An estimated 50,000 travel enthusiasts will be able to attend talks hosted by TV travel personality Judith Chalmers and BBC One’s Human Planet producer Dale Templar, alongside other celebrities, at the inaugural Telegraph Cruise Show in January.
Aimed at seasoned cruisers and first-timers alike, the show will feature over 30 leading adventure, family and ocean cruise lines as well as a dedicated river cruise pavilion. The show will offer advice on all types of cruise-holiday experiences, from river, themed and luxury cruising to resort-style ships accommodating more than 3,000 passengers. Representatives from expedition and adventure cruise companies will also be on hand to answer questions from visitors and provide practical information. The Telegraph Cruise Show will also be joined by the cruise industry official body, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), who will be on hand to offer impartial advice and cruise holiday planning recommendations for first-time cruisers.
Visitors can attend talks and Q&A sessions with a stellar line-up of destination experts, authorities on cruising and celebrity speakers. Experts in attendance at the show will include award-winning writer and founding editor of ITV’s ‘Wish You Were Here…?’ Peter Hughes, Latin America specialist Chris Moss, author and BBC Central Europe correspondent Nick Thorpe, as well as other travel specialists and Telegraph Travel journalists. The Reverend Colin Still, who appeared in BBC2’s fly-on-the-wall series ‘The Cruise: A Life at Sea’ will also make an appearance. Topics covered at the show will include everything from ‘how to choose the best cruise holiday for your family’ to ‘the must-visit destinations for 2014’.
The entertainment, food and wine stages at the event will enable visitors to sample the cruise experience by watching live shows, chef-hosted cooking demonstrations and taking part in wine tasting master-classes. A family zone featuring examples of some of the industry’s innovative on-board activities will help keep children entertained whilst a stylish champagne bar will also offer visitors the chance to unwind after a busy day.
Charles Starmer-Smith, Head of Travel, Telegraph Media Group, said: “Cruise is the travel industry’s fastest growing sector and its popularity shows no sign of abating. The new Telegraph Cruise Show aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding cruising from tipping to dress codes, as well as helping guests find their ideal holiday. Experts that only Telegraph Travel can deliver will also provide practical consumer advice alongside top entertainment. We’re proud to bring together the largest selection of cruise holidays in one place and build on our track record of delivering exceptional consumer shows.”
The Telegraph Cruise Show will run alongside the London Boat Show which is held at the same venue. Telegraph Cruise Show tickets are also valid for London Boat Show admission.