I have recently been aboard the Thomson Dream to interview the judges of Sky 1’s new TV show, Showboaters. The programme airs at 8pm every Tuesday and it follows the journeys of ten contestants who battle for a lucrative contract with PEEL Entertainment on the ship.
I’ve often pondered what life in the limelight would be like, which is why I jumped at the chance to pick the judges’ brains about everything, from costumes to conflict. There was the added excitement of it being my first ever cruise, so with an open mind and a pinch of razzle-dazzle, I jetted to Palma to board the ship for myself.
The lovely Hannah Burden from Thomson Cruises was there on arrival to lend a helping hand and had a jam-packed itinerary in store to make sure that I gained a true flavour of a day in the life at sea.
I shamelessly instigated an abundance of nautical photo opportunities on deck but the delicious dinner in the ship’s Orion restaurant soon served as an effective distraction. It was here that I was first introduced to the judges; Creative Director at PEEL, Mollie Daley, and PEEL Cruise Director, Stephen Guy. I was also lucky enough to meet the fantastic show team who worked with the contestants throughout the production. We laughed and boogied the night away, as I found myself taking to the cruising lifestyle like a duck to water.
The next morning, the passenger drill royally shook me from my slumber. Though it seemed wholly unnatural to be up at 9:30am on a Sunday, I wasn’t one to argue with maritime law so I strapped on my life jacket and went to my muster station, which I was pleased to see was conveniently placed by the breakfast buffet.
Fed, watered and aware of the emergency procedures, I went to officially interview the judges and the show team. They were absolutely brilliant and told me everything I wanted to know (except the name of the winner, of course). I was then whisked away to the Broadway Show Lounge, where I was given permission to raid the wardrobe and try on everything that sparkled.
Wearing an elaborate gold headpiece, I made my way towards the front of the stage. I was bathed in bright, white spotlight and I thought for a second: “Maybe this is where I belong”. That is, until I tried to sing. The talented and patient show team made an attempt to give me singing lessons but it was pretty clear that it would take Hell’s fire to warm up my vocals for the stage.
What I did learn was how much physical and mental dedication goes into every production and I hope that this comes across during the show!
I’m back on dry land after alighting at Genoa but I’ve caught a glimpse into the world of cruise ship entertainment and met some jolly good people along the way. The force eight gales did at one point test my sea legs and my stomach to the limit. However, I’ve had a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
I doubt I’ll find myself behind a microphone anytime soon- unless the noise of strangled cat becomes popular- but I would most definitely cruise again. I’m the product of a society who wants as much information at their disposal, which is why the prospect of visiting a vast amount of hotspots in such a short space of time is especially appealing to me.
After just a few days aboard the ship, I had the added delight of getting to know some of the staff and I can vouch that they were never without a smile or a “Hello”, much like my fellow passengers.
It’ll be interesting to see how the show develops and whether it will give both PEEL Entertainment and the Thomson Dream team the recognition they deserve.
I’ll be revealing everything that the judges had to say very soon but, in the meantime, tune into Sky 1 at 8pm on Tuesdays to see the Showboaters action unfold.