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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.

ENTERTAINMENT ON BOARD SHIP

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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 […]

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

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.

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

Cruise ships are littered with experienced top class performers

P&O ship chat sites on Facebook

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

Rio Carnival – the bucket list lifetime party

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

World Cruise Route. Arcadia’s 2019 Western Circumnavigation – 99 Nights

This is a typical world route for the Arcadia that only misses out the winter! We mean ALL THE WINTER !

TAKING YOUR OWN DRINKS ON BOARD – and prices on board

We often see passengers shock, anger and disappointment

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

Single, and cruising solo?

Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

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

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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.

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

Best Christmas Markets in the World

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

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

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

World Cruise Route. Arcadia’s 2019 Western Circumnavigation – 99 Nights

This is a typical world route for the Arcadia that only misses out the winter! We mean ALL THE WINTER !

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.

Ventura goes Christmas Cruising – new xmas video

David Taylor has been on the Ventura pre-Christmas

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’.

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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

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

Darren Day often appears in Britannia‘s Limelight club,

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,

Taffy Spencer, comedy magic on all the cruise lines

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

Funny Lady! Comedian Hilary O’Neil

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

Manuel Martinez pranks us here at the Doris Visits office.

Yes, Manuel rang us from Cuba.

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

Cruise Chat, Cruise Chat sites are a knowledge base -here is where to find them

Doris Visits has about 50 chat sites, Scroll down to find your favourite ship or cruise line

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

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

Adriatic Cruise – The GAME OF THRONES, DUBROVNIK GUIDE

If you are a Game of Thrones fan

Worst places for Pick Pockets

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

World Cruise Route. Arcadia’s 2019 Western Circumnavigation – 99 Nights

This is a typical world route for the Arcadia that only misses out the winter! We mean ALL THE WINTER !

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

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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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adding Jeff Dingle

Helen Ward Jackson as herself and Adele

Helen is herself, but she is Adele so easily.

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

LIVE AND LET CRUISE as Paul McCartney and Wings

MARELLA INSURANCE DEAL

CRUISING insurance with TUI Marella.

Rio Carnival – the bucket list lifetime party

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

Don’t over spend on your cruise, especially if it is your first

Why not splash out? Well, you might just get addicted and want to book the next one,

Amsterdam Evening Boat Trip with Light Show

The light show is a collection of art installations.

Girona City tour @ cruise stop Palamos

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

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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.

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,

TAKING YOUR OWN DRINKS ON BOARD – and prices on board

We often see passengers shock, anger and disappointment

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.

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

Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city on the Atlantic Coast

Best Christmas Markets in the World

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

Copenhagen Christmas Market

Copenhagen is the land of fairy tales.

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Aurora all dressed up for Christmas

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

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

Ships Dock Here – Google Map position Malmo is the police force Saga came from in fabulous TV show THE BRIDGE.

P&O DRESS CODE on board ship

The dress code does catch guests out.

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.

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 […]

CRUISING while Pregnant

Is dependent on three things 

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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.

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.

Manuel Martinez pranks us here at the Doris Visits office.

Yes, Manuel rang us from Cuba.

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

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

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

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,

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.

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

Naples Pizza Festival, so good they do it twice.

P&O Ventura managed to visit Pizzafest in 2017.

Southbank London’s Tameside Christmas market

Christmas Market trail could start at southbank

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 […]

See Christmas decorations in the Caribbean !

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali or

50 days on the Oriana’s Caribbean & Amazon Adventure

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

First Cruise? New cruiser? What ship? Where to go? Dress Code?

This also explains fly-cruise into Barbados? 

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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?

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

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.

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

Whether you are on a long cruise

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.

Oslo Christmas Market

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

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.

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,

Queen Victoria decked out with holly for Christmas

Having just returned from the Caribbean pre-Christmas

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!

P&O BRITANNIA – Ship Tour of all passenger areas

Jean looks at the Britannia for us

Antigua, Doris Visits the island in the Caribbean

Antigua, is really a beach destination island.

The Ghostbusters New York Library

If you are looking for a book – who you gonna call?

Sihanoukville – Cambodia

I am not sure I have ever seen so much seafood as in the market of this fishing village.

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

Royal Palace of Queluz, easy trip from the port of Lisbon. ‘Great Film’ (P&O Ventura)

Elizabeth and David take a trip just outside Lisbon to one of the greatest Rococo buildings in Europe,

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 Oriana, Elizabeth Goes Cruising Again for Doris Visits

MV Oriana a small ship with a lot to offer

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,

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 […]

Quantum Of The Sea – ship tour

Quantum of The Seas is a Quantum class ship for the Royal Caribbean company and is just short of 350 meters long.

Galapagos, the Inner Loop Itinerary Route

There is far more to the Pacific Ocean than the Islands of Hawaii and Tahiti. Instead of going straight on after

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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