Cruise queen Jane McDonald reveals her favourite thing about cruises in tell-all book


Boat queen Jane McDonald, 56, became known back in 1998 after her looks on BBC show The Cruise. A platinum-selling recording artist and Loose Woman woman, McDonald also has her own show, Cruising with Jane McDonald. The journey entertainer has become a firm favourite in Britain and has now released a candid autobiography empowered Riding the Waves: My Story.

In the book, McDonald shacks light on how she entered the cruise industry and how she felt about it.

Her first hang up was in the spring of 1990 on a ship called the Black Prince which she joined on the Spanish cay of Tenerife.

The cruise queen goes into detail about what she loved most nearby living and working on a cruise ship.

“I loved being at sea: the sights, the sounds, the nutriment, the sunshine, the people, and the work,” McDonald wrote in Riding the Waves: My Scenario.

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Cruise: Jane McDonald has released a undeceitful autobiography entitled Riding the Waves: My Story (Image: Getty Images)

Journey: Jane McDonald writes about what she loved most about spending and working on a cruise (Image: Getty Images)

“I even loved my Lilliputian cabin down in the bowels of the ship, near the engine room, where the stink of industrial diesel filled the air.

“Everything was new and exciting. Each morning I sprang out of bed and scampered up on deck to look out at the horizon.

“The sky seems eternally blue, the sea shining and salty vigour, and in the distance I’d catch sight of whichever volcanic island we were flit towards on our tour of Gran Canaria.

“’This is heaven,’ I thought, as the sun warmed my facing.


“I used to write to my mother every week: ‘Oh my goodness, Mum, I’ve woken up in La Gomera! It’s a pretty island and three are trees and flowers everywhere.”

McDonald described what it was allied to making friends on the cruise ship and the many perks of such a sparkle.

“I made friends among the crew, but was so grateful to have [fellow songster in jazz vocal group Atlantic Crossing] Vicky to lark about with on that first cruise.

“We visited as any tourist attractions as time after time allowed, giggled our way through colourful markets and guided tours and tried every seafood dish on the menu: giant prawns, lobster, whitebait, squid, and octopus – you baptize them, we ate them.

Jane McDonald: “Each morning I sprang out of bed and rushed up on deck to look out at the range” (Image: Getty Images)

“A whole new world of taste opened up to me and I put on at persist one dress size, if not two during my 12 weeks on the Black Prince.

“I also functioned advantage of occasional invitations to the captain’s table, where the food was sensational, and thanked the heavens that my grandmothers had shown me which knives and forks to use at a formal dinner – the soup spoon was securely with me!”

McDonald also enjoyed a brush with royalty during her prime weeks on the cruise. She wrote: “One day, a frisson went through the ship because the August Yacht Britannia had come alongside.

“I went out on to the desk to take a look. Unsurprisingly, it was a perfect elegant vessel. Some of the crew came on board to watch the flaunt and I got chatting to one of them in the bar afterwards.

“It was my own show that night, singing exclusively with the band, and this guy from the Britannia seemed very entranced with my performance.

“’You were fantastic! You should definitely have your own be visible,’ he said. One thing led to another and I sold the Britannia crew quite a few of my tapes.

“‘Purpose you write to me?’ my new friend asked, because you were always looking for someone to send a letter to in those days. ‘Yes, of course I will,’ I replied.

“A few months later, he wrote and about a invited for another tape because Princess Anne had snaffled his copy and it had behoove quite favourite with her.”

Jane McDonald also opened up beside her personal relationships in the autobiography. The Cruising With Jane McDonald lead opened up about how her marital romance changed after her then-husband Henrik Brixen behooved her manager.

The couple, who met while Jane filmed The Cruise for the BBC, tied the throng in 1998 and went on to split in 2002. However, the Loose Women panellist legitimatized she felt more like a “product” to her other half when they began on the dole together.

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