Next Sunday the new luxury superliner Oriana sets sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton, the first luxury liner custom-built for the British cruise market, and John Dunn is aboard to preview the ship before she sets sail. Capable of carrying nearly 2,000 passengers, the problems of feeding, entertaining and safety are enormous. John finds out how a virtual floating city is managed and what systems and technology are employed to ensure that life on board is a pleasant experience.
from P&O's new superliner Oriana in Southampton, prior to her maiden voyage.
Barry Wordsworth conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra, led by Cynthia Fleming , in a selection of music associated with travel across the seas. Tonight's star singers are Marilyn Hill Smith, Sally Burgess and Bonaventura Bottone.
Introduced by Robin Boyle. Producer Alan Boyd (Concert sponsored by P&O Cruises)
Including at 8.20 Sailing By Notable part-time sailors Libby Purves and Sir
Edward Heath talk about the pleasures and different rhythms of a life at sea. Producer Ned Chaillet
Frank Renton introduces highlights from the recent Brass Explosion Gala Concert recorded at
Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Taking part are the Black Dyke Mills, Britannia Building Society and Grimethorpe Colliery Bands.
with the Radio 2 Arts Programme
As part of Radio 2's Country Season, the programme is presented from the deck of the General Jackson - the largest riverboat in the world - which steams along the Cumberland River between Opryland and Nashville, Tennessee. Nick Barraclough meets a nine-to-five jobbing songwriter, visits the Bluebird Cafe which launched a thousand country stars, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Parthenon, the newly refurbished Ryman Auditorium and some of Nashville's lesser-known cultural backwaters.
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