St Tropez, Los Angeles, Monaco, the Caribbean, the Swiss Alps, there are plenty of destinations that are renowned as holiday hotspots for the rich and famous. But, is it all private yachts and secluded beaches away from prying eyes? Or would celebrities ever consider booking a cruise? Generally it depends on the cruise line, the size of the ship, the ports of call and, of course, the celebrity in question. If you’re eager to see some celebrities on a cruise read through our guide to find the A-list ships and destinations you need to consider.
The history of celeb cruising
Historically, before air travel became the prevalent way of crossing oceans to other continents, suites on the world’s largest ocean liners were booked up by first class travellers. During the 19th century these rich guests were treated like royalty with every comfort taken care of, including wireless telegraph services, swimming pools, libraries and beautiful cabins. P&O Cruises is considered the first to have set up these leisure cruises and is – of course – still a big name in the industry today.
However, the biggest difference in the 21st century is that we can all enjoy the celebrity treatment and a host of facilities onboard. Although there are still some particularly luxurious cabins with private verandas, a personal butler service, Egyptian cotton sheets and marble-floored bathrooms, do these have the power to reel in the stars? Let’s find out.
Celebrities who have cruised
So it’s true, there have been celebrities that have hopped on the cruising holiday bandwagon, but which ships did they choose? If you are determined to do some celeb-spotting on a cruise, the best way to boost your chances of becoming a paparazzi for a day is to travel with Cunard on the Queen Mary 2. The likes of David Bowie, George Harrison, Mick Jagger and Meryl Streep have all climbed onboard the transatlantic crossing – although you might have to upgrade to the Grill Suites if you really want to catch a glimpse of them, as these semi-private areas offer dining facilities, private lounges, a concierge service and plenty more. So it seems the celebs don’t necessarily feel keen to leave this exclusive environment to join the masses!
Book star-studded entertainment options
Ok, we’ll admit it, this is cheating slightly, but if you book a themed cruise or a sailing that offers a show, a cookery class or a guest speaker you are pretty much guaranteed to be hanging out with the stars (even if this is with an audience attached). P&O Cruises are running themed itineraries for 2018 and 2019 where you can watch the Strictly Come Dancing stars along with judges like Craig Revel Horwood, while many celebrity chefs have restaurants onboard, including Marco Pierre White, Michael Schwartz and Guy Fieri. Meanwhile there are other celebrities on a cruise including legendary sports speakers from the football and rugby fields plus television and radio presenters, to name just a few.
Choosing your ports of call wisely
It’s worth closely considering your itinerary if you want to increase your chances of seeing the rich and famous on your travels. Even if there are no celebrities onboard your cruise, you might find yourself on a beach with Tom Cruise in Palma or wandering through glitzy Hollywood, where you are simply moments from many of the world’s most esteemed actors and actresses. Many celebrities have their own holiday homes abroad, including George Clooney in Lake Como and Sting in Tuscany. Cruising to these Mediterranean destinations will at least point you in the right direction, and maybe you’ll even bump into a celeb while at port.
Do some research and find out where your favourites are hanging out before looking around on CruiseDeals.co.uk to see which of the cruise lines are calling at these ports. Who knows, maybe you’ll be snapping a pic of your favourite celebrity on your next cruising adventure.
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