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Latest Channel 5 show goes behind the scenes on Virgin Voyages cruises

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A brand-new TV series is lifting the veil on what goes on behind the scenes on Virgin Voyages cruises, from unusual passenger demands to crew battling seasickness. 

Channel 5’s latest reality show The Cruise offers an ‘unfiltered, energetic glimpse’ into the lives of Virgin Voyages’ crew and passengers, with the primary episode diving contained in the £500million Scarlet Lady as she sets sail from Miami on a five-night Caribbean cruise.

The ship, which launched last 12 months, is 278m (912ft) long, can accommodate greater than 2,770 passengers and a crew of 1,160 – and has engines, we learn from engineer David, that produce power that’s ‘the equivalent of about 600 family cars’.

Channel 5’s latest reality show The Cruise is lifting the veil on what goes on behind the scenes on Virgin Voyages cruises, with Scarlet Lady (above) starring in episode one 

The new series offers an ‘unfiltered, energetic glimpse’ into the lives of Virgin Voyages’ crew (pictured) and passengers

The brand new series offers an ‘unfiltered, energetic glimpse’ into the lives of Virgin Voyages’ crew (pictured) and passengers

The voyage gets off to a shaky start when it’s revealed that a departing passenger has ‘managed to trash’ one among the 78 ‘Rockstar’ suites, cracking several marble tiles within the designer bathroom. It takes a team of 16 engineers and crewmembers to repair it before guests board.

Then we learn that the captain’s second in command, Briton Georgia, suffers from seasickness – and there are high winds ahead.

One other wobble emerges when a pair of Rockstar suite guests miss their dinner reservation. It’s Montenegrin ‘Rockstar Agent’ Selma to the rescue.

It’s revealed that a departing passenger has cracked several marble tiles in the designer bathroom of one of the 78 ‘Rockstar’ suites

It’s revealed that a departing passenger has cracked several marble tiles within the designer bathroom of one among the 78 ‘Rockstar’ suites 

We learn that the captain’s second in command, Briton Georgia (above), suffers from seasickness – and there are high winds ahead

We learn that the captain’s second in command, Briton Georgia (above), suffers from seasickness – and there are high winds ahead

Rockstar Agents are there to make the VIP passengers ‘feel like Richard Branson’.

By the point passengers board the ship, these Rockstar Agents already know their preferences – what they’re drinking, where they wish to eat, and the way they like their service.

Selma reveals that she works seven days every week and might’t clock off until she’s checked on each one among her VIP guests.

When she learns of the guests missing their dinner reservation, cameras follow her as she races down the corridors to search out them, before quickly securing them a table at one among the greater than 20 eateries on board.

A wobble emerges when a pair of Rockstar suite guests (pictured right and centre) miss their dinner reservation

A wobble emerges when a pair of Rockstar suite guests (pictured right and centre) miss their dinner reservation

The trip goes more easily for first-time cruisers Damien and Paul, who admit they were under the impression that cruises were all about blue-rinses and buffet food before they boarded Scarlet Lady.

Also they are Rockstar suite guests and discover that their tickets give them access to exclusive parts of the ship and special attention from the crew.

‘We boarded as rock stars, we will disembark as divas,’ says Damien.

First-time cruisers Damien (left) and Paul (right) admit they were under the impression that cruises were all about blue-rinses and buffet food before they boarded Scarlet Lady

First-time cruisers Damien (left) and Paul (right) admit they were under the impression that cruises were all about blue-rinses and buffet food before they boarded Scarlet Lady

Damien shows off the fully stocked bar with a ‘full-on cocktail-making set’ in his Rockstar Suite

Damien shows off the fully stocked bar with a ‘full-on cocktail-making set’ in his Rockstar Suite

One couple insists they need a green drink ‘because it’s St Patrick's day’. Above is the tipple that the obliging crew prepared for them

One couple insists they need a green drink ‘since it’s St Patrick’s day’. Above is the tipple that the obliging crew prepared for them

They provide the cameras a tour of their £4,000 suite, showing its turntable, bathrobes with the word ‘rockstar’ stitched across the back, and a completely stocked bar with a ‘full-on cocktail-making set’.

The TV show reveals how most meals on the ship are cooked on demand, and that there are occasionally unusual customer requests to be met – one couple insists they need a green drink ‘since it’s St Patrick’s Day’.

Viewers also learn of the delights of the Razzle Dazzle bar. Here cameras show crewmember Ryan entertaining passengers on a pub crawl, which incorporates curated cocktails and drinking games in 4 different bars, ending with a ‘pyjama party’ under the celebrities on the deck. ‘Sir Richard Branson outdid himself,’ says one among the blissful revellers.

‘Sir Richard Branson outdid himself,’ says one reveller during their voyage on Scarlet Lady

‘Sir Richard Branson outdid himself,’ says one reveller during their voyage on Scarlet Lady

Viewers learn of the delights of the Razzle Dazzle bar, pictured, where crewmember Ryan entertains passengers on a pub crawl

Viewers learn of the delights of the Razzle Dazzle bar, pictured, where crewmember Ryan entertains passengers on a pub crawl

Above is one of the Rockstar Suites. Guests in these suites are assigned a 'Rockstar Agent', who are there to make the VIP passengers ‘feel like Richard Branson’

Above is one among the Rockstar Suites. Guests in these suites are assigned a ‘Rockstar Agent’, who are there to make the VIP passengers ‘feel like Richard Branson’

And the extravagant evening entertainment doesn’t stop there. At a ‘dance party’ show, where the foremost prop is a pink PVC whale named Nugget, Scottish stage technician Callum is placed on ‘whale wobbling duty’, meaning he stands behind the big whale throughout the dance performance, wobbling it backwards and forwards to maintain the crowds entertained.

Commenting on the series, Shane Riley, Vice President of International Sales, said: ‘We’re so excited to provide our UK fans a peek into life below deck. It’s rare to see the inner workings of a cruise ship or to follow the crew beyond sailors’ time on board. That’s what makes this series so unique and fun to observe.’

Watch The Cruise on Sunday, June 19, at 9pm on Channel 5 within the UK or stream it on My5. For more information, visit www.VirginVoyages.com.

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