A selection of documentaries which I am aware of about cruise ships. Some are positive and some are negative, and the subjects covered range from the engineering and construction of cruise ships, to life on board, the ports that ships call at, and events concerning particular cruise ships or brands.
Links last checked: 28th June 2014
Big, Bigger, Biggest: Cruise Ship (2009)
Independence of the Seas, and the developments in passenger ships that led to the modern cruise ship.
Documentary series about ships with episodes about particular cruise ships.
Oasis of the Seas (2010)
Norwegian Epic (2011)
Le Boréal (2011)
Crystal Serenity (2012)
Norwegian Breakaway: The Voyage (2013)
Norwegian Breakaway: The Build (2013)
Wind Surf (2013)
Cruise Ship Diaries
Season 1 (2009)
Life on board the Costa Serena during a summer Mediterranean season.
Episode 1 ” Honeymoon Season”
Episode 2 “Inspectors On Board”
Episode 3 “Magic And Mayhem”
Episode 4 “Rock Concert”
Episode 5 “Dirty Dancing”
Episode 6: “The Final Countdown”
Season 2 (2013)
Life on board the Costa Deliziosa as it repositions for the Mediterranean season.
Episode 1 “Dangerous Waters”
Episode 2 “Big Day Off”
Episode 3 “The Audition”
Episode 4 “Zero Tolerance”
Episode 5 “Breaking Point”
Episode 6 “New Ship On The Block”
Episode 7 “Opening Night”
Episode 8 “On Thin Ice”
Episode 9 “The Show Must Go On”
Episode 10 “Anger Management”
Undercover Boss: Norwegian Cruise Lines (2011)
The CEO of Norwegian Cruise Lines goes undercover on board Pride of America and Norwegian Epic as a crew member.
Documentary about life at Southampton port – the UK’s largest Cruise Port.
Season 1 (2013)
Season 2 (2014)
The Cruise Ship (2014)
The inaugural season on the Royal Princess.
Showing in the UK from July 2014. Four Episodes
The Cruise: A Life At Sea (2013)
Life on board the Balmoral during its world cruise.
Disney Cruise: Behind the Magic (2013)
About Disney Cruise Lines and what makes them special.
Cruise Inc: Big Money on the High Seas (2009)
Behind the scenes on the Norwegian Pearl with CNBC.
Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the Concordia (2012)
Documentary about the sinking of the Costa Concordia. UK Version.
Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside the Concordia (2012)
Documentary about the sinking of the Costa Concordia. US Version.
Cruises Undercover: The Truth Below Deck (2012)
A UK journalist goes undercover as a waiter on Celebrity Eclipse.
Cruise Ship (2002)
Life on board the Island Escape during a Mediterranean season.