Updated: May 20, 2019

A three-part series to be hosted by hotelier and TV personality Francis Brennan, and set onboard a Princess Cruises ship, will broadcast weekly this autumn on RTE.

Entitled ‘Francis Brennan - all hands on deck’ the series will follow Francis as he sails the Baltic capitals on the 3,560-guest Regal Princess cruise ship. During each hour-long episode he will gain an insight into what life is like for the ship’s 1,400 crew members by stepping into the shoes of three of the most senior onboard roles: Maitre ‘D, Entertainment Director and Hotel General Manager. Under the watchful eye of each crew member, Francis will see if he has what it takes to give the ship’s guests the holiday of a lifetime. Francis will try and meet a wide range of challenges, from learning first-hand what it takes to be Maitre’ D and ensuring a smooth service in the ship’s seven restaurants and numerous eateries; to arranging onboard activities for guests with the Entertainment Director; to overseeing the entire ship with its 5,000 guests and crew alongside the Hotel General Manager. In keeping with Francis Brennan's Grand Tour, this new series will see Francis host a number of guided shore excursions, exploring all that the Baltics have to offer. The ship will sail from Copenhagen as guests explore Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Berlin and Oslo. At a length of 1,083 feet, Regal Princess is longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower. And at 217 feet high she is taller than 15 double-decker London buses stacked on top of one another. The ship has 17 decks, 16 bars and restaurants, a luxury spa and a fitness centre. The programme has been made by Waddell Media, Ireland’s largest factual and independent production company. Specialising in documentaries and factual programmes, the company has produced several popular series for the UK, Ireland and international broadcasters from the BBC to Channel 4, Discovery Channel to National Geographic and RTE to ITV. Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises' vice president UK and Europe, said: “We are thrilled to confirm that we will be appearing alongside Francis on RTE. As more and more Irish guests choose to book a holiday with Princess, viewers will have the opportunity to see much of what we have to offer and our premium onboard experience. Meanwhile the destinations Regal Princess will sail to are steeped in history and all wonderful places to visit.” Francis Brennan said: “I’m approaching this series as basically running a floating hotel, that’s really what these luxurious cruise ships are, so I should be perfectly at home. I’m so looking forward to getting into my uniform and learning the tricks of the cruise trade as well as stopping off to explore some amazing destinations. I’m sure we’ll have time for a few laughs along the way.”

Airing dates will be confirmed in due course.


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