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Saga Ocean Cruises reveals 2022/23 celebrity entertainment including Jools Holland & Alfie Boe

By Claire Benktander | 7 Sep 2022

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Alfie Boe. Credit: Saga Cruises

Saga Ocean Cruises has revealed its stellar 2022/2023 celebrity entertainment line up, with Jools Holland, Alfie Boe, Phil Vickery and Kevin Woodford all set to appear on cruises this year and next.

Saga guests are in for a treat thanks to the celebrity line-up they have just confirmed for late 2022 cruises and for voyages throughout 2023. Among the stars is famous composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster Jools Holland, who returns to the Saga stage on six cruises between February and September 2023.

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Jools Holland. Credit: BBC

Guests will enjoy performances by Jools Holland in the 444-seater Playhouse Theatre, where Jools will play some of his most popular sets including Barrel House, Take Me, Peace in the Valley and How Sweet It Is.

The 2023 cruises Jools and his band will perform on are:

  • Colours of the Canaries departing February 2
  • Arctic Norway and the Northern Lights departing February 18
  • Venice and the Treasures of the Adriatic departing April 9
  • Contrasts of Scandinavia departing May 21
  • Islands of the Western Mediterranean departing August 20
  • Ancient Cities of the Eastern Mediterranean departing September 4

Music fans will also experience the incredible singing talents of Alfie Boe. Lancashire-born Alfie has conquered the world’s most prestigious opera stages and led the cast of Les Miserables for nearly a year, as well as performing at Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace. Alfie will perform on the Morocco and the Islands of the Atlantic cruise departing on November 15 2022 on Spirit of Discovery.

Lucky guests joining the Cape Verde and the Canaries cruise on November 19 2022 can expect an appearance from presenter and cookery book author, Phil Vickery, who’ll deliver a live cooking demonstration and Q&A session to guests. Vickery is often best known as part of the This Morning family and regarded as one of Britain’s favourite chefs.

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Phil Vickery. Credit: Saga Cruises

Vickery has appeared on the BBC Holiday Programme, Ready Steady Cook, Proof Of The Pudding, his own series Phil Vickery’s Pudding Club and ITV’s Save Money: Good Diet and of course, This Morning. He has also written 19 cookery books and is the leading authority on gluten-free products and recipes.

Keeping with the cuisine theme, chef and presenter Kevin Woodford, will be performing a ‘Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook’ masterclass and ‘A Question of Food’ Q&A session with guests on the Flavours of the Western Mediterranean cruise departing on October 31, 2022.

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Kevin Woodford. Credit: Saga Cruises

Kevin has presented shows including BBC Holiday, Ready Steady Cook, Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook and The Reluctant Cook. He was also the subject of BBC’s ‘This is your Life’ and winner of a National Television Award for Best Daytime Presenter.

Nigel Blanks, CEO of Saga Cruises, said: “We’re delighted to welcome back Jools Holland – he’s a huge favourite with our guests – as well as Alfie Boe, Phil Vickery and Kevin Woodford, who we know will be enormously popular.

“We also revamped our onboard shows in the theatre and Britannia Lounge earlier in the year, and our popular dance hosts have been reintroduced to accompany guests on the floor, so our entertainment really is something special.”

These celebrity shows are in addition to the full entertainment line-up already planned for each cruise. There remains some limited availability on the cruises featuring the new celebrities.

Guests can book via saga.co.uk/cruise or by calling 0808 239 4923.

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