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 […]

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.

AMORGOS – THE BIG BLUE shot in the most beautiful Greek Island

It is said to be the most beautiful of the Greek Islands. It was the setting of the movie

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.

Understanding prices and deals cruise – 3rd and 4th Person deals

Every place on a ship is different which makes it so interesting.

Adriatic Cruise – The GAME OF THRONES, DUBROVNIK GUIDE

If you are a Game of Thrones fan

Amsterdam Evening Boat Trip with Light Show

The light show is a collection of art installations.

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

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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

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?

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’.

Amsterdam Evening Boat Trip with Light Show

The light show is a collection of art installations.

Hellesylt – an over night in the Fjords under a mountain some fear might collapse

Want to know what it feels like to be in a disaster movie? We don’t want to scare you but

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.

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.

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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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.

Taffy Spencer, comedy magic on all the cruise lines

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

Manuel Martinez pranks us here at the Doris Visits office.

Yes, Manuel rang us from Cuba.

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

Darren Day often appears in Britannia‘s Limelight club,

Live at the Apollo Manuel Martinez, flies back to Britannia

We were privileged to assist Manuel Martinez at the Hammersmith Apollo

Jon Courtenay – Comedian and extraordinary pianist and showman

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

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,

Funny Lady! Comedian Hilary O’Neil

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

P&O DRESS CODE on board ship

The dress code does catch guests out.

Amsterdam Evening Boat Trip with Light Show

The light show is a collection of art installations.

Bath, Christmas lights in the Roman City

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

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

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

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

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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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!

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

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

Jon Fisher, the foremost Gary Barlow tribute.

Jon Fisher is without doubt the foremost Gary Barlow tribute.

Justine Riddoch as Tina Turner

Justine is a powerhouse, just like Tina Turner.

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,

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

A magnificent, accurate and emotional link to Morecambe & Wise

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

Sicily has over a hundred tours

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

Toulon is France’s main naval base

Kew Gardens – a Christmas Experience crafted in lights from Nov 22nd

Out on top of the Christmas experiences we visited

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 […]

Naples Pizza Festival, so good they do it twice.

P&O Ventura managed to visit Pizzafest in 2017.

P&O Ventura at Christmas

Heath Thorne, a moderator on our Doris Visits VENTURA chat site spent the festive season on the Ventura.

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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?

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

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.

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’.

Kieler Woche, BBQ at Tall Ships Festival in Kiel

Many Baltic Cruise ships go through the Kiel Canal,

See Christmas decorations in the Caribbean !

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali or

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

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

Understanding prices and deals cruise – 3rd and 4th Person deals

Every place on a ship is different which makes it so interesting.

Amsterdam Evening Boat Trip with Light Show

The light show is a collection of art installations.

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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?

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 […]

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

Christmas Tree pressy idea – 6 Cozy cruise mystery thrillers for price of 2 Box Set

Our Christmas special to our cruisers – all 6 novels in a Kindle Box set for the price of two.

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

This also explains fly-cruise into Barbados? 

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.

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,

CRUISE CHAT GROUPS by Doris Visits on Facebook

If you like cruise chat groups on Facebook we have some good news.

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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

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 is the guest speaker.

Manuel Martinez pranks us here at the Doris Visits office.

Yes, Manuel rang us from Cuba.

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.

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

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

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,

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

Looking back at 2021; I cheated death, had major brain surgery, didn’t cruise. I end with a simple message.

Time to look back at the year almost gone. An odd one for me as I nearly died in 2021.

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

Aqaba, the gateway to Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and so much more.

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,

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

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

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 Ghostbusters New York Library

With a new Ghostbusters out, can you remember the library scene in the original?

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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

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

A magnificent, accurate and emotional link to Morecambe & Wise

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

Flying into Malta to meet a ship, this is how it is likely to play out

I can so remember being excited by the phrase Fly-Drive. I remember it being new and exciting, but now it seems like effort. Fly-Cruise is so much easier

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.

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

The excitement has been boiling

Living permanently on a cruise ship

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

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

When you finish your transit flight, your bags

Tate Modern Christmas market – has been cancelled this year

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

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!

Athens – the Acropolis up close and personal

If you choose to visit the ancient citadel, the Acropolis, it will

See Christmas decorations in the Caribbean !

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali or

PROGRESO, Yucatan, Mexico. Cruise in for Chichen Itza

PROGRESO, Yucatan, Mexico – The port city of Progreso is famous

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,

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

Holland & America cruise ship Zuiderdam, sailing into the Tyne

Another of David’s ship spotting videos. This is the H&A ship Zuiderdam being pulled into the Tyne by a Tug which is unusual. This is a Vista Class ship, the name used because of the extensive use of glass within the ship. It is the sister ship to three other ships and the four names […]

Ringaskiddy, Cork one of the gems of Ireland founded by Vikings in 915

On the western side of Cork Harbour,

P&O Arcadia World Cruise with presenters David & Elizabeth

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

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.

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.

Bali, Indonesia – Tour to Kampung Komodo Village – we see dragons!

From monkey-filled forests and ancient temples to beautiful beaches and buzzing bars, holidays to Bali have all-round appeal.

Celebrity Xpedition in the Galapagos

This 90m long ship visits the Galapagos Islands sailing in and out of the Charles Darwin port.

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