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The Cruise: Voyage to Alaska

  • Episode: 

    1 of 3

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Thu 01 Mar 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.30pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 09 2018 : Sat 24 Feb - Fri 02 Mar
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    New
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Episode 1
 
This new three-part series for ITV features the crew of the Star Princess cruise ship voyaging to one of the world’s last frontiers - Alaska.
 
With more than 450 cruise ships around the world competing for passengers, offering a unique journey is a must. But taking a five-star luxury liner to the remote Alaskan seas means the captain and his crew must go the extra mile. 
 
Cruising between Vancouver in Canada and Anchorage in Alaska, this series sees the crew battle navigational challenges and unpredictable weather, to deliver passengers the promise of a wilderness like nowhere else on Earth.
 
In the first episode, the Star Princess is in Vancouver ahead of a cruise north through the ‘Inland Passage’. Food and beverage manager Janice is overseeing the loading of enough provisions for the 3,500 passengers and crew until the ship returns here in two weeks’ time. Everything must be loaded before they can depart - and if they overstay their time on the Vancouver dock, they’ll face a hefty parking charge.
 
It’s not just provisions that need to be loaded; Captain Tuvo has one late passenger who still hasn’t turned up. As the ship is delayed by her absence and he’s told she still hasn’t parked her car, he must decide between leaving without her or making everyone else late and facing the consequences.
 
A familiar face from previous series of The Cruise, shore excursions agent Timothy is getting to grips with his latest posting. His new team member Karen is at first a little unnerved by Timothy’s larger than life personality, and when they are scheduled to test-run a day’s fishing excursion together on a skippered boat, she wastes no time in giving him some feedback about his flaws.
 
It’s all change at the top for the ‘floating hotel’ side of the Star Princess with new hotel general manager Pieter taking the reins for the first time. He’s presented with a worrying leak in a galley area that requires some radical remedial work, and a problem he never anticipated:  In the ship’s International Café, he’s horrified to notice that the carrot cake icing decorations look disconcertingly anatomical.
 
Passengers the Howards from Florida have paid over £6,000 to stay in The Grand Suite, the crème de la crème of the 1,300 cabins on board. While they have certainly found themselves in the lap of luxury, there’s no guarantee they will get to see what many passengers come to Alaska hoping to witness - the summer glacier ‘calving’ season, when chunks of ice spectacularly sheer off the advancing wall into the sea. It’s out of Captain Tuvo’s control, but as he navigates as close as he can to the six-mile wide Hubbard Glacier, he has his fingers crossed his passengers will be rewarded.