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ENTERTAINMENT, Comedians, Singers, Acts, Food Heroes, Stage Shows, Recitals, Films – on board

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.

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

Cruise ships are littered with experienced top class performers

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 […]

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

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

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 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,

Popeye Village – Malta – a living breathes film location

Many report that this is a great day out

Best Christmas Markets in the World

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

Solo Cruising, travelling as a single does not mean cruising alone – our new Single Cruisers Chat Site.

Single, and cruising solo?

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

Ballroom and Latin, what dance floors do ships have?

Which ships still have ballroom and Latin

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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,

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.

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 […]

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

The excitement has been boiling

Popeye Village – Malta – a living breathes film location

Many report that this is a great day out

MARELLA DRESS CODE when to get suited and booted

CRUISING can be all about dressing up

Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

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

TAKING YOUR OWN DRINKS ON BOARD – and prices on board

We often see passengers shock, anger and disappointment

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Live at the Apollo Manuel Martinez, flies back to Britannia

We were privileged to assist Manuel Martinez at the Hammersmith Apollo

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.

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

Jon Courtenay – Comedian and extraordinary pianist and showman

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

Funny Lady! Comedian Hilary O’Neil

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

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

Darren Day often appears in Britannia‘s Limelight club,

Taffy Spencer, comedy magic on all the cruise lines

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

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

LIVE AND LET CRUISE as Paul McCartney and Wings

Essential packing for a cruise

Another cruise ship comedian,

Oslo Christmas Market

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

Airport Parking Deals

Car Parking Options all sorted on one page.

Ballroom and Latin, what dance floors do ships have?

Which ships still have ballroom and Latin

Money back if you don’t like the cruise – the offer appears again

This time the offer is from Fred Olsen in the form of an enjoyment promise. If you have been watching #TheCruise

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

Adding Jeff Dingle

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

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

Jimmy Love is Elton John all at sea

The other acts talk about Jimmy being very good

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

A magnificent, accurate and emotional link to Morecambe & Wise

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

Popeye Village – Malta – a living breathes film location

Many report that this is a great day out

Hamburg Christmas Market

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

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

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

Sicily has over a hundred tours

What is on board Spend? A good Question

On-board Spend – Is a sum of money you have in credit

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

The excitement has been boiling

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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,

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

Amsterdam Evening Boat Trip with Light Show

The light show is a collection of art installations.

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, […]

Doris Visits, the Cruise and Travel show is on-line

Watch Doris Visits is free on YouTube, or there is one in Olympia that is not free.

Airport Parking Deals

Car Parking Options all sorted on one page.

Dress Code & Cruising – live and let live (within the CONTRACTUAL rules)

Cruising is about dressing up for most people, but you can dress down

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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 […]

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

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 […]

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg – a modern wonder of the world

We think just about everyone will enjoy Wunderland, but

Bath, Christmas lights in the Roman City

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

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

Sicily has over a hundred tours

Lady gets £50,000 bill for airlift because of in-effective insurance. And renew your EHIcard if out of date.

Joyce Kettle, 74, a great grandmother

Adriatic Cruise – The GAME OF THRONES, DUBROVNIK GUIDE

If you are a Game of Thrones fan

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

Keeping your hands subtle

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Stuart St Paul – celebrity guest speaker’s novel series Cruise Ship Crime Investigators heading for TV

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

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

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

Adam Allinson – choir master extraordinaire on the oceans

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

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.

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,

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

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

50 days on the Oriana’s Caribbean & Amazon Adventure

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

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

Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city on the Atlantic Coast

Girona City tour @ cruise stop Palamos

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

Rio Carnival – the bucket list lifetime party

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

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

A magnificent, accurate and emotional link to Morecambe & Wise

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

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

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?

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,

Essential packing for a cruise

Another cruise ship comedian,

Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

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

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, […]

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg – a modern wonder of the world

We think just about everyone will enjoy Wunderland, but

Bath, Christmas lights in the Roman City

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

Taster Cruise – a great first cruise – we look at a cheap 80’s weekender deal

A taster cruise is often referred to as a party 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!

Dominica – island tour, panoramic view of Morne Bruce

As with all first visits to a new island, it is best to see the tour

Sydney, Australia. Guide

Sydney is a major city in Australia with an endless amount to do, but the harbour is a special view, sailing in and out.

Havana, Cuba – so good we went back for two weeks

Cuba, a place to put on your bucket list, but you can cruise to it Cuba is a favourite for Marella and Fred Olsen likes to add Cuba to their programme. The problem is, when you have seen it, you will want to go back and dance to the Samba on the largest of the […]

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

 MARCO PIERRE WHITE  The stamp of Marco Pierre White

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!

Queen Victoria decked out with holly for Christmas

Having just returned from the Caribbean pre-Christmas

Cunard Queen Elizabeth – Elizabeth goes cruising again for Doris Visits

Cunard Queen Elizabeth – a cruisers favourite Elizabeth goes cruising again for us here at Doris Visits. This is a fantastically nostalgic ship! The staircases reminded us of the Queen’s Royal Yacht Britannia now docked in Edinburgh where she shares the top tourist attraction with Harry Potter – what a strange world! The theatre is wonderful […]

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 […]

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.

Serenade of the Seas – berthed with some smaller ships, or are they

Serenade of the Seas is not a big ship by any means, only holding about 2500 guests, but

Celebrity Xpedition, Cabin Tour

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

Celebrity Reflection – a look around the ship

Here is a ship tour of the Reflection from Mogens

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 […]

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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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