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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.

50 days on the Oriana’s Caribbean & Amazon Adventure

World cruise? If 4 months is too long then is the shorter 45 days tempting?

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

See Christmas decorations in the Caribbean !

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali or

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

OK, so Christmas tradition is a sleigh ride,

TAKING YOUR OWN DRINKS ON BOARD – and prices on board

We often see passengers shock, anger and disappointment

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

Whether you are on a long cruise

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Boyslife at the Limelight on the Britannia – first class entertainment

Brian McFadden of Westlife

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,

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

Lady gets £50,000 bill because of in-effective cruise insurance.

Joyce Kettle, 74, a great grandmother

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

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.

Hamburg Christmas Market

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

Where are you going New Years Eve?

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

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 […]

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Jon Courtenay – Comedian and extraordinary pianist and showman

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

Andy Wilkins, Comedian

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

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

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,

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.

Live at the Apollo Manuel Martinez, flies back to Britannia

We were privileged to assist Manuel Martinez at the Hammersmith Apollo

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.

MARELLA INSURANCE DEAL

CRUISING insurance with TUI Marella.

London Oxford Street Christmas Lights switch on today

We may be in the middle of the Caribbean ocean when

Worst places for Pick Pockets

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

Adriatic Cruise – The GAME OF THRONES, DUBROVNIK GUIDE

If you are a Game of Thrones fan

What was Christmas like in 1980? – the great Woolworth christmas adverts

What was Christmas like in 1980? This might put a smile on your face

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.

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

A magnificent, accurate and emotional link to Morecambe & Wise

Jimmy Love is Elton John all at sea

The other acts talk about Jimmy being very good

Helen Ward Jackson as herself and Adele

Helen is herself, but she is Adele so easily.

Maxine Mazumder is Dusty Springfield, Lulu and Adele

Question?

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

Kai is hauntingly good!

Jon Fisher, the foremost Gary Barlow tribute.

Jon Fisher is without doubt the foremost Gary Barlow tribute.

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

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

Best Christmas Markets in the World

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

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

Bath, Christmas lights in the Roman City

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

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

The excitement has been boiling

MARELLA DRESS CODE when to get suited and booted

CRUISING can be all about dressing up

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

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

Darren Day often appears in Britannia‘s Limelight club,

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?

SAGA CRUISE big entertainment have JOOLS HOLLAND for 5 years

This is a great catch… Jools.

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.

Getting VISA’s without being ripped off

Visas and passports can be a minefield. There are so many companies out there just trying to take your money. 

Popeye Village – Malta – a living breathes film location

Many report that this is a great day out

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

Rome – Angels & Demons walking tour – DIY on the metro

Rome – Angels and Demons is a great way to see Rome,

Rio Carnival – the bucket list lifetime party

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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

Bath, Christmas lights in the Roman City

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

Naples Pizza Festival, so good they do it twice.

P&O Ventura managed to visit Pizzafest in 2017.

Living permanently on a cruise ship

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

Tate Modern Christmas market – has been cancelled this year

The commercial battle on the Southbank that gave us the slightly quirky and different

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.

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

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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,

Adam Allinson – choir master extraordinaire on the oceans

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

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.

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

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

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

Manuel Martinez pranks us here at the Doris Visits office.

Yes, Manuel rang us from Cuba.

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

Tate Modern Christmas market – has been cancelled this year

The commercial battle on the Southbank that gave us the slightly quirky and different

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, […]

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.

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

The excitement has been boiling

Stockholm, Abba Museum / Mamma Mia – here we go again, on a tour

The Abba Museum in Djurgården in the Country that gave us the TV series The Bridge, is mega popular.

Best Christmas Markets in the World

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

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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

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

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

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

The excitement has been boiling

Ventura goes Christmas Cruising – new xmas video

David Taylor has been on the Ventura pre-Christmas

Lady gets £50,000 bill because of in-effective cruise insurance.

Joyce Kettle, 74, a great grandmother

Getting VISA’s without being ripped off

Visas and passports can be a minefield. There are so many companies out there just trying to take your money. 

Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

There is a knack to finding the best bits of a location. Postcards!

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

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

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!

Dubai Madinat is a village of bars and restaurants

The first time we went to the Madinat

Madeira Guide, complete guide inc Funchal and beach Santa Cruz

Madeira is on the way to so many adventures, you may get

London – where to eat for a real treat Restaurant Story

If you are on an overnight stop in London

Walking Dubrovnik’s Ramparts and Walls round the 12 century old town

The eastern end of a Med Cruise, and the northern most mart of the Med, the Adriatic

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!

Ventura goes Christmas Cruising – new xmas video

David Taylor has been on the Ventura pre-Christmas

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 […]

Mykonos, Greece. Cruise the sun and historic mythology

Mykonos is said the be the jewel of the Aegean,

Marella Celebration sailing from Port of Tyne, Newcastle

A beautiful film of the ship leaving Newcastle, as it sails past David Taylor’s camera. It is a great chance to see the exterior in detail. This time Elizabeth is missing from shot not wishing to swim out into picture! The Celebration is operated under long term charter by TUI Cruises who have had the ship […]

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.

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

Anthem of the Seas – ship tour

Take a look inside the Royal Caribbean ship,

What is a small ship like? Celebrity Xpedition ship tour by Mogens

You may have wondered what it is like to be on a tiny ship.

Vision of the Seas, a look at the ship from Mogens Hallas

Whilst in the Norwegian Fjords, Morgans got

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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