LIFE aboard a cruise ship, which is a regular visitor to Dorset, features in a new TV series.

The Regal Princess, which cruised into Portland at the weekend, takes centre stage in Channel 5’s new show, ‘The Cruise: Fun Loving Brits at Sea’, which starts at 4pm today.

The 20-episode series follows groups of holidaymakers as they sail through the Mediterranean aboard the luxurious Regal Princess.

Set to run Monday to Friday across four weeks, the series will look at cruising from a range of perspectives and what it means for those setting sail on their dream holiday.

Today’s episode will introduce viewers to cruising newbies and best friends from Leeds, Andy and Rachel; expert travellers from The Isle of Wight, the Walker Green family, who combine home-schooling and holidays; and cruise lover Carla who is bringing her new-to-cruise friends along for the ride.

From exploring the historic city of Rome and enjoying delicious treats and tipples in Italy and Greece, to combining travel and education in Turkey for the Walker Green family, the show promises to showcase the exhilarating activities and cultural immersion that a dream holiday at sea can offer.

Eithne Williamson, Vice President, Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “Channel 5’s new TV series promises to be a real celebration of all things cruise and showcases just how unique each journey is to our guests.

"We’re looking forward to viewers seeing the Princess difference as each group enjoys the amenities Princess is renowned for, from exceptional dining to our MedallionClass experience and extraordinary service from crew.

"Whether you are new to the cruise world or a cruise veteran, we’re sure this show will inspire you to start planning for your next dream holiday at sea.”

Tune in to Channel 5 at 4pm every weekday from August 14 to watch ‘The Cruise: Fun Loving Brits at Sea’ or catch up on My 5.