(7 a.m. EDT) -- Some of your favorite cruise lines owned by Carnival Corporation -- Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Cunard and Seabourn, among them -- will soon be the backdrop for three original TV shows that will air on Saturday mornings on major networks this fall.
P&O Cruises Australia is also set to be in the international spotlight with a guest role on the U.S programs.
Three original TV series, developed by the company, will focus on the experiences around cruising and ports around the world. The shows debut October 1 on ABC, NBC and The CW and will feature all 10 of the company's brands.
Judging from the "sizzle reels" that Carnival Corporation sent out, the shows will use personalities to explore cruise ports around the world, and cool things that you can do on a cruise. One show follows the concept of providing cruises to families who are stressed or in need a break.
Here are more details about what each show is about:
Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin, ABC
This show, which will be broadcast on 98 percent of U.S. ABC affiliates, follows Emmy-winning host Jeff Corwin as he goes on active shore excursions, such as rappelling down cliffs, flight-seeing to glaciers, mountain climbing in a national park and zip-lining through a rainforest.
The Voyager with Josh Garcia, NBC
This show also focuses on shore excursions with video journalist Josh Garcia as he travels in ports. Judging from the footage, this show will focus more on history, culture and food on shore.
Vacation Creation, The CW
This show has "In Living Color" star and comedian Tommy Davidson and YouTube celebrity Andrea Feczko as hosts, and has them give out surprise "once in a lifetime" cruise vacations to couples, individuals and families facing hardship, in need of hope or seeking much-needed time together. Examples include bringing three generations of women together to visit Russia for the first time since their grandmother escaped a war and giving a cruise to a father whose life was threatened by illness.
All shows feature Carnival Corporation ships prominently; in the reels, we were able to pick out Royal Princess, a Holland America ship in Alaska and the signature red funnel of Carnival. In his reel, Garcia is shown journaling his adventures from the day while relaxing in a deck chair.
The company has developed a fourth show that will debut in 2017.
Getting into the TV show production business is part of Carnival Corporation's strategy to draw new people into cruising, CEO Arnold Donald said in a news release.
"We are excited to launch our first original TV programs and to share compelling content and stories with millions of people," Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said. "We have taken great care to develop TV shows that we believe families and people of all ages will truly enjoy watching, with interesting stories, charismatic hosts and spectacular video, showing how much fun people have traveling the world by ocean on our fleet of more than 100 cruise ships. The shows will also help dispel outdated myths about cruising and expose a much broader consumer audience to why cruising is the fastest-growing segment of the vacation industry."
Added Donald: "This strategy to create original content across multiple media platforms is just one of the innovative approaches we are taking to expand the market for cruise vacations. These programs will show people in a highly engaging way why cruising is such a great vacation at an exceptional value."
--By Chris Gray Faust, Senior Editor