Tenor Alfie Boe is performing on P&O Cruises’ Azura this year. Here he shares his favourite holiday destinations


When I was singing a lot of Italian repertoire I spent plenty of time in Rome
, Venice and the islands of Italy. It was great to experience the environment where the music was born – it fed back into the performance. I wish I could have visited Paris when I was performing Les Mis on the London stage, it would have been a particularly inspiring destination.

I like to check out local delicacies when abroad, it’s part of the holiday for me. I went to Japan for a concert with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the sushi over there is spectacular, very traditional and fresh. It’s a different world really and it’s where they do it the best, of course.

I’ve performed all over the world but my all-time favourite venue has to be London’s Royal Albert Hall; it’s amazing and has become a home-from-home for me. And performing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for The Queen’s Jubilee Concert was a scary experience, but a lot of fun too.

I’ve toured around the US a fair bit, but you don’t really get much down time. I drove through the Pacific Northwest, and places like Portland have pretty incredible scenery and the mountains of Montana are beautiful. I passed through Texas and I’d love to go back there.

I was the youngest of nine children, so our holidays were UK-based, like day trips to the Lake District. We lived by the sea in Fleetwood, near Blackpool, so I have lots of great memories of playing on the beach at home – it was wonderful.When I perform on board P&O’s Azura this year it will be my first ever cruise so I’m not sure what to expect. I really want to put on a good show.

We live in Salt Lake City, and for family holidays my wife Sarah and I take the kids (Gracie, 5, Alfie, 2) hiking in the mountains of Idaho and we stay in our family cabin. It’s in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by mountains, rivers and wildlife; a wilderness really. I think it’s important to give the kids these memories. In contrast we’ve also taken them to Maui, a wonderful island.

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