MSC Virtuosa will serve as the backdrop for Channel 5’s newest drama series, The Good Ship Murder, which will premiere at 9pm on Friday 13 October.
The hour-long murder mystery drama has been filmed on board the ship, which sails from Southampton for the Mediterranean.
Each episode will take place in a new destination, including Lisbon, Valencia, Barcelona, Le Havre and Valletta.
The series will see Shayne Ward play cruise ship singer and ex detective Jack Grayling, as well as Catherine Tyldesley as First Officer Kate Woods. Together they solve a spate of murders around different areas of the ship, from the Carousel Lounge to the MSC Yacht Club.
Claire Sweeney also joins the cast as Entertainment Manager Beverley Carnell.
MSC Cruises UK & Ireland MD Antonio Paradiso said: “This new series with Channel 5 will bring the magnificence of MSC Virtuosa into living rooms across the country, giving viewers an inside look into life onboard one of our world-class ships.
“The audience will not only be captivated by the thrilling storyline of The Good Ship Murder but the impressive and innovative array of features guests of all ages enjoy.”
MSC Virtuosa is operating a series of cruises this month from Southampton to destinations such as the Netherlands, Ireland, France and Spain, and after the winter season in the Middle East, it will return to the UK in spring 2024.