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What! Jane McDonald goes cruising again and gets covered from head to toe in chocolate

She's back again already. The lovably crazy singer and TV personality Jane McDonald is getting ready to sail away on third series of her highly entertaining cruise travelogues.

Her love of being at sea bubbled over in the first two series of Cruising With Jane McDonald, and we can expect more of the same on four more adventures as she has a go at everything and searches out eccentric characters to have fun with.

Jane McDonald with Ruby Princess
Jane McDonald kicks off her new series with a cruise on Ruby Princess

She kicks off on by sailing up the California coast on the 3,000-berth Ruby Princess, taking in some of the US’s most recognisable landmarks, from LA’s iconic Hollywood sign to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

And over the following three weeks she discovers the Mississippi onboard the only remaining old-style American Queen paddle steamer, visits Iceland on an expedition ship, and sails the Mekong with AmaWaterways.

Casting off on Ruby Princess in Los Angeles, Jane ticks off the typical tourist list – strolling along Hollywood’s walk of fame, shopping in Beverley Hills, and people-watching in the resorts of Santa Monica and Muscle Beach.
The two-day trip up to San Francisco gives her plenty of time to explore the ship, with its four swimming pools, outdoor cinema and seemingly endless array of bars and restaurants.

There is also a theatre where Jane gets a backstage pass to meet one of her idols – actress Linda Gray, better known as Sue Ellen in the US soap series Dallas.

Once in San Francisco, she takes an open-topped bus tour, travelling alongside the world-famous cable cars and touring through the atmospheric neighbourhoods such as Chinatown. After learning a few facts about the history of the bridge – including why it is painted orange – Jane hits some of the steepest streets in America… on foot.

A stop at one of the city’s ice cream parlours looks like a reward after such a huge effort – until she sees the bizarre flavours on offer. Turkey and stuffing, anyone?

Back on board, Jane joins in the wedding celebrations of two of the passengers, competes in a speed-painting competition, and signs up for her most unusual spa treatment – a massage in which her entire body is coated in melted chocolate.

Before sailing back to her original destination, the Ruby Princess takes a detour to San Diego, perched just above the Mexican border. Here, temperatures rarely drop below 20°C, so it’s the idea place for Jane to catch some rays while paddling in the Pacific. As the sun starts to fade, she heads inland to a classic theme park, taking a ride on its highest – and fastest – rollercoaster.

Cruising With Jane McDonald starts on Channel 5 at 9pm on 9 February

Posted on 31st January 2018 at 05:05 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Princess Cruises |

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