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Princess Cruises reveals star-studded speaker line-up for 2019 UK cruises

Princess Cruises has unveiled the celebrity speaker line-up for its UK-based ship, Sapphire Princess, as it sails from Southampton during spring and summer 2019. The 2,670-guest vessel will set out on a number of cruises to the Mediterranean, northern Europe and Canada and New England from April to October.

The line-up includes household names from across the world of entertainment, politics and sport, and marks the third year Princess has hosted a speaker programme on one of its UK-based ships:

·        Linda Gray (actress, Sue Ellen in Dallas and Mrs Robinson in The Graduate theatre production in the West End) will be on both a 14-night Baltic Heritage cruise departing August 31 and a 24-night Canada and New England cruise departing September 14

Michael 'Eddie' Edwards
Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards

·        Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards (former British Olympic skier, portrayed in biographical film ‘Eddie The Eagle’) will be on both the 14-night Mediterranean Explorer cruise departing July 27 and a 7-night Norwegian Fjords cruise departing August 10

·        Gok Wan (British fashion consultant, author and TV presenter on ‘How To Look Good Naked’ and ‘Gok’s Fashion Fix’) will be on a 7-night Norwegian Fjords cruise departing July 6

As part of his stay, Gok will host a ‘red carpet’ fashion event onboard

·        Des O’Connor CBE (British singer, comedian and TV presenter on ‘The Des O’Connor Show’ and ‘Countdown’) will be on a 14-night Mediterranean Adventurer departing August 17

·        Paul Burrell RVM (butler to Diana, Princess of Wales) will be on a 7-night Spain and France cruise departing May 25 and a 14-night Baltic Heritage cruise departing June 1

Ann Widdecombe. Image: Princess Cruises
Ann Widdecombe. Image: Princess Cruises

·        Ann Widdecombe (former Conservative Party politician, Big Brother, Strictly Come Dancing) will be on a 7-night Norwegian Fjords cruise departing May 18

·         Duncan James (British singer, TV presenter and actor, formerly in boy band ‘Blue’ and playing Ryan Knight in ‘Hollyoaks’) will be on a 14-night Mediterranean Explorer cruise departing July 27

Samantha Bond. Image: Princess Cruises
Samantha Bond. Image: Princess Cruises

·        Samantha Bond (actress, Miss Moneypenny in James Bond and Lady Rosamund Painswick in Downton Abbey) will be on a 7-night Scandinavia cruise departing June 29

·        Fatima Whitbread (former British Olympic javelin thrower and world record holder) will be on a 24-night Canada & New England cruise departing September 14

Tessa Sanderson. Image: Princess Cruises
Tessa Sanderson. Image: Princess Cruises

·        Tessa Sanderson CBE (former British Olympic gold medallist javelin thrower and heptathlete) will be on a 7-night Scandinavia cruise departing April 27

·        David Walsh (sports journalist, four-time Irish Sportswriter of the Year and three-time UK Sportswriter of the Year) will be on an 11-night Canary Island cruise departing April 16

·        Allan Dennis Rich (songwriter, former Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominee) will be on a 14-night Baltic Heritage cruise departing May 4

Each speaker will host a 45-minute talk with questions and answers, as well as a meet and greet session including photographs and book signings.

Me on board Sapphire Princess
Me on board Sapphire Princess

Tony Roberts, vice president Princess Cruises UK & Europe, said: “After two successful UK-based speaker programmes we are thrilled to announce its return for a third year. As well as welcoming back firm favourites including Linda Gray and Eddie The Eagle, we’re looking forward to hosting new celebrities with a wide range of backgrounds and interests.

“With Sapphire Princess returning to the UK for a second season it gives us great pleasure to offer our guests the chance to hear from such a well-known group of speakers, who will further add to the wide range of entertainment and activities we will already have onboard.”

Princess Cruises is offering a 14-night Mediterranean Explorer cruise on Sapphire Princess, departing July 27. Guest speakers Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and Duncan James will host talks on this cruise. Sailing roundtrip from Southampton, ports of call include Algarve Coast (Portimao), Seville (Cadiz), Malaga, Corsica (Ajaccio), Sete (for Carcasonne), Ceuta and Lisbon. Prices from £1299 per person.

For more information or to book visit www.princess.com. 

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6 comments

    1. Hi Pam,

      I’m afraid I only know the information that has been shared in this press release. You might be better contacting Princess Cruises directly for more details.

  1. What about an article on P&O’s Music Festivals at Sea, these have been staged for more than 30 years and have a large following. Some like us sail on almost every one. Next is aboard the Aurora R920, 24th October 2019. P&O does not promote them, they fill by ‘word of mouth’ and an email list.e

  2. do you know whos on ventura…sept 24th..to..6oct..2019..pls e.mail if you can..so i get reply….thank you.

    1. Hi Madge,

      I’m afraid I only know the details that have been released in this press release. You might be better contacting Princess Cruises directly.

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