MSC Cruises to feature in a TV documentary tonight

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A behind-the-scenes documentary filmed on MSC Seaside is set to air on Channel 5.

Secrets of the Mega Cruise Ship will give viewers the chance to see life on the ship as 5,000 passengers visit destinations across the Caribbean.

Film cameras were given access to the ship’s dining venues and bars, and also below deck where performers prepare to appear in shows and staff get ready to work in the restaurants.

The 90-minute documentary, due to appear on Channel 5 tonight (Monday), also features sections on the vessel’s waste disposal and water systems.

MSC Seaside sails 365 days a year with around 1,500 officers and crew onboard, according to the line.

Antonio Paradiso, managing director for MSC Cruises UK and Ireland, said: “It is an honour to have this great opportunity to show the British public another of our beautiful ships and all the onboard features we are famous for, while also offering a unique behind-the-scenes look at the goings-on of one of the world’s most advanced cruise ships.

“There is no better way to demonstrate how fantastic cruising is than to physically show people, and this feature-length documentary provides a great opportunity to do just that.”

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Princess Cruises documentary puts off travellers

Princess Cruises has defended its decision to allow cameras on board one of its liners after travel agents claimed tourists have been put off by its documentary The Cruise Ship.

 

Paul Ludlow, Princess Cruises’ managing director in the UK and Europe, stated that the company is currently 50 per cent ahead of its sales target and he claimed the series “really picked up momentum” over the course of its run, reports Travel Mole.

 

He said: “Our weekend web traffic has doubled and enquiries have spiked, particularly from those new to brand. We hope this effect is being felt across the industry and we’ve received a number of comments from agents that the series led to a sharp increase in new-to-cruise customers.

“Of course we welcome comments from both travel agents and guests, and are in the process of reviewing all the feedback we have received. This will help us determine the success of the show and potential for a second series.”

 

But travel counsellor Helen Wheatley claims tourists have been put off booking a cruise as a result of the four-part documentary, with one would-be cruiser describing it as their “worst nightmare” after seeing the show.

 

She said: “Why do cruise lines such as Princess allow cameras on board, when they should know that editing will paint them in a light to entertain viewers, not always to their advantage?”

 

Personal travel advisor Jane Haughey added that she believes it was a “daft move” on the part of Princess Cruises, due to the fact the liner depicted in the programme came across as a “party ship”, which may be off-putting for some people considering booking a cruise trip.

 

She noted: “I did have to persuade a client that it very much depends on where the ship is located and a cruise that is going to the Caribbean will have a large amount of US passengers on it.”

 

In order to make the ITV series, cameras were on board Royal Princess for a five-week period last year, with the voiceover provided by comedian, actor huge cruise fan John Thomson.

Will cruise documentary do more harm than good?

 

British viewers will get a warts-and-all look at the workings of a cruise ship in a new four-part documentary coming to ITV next month.

Called The Cruise Ship, the documentary will go behind the scenes on board the 3,600-guest Royal Princess vessel, giving the general public access to footage of staff and crew members.

The footage was shot as the ship sailed across the Caribbean, which included a stop at Princess Cruise’s private island.

It will air on ITV on consecutive Friday nights beginning on July 11th.

Managing director of Princess Cruises for UK and Europe, is convinced that the documentary will prove positive for the cruise holiday industry as a whole.

“Cruise holidays are an increasingly popular choice in the UK and we are confident that this series will widen the appeal even further,” he stated.

This will not be the first cruise ship documentary aired in the UK, as the National Geographic Channel broadcasted a series called Cruise Ship Diaries, which was filmed on board the Costa Serena.

The question is, do behind-the-scenes documentaries ever paint a good picture? Will this documentary actually put people off?