Rock The Boat With The Best Musicals And Shows At Sea

November 14, 2016

It’s no secret that cruise ships are fast becoming the centre of all things entertainment related. On-board you’ll be spoiled with entertainment options and venues, including: massive swimming pools, water parks and IMAX cinemas. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to hear that they now have impressive theatres that put on shows and performances that rival Broadway!

There’s fan favourites on board such as: Rock of Ages and Mamma Mia, where you can sing your heart out all night long. Musicals and shows that are created exclusively for certain cruise lines and you can even see Shakespeare brought to life on the high seas!

Interested? Read on to find out our top picks for musicals and shows on board cruise ships… You may be surprised to hear which shows are sailing too!

Disney’s Dreams

On-Board: Disney, Magic and Wonder

If you’re feeling nostalgic for your childhood, or are looking for the perfect musical to take the kids to, look no further than Disney’s Dreams. The show follows a young girl called Anne Marie, who’s taught to believe in herself with the help of some much loved Disney characters. Jam packed full of classics such as: A Whole New World, Under The Sea, Let It Go and so much more! It’s a feel good, heart-warming hit that’s great for all the family.

Best musicals and shows on a cruise ship Disney Dreams

Mamma Mia

On-Board: Royal Caribbean, Allure of the Seas

Watch Mamma Mia in style on board Allure of the Seas; become a Dancing Queen whilst you bop the night away to the catchiest Abba songs at sea. It’s ideal entertainment for young and old and the shows Greek Island setting really comes alive while you cruise to your destination.

Broadway show Mamma Mia

Punchliner Comedy Club

On-Board: Carnival, Soon to be Fleet Wide

If you’re not really the musical type, then why not pop on over to the Punchliner Comedy Club on board Carnival ships? On most nights you’ll be treated to five 35 minute shows with at least 2 comedians performing. If you’re after a more family orientated show, stop by earlier in the evening, or if it’s more adult focused, raunchy comedy you’re looking for then go later at night. You’ll be laughing all night long!

Carnival punchliner comedy club

Magic To Do

On-Board: Princess

On board Princess you’ll be treated to an exclusive show composed by the award winning Stephen Schwartz, composer of hit musical Wicked. This musical is like no other you’ve ever seen before; combining music with magic in the form of unbelievable illusions, makes this a show not to be missed. Schwartz has even worked in classic numbers such as Defying Gravity into the show. It’s exclusive to Princess so you won’t catch this show anywhere else!

Magic To Do on Princess Cruises

Cirque Dreams

On-Board: Norwegian, Breakaway and Epic

You’ll never forget this dinner on board Norwegian Breakaway and Epic. You’ll dine whilst you watch world class acrobats and aerialists perform above your heads; musicians will serenade you whilst you eat your meal and there’s plenty of audience participation for those of you who love to get involved.

Cirque Dreams on Norwegian


On-Board: Cunard

If you prefer your performances to be a little more classical, then Cunard’s got the entertainment for you. Visit The Royal Court Theatre where an incredible professional acting troupe will bring Shakespeare classics like: Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth to life. Sit back in the elegant theatre, sip a martini and enjoy Shakespeare like it’s always meant to be.

Shakespeare plays on Cunard

Rock Of Ages

On-Board: Norwegian, Breakaway

See the Broadway smash hit on Norwegian Breakaway, head bang the night away whilst the amazing actors belt out rock’s greatest classics, including: Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City, Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive, Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane and so much more! You’ll be air guitaring for the rest of your cruise with the catchiest songs you’ve ever heard.

Rock of Ages on Norwegian

Mind The Gap

On-Board: Silversea

Relive the 1960s with Silversea, they bring you Britain’s top hits and legendary pop and rock tributes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Lulu and more. They’re so good you won’t believe they’re not the real thing! Expect outrageous, colourful 60’s fashion, iconic London backdrops and singing all night long.

Mind the Gap musical on Silversea


On-Board: Royal Caribbean, Allure of the Seas

You won’t believe your eyes when you see the pool on Allure of the Seas at night. Why? Because it transforms into an ancient underwater civilisation. Watch in awe as divers, dancers and acrobats tell the story of a mystical underwater culture, accompanied by heart-stopping orchestra music that’ll have you on the edge of your seats. It has to be seen to be believed.

Oceanaria on Royal Caribbean

So now you know where to find the Best Musicals and Shows at sea! We’d love to know what you think, have you ever seen any of these shows? Have we missed your favourite show out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!