Anton Du Beke, the dancer and television presenter, tells us about his favourite destinations.

Anton du Beke

I’ve done a few guest spots on Strictly cruises and I really admire the dedication of cruise ship dancers; they are incredibly hard-working. For many of them it’s their first job, they’re straight out of college and it’s a baptism of fire because they’re doing so many shows a week. 

My mum’s Spanish and my father was Hungarian, so I have spent a lot of time in Spain and Hungary. Foreign holidays were fairly normal for us when I was growing up; one year we’d visit my mum’s family in Galicia, and the next year we’d stay with my dad’s. When I go to Budapest it reminds me of being at my grandmother’s house: goulash and a visit to Lake Balaton. I don’t speak the lingo, but I feel a comforting familiarity.

Hungarian Parliament, aka Orszaghaz, historical building on Danube riverbank in Hungary

I’m really excited about my production for Marella Cruises, Putting on the Glitz, which is showing on Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2. It was created with Peel Entertainment and inspired by 1930s Hollywood glamour. I appear by hologram, which is a new idea and I’m pleased with the results. A tremendous amount of thought and effort has gone into it. It’s my show with a bit of me in it.

small town near Capri in Italy with cruise ship near the coast

I’ve done quite a few sailings in the Mediterranean. My partner, Hannah, and I took our twins, George and Henrietta, now aged two, on a Strictly cruise last summer, but the kids were a bit young for it to be really relaxing. They need to be slightly older.

When I go away on holiday I like to be somewhere where there aren’t many people. The Caribbean islands are amazing for families because they’re so relaxed. Last spring we went away to Antigua, and stayed in a hotel on the beach. Everyone was so good with the children. We’ve also been to St Lucia.

The Pitons in St Lucia at sunset

My favourite city in the world is actually one of the first cities I ever went to, and that’s St Petersburg in Russia. We had a brilliant guide showing us around. I also really like Rome; it’s tremendous. I love all that fabulous old historic stuff and the Vatican.

I always like to wear a Panama hat when I’m travelling, I’m very much an Englishman abroad. It’s a genuine Panama hat that you can roll up so it doesn’t take up any space.

View of the Peterhof Grand Palace in St Petersburg, Russia

I do lots of driving and listen to audio books… Jeffrey Archer’s latest, Heads You Win. I love Lee Child’s thrillers, and want to read the new Bill Clinton novel.

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