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

Cruise ships are littered with experienced top class performers

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.

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,

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

LIVE AND LET CRUISE as Paul McCartney and Wings

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 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

The Ghostbusters New York Library

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

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 And renew your EHIcard if out of date.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

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg – a modern wonder of the world

We think just about everyone will enjoy Wunderland, but

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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

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

Adriatic Cruise – The GAME OF THRONES, DUBROVNIK GUIDE

If you are a Game of Thrones fan

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

Whether you are on a long cruise

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 !

Where are you going New Years Eve?

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

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

MARELLA INSURANCE DEAL

CRUISING insurance with TUI Marella.

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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

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.

Jon Courtenay – Comedian and extraordinary pianist and showman

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

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.

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.

See Christmas decorations in the Caribbean !

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali or

P&O DRESS CODE on board ship

The dress code does catch guests out.

Worst places for Pick Pockets

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

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

The excitement has been boiling

Girona City tour @ cruise stop Palamos

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

TAKING YOUR OWN DRINKS ON BOARD – and prices on board

We often see passengers shock, anger and disappointment

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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.

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,

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

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

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

Adding Jeff Dingle

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

Aurora all dressed up for Christmas

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

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.

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

CRUISING while Pregnant

Is dependent on three things 

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

Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city on the Atlantic Coast

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 !

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SAGA CRUISE big entertainment have JOOLS HOLLAND for 5 years

This is a great catch… Jools.

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?

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

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

Bath, Christmas lights in the Roman City

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

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.

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

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

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

OK, so Christmas tradition is a sleigh ride,

Kieler Woche, BBQ at Tall Ships Festival in Kiel

Many Baltic Cruise ships go through the Kiel Canal,

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

Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city on the Atlantic Coast

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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

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?

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg – a modern wonder of the world

We think just about everyone will enjoy Wunderland, but

Girona City tour @ cruise stop Palamos

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

Bath, Christmas lights in the Roman City

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

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

Marriage at sea, But huge disaster for same sex marriage at sea

  Disaster, read before you book your wedding, please read.

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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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.

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

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,

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.

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

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

Adam Allinson – choir master extraordinaire on the oceans

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

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

The Ghostbusters New York Library

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

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.

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.

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,

See Christmas decorations in the Caribbean !

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali or

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

A magnificent, accurate and emotional link to Morecambe & Wise

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,

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.

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

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

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.

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

Keeping your hands subtle

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

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

OK, so Christmas tradition is a sleigh ride,

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

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!

In Bruges, Chocolate, Chocolate and more Happiness – press ideas for Father’s Day & Mother’s Day

Chocolates and Happiness – Yes, those roses are all made of chocolate.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Island tour with Jean Heard

Puerto Rico is one of the Caribbean Islands with a tropical rain forest, mountains and waterfalls. San Juan is the capital and the port where the ship will stop.

St Vincent, Kingstown and white sand beach by local bus

St Vincent in the Caribbean sea lies between Saint Lucia and Grenada. It is the largest of the Grenadine Islands

TIVOLI – the fun theme park in Copenhagen with something for everyone

Given the King granted permission to open Tivoli Gardens in 1843, it is unlikely they used the name because it spelt I LOV IT backwards

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!

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

The Adonia has been sold

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,

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 […]

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.

Suez Canal expansion opens cruise routes – Oceana adds Arabian Adventures

8.4 Billion dollars expanding the Suez a few years ago is having positive effect. Oceana adds Arabian Adventures to its 2019 itinerary, so it won’t just be the Arcadia World or Fred Olsen who takes you there. Who else will go through the canal?

Celebrity Reflection – a look around the ship

Here is a ship tour of the Reflection from Mogens

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 […]

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

 MARCO PIERRE WHITE  The stamp of Marco Pierre White