(3:10 p.m. GMT) -- Jane McDonald returns to her cruising roots this month in a brand-new TV show called "Cruising with Jane McDonald" -- launching on Channel 5 this Friday, February 10.
The four-part series starts with McDonald exploring MSC Cruises' 4,345-passenger MSC Divina on a seven-night Caribbean cruise, with viewers getting a behind-the-scenes look at the ship as it sails from its Port Miami base.
The episodes that follow will see McDonald explore a variety of different cruising styles and locations, including a mini-cruise to the Inner Hebrides and the Isle of Mull on the Majestic Line's Glen Tarsan; a river cruise on the Danube onboard Uniworld's S.S. Maria Theresa; and an Alaskan cruise on Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam.
McDonald -- who shot to fame in 1998 in the reality TV show "The Cruise" -- will set out on a journey to discover how cruising has changed since her years as a cruise ship performer, while revealing why it continues to be a popular holiday choice for millions of Brits each year.
Managing Director of MSC Cruises UK & Ireland, Antonio Paradiso, said: "We hope that viewers are inspired by the show to consider taking a cruise and it is a great introduction for those who are new to cruising, showing them what they could experience -- exploring the world and creating unforgettable memories."
Cruising with Jane McDonald launches at 9 p.m. on Channel 5 on Friday, February 10.
--by Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K.