Singer and TV personality Jane McDonald will feature in the first episode of the third series of her cruising travelogues this week.
This time McDonald is cruising along the Californian coast on a luxury 3,000-berth Princess Cruises’s Ruby Princess ship, which takes in some of the USA’s most recognisable landmarks, from LA’s iconic ‘Hollywood’ sign to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
Starting out in Los Angeles, she kicks off the typical tourist list strolling along Hollywood’s ‘walk of fame’, shopping in Beverley Hills, and watching the ‘beautiful people’ in the reports of Santa Monica and Muscle Beach.
The two-day trip up to San Francisco gives her time to explore the ship, with its swimming pools, outdoor cinema and bars and restaurants, and a theatre where Jane gets a backstage pass to meet one of her idols – actress Linda Gray, better known as Sue Ellen in the US drama series Dallas.
Once in San Francisco, she takes an open-topped bus tour, travelling alongside the cable cars and touring through its neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, before facing the steepest steps in America, on foot. on foot. A stop at one of the city’s ice cream parlours is where she discovers flavours on offer – including turkey and stuffing.
Back on board the ship, she attends a wedding between two of the passengers, competes in a speed-painting competition, and signs up for her most unusual spa treatment – a massage in which her entire body is coated in melted chocolate.
Before sailing back to her original destination, the Ruby Princess takes a detour to San Diego, perched just above the Mexican border. Here, temperatures rarely drop below 20°C, and when the sun starts to fade she heads inland to a classic theme park, taking a ride on its highest – and fastest – rollercoaster.
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, said: “‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’ has been an outstanding success story and we’re delighted to be featuring in the first episode of the new series. It was a pleasure hosting Jane and we hope that the Channel 5 audience enjoys seeing the unique experiences California has on offer from the decks of Ruby Princess.”
Tune in this Friday, 9 February at 21.00.