There’s a lot to love about cruising, but without a doubt, the wide variety of thrilling cruise shows and entertainment tops the list. And unlike in a traditional vacation, this entertainment is included in your cruise fare, so you can enjoy music and dancing to your heart’s content. From Broadway classics to gravity-defying acts, there are tons of shows that will stick with you for a long time. Here are a few cruise shows you shouldn’t miss when you hit the seas for your next sailing.
AquaTheater Shows on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-Class Ships
Imagine it—Olympic-level high divers twisting and tumbling high up in the air, performing daredevil stunts before diving gracefully from 30-foot platforms into the deepest pool at sea. That’s the gist of the cruise entertainment you’ll find at AquaTheater onboard select Royal Caribbean ships, which makes use of more than 137,000 gallons of water. Each ship that features an AquaTheater offers two different shows, so watch what’s on the itinerary for your sailing. Though the entertainment is included, you may have to make reservations — check with your cruise planner to be sure. And a word to the wise — if you sit in the front row, you could find yourself soaked from all the splashing. But of course, that’s part of the fun!
Kinky Boots on Norwegian Encore
Catch this Tony-award-winning musical while you sail the open seas on Norwegian Encore. Featuring original songs by Cyndi Lauper, this smash hit has won tons of awards and will no doubt have you tapping your feet and humming along. This cruise show tells the story of the unlikely partnership between an entertainer and a factory worker trying to save his family’s business. You’ll be impressed by the cast’s musical talent and by the intricate sets that help tell the story.
Elements on Celebrity Beyond
As you might guess from the name, Elements is state-of-the-art cruise entertainment that takes you through each of the five elements with stunning imagery, not to mention whimsical costumes and expert acrobatics. Watch as artist Daniel Wurtzel creates air sculptures by blowing air onto large sheets of flowing fabric. Stunning choreography, enchanting music, jaw-dropping visuals — this show has it all and then some. The show takes place in The Theatre, Celebrity Beyond’s out-of-this-world venue, which consists of a 20-foot-tall 4K LED screen comprised of 17 million pixels curving 110 feet around the stage. There’s no bad spot to see a cruise show in this theater!
Epic Rock on Carnival Cruise Line
Available on many Carnival cruise ships, including Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Glory, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Elation, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Spirit, and Carnival Legend, this show appeals to rockers of all ages and backgrounds. It’s a raucous trip through some of the best-loved rock songs, performed by talented musicians and accompanied with high-energy choreography. If you love Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Guns n’ Roses, Journey, and Bon Jovi (not to mention lots and lots of lasers), you’re practically guaranteed to love this cruise show.
Live Music at B.B. King’s Blues Club on Holland America Cruises
Holland America is renowned for the quality of its live music, and this show is no exception. Available on Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam, and Westerdam, this particular show is a celebration of the legendary blues sound of B.B. King, also known as the King of Blues. Kick back and listen to the soul-stirring sounds of B.B. King’s All-Star Band, which hails from famed Beale Street in Memphis. This eight-piece band features two vocalists and strong rhythm and horn sections. Just try to resist jumping out of your seat to dance!
5-Skies on Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess
It’s rare to see cruise entertainment this technologically advanced, so settle in for a feast for your eyes and ears. You’ll follow the story of Gamer 1 and his venture into “5-SKIES,” a virtual reality game with no shortage of interesting characters and sweat-inducing challenges. You’ll want to keep your eyes glued to the stage during this sci-fi musical, which features everything from cutting-edge visuals to nail-biting aerial performances. Catch this highly entertaining show onboard Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess.
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