The vessel sails the UK this year, homeporting in Southampton.
‘Now in its fifth year, our UK-based celebrity speaker programme always receives rave reviews from our guests,’ said Tony Roberts, VP Princess Cruises UK & Europe. ‘Having the chance to hear from household names spanning TV, sports and entertainment during your holiday is a unique opportunity not often found at a land-based resort, and further adds to the wide range of entertainment and activities we already have onboard the beautiful Sky Princess.’
The speaker line-up is part of the 'Encounters with Discovery at Sea' series, delivered owing to Princess Cruises’ partnership with Discovery Channel.
Jubilee celebrations and more
Joining Sky Princess for the queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations is leading etiquette expert, royal commentator, entertainer, broadcaster and former member of the British royal household, Grant Harrold. He will be onboard the vessel for its seven-night cruise departing May 28 for Scandinavia, as well as the ship's seven-night Norwegian Fjords itinerary departing June 4.
Sky Princess’ 14-night Land of the Midnight Sun cruise departing August 20 will be joined by Simon Weston, a Welsh veteran of the British Army who suffered severe burn injuries during the Falklands War and who is known for his charity work.
Colin McClachen, a former SAS operative with more than 25 years' experience in security and high-risk environments, will deliver his talk during the vessel’s 25-night Canada and New England cruise departing September 24.
The celebrity speaker programme also consists of English actress and television presenter Linda Robson, who will be onboard for the ship’s 14-night Spain, France and Portugal cruise departing April 9, while actor Ricky Tomlinson will make his appearance on the 14-night Baltic Heritage cruise departing May 14. British actress Sue Holderness will speak to passengers during a 14-night Baltic Heritage cruise departing September 3, as well as during a 25-night Canada and New England cruise departing September 24.
Television and radio presenter John Inverdale will deliver his talk during the 14-night Baltic Heritage cruise departing July 9, wildlife TV presenter & documentary filmmaker Patrick Aryee joins the seven-night Spain, France and Portugal cruise departing July 23, while Tommy Walsh – a TV personality, presenter and celebrity builder best known for his DIY television shows – features on the 14-night Mediterranean cruise departing July 30.
Sportsmen Derek Redmond, a former British World and European relay champion, and former English cricketer Graham Gooch will join Sky Princess’ 14-night Iceland and Norway cruise departing June 25 and 10-night Canary Islands cruise departing October 19, respectively.
Gastronomy and entertainment
Rustie Lee, one of Britain’s well-known chefs, will speak to passengers during Sky Princess’ 14-night Mediterranean Adventurer cruise departing April 30.
Guest entertainment programme
As part of the line’s guest entertainment programme, singer Gareth Gates will perform onboard the vessel on voyages departing April 30, July 9, July 30 and August 20. Other guest entertainers include tribute band Beatback Beatles, vocalist Jenny Williams, instrumentalist Chris Watkins, vocalist Ross Hunter, ventriloquist Gareth Oliver, and comedians Jeff Stevenson, Josh Daniels and Tom Binns.