Through the years, cruise lines have stepped up their entertainment offerings so that they rival the best venues, shows and performances in land-based entertainment capitals like New York, Chicago and Las Vegas. Here’s sampling of the live performances you might be able to catch on your next cruise:
Newer ships in Norwegian Cruise Lines’ fleet stage Broadway hits like “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” “Rock of Ages” and “Jersey Boys.” On select ships, enjoy “Cirque Dreams and Dinner:” you dine while Cirque du Soleil acrobats perform above you. If you’re really lucky, you’ll find yourself on a Norwegian ship that features the sizzling Latin and ballroom dance of “Burn the Floor.”
Cunard Line takes a cultured approach to onboard entertainment. Where but the Queen Mary 2 can you see graduates of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art perform Shakespearean works like “The Merchant of Venice” and "Romeo and Juliet?” Plus, the cruise line’s partnership with Blue Note Records brings jazz stars like Herbie Hancock, Gregory Porter and Dee Dee Bridgewater on board.
Royal Caribbean is known for its array of entertainment options, which includes award-winning Broadway shows. Depending on your choice of ship, you could sing along to tunes from “Grease,” “Hairspray” or “Mamma Mia!.” On Oasis Class ships, daring high divers perform in the Aqua Theaters. Voyager Class ships take pride in the ice-skating spectaculars in their onboard rinks.
There are always musicians aboard Crystal Cruises’ ships, ranging from classical violinists to dance bands. There are Broadway-style productions with themes like "Route 66" or "The Speakeasy." In addition, the "Crystal on Broadway" program brings musical theater stars aboard for delightful performances and audience Q&As.
Holland America Line forged a trio of entertainment partnerships that populate the Music Walk complex on select ships with world-class talent. There’s classical music courtesy of Lincoln Center Stage, Memphis-style blues from B.B. King's Blues Club, and the fun of “dueling pianos” playing popular hits and requests at Billboard Onboard.
Oscar-winning Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Godspell,” and more) is creating shows exclusively for production on Princess Cruises’ ships. The newest, “The Secret Silk,” includes music, dance and life-size puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
It’s clear that you’ll be memorably entertained by any of these cruise lines and others that are investing in top-notch shows and performances. Talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor about the entertainment offerings on your next cruise.
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