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Ocean Village do have a cast of professinal singers and dancer called freedom to move. DO YOUR RESEARCH MATE.
Do all the cabins have their own hairdryers and also are we better off taking a travel iron or using the ships?
Ocean Village does everything 'on the cheap', except for the prices you pay. Therefore there are no glitzy west-end style shows on OV, as they would cost OV money.
OV entertainment is mainly pub-based (they have a British-style pub on board) with things like pub-quizzes and Karaoke. So instead of paying professional entertianers, they use fare-paying passengers. A canny way of saving parent company Carnival money!
Theatre-based entertainment is mostly tribute acts, most of whom are pretty ropey.
...You're better off staying at home and listening to REAL acts on the radio and going down the pub as their entertainment will be on a par with OV's.
Don't believe the bull about 'eat when you like'. The restaurants are NOT open 24/7. It's all self-service in a huge canteen (even at dinner), unless you pay £12.50 per person, per meal extra (another efficient way of transferring large amounts of your cash to Ocean Village).
I agree that the entertainment isn't brilliant but they did have Jackie Graham on ou cruise and she was professional and very entertaining as well as being a fantastic singer. We didn't have children with us but in my opinion you need to be careful as some of the performers and performances are for adultd only as they have a lot of bad language, sexual innuendoes and in 2 of the Freedom to move acts I felt the sexual content was totally unsuitable for children (Pole dancer) and erotic dancing. I felt uncomfortable sitting alongside parents with young children and watching these shows especially as some of the older men around us seemed to be getting aroused judging by the lewd comments and noises that they were making. As a parent you have to decide would you normally allow your children to watch or listen to this sort of thing. If the answer is no then dont do it on holiday. There are shows that all the family can watch but again it is geared towards adults and I saw a lot of children getting bored and fidgety. OV do put warnings in the daily newspaper which list all of the days entertainment so you can chose what you expose your children to. If I was honest I would say cruising isn't really suitable for kids and truely felt sorry for little children who were sleeping in chairs in the bars and then having to be woken up to go to bed.