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You’ll never guess who is on board Oriana with us - Gary Rhodes. Well, I admit I haven’t actually seen him wandering around the ship. But he has a restaurant on here and pays regular visits to see how it’s going.

He did do a cookery demonstration on Monday, but food was the last thing on my mind due to rough seas.

Another person we bumped into is Portsmouth’s very own John Cameron from the BBC TV series Cash in the Attic.

He’s here with his lovely wife Victoria and giving a lecture on antiques.

We spent a good couple of hours gossiping on deck about our run-ins with celebrities.

That’s the great thing about cruises. They’re an opportunity to meet new friends.