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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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Great Entertainment is on a cruise ship

Cruisers love the fantastic entertainment,

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 […]

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

Cruise ships are littered with experienced top class performers

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.

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.

CRUISING while Pregnant

Is dependent on three things 

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

Toulon is France’s main naval base

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,

Kieler Woche, BBQ at Tall Ships Festival in Kiel

Many Baltic Cruise ships go through the Kiel Canal,

Queen Victoria decked out with holly for Christmas

Having just returned from the Caribbean pre-Christmas

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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.

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?

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

Keeping your hands subtle

Amsterdam Evening Boat Trip with Light Show

The light show is a collection of art installations.

P&O ship chat sites on Facebook

At Doris Visits chat sites we encourage everyone to share their positive cruise experiences

Best Christmas Markets in the World

Christmas markets are now everywhere. You may want a trip to see some

Essential packing for a cruise

Another cruise ship comedian,

ROME: TREVI FOUNTAIN & SPANISH STEPS and pimp your Magnum!

Visiting the Trevi Fountain can be like going to a rock concert.

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Funny Lady! Comedian Hilary O’Neil

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

Live at the Apollo Manuel Martinez, flies back to Britannia

We were privileged to assist Manuel Martinez at the Hammersmith Apollo

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.

Maurice Grumbleweed – a master craftsman on stage

Maurice will not have wanted to be listed as a comedian, but he’s one of the funniest men

Andy Wilkins, Comedian

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

Jon Courtenay – Comedian and extraordinary pianist and showman

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

Taffy Spencer, comedy magic on all the cruise lines

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

Malmo, Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark by THE BRIDGE

If you dock in Malmo with the intend of seeing Copenhagen, you can’t walk it but the train from central station to central station is easy. The journey across the Øresund (Danish) or Öresund Bridge (Swedish) is on the under tier / level, cars travel on the top. It will take 39 minutes on either train 029 […]

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 […]

See Christmas decorations in the Caribbean !

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali or

Malmö, Sweden – one side of the great TV series THE BRIDGE

  Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. Ships Dock Here – Google Map position Malmo is the police force Saga came from in fabulous TV show THE BRIDGE.

Worst places for Pick Pockets

I am pretty streetwise but I have been pick pocketed twice.

Bath, Christmas lights in the Roman City

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

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Maxine Mazumder is Dusty Springfield, Lulu and Adele

Question?

Jon Fisher, the foremost Gary Barlow tribute.

Jon Fisher is without doubt the foremost Gary Barlow tribute.

The ship’s amazing Bublé Tribute Kai gets his own record deal and changes his name to Mark Kingswood

Kai is hauntingly good!

Paul Ruck as Eric Clapton exclusive to the Azura, until now!

Paul Ruck’s – The Cream of Clapton is a stunning tribute.

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

A magnificent, accurate and emotional link to Morecambe & Wise

Justine Riddoch as Tina Turner

Justine is a powerhouse, just like Tina Turner.

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

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

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

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

Malmo, Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark by THE BRIDGE

If you dock in Malmo with the intend of seeing Copenhagen, you can’t walk it but the train from central station to central station is easy. The journey across the Øresund (Danish) or Öresund Bridge (Swedish) is on the under tier / level, cars travel on the top. It will take 39 minutes on either train 029 […]

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

Girona City tour @ cruise stop Palamos

Gateway to season 6 of the worlds biggest ever TV show, Game Of Thrones

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

Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city on the Atlantic Coast

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

Keeping your hands subtle

MARELLA INSURANCE DEAL

CRUISING insurance with TUI Marella.

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Boyslife at the Limelight on the Britannia – first class entertainment

Brian McFadden of Westlife

SAGA CRUISE big entertainment have JOOLS HOLLAND for 5 years

This is a great catch… Jools.

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?

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

Darren Day often appears in Britannia‘s Limelight club,

Airport Parking Deals

Car Parking Options all sorted on one page.

A Cruise is an education. Language, History, Culture, Art and more. Russia is just amazing!

LIVE AND LET CRUISE as Paul McCartney and Wings

Kieler Woche, BBQ at Tall Ships Festival in Kiel

Many Baltic Cruise ships go through the Kiel Canal,

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, […]

Where are you going New Years Eve?

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

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.

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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

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?

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 […]

A Cruise is an education. Language, History, Culture, Art and more. Russia is just amazing!

LIVE AND LET CRUISE as Paul McCartney and Wings

Living permanently on a cruise ship

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

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.

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, […]

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

Toulon is France’s main naval base

2018 Strictly Come Dancing themed cruise great success – 2019 dates

Strictly was another huge success for P&O in 2018 and the themed cruises will stay with them for 2019.

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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.

Derek Redmond on of Britain’s best known athletes, a great entertainer

We first met Derek Redmond 25 years ago when he collapsed at the Barcelona Olympics, stood, crippled with an injury

Adam Allinson – choir master extraordinaire on the oceans

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

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.

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.

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,

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

TAKING YOUR OWN DRINKS ON BOARD – and prices on board

We often see passengers shock, anger and disappointment

Cruises that explore can be hard on the feet. What to pack (2)?

Remember the disco song, ‘Dance yourself Dizzy’. Some cruises have you ‘walk til dizzy’.

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, […]

Malmo, Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark by THE BRIDGE

If you dock in Malmo with the intend of seeing Copenhagen, you can’t walk it but the train from central station to central station is easy. The journey across the Øresund (Danish) or Öresund Bridge (Swedish) is on the under tier / level, cars travel on the top. It will take 39 minutes on either train 029 […]

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

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

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

A magnificent, accurate and emotional link to Morecambe & Wise

SAGA CRUISE big entertainment have JOOLS HOLLAND for 5 years

This is a great catch… Jools.

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

Darren Day often appears in Britannia‘s Limelight club,

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?

Boyslife at the Limelight on the Britannia – first class entertainment

Brian McFadden of Westlife

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.

CRUISING while Pregnant

Is dependent on three things 

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.

TAKING YOUR OWN DRINKS ON BOARD – and prices on board

We often see passengers shock, anger and disappointment

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

Cruise Tip – Laundry, Ironing and the ship’s Tailor!

Whether you are on a long cruise

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!

Waterloo to Portsmouth by train – Isle Of Wight trip before a cruise?

The Isle Of Wight is a secret UK holiday resort with a microclimate

Copenhagen, Little Mermaid statue, where is it hiding?

A statue you might miss off your list, Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, is far from Disney’s image and there is a copy much nearer as we show at the end of our Hans Christian Andersen film.

ROME: First time? Confused? Train and Bus Tour? excellent value, great guide

When you know Rome really well it is fair to say

The London Cruise Terminal – Tilbury

The London International Cruise Terminal at Tilbury is way out of town, 22 miles down river from the centre of the capital. As London’s only deep water port it is a port for industry as well as cruise ships. It would be so cool if the Thames could be dredged and widened and cruise ships […]

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!

P&O Oriana, Elizabeth Goes Cruising Again for Doris Visits

MV Oriana a small ship with a lot to offer

Cannes, we were at Hugh Hefner’s birthday party there. A gentleman!

The glamour has gone….. Hugh Hefner dies at 91. We were at his 80th birthday party

Balmoral, Fred Olsen ship sails gracefully out of the Tyne

It is nice to know exactly what your ship, or floating hotel will look like

Adonialast time in Guernsey and the ferry to Herm Island – she is going

The Adonia has been sold

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.

Celebrity Millennium – a look at the inside of the ship with Mogens Hallas

This is an adventurous ship, if is given great routes that will stretch youth its worldwide destinations,

Ecuador, South America

Ecuador is on the east coast of South America and likely to be in conjunction either with a South American cruise, or a cruise of the Galapagos Islands. It has a distinctly Spanish flavour and is a very religious country. The country’s diverse landscape stretches from the Amazon jungle, Andean highlands to the Galápagos Islands which […]

OSLOFJORD – The style and Cuisine that is Fred. Olsen – started in a Fjord

Fred. Olsen started in this Fjord, at the start of the Baltic cruise. They take immense pride in their boutique fleet of smaller-scaled vessels

Celebrity Xpedition, Cabin Tour

You may have wondered what life in like on the Celebrity Xpedition.

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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

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