27 May 2018  | 


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5SELECT 10:00am Mon 28 May
Season 1 Episode 2 of 4
Treshnish Islands A Lilliputian lope round the Inner Hebrides puts Jane in touch with her Scottish roots, as alongside just six other passengers the singer embarks on what is easily her smallest ever cruise. Jane enjoys unseasonably cloudless skies and sparkling seas as the route takes in the puffin-packed Treshnish Islands and Fingal's Cave on Staffa, the mythic rock formation that famously inspired Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture. The excursion is rounded off with some traditional trappings, from ceilidhs and weaving to haggis-making

Cruising with Jane McDonald: Treshnish Islands
5SELECT 11:00am Mon 28 May
Season 1 Episode 3 of 4
The Danube The singer sails the Danube on one of the most luxurious ships of its type, as she makes her first foray into the realms of the river cruise. Beginning in Budapest, Jane heads to the Szechenyi Baths, where she indulges in a game of chess. Afterwards, a visit to the Second World War memorial Shoes on the Danube Bank, leaves her in tears. Heading onwards to Vienna, the presenter is all set to meet a real-life princess. Then, after a waltz and a wurst, Jane makes her way to her final stop of Passau, southern Bavaria, to view its charming architecture

Cruising with Jane McDonald: The Danube
5SELECT 12:00pm Mon 28 May
Season 1 Episode 4 of 4
Alaska The singer heads to Alaska, America's largest state and home to some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet. She takes a helicopter trip up to an ice field for a dog-sledding adventure, and later witnesses the majesty of the Margery glacier, a 21-mile stretch of ice in the Glacier Bay National Park. On board Holland America's ship Nieuw Amsterdam, Jane goes backstage to meet the cast of the nightly musicals, has a cooking lesson from the executive chef and reveals how to make the most of a lazy day in port

Cruising with Jane McDonald: Alaska
5SELECT 1:00pm Mon 28 May
Season 2 Episode 1 of 4
The Baltic Traversing the Baltic on board the Viking Sky, the presenter takes full advantage of the ship's amenities. Her first stop is Tallinn in Estonia, a medieval town with much ancient architecture. Next up is St Petersburg in Russia, where Jane heads to the Hermitage Museum, hoping to spot the cats that traditionally live in the basement. The third stop is Helsinki in Finland, where Jane meets a woman whose ambition is to kiss a brown bear. Finally, the ship pulls into the Swedish capital of Stockholm for one of the highlights of the singer's journey - a guided tour around the Abba Museum

Cruising with Jane McDonald: The Baltic
5SELECT 2:00pm Mon 28 May
Season 2 Episode 2 of 4
Western Mediterranean The singer returns to Naples in southern Italy, from where takes a ferry to Capri, an island famed for its rugged landscape, upmarket hotels - and shopping experience. Here, Jane wishes to fulfil an ambition she has had all her life - to follow in the footsteps of English actress, singer and comedian Gracie Fields, once the biggest star in the UK, who spent the years leading to her death in 1979 living in the region. It proves to be a poignant journey that comes to rest at Gracie's graveside

Cruising with Jane McDonald: Western Mediterranean
5SELECT 3:00pm Mon 28 May
Season 2 Episode 3 of 4
Rhone River Cruise The singer experiences a side of France she has never seen before as she journeys down the Rhone. In Lyon, she visits Marche Paul Bocuse, one of France's most celebrated food markets, and has the cruise takes Jane through a landscape dotted with unspoiled historic towns and villages, she gets a chance to achieve some lifelong ambitions, including riding in a hot-air balloon. The trip also opens Jane's eyes to the natural beauty of rural France, as she recreates a childhood fantasy picnic, and makes her way to Arles in Provence

Cruising with Jane McDonald: Rhone River Cruise
5SELECT 4:00pm Mon 28 May
Season 2 Episode 4 of 4
Cuba The presenter cruises around Cuba aboard the Celestyal Crystal, starting and ending in Havana, sampling the relatively new tourist industry of the Caribbean island. A stop in Cienfuegos leads to a salsa lesson and a flying visit to Jamaica allows Jane to have lunch in, or rather on, a floating Rasta Raft just off the beach in Runaway Bay. Before heading back to Havana, there's just time to join in the fun of a house party in Santiago de Cuba. And as the singer soon discovers, no one parties quite like the Cubans

Cruising with Jane McDonald: Cuba
5SELECT 5:00pm Mon 28 May
Season 3 Episode 1 of 4
California The singer explores more locations, beginning with a trip up the California coast on the luxury 3,000-berth Ruby Princess, taking in such landmarks as Los Angeles' iconic Hollywood sign and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. On land, Jane strolls along Hollywood's walk of fame, shops in Beverley Hills and goes `beautiful' people-watching in the resorts of Santa Monica and Muscle Beach

Cruising with Jane McDonald: California
5SELECT 6:00pm Mon 28 May
Season 3 Episode 2 of 4
Iceland Setting off from the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, the singer acquaints herself with her vessel. The Ocean Diamond began life as a ferry, but now braves the freezing Arctic seas to provide her passengers with breathtaking views along Iceland's rugged shorelines. After seeing the country's lagoons and hot geysers in daytime, Jane settles down on the deck at night to witness the Aurora Borealis, better known as the Northern Lights. Later, she helps prepare the local delicacy of gravadlax, then joins a rettir, an ancient tradition in which sheep are rounded up having grazed on the mountains

Cruising with Jane McDonald: Iceland
5SELECT 11:00pm Sun 27 May
Season 3 Episode 3 of 4
Mekong The singer travels in the Amadara along the world's 12th longest river, the Mekong. In Vietnam, Jane explores the endless markets of Ho Chi Minh City, negotiating the numerous mopeds that make crossing the road a nerve-jangling experience. At Tan Chau, the Mekong crosses into Cambodia, for years off limits to all but the most adventurous explorers. However, the country is now embracing its potential as a tourist spot, revealing a land of historic temples, stunning vistas and gorgeous food. Jane takes an excursion to the temple of Angkor Wat, one of the oldest religious monuments on Earth

Cruising with Jane McDonald: Mekong
5SELECT 7:00pm Mon 28 May
Season 3 Episode 3 of 4
Cruising with Jane McDonald: Mekong
5SELECT 9:00pm Mon 28 May
Season 3 Episode 4 of 4
Mississippi The singer delves into the American Deep South, sailing along the Mississippi. She samples the jazzy vibes of vibrant New Orleans, before being introduced to her latest floating home, the American Queen, the world's largest steamboat. The cruise tackles US history with transparency, and a visit to the Oak Alley sugar plantation fills in gaps regarding Jane's knowledge of slavery. Jane also visits Louisiana State Penitentiary, the largest maximum-security prison in the US. The journey is rounded off with a trip to Graceland, once the home of and now a shrine to Elvis

Cruising with Jane McDonald: Mississippi

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