gary Barlow, brand representative and musical director of the new 710 club

The Limelight on the Britannia has been so successful that the Iona

Boyslife at the Limelight on the Britannia – first class entertainment

Brian McFadden of Westlife

Darren Day at P&O Britannia’s prestige Limelight club.

Darren Day often appears in Britannia‘s Limelight club,

SAGA CRUISE big entertainment have JOOLS HOLLAND for 5 years

This is a great catch… Jools.

Eric & Little Ern (Morecambe & Wise tribute) at Britannia’s Limelight Club

A magnificent, accurate and emotional link to Morecambe & Wise

Dean Andrews – the Limelight Club on Britannia

I noticed that there was some chat on the Britannia chat group as to, who is Dean Andrews?

Norovirus – the facts – carry your own soap and water hand sanitiser

There are facts, there is gossip, and there is scaremongering. We could be referring to the news, but we are giving the run down on Norovirus.

SPORTING EVENTS ON BOARD

If you like sports or if there is a big event on like the world cup, the ship will show the event somewhere. If the event is big enough, everywhere.

Cheers in Boston and a hurricane on route

Just arrived in Boston and been out testing the new camera, the Canon XC15. OK, so it is first run and we have not got the hang of it yet, and we had to stop for a few beers at CHEERS bar. Cheers, the new bar is a rebuild of the original bar, The Bull […]

Casablanca, Morocco’s Cultural centre has a Rick’s Bar.

Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city on the Atlantic Coast

AQABA – stopover port for Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea.

Aqaba, the gateway to Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and so much more. I did not travel to Aqaba when some of the others were shooting a movie there, so I missed Petra and had to endure hearing about it over and over again. It was on my Bucket list and I did get […]

Aurora all dressed up for Christmas

The Aurora is one of the most beautiful ships at sea without Christmas decorations,

Presenter Jean Heard is an award-winning actress, she can be seen in Freight which was a Netflix movie made by this independent company which Jean is a partner in. She has also won Best Actress awards in the USA and starred in BBC single dramas like Grass Arena with Oscar winner Mark Rylance. She has appeared in West End theatre and is the main presenter for the travel show Doris Visits. She is a grandmother, not of a ship, to Heidi and Dexter from son Luke and daughter-in-law Dawn. Her Daughter, actress Laura Aikman was in the Christmas special of Gavin and Stacey as Sonia – the most hated character on TV for some time!

What not to miss in New York – New York top 5 attractions!

New York New York, there is so much to do, and we have so many films, this is just our top tips of what not to miss.

Karama shopping in Dubai, 100% genuine fakes at 90% discount!

Here is a Dubai film you won’t see often. We start in Karama, go to eat street side at Ravi’s that watch Carlos Santana in the Park. You can spend on premium goods at the expensive Mall, but there is a down-downtown not too far away, where you can find, and we are quoting the […]

St Lucia Island, Soufriere Volcano. Jean goes to the drive in Volcano for Doris Visits

St. Lucia is one of the largest of the Windward Islands, and it feels friendly the moment you step on to the island. In this film we take a bus and ride out to the Volcano. The French and British spent many years fighting over the twin peaked island deep with rainforests and surrounded by […]

New York, Grand Central Station – on the Big Bus Purple route

In Midtown Manhattan just down from the junction of Maddison Avenue

Presenters Elizabeth and David James-Taylor describe themselves a sociable couple, whose kids have grown up and left. Their first cruises were on the P&O Canberra in the late 1996 and Cunard QE2 in May of 1997. Since then Elizabeth and David have been hooked on cruising and like to share their experiences. 38 plus cruises later they still find something magical and romantic about cruising and cruise ships. They have two cruises booked for this season and a possible third in the autumn. David is an amateur film maker who we often refer to as our video reporter in the north. He can frequently be found ship watching at Northumbrian Quay, the Port of Tyne’s cruise terminal. He is often ship watching in the Tyne, well, at the side of the Tyne!

Azamara Journey – Elizabeth goes cruising again for Doris Visits

Aegean Coast and Greek Island Cruise on the Azamara Journey

P&O Oceana: Elizabeth goes cruising again for Doris Visits

P&O Oceana: Elizabeth goes cruising again for Doris Visits – Elizabeth is back on the Oceana with two films. A Sun Class ship she was originally the Ocean Princess, then when she joined P&O she sailed at first as the Adonia. Now firmly known as the Oceana she is many cruisers favourite. With a maximum of […]

P&O Arcadia World Cruise with presenters David & Elizabeth

Some people join a world cruise to avoid the winter sail out of Southampton,

Cunard Queen Victoria – Elizabeth Goes Cruising

Cunard Queen Victoria The C word as the comedians say at P&O, demonstrates the friendly rivalry between the two sister cruise lines out of Southampton does see some familiar brand styles. As our main team have never cruised with Cunard (yet) we are very pleased that David James Taylor has once again supplied us with […]

Mogens Hallas is a regular cruiser, especially since his recent retirement. He is what we call an adventurous cruiser because he changes ships, he changes routes and looks for new things to experience.

Mogens is a fantastic photographer and was the first to upload the Allure of the Seas going under the Great Belt Bridge, which gained him over a quarter of a million views. Mogens offers films to Doris Visits regularly primarily to exchange his experiences and he does go to places we do have yet to see, like his Galapagos films. He has a great video on what to pack for such an unusual adventure.

Anthem of the Seas – ship tour

Take a look inside the Royal Caribbean ship,

CELEBRITY EQUINOX – Doris Visits take a look

Celebrity Equinox – a Solstice Class cruise ship The Celebrity Equinox is a Solstice class ship built at the cost of $750m in 2009. It has 13 passenger decks, that carries 2,850 passengers a few more than the some of the other ships in this class. It has 1,210 including a great entertainment team that centre around […]

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

Cruise Route – Canada and New England Cruise, Anthem of the Seas

Canada, New England, USA – Anthem of the Seas We joined the Aurora (R715) in Boston, so we thought we would show a little of this route not just with our films but with another great film from Mogens Hallas who we like to feature here on Doris Visits. This cruise takes in Boston, Portland, Maine, […]

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Toulon, France and ex Naval base and base for the film Surviving Picasso

Toulon is France’s main naval base

My Cousin Rachel, a movie set in Florence, cruise stop La Spezia

One of my absolute pleasures on board ship is going to the cinema

Kong: Skull Island a film playing on board ship, especially on the Pacific routes.

When on the Aurora (one of my favourite ships) R715 New England cruise I went to see $185m movie

The Last Flag Flying – new film soon to be on board ship

In an effort to help you enjoy your cruise, and as many ships either have a cinema or a sea screen or both, and as many of you may not be abreast of what is in the cinema, we have added a film section to occasionally explain, rather than critically review films, that we know […]

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2018 Food Heroes & The Britannia Cookery Club

Britannia has a huge multi-station teaching kitchen

Cochin in Kerala; Marari Beach Indian cookery coarse

My desire to see Southern Indai, having done

Marco Pierre White’s Ocean Grill fine dining on the cruise ship Arcadia

 MARCO PIERRE WHITE  The stamp of Marco Pierre White