ITV’s ‘The Cruise’ will be filmed in Australia, New Zealand and Asia 

ITV’s The Cruise to be filmed in Australia, New Zealand and Asia

A new series of the ITV documentary, ‘The Cruise’, will be filmed later this year on a Princess Cruises ship.

The programme will again offer an insight into life onboard for guests and 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.

Series six will be filmed from August to November. It follows the success of the previous five, which were filmed across the Mediterranean, Baltics, Caribbean and Alaska. The three most recent series attracted an average audience of 3.5m per episode.

Princess Cruises has also 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.

This extra capacity will help meet growing demand from the UK, as the amount 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 up 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 lists so we can’t wait to help transport viewers to these stunning parts of the world.”

Paul Hamann, executive producer at Wild Pictures, who will be making the series, 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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