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The Cruise: Return to the Mediterranean

  • Episode: 

    3 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Thu 25 Jan 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.30pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 04 2018 : Sat 20 Jan - Fri 26 Jan
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Episode 3
With unique access to one of the world’s largest luxury cruise ships, the Royal Princess, this six-part series returns to follow life on board for the staff and passengers who live, work and play on the vessel as it navigates the Mediterranean.
The crew are winding up for a busy summer season and face new challenges including tension on the bridge as they sail into busy holiday destinations, and heat in the galley, where staff produce up to 20,000 high-quality meals a day.
In the third episode, the ship has just left Livorno, Tuscany and breakfast is barely over but executive chef David is already facing his first crisis of the day. There’s a serious shortage of orange juice and he’s going to have to come up with a solution quickly.  
The ship welcomes a group of blind and partially sighted passengers, and even their guide dogs must take part in the vessel’s safety drill – with canine life jackets that allow them to be hooked out of the water if they fall in. 
As competition hots up for the passenger-nominated Employee of the Month award, popular bartender Campbell battles to keep the ship’s International Café serving coffee so his positive feedback isn’t diminished. 
For shore excursions agent Timothy it’s the realisation of a childhood dream when the ship docks at Genoa, gateway to Milan, fashion capital of the world.
Meanwhile, one of the ship’s horns is out of tune, and the captain tries to avoid a bum note by getting it fixed. It’s a dangerous job for engineer Gaetano and his team as they have to climb to one of the ship’s highest points to access it. Too dangerous to do at sea, they have a tight time window to finish the work in port. 
In the hotel general manager’s office the votes are in and as the ship’s staff awards are announced in front of the captain, Campbell learns he is one of the lucky winners. His reward is a prized day off, a complimentary dinner and a night in one of the passenger rooms. 
And as the ship must signal its departure from Genoa by blowing its horn, it’s crunch time for Gaetano.