ITV's "The Cruise: Sailing The Mediterranean" Returns with Second Series this Week

January 10, 2017
Royal Princess

(7:15 p.m. GMT) -- The hugely-popular ITV show "The Cruise" returns for a second series this Thursday, January 12, with crew members Scott Grayson and Timothy Gallant back to offer a glimpse of life onboard Princess Cruises' Royal Princess. The first episode is set to reveal hotel services engineer Scott ensure the ship’s 3,000 lavatories are kept in good working order, while Timothy deals with a case of lost luggage and unhappy passengers at the front desk.

Produced by Wild Pictures for ITV, the new six-part series was filmed as the 3,560-passenger ship sailed around the Mediterranean last summer.

Viewers can expect to see the ship's 1,400-strong crew race to turn the ship around before its departure from Athens, while new officer Lauren Corston is put to the test by captain Tony Draper.

Talking to Cruise Critic ahead of the show's return, Princess Cruises' vice president UK and Europe, Tony Roberts, said: "Following on from the success of series one, which averaged 3.5 million viewers, we are excited to see what series two has in store for Royal Princess' crew and guests."

Princess Cruises recently announced that Royal Princess -- which launched in 2013 in Southampton by HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge -- will return to the U.K. to homeport in Southampton in 2018, offering British Isles cruises featuring overnight stays in Dublin, Glasgow and Edinburgh and late night stays in Belfast.

"The Cruise: Sailing The Mediterranean" returns to ITV at 8:30 p.m. from Thursday, January 12.

--by Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K.