Christmas has come early for fans of Cruising With Jane McDonald! That’s right – she’s returning to our screens for a festive special double whammy, Christmas Cruising with Jane McDonald and Jane and Friends at Christmas!

When will it be aired?

Her first Christmas special, Jane and Friends at Christmas, will be on at 8pm on Channel 5 on Saturday the 23rd of December. And just to please you even more, Christmas Cruising with Jane McDonald will air immediately after at 9pm. That’s our Saturday night sorted!

This special episode will feature Jane cruising on the iconic Rhine on a luxurious river cruise. You can expect to see some of Europe’s best Christmas markets too as Jane explores the jovial celebrations, and of course – she’ll be belting out the odd Christmas tune in this special episode. Don’t forget to set a reminder on your TV!

Cruising With Jane McDonald has been one of Channel 5's most popular shows this year

Riding the wave

The show has earned a dedicated fan base and continues to grow in popularity. The second series which aired in September was Channel 5’s highest rated Friday night show, pulling in an impressive 1.7 million viewers – that’s nearly the amount of people from the UK who went on a cruise in 2017, at 1.9 million!

UK cruisers have really taken to the show and cruise lines have been feeling the benefits of its success too. Viking Cruises, MSC Cruises, Avalon Waterways, Uniworld and Celestyal Cruises are just a few that have been featured on the show– each resulting in a massive surge of interest in their cruises since the broadcast of the programme.

Series 3 update

Princess Cruises has recently confirmed that they’ll feature in the third series of Cruising with Jane McDonald.  Jane has recently completed filming an episode of the new series onboard a Princess Cruises’ ship, as confirmed by Tony Roberts Princess Cruises’ UK Vice President. However which ship she was onboard has been kept tightly under wraps!

Tony Roberts revealed the news when speaking at a media and trade event in London, saying “We are enormously proud to have had Jane sailing with us and to have our ship showcased in the next series.” He continued – “I know she had a wonderful time, but I’m not allowed to say what ship she was on – nor where she cruised!”

When does series 3 start?

In October, Channel 5 confirmed that Jane will return for a third series – although they haven’t revealed any clues about which ships will be featured or what exciting destinations Jane will call into. What we do know is that the third series of Cruising with Jane McDonald will air in early 2018 – so we don’t have to wait too long to see what adventures Jane has in store for us!

Have you have been inspired to set sail?

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