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Famous singers, magicians & journalists: Inside Ambassador’s celebrity summer cruises

Ambassador Cruise Line is offering an array of cruises with celebrities on board this summer, with such big names as Roger Cook and Sam Bailey setting sail.

Ambassador cruises offer no-fly, adult-only holidays to many great destinations, packing in cultural gems, great food and the company of like-minded travellers, to name a few highlights.

It’s not just your average globetrotter you’ll find onboard Ambassador cruises 2023, however. On select sailings, guests will be cruising with celebrities from the worlds of TV, magic and more.

These star-studded cruises with Ambassador Cruise Line all feature a Q&A between the celeb and the Cruise Director along with performances, meet & greets and photo opportunities on board.

Check out the hit names you can cruise with this summer on board Ambassador cruises 2023.

Sam Bailey

In July (so there’s still plenty of time to book!), travellers can enjoy Ambassador cruises from Dundee thanks to new ship Ambition now offering voyages from eight different UK departure ports for the first time.

Ambassador Cruise Line passengers will cruise to Norway from the Scottish port alongside singer Sam Bailey, 45, who gained widespread recognition after winning the tenth season of the reality television show The X Factor in 2013.

Following her win, Bailey [above, left] supported Beyoncé’s tour and released her debut single, a cover of Demi Lovato’s Skyscraper, which topped the UK Singles Chart. She went on to release her debut album, The Power of Love, which also reached number one on the UK Albums Chart.

The British songstress has also turned her hand to acting, performing in Chicago and Beauty and the Beast the Musical among others.

Known for her emotive performances and impressive vocal range, Bailey has continued to showcase her talent through subsequent albums and live shows, establishing herself as a respected figure in the music industry.

And yes, we fully support you in trying out your own vocal range at karaoke.

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Arctic Voyage to the North Cape & Land of the Midnight Sun

When: June 17, 2023
Duration: 12 nights
Where: Newcastle, UK | Dundee, UK | Kristiansund, Norway | Sortland, Vesteralen Islands, Norway | Honningsvag, for North Cape, Norway | Hammerfest, Norway | Tromso, Norway | Molde, Norway | Newcastle, UK
Ship: Ambition
Price: £699 pp

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Roger Cook

Ambassador cruises from Liverpool are also available with Ambition now on the scene. On this cruise to Norway, Ambassador is offering a holiday in conversation with notable investigative journalist and television presenter, Roger Cook [above, left].

With a career spanning several decades, Cook, now 80 years old, became renowned for his fearless pursuit of truth, uncovering numerous controversial stories and exposing corruption, fraud, and wrongdoing as well as his work on the British television program The Cook Report and Checkpoint.

His groundbreaking investigative journalism brought to light issues such as child abuse, political scandals and organised crime, earning him a reputation as a tenacious and influential reporter. He’s also widely credited with originating a whole new genre of broadcasting!

Throughout his career, Roger Cook’s dedication to uncovering the truth and holding those in power accountable has made a lasting impact on investigative journalism and inspired countless others in the field.

He might be the one used to asking the questions but see if you can pin him down with a couple of your own on this Ambassador cruise to Norway!

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Arctic Voyage to the North Cape & Land of the Midnight Sun

When: July 25, 2023
Duration: 14 nights
Where: Liverpool, UK | Alesund, Norway | Tromso, Norway | Alta, Norway | Honningsvag, for North Cape, Norway | Narvik, Norway | Haugesund, Norway | Belfast, UK | Liverpool, UK
Ship: Ambition
Price: From £799 pp

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Nick Hewer

If you fancy going even further afield, why not head west to Canada on one of the Ambassador cruises from Tilbury? On this September sailing you’ll be voyaging with Nick Hewer, 79, a prominent British television personality and businessman best known for his role as Lord Sugar’s advisor on the hit reality show The Apprentice.

Hewer [above, left] began his career in public relations, working for esteemed agencies and managing high-profile clients. In 2005, he joined The Apprentice, providing astute observations, sharp wit and valuable insights to the candidates vying for a business partnership with Sugar.

The businessman’s no-nonsense approach, combined with his vast business knowledge and experience, made him a beloved figure on the show. Hewer served as Sugar’s aide for ten seasons, earning a reputation for his dry humour, quick thinking and professionalism.

Other TV credits range from Have I Got News for You and Would I Lie to You? to Farm Fixer. He was also appointed host of Channel 4’s teatime institution Countdown and reunited with his original opposite Margaret Mountford from The Apprentice for The Town That Never Retired, The Trouble with Our Trains and Too Many Immigrants?

Beyond his television career, Nick Hewer has been involved in various charitable endeavours. How kindly he’ll look upon you pitching your own business ideas at sea remains to be seen.

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Grand Canada & Greenland Experience

When: September 12, 2023
Duration: 34 nights
Where: London Tilbury, UK | Torshavn, Faroe Islands | Narsarsuaqq, Greeland | Qaqortoq, Greenland | St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada | Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada | Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada | Gaspe, Canada | Montreal, Canada | Quebec, Canada | Baie-Comeau, Canad | Havre St Pierre | Corner Brook, Newfoundland | Cap aux Meules, Iles de la Madeleine, Canada | Reykjavik, Iceland | London Tilbury, UK
Ship: Ambition
Price: From £1,999 pp

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Richard Jones

Cruising the Mediterranean is always magical…but even more so when you have a celebrity magician on board! This sailing – one of the many Ambassador cruises from Bristol in 2023 – will host Lance Corporal Richard Jones, 32, [above, left] who is both a soldier and a magician.

Jones – a.k.a. The Military Illusionist – serves in the British Army as a member of the Household Cavalry, a prestigious regiment, but has also showcased his magical talents on various platforms, gaining recognition for his extraordinary performances.

He accrued widespread attention after winning the eleventh season of the reality television show Britain’s Got Talent in 2016, captivating audiences and judges with his blend of magic and storytelling.

Jones’ ability to merge his military background with his magical prowess is impressive, and he continues to inspire and entertain audiences around the world with his captivating performances. Maybe you’ll even pick up some tricks yourself as you cruise France, Spain and beyond!

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Jewels of the Mediterranean

When: September 16, 2023
Duration: 17 nights
Where: Bristol Royal Portbury, UK | Falmouth, UK | Vigo, for Santiago de Compostela, Spain | Gibraltar | Port Mahon, Menorca, Spain | Ajaccio, Corsica, France | Livorno, for Florence & Pisa, Italy | Civitavecchia, for Rome, Italy | Cadiz, for Seville, Spain | Lisbon, Portugal | Bristol Royal Portbury, UK
Ship: Ambition
Price: From £1,499 pp

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Published 26.05.23