A new six-part series of ITV documentary ‘The Cruise’ is to be filmed later this year. The series, the sixth to date, will air prime time in early 2019 and will once again be set on a Princess Cruises ship.
The programme will continue to offer an insight into life onboard for both guests and the ship’s crew.
Filming will take place on the 3,560-guest Majestic Princess, the newest ship in the Princess fleet, as she crosses Australia, New Zealand and Asia. A variety of destinations will be visited including Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The new series follows the success of the previous five, which were filmed across the Mediterranean, Baltics, Caribbean and Alaska. The three most recent series, which all aired earlier this year, attracted an average audience of around 3.5m per episode across the series.
Series six will be filmed from August to November. Viewers can expect to see the return of some familiar crew members as well as several new faces.
The episodes will be made by Wild Pictures, one of the UK’s leading factual documentary makers, who also made the previous five series. Wild Pictures has a reputation for creating films with high production values that give viewers privileged access to prestigious institutions and organisations.
Confirmation that filming will take place in Australia and New Zealand comes shortly after Princess Cruises announced its largest ever season in the region for 2019-2020. Five ships will travel to more than 100 destinations and carry around 200,000 guests.
The extra capacity will help meet growing demand from the UK, as the volume of Brits booking Australia and New Zealand voyages with Princess Cruises has nearly doubled year-on-year in 2018.
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, said: “‘The Cruise’ continues to go from strength-to-strength, with viewing figures higher than ever, so we are delighted to have ITV back on board. The programme has unquestionably opened the appeal of a cruise holiday to a whole new audience and we look forward to seeing Princess Cruises set sail on the small screen again from early 2019.
“Majestic Princess is the perfect setting for the next series as it’s our newest ship and includes a wealth of features and amenities such as fine dining, a luxury spa, an indoor garden and a 900-seat theatre. Meanwhile Australia, New Zealand and Asia are on many bucket list, so we can’t wait to help transport viewers to these stunning parts of the world.”
Paul Hamann, executive producer at Wild Pictures, said: “‘The Cruise’ is now an ITV mainstay in the early year TV calendar and we’re delighted to be working with Princess on another new series. We’ll ensure we give viewers the opportunity to see just what it takes to run one of the world’s largest cruise ships and the chance to glimpse an exciting mix of exotic and familiar destinations in Asia and Australia.”
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