It’s no secret that cruise ships are fast becoming the centre of all things entertainment related. On-board you’ll be spoiled with anything from massive swimming pools to IMAX cinemas.
So it should come as no surprise to hear that they now have theatres that put on shows that rival Broadway…
There’s fan favourites on board like Rock of Ages and Mamma Mia, where you can sing your heart out all night long, musicals created exclusively for cruise ships and you can even see Shakespeare brought to life.
Here’s your quick guide to the best musicals and shows at sea, so you don’t have to do anything…
On-Board: Disney, Magic and Wonder
If you’re feeling nostalgic or are looking for the perfect musical to take the kids to, Disney‘s Dreams has the answer to your own.
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.
It’s jam-packed full of classics such as: A Whole New World, Under The Sea, and Let It Go. A feel good, heart-warming hit that’s a cracking night for the whole family so you don’t have to go your separate ways!
On-Board: Royal Caribbean, Allure of the Seas
Watch Mamma Mia in style on board Allure of the Seas and become a Dancing Queen whilst you bop the night away to the catchiest Abba songs at sea.
It’s ideal entertainment for all ages, and the show’s Greek Island setting really comes alive while you cruise to your destination.
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 two 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.
Magic To Do
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 to be considered a highlight to your cruise…
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!
On-Board: MSC & 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.
Six nights a week, the performers deliver utterly unique shows created exclusively for MSC guests, and the partnership is due to be extended to Meraviglia’s three sister ships in 2019, 2020 and 2022.
If you prefer your performances to be a little more classical, then Cunard’s got entertainment right up your street.
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.
Rock Of Ages
On-Board: Norwegian, Breakaway
See the Broadway smash hit on Norwegian Breakaway and head bang the night away whilst the amazing actors belt out rock’s greatest classics.
Expect tracks like Guns N’ Roses– Paradise City, Bon Jovi– Wanted Dead or Alive, Scorpions– Rock You Like a Hurricane.
You’ll be air guitaring for the rest of your cruise with the catchiest songs you’ve ever heard.
Mind The Gap
Re-live the 1960s with Silversea as they bring you Britain’s top hits and legendary pop and rock tributes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Lulu and more than you can remember.
They’re spot on, you simply won’t believe they’re not the real thing! Expect outrageous, colourful 60’s fashion, iconic London backdrops and singing all night long.
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.
So now you know where to find the Best Musicals and Shows at sea. Which of these shows have you already witnessed at sea? Have we missed your favourite show out? Is entertainment top of your to-do list when you’re on your cruise? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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