A Third Series of ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’ is Confirmed
A third series of the hugely popular cruising show ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’ has been confirmed by Channel 5.
An average of 1.7 million viewers tuned in per each episode in September when the second series aired, making it the highest watched TV show on Channel 5 on Friday nights.
During the second series of Cruising with Jane McDonald, Jane went on four different ships: Viking Sky, MSC Meraviglia, Avalon Poetry II and Celestyal Crystal, visiting the Baltic, the Med, the Rhine River and Cuba.
Commenting on her Cuba cruise, she said: “Cuba was like being in the film La La Land. Everywhere we went people were singing and there were bands on every street corner. I was serenaded with guitars. Cubans are the happiest people I’ve ever met, and it was really enlightening to be with folk who love life. We blagged our way into a house party and it was like the set of Fame.”
Antonio Paradiso, MD of MSC Cruises for the UK & Ireland said “We were delighted to feature in series two of “Cruising with Jane McDonald” and we are so pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response from both consumers and trade on the MSC Cruises episode. The response on social media was great with so many people stating how the episode had broken-down stereotypes about the industry and showed cruising to be an accessible and fun holiday for people of all ages. We saw a real increase in traffic to the website which received three times the number of visitors than is usual for a Friday evening. This was supported by additional enquiries to our contact centre and an uplift in bookings through our trade partners.”
Neil Barclay, Head of Sales at Viking Cruises also said: “We were delighted to feature in the first episode of series 2, Cruising with Jane McDonald – we hope it showcased the beauty of the Baltic and our stylish ship, Viking Sky. The response to the programme has been extremely positive and our dedicated ocean team continue to deal with a high level of enquiries.”
Did you enjoy the second series of ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’, and will you be tuning in to watch the third series when it airs on TV?