Craig Revel Horwood from BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing has been creating a stir on P&O Cruises with dancers from the shows along with a surprise celebrity guest from the past series. There are dance showcases where passengers can take to the floor with Robin Windsor, Ian Waite and Camilla Dallerup, and show off in a dance competition. Other than that there is a wealth of entertainment, from compilations of West End and Broadway shows to the latest movies (in some cases in purpose-built cinemas), tribute acts and guest artists, plus comedy, cabaret, live music, piano recitals, cookery demonstrations, language classes and even special interest seminars.

A 13-night Canaries, Portugal and Madeira cruise from Southampton, departing 25 September 2014, with the Strictly Come Dancing stars, starts at £1,275pp ( 374 0111).