P&O Cruises presents: sail with the stars

P&O Cruises Presents: Sail with the stars, showcasing celebrated UK stars from a range of popular interests. Alongside our usual breadth of intriguing destinations, shore experiences and choice of high-calibre dining, you can enjoy entertainment in the company of fascinating personalities and our favourite TV talent.

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Get ready for memorable stories, games and a fair few laughs with sporting legends Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell, as well as former British snowboarding sensation and TV presenter Aimee Fuller. This P&O Cruises holiday from Southampton to Vigo, Lisbon, Porto (from Leixoes) and Cherbourg is the perfect getaway for fans of all things sport.

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Sue Barker is a legend of British tennis. As a player she won Junior Wimbledon at the age of 17, before going on to win the French Open at the age of just 19 in 1976, making the semifinals of Wimbledon the following year. After a career that saw Sue reach number 3 in the world, she retired in 1984, going into broadcasting immediately with a commentary stint on Australian television. But it was fronting the BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon from 1993 until her retirement in 2022 that made Sue a sporting TV icon. Her glittering second career saw her cover countless flagship broadcasts, including the Olympics, BBC Sports Personality of the Year and Grandstand.

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Phil Tufnell, or ‘Tuffers’ as he’s frequently known, is a former England international cricketer turned TV and radio personality. Having won I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, Phil remains a favourite in the BBC Test Match Special commentary box. His reputation as one of the friendliest, funniest voices in sports broadcasting should help ensure some quality entertainment!

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Matt’s early career was spent as a successful professional rugby player, making a total of 290 appearances for the Northampton Saints and London Wasps between 1991 and 2006. He also appeared 77 times for England and was selected three times to tour with the British and Irish Lions. He won his 50th cap for England in their Grand Slam-winning 2003 Six Nations campaign, and later that year played a crucial role in England’s World Cup win, including delivering Jonny Wilkinson the ball for THAT drop goal. Since retiring from rugby, Matt forged a successful career in television and media which continues to play an important role in his life, with commitments including BBC Radio 5 Live and BT Sport.

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Join Ben Fogle, Simon Calder and Monty Halls for fascinating tales of the wilderness when you holiday with P&O Cruises. Sailing from Southampton and calling at Le Havre and Rotterdam, this cruise is sure to be an unforgettable experience for all lovers of wildlife and the great outdoors.

Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle is an award-winning broadcaster and adventurer. He has written nine Sunday Times Bestselling books and is the United Nations Patron of the Wilderness. Ben has climbed Mount Everest, rowed across the Atlantic, raced across Antarctica to the South Pole and crossed the deserts of the Empty Quarter in the Middle East. He has presented numerous programmes for the BBC, ITV, C5 and Discovery including the hit series New Lives in the Wild.  Ben’s career has spanned over 20 years, having firstly found himself on BBC’s first reality TV show Castaway.  His love of adventure home and abroad is paramount to all aspects of his life and career. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society,  ambassador to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and patron of The Red Cross and United Nations. Ben married Marina in 2006 after meeting her in the park while the couple were walking their dogs, Inca and Maggi. They have two children.

Simon Calder

Simon Calder is Britain’s leading travel commentator and is known as ‘the man who pays his way’, meaning he pays for his own travel. He began his career at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned out planes for Sir Freddie Laker, and later even frisked passengers! He then started to write travel guidebooks and travel articles. Today, Simon is travel correspondent for The Independent, and also writes for the Evening Standard, the i newspaper, National Geographic as well many other publications. Simon is a regular guest on national TV and radio, often seen on BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain, This Morning, CNN, ITV News, Channel 5 and Sky News, as well as BBC Radio 2, 4, 5, LBC, Times and Talk.

Monty Halls

Monty Halls is a broadcaster, speaker, naturalist, marine biologist, travel writer and leadership specialist. He is an ex-Royal Marines officer who worked for Nelson Mandela during the peace process in the early nineties before leaving to pursue a career in expeditions, travel journalism and biology, eventually becoming a qualified marine biologist. He is also the president of the Galapagos Conservation Trust. Monty rose to fame after winning the Channel 4 show Superhumans, leading him to present further series for Channel 4, National Geographic, the History Channel, Channel 5, and the BBC. He is best known for his three BBC2 series, Great Escapes, where he lived on the west coast of Scotland and Ireland with his dog Reuben. 


Question Answer 
Will the show’s schedule be available before boarding? Yes – dates and times will be available and open to booking 14 days before you sail via My P&O Cruises 
Are the shows included in the cost of the cruise? Yes – all acts and events are included in the price of your holiday  
Do guests need to pre-book the shows before embarkation? We recommend booking as early as possible to avoid any disappointment. Bookings open 14 days before you sail and close three days beforehand via My P&O Cruises. Bookings can also be made once you step on board, but it will be on a first-come, first-serve basis 
Are numbers restricted for the shows? No– just on Ventura’s theatre capacity itself for each show  
Will the shows be duplicated and held on various days/times? Yes – each act will individually perform twice per cruise 
Who will be appearing on board? Sporting Icons – Sports broadcasters trio Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell Global Explorers – Ben Fogle, Simon Calder and Monty Halls for fascinating tales of the wilderness 
What cruises will they feature on? Sporting Icons – Ventura N325, 2 September 2023, 7 nights, Spain & Portugal Global Explorers – Ventura N327, 19September 2023, 5 nights, Western Europe 
What activities will they be doing on board? Hosted Q&As and presenting 
Can these cruises be booked through a travel agent? Yes 
What if I no longer want to travel on this cruise now that it is a themed cruise? Standard cancellation and transfer policies apply for these cruises 

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