Updated December 2020
British singer and actress Jane McDonald has led a highly successful TV series, in which she takes the nation with her as she embarks on some incredible ocean and river cruises all over the world. Make sure you don’t miss the return of Channel 5’s very special Cruising with Jane McDonald.
Check out a brief summary of each episode below:
|Series one||Jane sets sail to the Caribbean, before embarking to the Hebrides Islands. Next, she's off to explore the Danube River before ending the series with a cruise to Canada and Alaska.|
|Series two||The series begins by exploring the Baltics, followed by the Mediterranean, then the Rhone River. Jane finishes off series two with a trip to Cuba.|
|Series three||Jane begins by seeing just some of the highlights of North America before cruising on to Iceland. Asia is the next stop, followed by a return to the USA.|
|Series four||Series four starts with a cruise to Australia and New Zealand, before adventuring on to South America, covering Patagonia, Chile and the Falkland Islands.|
|Series five||Jane makes an in-depth return to Australia before cruising around the ports of Greece.|
|Series six||Jane kicks off the season with an enchanting voyage on the Douro River with stops in Portugal and Spain, before embarking on an Indian adventure to the Ganges River with Uniworld.|
Who is Jane McDonald?
Fun-loving West Yorkshire lass, Jane has gained fame in the UK for her appearances on popular television shows such as Loose Women and The Cruise, as well for her singing, and even clothing collection. Her experience filming for The Cruise gave birth to a thorough love of cruising, and equipped Jane with the knowledge and desire to explore all the different types of cruises there are, in Cruising with Jane McDonald.
What is Cruising with Jane McDonald all about?
Cruising is an increasingly popular holiday type in the UK, so it comes as no surprise to learn that Jane’s latest television show has been a huge success. Both seasoned cruisers and those who have never cruised before tune in to every episode to discover where Jane will travel to next. Viewers have reached more than two million, a precedent that will surely be beaten with each and every series going forward.
Each episode follows Jane cruising in a new location, with a wide variety of cruise lines – from the luxurious Silversea Cruises and river cruising with AmaWaterways, to adventure cruising in Iceland, and with the family-friendly MSC Cruises. Follow as she gets to know every detail of these varying cruise types, and let Jane help you decide which is best for you.
Now airing Jane McDonald: Christmas Cruising
Airing on Friday 18th December 2020 at 9pm on Channel 5!Onboard Uniworld's SS Antoinette, Jane voyages the Rhine river to soak up the atmosphere of the world's best Christmas markets.
Catch-up on past series
In case you missed them, you can catch up with all the past episodes of Cruising with Jane McDonald on Channel 5's My5.
The first series showcased the fantastic service and facilities onboard ships with MSC Cruises, followed by a more intimate, exclusive cruise experience with just six other guests. Jane adventured to the Caribbean, the Hebrides islands and the Danube river before finishing off in Canada and Alaska.
She has the time of her life taking part in some excellent activities like swimming with sharks in St Maarten, and exploring the history of the Bahamas in the oldest Baptist church in the region. As she travels around the stunning islands of the Hebrides on a wonderfully intimate cruise, the group enjoy some amazing views in the surprising first-class weather!
With cities like Budapest and Vienna on show, viewers can follow along as she admires the architecture and gets to know the cultures and history along the river. At the bucket-list-worthy destinations of Canada and Alaska, she watches in awe while sailing by some incredible scenery, and even takes part in dog-sledding!
In series two, viewers were taken on a journey to the Baltics with Viking Cruises, before discovering the gloriously sunny Mediterranean. The adventure continues to the Rhone River, then goes out with a bang in the beautiful, vibrant Cuba.
Enjoying a wide variety of food and some brilliant activities, viewers can find out more about what fun and sight-seeing can be done in the beautiful cities of Stockholm and St Petersburg, while catching a glimpse of the famous Tour de France later on in the series.
As well as basking in the gorgeous scenery of these destinations, Jane explores food markets, goes wine-tasting, and even goes on a hot air balloon. While she traverses the coast of Cuba Jane admires the colonial architecture of Havana, takes a salsa dance lesson, and even joins in a Cuban house party for a mojito or two.
Series three kicks off on a fantastic voyage to just some of the highlights of North America with Princess Cruises, and then on to Iceland to relax. Asia and river-enthusiasts won’t want to miss this series which see’s Jane exploring the Mekong river before returning to North America on a traditional steamboat.
This is a truly inspiring series of Cruising with Jane McDonald that covers many must-see destinations, from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, to the almost-mystical Northern Lights in Iceland. Here Jane also goes whale-watching and enjoys the country’s natural thermal springs.
During her time in Asia she sees some incredible sights in Vietnam and Cambodia including the famous Angkor Wat. The fourth and final episode of series three sees Jane exploring the legendary Deep South on the Mississippi River with the American Queen Steamboat Company, a truly unique river-cruise line with an All-American touch.
Beginning with a two-part episode, series four follows Jane as she explores Australasia with Holland America Line, venturing from the highlights of Australia to New Zealand. Finally, it’s on to South America for adventures around the breath-taking glaciers with lots of wildlife spotting.
Series four is a perfect dose of inspiration for the world-traveller, with insights into bucket-list destinations such as Sydney, where she visits the iconic Opera House, and Tasmania to see the beautiful wildlife. Meanwhile, in South America, viewers can get a glimpse into the hidden gems of Patagonia, Chile and the Falkland Islands.
Viewers follow Jane as she discovers the west coast of Australia with luxury cruise line Princess Cruises. Taking in exciting ports such as Fremantle, Albany, Boome, and Geraldton, Jane is fortunate enough to see a range of thrilling attractions. As well as taking in the important maritime history in these locations, our favourite celebrity cruiser is also blessed with sights of natural wonders, including the gorgeous Pink Lake in Geraldton.
When she’s not exploring the land down under, viewers can get to know the wonderful Sun Princess cruise ship with Jane as she makes the most of all the onboard facilities. As well as a range of entertainment, Jane dines in the prestigious Chef’s Table restaurant and is even invited along to an onboard wedding.
Next, in episode two, Jane takes in some stunning Greek ports with Celestyal Cruises. Viewers can learn more about destinations including Mykonos and Santorini, and discover why this part of the world is still so popular for all kinds of different holidaymakers.
In season six Jane voyages the Douro River onboard Emerald Radiance with Emerald Waterways. With stops in Portugal and Spain, viewers will be eager to get a taste of traditional Portuguese tarts and try their own hand at tile painting! On her eight-day Secrets of the Douro river cruise, Jane begins and ends the voyage in Porto, a fantastic way to see the highlights, including rustic vineyards, serene villages and even the gorgeous city of Salamanca. With countless excursions along the way, from city tours to rural dinner experiences, it makes for an unforgettable cruise holiday where you'll find your next favourite vintage.
Viewers can then look forward to two fantastic episodes featuring the Ganges River, providing amazing inspiration for avid world travellers. This magnificent river is a vibrant and spiritual experience, offering excursions that you will remember for a lifetime, such as trips to remote villages, market shopping, and visits to stunning temples. Jane shows off just some of the incredible sights along the Ganges on Uniworld's Ganges Voyager II.